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Everything is for a term venerated in
navies. Sailors Any tangible object associated
with any A some striking incident, of that the service is
converted into a monument. The spar
from which the Foretopman was suspended,
was for some years was for some few
followed years kept trace of by the
bluejackets. Their knowledges pursued ^ followed it
from ship to dock-yard and again
from dock-yard to ship, following still pursuing it
even when ^ at last reduced to a meer
dock-yard boom. To them a chip of it
was as a piece of the Cross. Ignorant tho'
they were of the secret facts of the tragedy,
and not thinking but that the penalty was
somehow justly necessarily ^ unavoidably inflicted from the naval point of view,
80 336 346 ^ view for all that they instinctively they knew felt that Billy was
a bully boy, was a a ^ sort of true man ^ as incapable
of wilful murder . ,HS alike of ^ causeless mutiny as as of
wilful murder. The They recalled his
the fresh ^ young image of the handsome Handsome Sailor, its beauty
and those features that face upon which they
had never seen a su scHS never deformed by any a
sneer or vile ^ subtler vile freak within. of the heart within.
Their This impression of him took was doutless
deepened by his end the fact that he was
goe gone , and ^ in a measure mysteriously gone. The general ^ estimate of his nature
and its ^ unconscious bravery of simplicity

feeling on On at the time the gun decks of the Indomitable"^ found The general estimate
of his nature
and its unconscious simplicity

eventually found rude utterance from one of his mates, own watch one
another a of the ^ foretopmen gifted , with as frequent some
sailors are, with an artless the a poetic temperament ; .
written but his wholly He composed tarry hand made ^ some lines
These The some lines that follow whereof the title
is his own. a ballad which after circulating
81 337 347 among the ^ shipboard crews for a while, finally got rudely
printed at Portsmouth as a rude ballad. at
Portsmouth The title given to it was his own. the sailor's.
Billy in the Darbies