Excerpt from Union Down: A Signal of Distress The careless young man broke into the most winning of mellow and musical laughs. He was scarce observing eugh to tice the intense wistfulness which had sounded in those last words, and was w revealed in the sick man's earnest eyes. He dropped into a chair and replied with the utmost of frank geniality: Where else can I go, my friend? We all must go to Boston - unless, Deo volente, we all go to the bottom. Bottom! came in a gruff but hearty voice from some unseen person below. Do you think, gentlemen, that the Bounding Wave is made of paper? No, , sirs! she is made of the stanchest timbers and manned by the sturdiest of crews. No bottom for us, gentlemen; bottom for us! You hear this fellow in the cellarage, laughingly quoted the young man, turning his bright eyes full upon the invalid. That sounds like Capt. Barr. I imagine he would sail his ship into a sea of molten lava, and in full faith that she would weather the conditions. Will my smoking any you? The other wondered how even this strong, healthful-looking man could so persistently make a chimney of himself; yet he drew his chair a little nearer, in order to reply more quietly, and with a sort of subdued eagerness: No, sir; indeed, ! Pray remain here. Then, with an unconscious betrayal of timidity in his faltering speech and lustrous dark eyes: I asked if you were going to Boston, sir. I - I meant to have asked - is your home in Boston? Profound anxiety sounded in his subdued but earnest voice, and w the young man in gray - for they were both young men - ticed it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.