A PROFESSIONAL VISIT TO THE FORT 329
" You, Massa Gumboat! " cried the negro.
"De sodgers put de bagonet frou your crop like
a knife frou a pullet's froat'
"Not if you tell them I am the doctor," added
'De doctor! Be you a doctor, sar "
"I have done something in the business, and
perhaps I can cure the man who is sick, if they
have the proper medicine," added the officer.
"Dey baib de medicine at de big house."
"Can you get into it
"Yes, sar; de oberseer's sick abed, and dis
rigger go right in like massa hisself," replied Job,
as he led the way in the direction of the planter's
The Russian was sent to the boat to await the
return of the lieutenant; but he was instructed
not to open his mouth to his shipmates in regard
to what had been done on the island. Job found a
way to get into the big house, and conducted the
officer to the dispensary, where he had so often
gone for remedies for his ailments. lIe found
what he wanted, and then lie felt reasonably cer-
tain that he should make a success of his profes-
sional visit to the soldier. He took several small