**IN WHICH PASSEPARTOUT FINDS OUT THAT, EVEN AT THE ANTIPODES, IT I_ONVENIENT TO HAVE SOME MONEY IN ONE'S POCKET**
The Carnatic, setting sail from Hong Kong at half-past six on the 7th o_ovember, directed her course at full steam towards Japan. She carried a larg_argo and a well-filled cabin of passengers. Two state-rooms in the rear were,
however, unoccupied—those which had been engaged by Phileas Fogg.
The next day a passenger with a half-stupefied eye, staggering gait, an_isordered hair, was seen to emerge from the second cabin, and to totter to _eat on deck.
It was Passepartout; and what had happened to him was as follows: Shortl_fter Fix left the opium den, two waiters had lifted the unconsciou_assepartout, and had carried him to the bed reserved for the smokers. Thre_ours later, pursued even in his dreams by a fixed idea, the poor fello_woke, and struggled against the stupefying influence of the narcotic. Th_hought of a duty unfulfilled shook off his torpor, and he hurried from th_bode of drunkenness. Staggering and holding himself up by keeping against th_alls, falling down and creeping up again, and irresistibly impelled by a kin_f instinct, he kept crying out, "The Carnatic! the Carnatic!"
The steamer lay puffing alongside the quay, on the point of starting.
Passepartout had but few steps to go; and, rushing upon the plank, he crosse_t, and fell unconscious on the deck, just as the Carnatic was moving off.
Several sailors, who were evidently accustomed to this sort of scene, carrie_he poor Frenchman down into the second cabin, and Passepartout did not wak_ntil they were one hundred and fifty miles away from China. Thus he foun_imself the next morning on the deck of the Carnatic, and eagerly inhaling th_xhilarating sea-breeze. The pure air sobered him. He began to collect hi_ense, which he found a difficult task; but at last he recalled the events o_he evening before, Fix's revelation, and the opium-house.
"It is evident," said he to himself, "that I have been abominably drunk! Wha_ill Mr. Fogg say? At least I have not missed the steamer, which is the mos_mportant thing."
Then, as Fix occurred to him: "As for that rascal, I hope we are well rid o_im, and that he has not dared, as he proposed, to follow us on board th_arnatic. A detective on the track of Mr. Fogg, accused of robbing the Bank o_ngland! Pshaw! Mr. Fogg is no more a robber than I am a murderer."
Should he divulge Fix's real errand to his master? Would it do to tell th_art the detective was playing. Would it not be better to wait until Mr. Fog_eached London again, and then impart to him that an agent of the metropolita_olice had been following him round the world, and have a good laugh over it?
No doubt; at least, it was worth considering. The first thing to do was t_ind Mr. Fogg, and apologise for his singular behaviour.
Passepartout got up and proceeded, as well as he could with the rolling of th_teamer, to the after-deck. He saw no one who resembled either his master o_ouda. "Good!" muttered he; "Aouda has not got up yet, and Mr. Fogg ha_robably found some partners at whist."
He descended to the saloon. Mr. Fogg was not there. Passepartout had only,
however, to ask the purser the number of his master's state-room. The purse_eplied that he did not know any passenger by the name of Fogg.
"I beg your pardon," said Passepartout persistently. "He is a tall gentleman,
quiet, and not very talkative, and has with him a young lady—"
"There is no young lady on board," interrupted the purser. "Here is a list o_he passengers; you may see for yourself."
Passepartout scanned the list, but his master's name was not upon it. All a_nce an idea struck him.
"Ah! am I on the Carnatic?"
"On the way to Yokohama?"
Passepartout had for an instant feared that he was on the wrong boat; but,
though he was really on the Carnatic, his master was not there.
He fell thunderstruck on a seat. He saw it all now. He remembered that th_ime of sailing had been changed, that he should have informed his master o_hat fact, and that he had not done so. It was his fault, then, that Mr. Fog_nd Aouda had missed the steamer. Yes, but it was still more the fault of th_raitor who, in order to separate him from his master, and detain the latte_t Hong Kong, had inveigled him into getting drunk! He now saw the detective'_rick; and at this moment Mr. Fogg was certainly ruined, his bet was lost, an_e himself perhaps arrested and imprisoned! At this thought Passepartout tor_is hair. Ah, if Fix ever came within his reach, what a settling of account_here would be!
After his first depression, Passepartout became calmer, and began to study hi_ituation. It was certainly not an enviable one. He found himself on the wa_o Japan, and what should he do when he got there? His pocket was empty; h_ad not a solitary shilling, not so much as a penny. His passage ha_ortunately been paid for in advance; and he had five or six days in which t_ecide upon his future course. He fell to at meals with an appetite, and at_or Mr. Fogg, Aouda, and himself. He helped himself as generously as if Japa_ere a desert, where nothing to eat was to be looked for.
At dawn on the 13th the Carnatic entered the port of Yokohama. This is a_mportant port of call in the Pacific, where all the mail-steamers, and thos_arrying travellers between North America, China, Japan, and the Orienta_slands put in. It is situated in the bay of Yeddo, and at but a shor_istance from that second capital of the Japanese Empire, and the residence o_he Tycoon, the civil Emperor, before the Mikado, the spiritual Emperor,
absorbed his office in his own. The Carnatic anchored at the quay near th_ustom-house, in the midst of a crowd of ships bearing the flags of al_ations.
Passepartout went timidly ashore on this so curious territory of the Sons o_he Sun. He had nothing better to do than, taking chance for his guide, t_ander aimlessly through the streets of Yokohama. He found himself at first i_ thoroughly European quarter, the houses having low fronts, and being adorne_ith verandas, beneath which he caught glimpses of neat peristyles. Thi_uarter occupied, with its streets, squares, docks, and warehouses, all th_pace between the "promontory of the Treaty" and the river. Here, as at Hon_ong and Calcutta, were mixed crowds of all races, Americans and English,
Chinamen and Dutchmen, mostly merchants ready to buy or sell anything. Th_renchman felt himself as much alone among them as if he had dropped down i_he midst of Hottentots.
He had, at least, one resource to call on the French and English consuls a_okohama for assistance. But he shrank from telling the story of hi_dventures, intimately connected as it was with that of his master; and,
before doing so, he determined to exhaust all other means of aid. As chanc_id not favour him in the European quarter, he penetrated that inhabited b_he native Japanese, determined, if necessary, to push on to Yeddo.
The Japanese quarter of Yokohama is called Benten, after the goddess of th_ea, who is worshipped on the islands round about. There Passepartout behel_eautiful fir and cedar groves, sacred gates of a singular architecture,
bridges half hid in the midst of bamboos and reeds, temples shaded by immens_edar-trees, holy retreats where were sheltered Buddhist priests and sectarie_f Confucius, and interminable streets, where a perfect harvest of rose-tinte_nd red-cheeked children, who looked as if they had been cut out of Japanes_creens, and who were playing in the midst of short-legged poodles an_ellowish cats, might have been gathered.
The streets were crowded with people. Priests were passing in processions,
beating their dreary tambourines; police and custom-house officers wit_ointed hats encrusted with lac and carrying two sabres hung to their waists;
soldiers, clad in blue cotton with white stripes, and bearing guns; th_ikado's guards, enveloped in silken doubles, hauberks and coats of mail; an_umbers of military folk of all ranks—for the military profession is as muc_espected in Japan as it is despised in China—went hither and thither i_roups and pairs. Passepartout saw, too, begging friars, long-robed pilgrims,
and simple civilians, with their warped and jet-black hair, big heads, lon_usts, slender legs, short stature, and complexions varying from copper-colou_o a dead white, but never yellow, like the Chinese, from whom the Japanes_idely differ. He did not fail to observe the curious equipages—carriages an_alanquins, barrows supplied with sails, and litters made of bamboo; nor th_omen— whom he thought not especially handsome—who took little steps wit_heir little feet, whereon they wore canvas shoes, straw sandals, and clogs o_orked wood, and who displayed tight-looking eyes, flat chests, teet_ashionably blackened, and gowns crossed with silken scarfs, tied in a_normous knot behind an ornament which the modern Parisian ladies seem to hav_orrowed from the dames of Japan.
Passepartout wandered for several hours in the midst of this motley crowd,
looking in at the windows of the rich and curious shops, the jeweller_stablishments glittering with quaint Japanese ornaments, the restaurant_ecked with streamers and banners, the tea-houses, where the odorous beverag_as being drunk with saki, a liquor concocted from the fermentation of rice,
and the comfortable smoking-houses, where they were puffing, not opium, whic_s almost unknown in Japan, but a very fine, stringy tobacco. He went on til_e found himself in the fields, in the midst of vast rice plantations. Ther_e saw dazzling camellias expanding themselves, with flowers which were givin_orth their last colours and perfumes, not on bushes, but on trees, and withi_amboo enclosures, cherry, plum, and apple trees, which the Japanese cultivat_ather for their blossoms than their fruit, and which queerly-fashioned,
grinning scarecrows protected from the sparrows, pigeons, ravens, and othe_oracious birds. On the branches of the cedars were perched large eagles; ami_he foliage of the weeping willows were herons, solemnly standing on one leg;
and on every hand were crows, ducks, hawks, wild birds, and a multitude o_ranes, which the Japanese consider sacred, and which to their minds symbolis_ong life and prosperity.
As he was strolling along, Passepartout espied some violets among the shrubs.
"Good!" said he; "I'll have some supper."
But, on smelling them, he found that they were odourless.
"No chance there," thought he.
The worthy fellow had certainly taken good care to eat as hearty a breakfas_s possible before leaving the Carnatic; but, as he had been walking about al_ay, the demands of hunger were becoming importunate. He observed that th_utchers stalls contained neither mutton, goat, nor pork; and, knowing als_hat it is a sacrilege to kill cattle, which are preserved solely for farming,
he made up his mind that meat was far from plentiful in Yokohama— nor was h_istaken; and, in default of butcher's meat, he could have wished for _uarter of wild boar or deer, a partridge, or some quails, some game or fish,
which, with rice, the Japanese eat almost exclusively. But he found i_ecessary to keep up a stout heart, and to postpone the meal he craved til_he following morning. Night came, and Passepartout re-entered the nativ_uarter, where he wandered through the streets, lit by vari-coloured lanterns,
looking on at the dancers, who were executing skilful steps and boundings, an_he astrologers who stood in the open air with their telescopes. Then he cam_o the harbour, which was lit up by the resin torches of the fishermen, wh_ere fishing from their boats.
The streets at last became quiet, and the patrol, the officers of which, i_heir splendid costumes, and surrounded by their suites, Passepartout though_eemed like ambassadors, succeeded the bustling crowd. Each time a compan_assed, Passepartout chuckled, and said to himself: "Good! another Japanes_mbassy departing for Europe!"