He never said a word about his passage himself, but in the course of a day or two the truth inevitably leaked out through other sources. Captain Shelback never liked Northwood before, but now he hated him, and held out angrily and at length about Northwood's "cheek." How the man escaped being kicked over the ship's side, instead of getting a tow from H.M.S. Sharpshooter, was an impenetrable mystery to the envious master of the Flying Cloud. The other captains said it was like Northwood's luck, and took it out of him by chaffing him unmercifully about his smart passage.