When Thornton's partners, Hans and Pete, arrived on the long-expected raft, Buck refused to notice them till he learned they were close to Thornton; after that he tolerated them in a passive sort of way, accepting favors from them as though he favored them by accepting.
A thoughtless whim seized Thornton, and he drew the attention of Hans and Pete to the experiment he had in mind.
"It's uncanny," Pete said, after it was over and they had caught their speech.
I met the seal-hunter, Pete Holt, and agreed to be his boat-puller and to sign on any schooner he signed on.
Joe Vigy cashed my advance note, and Pete Holt treated, and I treated, and Joe Vigy treated, and other hunters treated.
"Here, you Mose, Pete," he said, breaking off liberal bits, and throwing it at them; "you want some, don't you?
And George and Tom moved to a comfortable seat in the chimney-corner, while Aunte Chloe, after baking a goodly pile of cakes, took her baby on her lap, and began alternately filling its mouth and her own, and distributing to Mose and Pete, who seemed rather to prefer eating theirs as they rolled about on the floor under the table, tickling each other, and occasionally pulling the baby's toes.
"Aint she a peart young un?" said Tom, holding her from him to take a full-length view; then, getting up, he set her on his broad shoulder, and began capering and dancing with her, while Mas'r George snapped at her with his pocket-handkerchief, and Mose and Pete, now returned again, roared after her like bears, till Aunt Chloe declared that they "fairly took her head off" with their noise.
"Smash 'im, Jimmie, kick deh damn guts out of 'im," yelled Pete
, the lad with the chronic sneer, in tones of delight.
"I'm going to call you 'Pete
,'" says my master; and if I'd had five tails I couldn't have done enough wagging to do justice to the occasion.
, Tommy, Adolphus, and Mirabel Cotton were all alone.
Between squalls the Flibberty-Gibbet ran in to anchorage, and her skipper, Pete
Oleson (brother to the Oleson of the Jessie), ancient, grizzled, wild-eyed, emaciated by fever, dragged his weary frame up the veranda steps and collapsed in a steamer-chair.