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I caught sight of their faces as we came up behind the cart in the narrow Sussex lane; but though it was not eleven o'clock, they were both asleep.That the carrier was on the wrong side of the road made no difference to his language when I rang my bell. He said aloud of motor-cars, and specially of steam ones, all the things which I had read in the faces of superior coachmen. Then he pulled slantwise across me.There was a vociferous steam air-pump attached to that car which could be applied at pleasure....The cart was removed about a bowshot's length in seven and a quarter seconds, to the accompaniment of parcels clattering. At the foot of the next hill the horse stopped, and the two men came out over the tail-board.My engineer backed and swung the car, ready to move out of reach."The blighted egg-boiler has steam up," said Mr. Hinchcliffe, pausing to gather a large stone. "Temporise with the beggar, Pye, till the sights come on!""I can't leave my 'orse!" roared the carrier; "but bring 'em up 'ere, an' I'll kill 'em all over again.""Good morning, Mr. Pyecroft," I called cheerfully. "Can I give you a lift anywhere?"The attack broke up round my forewheels."Well, we _do_ 'ave the knack o' meeting _in puris naturalibus,_ as I've so often said." Mr. Pyecroft wrung my hand. "Yes, I'm on leaf. So's Hinch. We're visiting friends among these kopjes."A monotonous bellowing up the road persisted, where the carrier was still calling for corpses."That's Agg. He's Hinch's cousin. You aren't fortunit in your family connections, Hinch. 'E's usin' language in derogation of good manners. Go and abolish 'im."Henry Salt Hinchcliffe stalked back to the cart and spoke to his cousin. I recall much that the wind bore to me of his words and the carrier's. It seemed as if the friendship of years were dissolving amid throes."'Ave it your own silly way, then," roared the carrier, "an' get into Linghurst on your own silly feet. I've done with you two runagates." He lashed his horse and passed out of sight still rumbling."The fleet's sailed," said Pyecroft, "leavin' us on the beach as before. Had you any particular port in your mind?""Well, I was going to meet a friend at Instead Wick, but I don't mind--""Oh! that'll do as well as anything! We're on leaf, you see.""She'll hardly hold four," said my engineer. I had broken him of the foolish habit of being surprised at things, but he was visibly uneasy.Hinchcliffe returned, drawn as by ropes to my steam-car, round which he walked in narrowing circles."What's her speed?" he demanded of the engineer."Twenty-five," said that loyal man."Easy to run?""No; very difficult," was the emphatic answer."That just shows that you ain't fit for your rating. D'you suppose that a man who earns his livin' by runnin' 30-knot destroyers for a parstime--for a parstime, mark you!--is going to lie down before any blighted land- crabbing steam-pinnace on springs?"Yet that was what he did. Directly under the car he lay and looked upward into pipes--petrol, steam, and water--with a keen and searching eye.I telegraphed Mr. Pyecroft a question."Not--in--the--least," was the answer. "Steam gadgets always take him that way. We had a bit of a riot at Parsley Green through his tryin' to show a traction-engine haulin' gipsy-wagons how to turn corners.""Tell him everything he wants to know," I said to the engineer, as I dragged out a rug and spread it on the roadside."_He_ don't want much showing," said the engineer. Now, the two men had not, counting the time we took to stuff our pipes, been together more than three minutes."This," said Pyecroft, driving an elbow back into the deep verdure of the hedge-foot, "is a little bit of all right. Hinch, I shouldn't let too much o' that hot muckings drop in my eyes, Your leaf's up in a fortnight, an' you'll be wantin' 'em.""Here!" said Hinchcliffe, still on his back, to the engineer. "Come here and show me the lead of this pipe." And the engineer lay down beside him."That's all right," said Mr. Hinchcliffe, rising. "But she's more of a bag of tricks than I thought. Unship this superstructure aft"--he pointed to the back seat--"and I'll have a look at the forced draught."The engineer obeyed with alacrity. I heard him volunteer the fact that he had a brother an artificer in the Navy."They couple very well, those two," said Pyecroft critically, while Hinchcliffe sniffed round the asbestos-lagged boiler and turned on gay jets of steam."Now take me up the road," he said. My man, for form's sake, looked at me."Yes, take him," I said. "He's all right.""No, I'm not," said Hinchcliffe of a sudden--"not if I'm expected to judge my water out of a little shaving-glass."The water-gauge of that steam-car was reflected on a mirror to the right of the dashboard. I also had found it inconvenient."Throw up your arm and look at the gauge under your armpit. Only mind how you steer while you're doing it, or you'll get ditched!" I cried, as the car ran down the road."I wonder!" said Pyecroft, musing. "But, after all, it's your steamin' gadgets he's usin' for his libretto, as you might put it. He said to me after breakfast only this mornin' 'ow he thanked his Maker, on all fours, that he wouldn't see nor smell nor thumb a runnin' bulgine till the nineteenth prox. Now look at him Only look at 'im!"We could see, down the long slope of the road, my driver surrendering his seat to Hinchcliffe, while the car flickered generously from hedge to hedge."What happens if he upsets?""The petrol will light up and the boiler may blow up.""How rambunkshus! And"--Pyecroft blew a slow cloud--"Agg's about three hoops up this mornin', too.""What's that to do with us? He's gone down the road," I retorted."Ye--es, but we'll overtake him. He's a vindictive carrier. He and Hinch 'ad words about pig-breeding this morning. O' course, Hinch don't know the elements o' that evolution; but he fell back on 'is naval rank an' office, an' Agg grew peevish. I wasn't sorry to get out of the cart ... Have you ever considered how, when you an' I meet, so to say, there's nearly always a remarkable hectic day ahead of us! Hullo! Behold the beef-boat returnin'!"He rose as the car climbed up the slope, and shouted: "In bow! Way 'nuff!""You be quiet!" cried Hinchcliffe, and drew up opposite the rug, his dark face shining with joy. "She's the Poetry o' Motion! She's the Angel's Dream. She's------" He shut off steam, and the slope being against her, the car slid soberly downhill again."What's this? I've got the brake on!" he yelled."It doesn't hold backwards," I said. "Put her on the mid-link.""That's a nasty one for the chief engineer o' the _Djinn_, 31-knot, T.B.D.," said Pyecroft. "_Do_ you know what the mid-link is, Hinch?"Once more the car returned to us; but as Pyecroft stooped to gather up the rug, Hinchcliffe jerked the lever testily, and with prawn-like speed she retired backwards into her own steam."Apparently 'e don't," said Pyecroft. "What's he done now, Sir?""Reversed her. I've done it myself.""But he's an engineer."For the third time the car manoeuvred up the hill."I'll teach you to come alongside properly, if I keep you 'tiffies out all night!" shouted Pyecroft. It was evidently a quotation. Hinchcliffe's face grew livid, and, his hand ever so slightly working on the throttle, the car buzzed twenty yards uphill."That's enough. We'll take your word for it. The mountain will go to Ma'ommed. Stand _fast_!"Pyecroft and I and the rug marched up where she and Hinchcliffe fumed together."Not as easy as it looks--eh, Hinch?""It is dead easy. I'm going to drive her to Instead Wick--aren't I?" said the first-class engine-room artificer. I thought of his performances with No. 267 and nodded. After all, it was a small privilege to accord to pure genius."But my engineer will stand by--at first," I added."An' you a family man, too," muttered Pyecroft, swinging himself into the right rear seat. "Sure to be a remarkably hectic day when we meet."We adjusted ourselves and, in the language of the immortal Navy doctor, paved our way towards Linghurst, distant by mile-post 11-3/4 miles.Mr. Hinchcliffe, every nerve and muscle braced, talked only to the engineer, and that professionally. I recalled the time when I, too, had enjoyed the rack on which he voluntarily extended himself.And the County of Sussex slid by in slow time."How cautious is the 'tiffy-bird!" said Pyecroft."Even in a destroyer," Hinch snapped over his shoulder, "you ain't expected to con and drive simultaneous. Don't address any remarks to _me!_""Pump!" said the engineer. "Your water's droppin'.""_I_ know that. Where the Heavens is that blighted by-pass?"He beat his right or throttle hand madly on the side of the car till he found the bent rod that more or less controls the pump, and, neglecting all else, twisted it furiously.My engineer grabbed the steering-bar just in time to save us lurching into a ditch."If I was a burnin' peacock, with two hundred bloodshot eyes in my shinin' tail, I'd need 'em all on this job!" said Hinch."Don't talk! Steer! This ain't the North Atlantic," Pyecroft replied."Blast my stokers! Why, the steam's dropped fifty pounds!" Hinchcliffe cried."Fire's blown out," said the engineer. "Stop her!""Does she do that often?" said Hinch, descending."Sometimes.""Anytime?""Any time a cross-wind catches her."The engineer produced a match and stooped.That car (now, thank Heaven, no more than an evil memory) never lit twice in the same fashion. This time she back-fired superbly, and Pyecroft went out over the right rear wheel in a column of rich yellow flame."I've seen a mine explode at Bantry--once--prematoor," he volunteered."That's all right," said Hinchcliffe, brushing down his singed beard with a singed forefinger. (He had been watching too closely.) "Has she any more little surprises up her dainty sleeve?""She hasn't begun yet," said my engineer, with a scornful cough. "Some one 'as opened the petrol-supply-valve too wide.""Change places with me, Pyecroft," I commanded, for I remembered that the petrol-supply, the steam-lock, and the forced draught were all controlled from the right rear seat."Me? Why? There's a whole switchboard full o' nickel-plated muckin's which I haven't begun to play with yet. The starboard side's crawlin' with 'em.""Change, or I'll kill you!" said Hinchcliffe, and he looked like it."That's the 'tiffy all over. When anything goes wrong, blame it on the lower deck. Navigate by your automatic self, then! _I_ won't help you any more."We navigated for a mile in dead silence."Talkin' o' wakes----" said Pyecroft suddenly."We weren't," Hinchcliffe grunted."There's some wakes would break a snake's back; but this of yours, so to speak, would fair turn a tapeworm giddy. That's all I wish to observe, Hinch. ... Cart at anchor on the port-bow. It's Agg!"Far up the shaded road into secluded Bromlingleigh we saw the carrier's cart at rest before the post-office."He's bung in the fairway. How'm I to get past?" said Hinchcliffe. "There's no room. Here, Pye, come and relieve the wheel!""Nay, nay, Pauline. You've made your own bed. You've as good as left your happy home an' family cart to steal it. Now you lie on it.""Ring your bell," I suggested."Glory!" said Pyecroft, falling forward into the nape of Hinchcliffe's neck as the car stopped dead."Get out o' my back-hair! That must have been the brake I touched off," Hinchcliffe muttered, and repaired his error tumultuously.We passed the cart as though we had been all Bruges belfry. Agg, from the port-office door, regarded us with a too pacific eye. I remembered later that the pretty postmistress looked on us pityingly.Hinchcliffe wiped the sweat from his brow and drew breath. It was the first vehicle that he had passed, and I sympathised with him."You needn't grip so hard," said my engineer. "She steers as easy as a bicycle.""Ho! You suppose I ride bicycles up an' down my engine-room?" was the answer. "I've other things to think about. She's a terror. She's a whistlin' lunatic. I'd sooner run the old South-Easter at Simon's Town than her!""One of the nice things they say about her," I interrupted, "is that no engineer is needed to run this machine.""No. They'd need about seven.""'Common-sense only is needed,'" I quoted."Make a note of that, Hinch. Just common-sense," Pyecroft put in."And now," I said, "we'll have to take in water. There isn't more than a couple of inches of water in the tank.""Where d'you get it from?""Oh!--cottages and such-like.""Yes, but that being so, where does your much-advertised twenty-five miles an hour come in? Ain't a dung-cart more to the point?""If you want to go anywhere, I suppose it would be," I replied."_I_ don't want to go anywhere. I'm thinkin' of you who've got to live with her. She'll burn her tubes if she loses her water?""She will.""I've never scorched yet, and I not beginnin' now." He shut off steam firmly. "Out you get, Pye, an' shove her along by hand.""Where to?""The nearest water-tank," was the reply. "And Sussex is a dry county.""She ought to have drag-ropes--little pipe-clayed ones," said Pyecroft.We got out and pushed under the hot sun for half-a-mile till we came to a cottage, sparsely inhabited by one child who wept."All out haymakin', o' course," said Pyecroft, thrusting his head into the parlour for an instant. "What's the evolution now?""Skirmish till we find a well," I said."Hmm! But they wouldn't 'ave left that kid without a chaperon, so to say... I thought so! Where's a stick?"A bluish and silent beast of the true old sheep-dog breed glided from behind an outhouse and without words fell to work.Pyecroft kept him at bay with a rake-handle while our party, in rallying- square, retired along the box-bordered brick-path to the car.At the garden gate the dumb devil halted, looked back on the child, and sat down to scratch."That's his three-mile limit, thank Heaven!" said Pyecroft. "Fall in, push-party, and proceed with land-transport o' pinnace. I'll protect your flanks in case this sniffin' flea-bag is tempted beyond 'is strength."We pushed off in silence. The car weighed 1,200 lb., and even on ball-bearings was a powerful sudorific. From somewhere behind a hedge we heard a gross rustic laugh."Those are the beggars we lie awake for, patrollin' the high seas. There ain't a port in China where we wouldn't be better treated. Yes, a Boxer 'ud be ashamed of it," said Pyecroft.A cloud of fine dust boomed down the road."Some happy craft with a well-found engine-room! How different!" panted Hinchcliffe, bent over the starboard mudguard.It was a claret-coloured petrol car, and it stopped courteously, as good cars will at sight of trouble."Water, only water," I answered in reply to offers of help."There's a lodge at the end of these oak palings. They'll give you all you want. Say I sent you. Gregory--Michael Gregory. Good-bye!""Ought to 'ave been in the Service. Prob'ly is," was Pyecroft's comment.At that thrice-blessed lodge our water-tank was filled (I dare not quote Mr. Hinchcliffe's remarks when he saw the collapsible rubber bucket with which we did it) and we re-embarked. It seemed that Sir Michael Gregory owned many acres, and that his park ran for miles."No objection to your going through it," said the lodge-keeper. "It'll save you a goodish bit to Instead Wick."But we needed petrol, which could be purchased at Pigginfold, a few miles farther up, and so we held to the main road, as our fate had decreed."We've come seven miles in fifty-four minutes, so far," said Hinchcliffe (he was driving with greater freedom and less responsibility), "and now we have to fill our bunkers. This is worse than the Channel Fleet."At Pigginfold, after ten minutes, we refilled our petrol tank and lavishly oiled our engines. Mr. Hinchcliffe wished to discharge our engineer on the grounds that he (Mr. Hinchcliffe) was now entirely abreast of his work. To this I demurred, for I knew my car. She had, in the language of the road, held up for a day and a half, and by most bitter experience I suspected that her time was very near. Therefore, three miles short of Linghurst, I was less surprised than any one, excepting always my engineer, when the engines set up a lunatic clucking, and, after two or three kicks, jammed."Heaven forgive me all the harsh things I may have said about destroyers in my sinful time!" wailed Hinchcliffe, snapping back the throttle. "What's worryin' Ada now?""The forward eccentric-strap screw's dropped off," said the engineer, investigating."That all? I thought it was a propeller-blade.""We must go an' look for it. There isn't another.""Not me," said Pyecroft from his seat. "Out pinnace, Hinch, an' creep for it. It won't be more than five miles back."The two men, with bowed heads, moved up the road."Look like etymologists, don't they? Does she decant her innards often, so to speak?" Pyecroft asked.I told him the true tale of a race-full of ball bearings strewn four miles along a Hampshire road, and by me recovered in detail. He was profoundly touched."Poor Hinch! Poor--poor Hinch!" he said. "And that's only one of her little games, is it? He'll be homesick for the Navy by night."When the search-party doubled back with the missing screw, it was Hinchcliffe who replaced it in less than five minutes, while my engineer looked on admiringly."Your boiler's only seated on four little paperclips," he said, crawling from beneath her. "She's a wicker-willow lunch-basket below. She's a runnin' miracle. Have you had this combustible spirit-lamp long?"I told him."And yet you were afraid to come into the _Nightmare's_ engine-room when we were runnin' trials!""It's all a matter of taste," Pyecroft volunteered. "But I will say for you, Hinch, you've certainly got the hang of her steamin' gadgets in quick time."He was driving her very sweetly, but with a worried look in his eye and a tremor in his arm."She don't seem so answer her helm somehow," he said."There's a lot of play to the steering-gear," said my engineer. "We generally tighten it up every few miles.""'Like me to stop now? We've run as much as one mile and a half without incident," he replied tartly."Then you're lucky," said my engineer, bristling in turn."They'll wreck the whole turret out o' nasty professional spite in a minute," said Pyecroft. "That's the worst o' machinery. Man dead ahead, Hinch--semaphorin' like the flagship in a fit!""Amen!" said Hinchcliffe. "Shall I stop, or shall I cut him down?"He stopped, for full in the centre of the Linghurst Road stood a person in pepper-and-salt raiment (ready-made), with a brown telegraph envelope in his hands."Twenty-three and a half miles an hour," he began, weighing a small beam- engine of a Waterbury in one red paw. "From the top of the hill over our measured quarter-mile--twenty-three and a half.""You manurial gardener----" Hinchcliffe began. I prodded him warningly from behind, and laid the other hand on Pyecroft's stiffening knee."Also--on information received--drunk and disorderly in charge of a motor-car--to the common danger--two men like sailors in appearance," the man went on."Like sailors! ... That's Agg's little _roose_. No wonder he smiled at us," said Pyecroft."I've been waiting for you some time," the man concluded, folding up the telegram."Who's the owner?"I indicated myself."Then I want you as well as the two seafaring men. Drunk and disorderly can be treated summary. You come on."My relations with the Sussex constabulary have, so far, been of the best, but I could not love this person."Of course you have your authority to show?" I hinted."I'll show it you at Linghurst," he retorted hotly----"all the authority you want.""I only want the badge, or warrant, or whatever it is a plain-clothes man has to show."He made as though to produce it, but checked himself, repeating less politely the invitation to Linghurst. The action and the tone confirmed my many-times tested theory that the bulk of English shoregoing institutions are based on conformable strata of absol

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