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made in its course and so instead of continuing on its mark amidships the deflection headed the "something" forward.

All this while Dodwell and I stood fascinated as though under some spell but the need for action or presence of danger made itself felt and we turned involuntarily to one another at a like moment, slapped one another's backs and exclaimed "a Torpedo". The following instant there was an impact which made the liner quiver and felt as though you were running a car through a narrow gateway in the dark but the cap of your near wheel got in the road, or the post did, simultaneous with a dull explosion which caused the water to shower perhaps a hundred feet into the air and despite the fact we were on a promenade

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