Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE HANDSOME CABIN BOY- Jack London

THE HANDSOME CABIN BOY

Published in The Owl Magazine, v. 7 (July 1899)
"AND the dapper young fellow was—"
"None other than the veiled woman, of course."
"O, pshaw!" I cried. "That's well enough for a Sunday newspaper, but in real life people are not so easily misled."
"Look at the authentic instances—women serving as soldiers, sailors, scouts—"
"Bosh!"
"Why, there's my little brother Bob, as clever an impersonator—"
"Bosh!"
"People are fooled every day and—"
"Stuff and nonsense," I said. "Any one but a ninny should penetrate such a make-up at a glance. I don't think much of a fellow who can't tell a man from a woman. Catch me napping that way."
"I'll catch you," cried Jack.
"I like that," was my reply.
"I'll wager I fool you within six months."
"Done! For how much?"
"The loser to foot a supper; the setting, ordering, and inviting of the same to be at the winner's discretion."
"Done!"
We shook hands, and the fellows crowded round with all sorts of advice and persiflage. Thus was the seed sown, out of which was to spring the never-to-be-forgotten romance of "The Handsome Cabin Boy."
Story continues here.