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Changjiang Ballad (Excerpt from Novella) (published in Yanhe Magazine, Issue 10, 2019)

Source: Hubei Writers Network Published: 2019-10-10 Author: Han Yuhong

One

Li Demeng and Jiang Hai Azi went to the dock to check the situation. Badong County is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River. On the banks of the river, Minsheng, Minwu, Minkang and other passenger ships have stopped loading coal. Some small wooden coal ships are surrounded by civil ships. Even more crowded.

Li Demeng said to Jiang Hai Azi: "My neighbor, Minyoulun Mo Jiarui Dalingjiang told me that they generally only load coal in Wushan or Fengjie, not in Padang, because there is no Sichuan Coal burns well. The steam engine of the ship burned the coal in Hubei and it was not easy to hit the beach. Now, there are more ships to the Xiajiang River, and the ships cannot be loaded into coal in Fengshan Wushan.

"This shows that the ships in the Xiajiang River have been blocked from Yichang to Fengjie," Jiang Haizi said.

Li Demeng asked a local vegetable vendor: "Boss, where does the salt-wood boat in the Yangtze River lean?"

The street vendor pointed at Jiangbei and said, "Look, from the east pass to the west pass, it's airtight."

Li Demeng looked to the north of the river, and when he saw some cypress boats set down their sails and stopped by the river, from the East Pass to the West Pass and even at the Wuxiakou, they were all crowded.

Li Demeng said, "Let's look for a boat to cross the river."

A man on a fish paddle is shouting, "Cross the river, cross the river, you ca n’t cross the river?" People in the Three Gorges call the Yangtze River a big river. Crossing the river means crossing the river. Fish paddles, like small paddles, refer to small wooden boats.

Jiang Hai Azi agreed: "Cross the river! How much is a person?"

The rower said, "One of the thirty oceans!"

Jiang Hai Azi said angrily: "Shit! Poisonous than Laozi Jiang Hai Azi!"

The man laughed when he heard Jiang Hai's name: "If it's Jiang Hai's son, I'll send it across the river for free!"

With a black beard, Jiang Hai Azi pulled out his two guns and said, "No one can recognize the gun, who is not Jiang Hai Azi?"

The rower was silent, and whispered, "It's true that God is here, get on the boat, and cross the river for free."

Suddenly, an alarm sounded in the sky, and the pier and the entire county were in a mess.

The rower gathered the two oars and hid them in the cabin. He himself hid in the cabin and did not dare to show his head.

The Japanese plane came blasting and dropped a bomb at the location where Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi were.

Li Demeng and Jiang Hai Azi ran along the river to avoid the bomb.

Jiang Hai Azi ran and shouted: "Lao Tzu is not afraid of the ground, he is afraid of the plane nesting (pull stool)!"

The bomb exploded behind them, and huge air waves pushed them to the beach.

When they looked back, the little paddles that had been prepared to send them across the river were smashed, the wooden boards were flying wildly, and the rower was gone. Look at the river surface again, it rains powder and dyes the red river surface.

The slam sirens sounded again over the Xiling Gorge Padang, and people began to cry, and there were people running on the street and on the pier. This alarm is an alarm to cancel the alarm.

The cry was louder than louder. Some people rushed to the riverside, crying to the place where the riverside stopped.

Jiang Haizi: "It turns out that the person pushing the river boat is also betting on his life."

Li Demeng: "You can't finish the things you regret. You don't need to keep it in your heart."

Previously, Jiang Haizi and the rower had drawn guns when bargaining. At this time, the rower had been killed. Jiang Haizi understands what Li Demeng said, and wants to avoid being too guilty.

Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi found another boat, boarded the boat and sent it across the river without asking about the price.

Li Demeng said to the rower: "I will charter this boat for an afternoon."

The rower was also very happy, swinging his sculls and rowing towards the east pass of Jiangbei. There, full of airtight cypress boats. At this time, the civilians increased their horsepower into the beautiful Wushan Gorge.

Li Demeng and Jiang Hai Azi went ashore to find a salt ship.

A big salt ship. Li Demeng estimates that the ship is a 100-ton class and has the largest double-sail wooden boat on the Yangtze River.

Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi jumped from the wooden board to a 100-ton salt-wood boat. When they found no one, they went to the stern cab.

At the stern rudder, ten people were eating and drinking.

Li Demeng arched, "Hello everyone! Li Demeng, Director of the Coordination Office of the Military Evacuation Command of the Yichang Administration, please don't take it easy, please everyone!"

An old man stood up and arched his hand, "I am the owner of the ship, what would Mr. Li Demeng tell me?"

Li Demeng: "I would like to invite everyone to put the boat to Yichang. Three provinces in Central China have rioted because of salt."

Old ship owner: "No!"

Jiang Haizi: "Why?"

Elderly ship owner: "The freight rate of salt is low and the risk is high. No one wants to put the boat through Yichang Gorge (Xiling Gorge) to Yichang City. I just want to stop at Padang and let my husband carry Yichang City. We are waiting to clear Salt Horse Road. "

Jiang Haizi: "There is no problem with this. The Yanma Ancient Road is under maintenance. You can carry the salt to Yichang if you find your husband, but now we urgently need everyone to put down the salt boat."

Old boat owner: "The water in Yichang Gorge is no joke, just turning over a boat, our entire fleet is losing money. We are all breadwinners, we ca n’t afford to empty the boat and go back in Yichang. ! "

Li Demeng: "I guarantee that everyone will come back to buy!"

Old ship owner: "Really? Seriously?"

Jiang Haizi: "Is Boss Li saying the same as farting?"

Old ship owner: "Who can guarantee it?"

Jiang Hai Azi: "I Jiang Hai Azi guarantee!"

The old ship owner took a few steps back and asked, "You ... is the legend ... Jiang Hai Azi?"

Jiang Haizi pulled out two pistols: "Don't believe it?"

The old ship owner: "Believe! Believe! It's just that you check the Yanma Ancient Road. You didn't expect to have arrived on the boat. We set off tomorrow, the goal is Yichang!"

A little baby came and looked at Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi carefully.

Old ship owner: "My son, don't look at his height, he is actually a thin baby, only twelve or three years old."

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Li Demeng: "Why did he get him on the boat so young?"

Old boat owner: "Let him feel it. He grew up on the boat after a few trips. We all grew up like this."

Li Demeng asked the old ship owner: "Right, sir, what's your surname?"

Old ship owner: "Don't dare, just call Liu Xiaodan, 65 years old."

Liu Xiaodan's son: "There is another Liu bold on the boat!"

Li Demeng smiled and asked the little boy: "Where did you come from?"

The baby boy looks very spirited and looks like a boatman, very cute. The little baby answered, "From Zigong, Sichuan, to Quzhou, then go to Chongqing to your Three Gorges, Hubei."

Jiang Haizi: "Remember your memory is okay! The channel of the Three Gorges is that your memory is better. The water levels in spring, summer, autumn and winter must be remembered, otherwise accidents will happen easily."

Li Demeng asked Liu Xiaodan: "How many ships does your salt fleet have? How many tons of salt?"

Liu Xiaodan said, "We all came from Zigong together. One side was here, the other side was not. There were 78 ships and 3,000 tons of well salt. They belonged to more than 20 bosses."

Li Demeng said: "Just leave your fleet first. We will cross the river early tomorrow morning to sail together. You should prepare as you please today."

Liu Xiaodan: "Okay, I can make the decision. Liu is more daring to listen to me. It's not a problem for us to stay here."

In the early morning of the next day, Li Demeng, Yan Zixing and the other four people still found the little paddle that helped the river the day before and took the little paddle to the salt fleet. The rower was in his forties, with a purplish red face, weather-beaten. The boatman on the small paddle, like all boatmen, wrapped a white parcel. However, his parcels are very new, which means that this person is very particular about paying attention, and often change clean parcels.

Li Demeng and so on came to the East Pass, feeling cold and deserted, unlike the way to sail, the salt wooden boat did not even pull the sails. Li Demeng knows the rules of the boatman, that is, "a bamboo pole is inserted on the bow of the boat, and the boat will not sail until dawn." If it is going to set sail, in addition to the sails being pulled up, the flanges should have been hung on both sides of the ship's side for a long time, and people have to stand at the prescribed place, and the grandfather should pick up the rudder. In particular, the anchor chain has been pulled up and even the canoe jumping on board will be pumped to the ship. But now, there is no sign of sailing.

Jiang Haizi: "What the hell is the trick? Is it against the water again? See how I can clean up you!"

Li Demeng waited for the cockpit of Liu Xiaodan's salt ship and saw a person lying on the ground, his mouth stupidly cursing: "Hi! Damn bad seed ..."

Li Demeng squatted down and found that Liu Xiaodan was swearing. His left thigh was blurred in flesh and blood, and a big hole appeared.

Aunt Ma Li immediately supported Liu Xiaodan against the ship's bulkhead, ripped a cloth, and bandaged Liu Xiaodan to stop bleeding.

Li Demeng asked, "What's going on? Robbed?"

Liu Xiaodan: "It's the group of people who are worse than the robbers!"

Yan Zixing was angry and shouted, "Clarify clearly! What's going on, don't just talk about it!"

Liu Xiaodan whispered again, "Son, you are still a fine baby. You have been arrested so young. Who am I to take care of when I am so old?"

Jiang Haizi: "Fuck! What the hell is going on? These guys aren't going to do the opposite."

Liu Xiaodan said tremblingly: "Yesterday in the middle of the night, a big ocean boat came down, hundreds of thousands of Kuomintang troops came down, came to our wooden boat, and when they were young, they snatched, saying that they were catching deserters, but they were actually catching Zhuang Dinger. Speaking daringly, they cried.

Li Demeng: "Liu Xiaodan, don't worry, speak slowly."

Liu Xiaodan cried and said, "I did n’t tell you yesterday. My fine baby was only twelve or three years old, and they also gave him ... arrested Zhuang Ding! I will not let Xi Waer go, then the Kuomintang military officer will Fired at me. Our fleet alone caught more than three hundred strong men and left. Where is our fleet?

Yan Zixing was furious: "What a scum! Which ocean-going officer and soldier?"

Liu Xiaodan: "The name of the ship is unclear. My fine baby ..." burst into tears.

Li Demeng: "What is urgently needed now is to send Liu Xiaodan across the river to the county hospital for rescue."

Liu Xiaodan: "What else do you want to save? If I didn't even have the strength to climb to the boat, I would have jumped into the Yangtze River."

Aunt Mo Ma called the little rower boatman who had been sent across the river to row the boat over.

The boatman rowed the boat over, Jiang Haizi, Li Demeng, and Yan Zixing lifted Liu Xiaodan to the small row and let him lie down.

When Li Demeng saw the middle-aged boatman faced with charity, he said to the boatman, "We have given you Mr. Liu Xiaodan. Here is a one-hundred-dollar ticket for Mr. Liu Xiaodan to see a doctor. I will give you another ten yuan. As our money across the river. What do you think? "

The boatman said, "Please rest assured that my second son Qi is a well-known assured person in Badongxia. You can ask if you don't believe it." Second son Qi received the money and tickets, and sent Li Demeng and others to the bank. Direction of Badong County on the south bank of the Yangtze River.

Here, a man on a salt ship saw Li Demeng's actions clearly. The man shouted to Li Demeng: "Mr. Li Demeng, I am Liu Bold and also the owner of the ship. I can see your kindness clearly. But now there are insufficient staff and I don't know what to do."

Li Demeng said: "This good brother, please disembark and come to the dam to talk."

Liu boldly jumped from the bow down the stone dam, and the other people on the boat also jumped ashore one after another to meet Li Demeng.

Li Demeng looked at Liu Boldly, wearing short shorts, wearing green cloth wide trousers, pedal cloth straw shoes, holding a long cigarette rod high in a person, a typical tracer dress. Nabi is a short-collared clothes, the placket turns to the right, nails the chicken intestine under the right shoulder and is live-buttoned. It is a monk's clothing, so it is called "Na"; The scar cloth weighs more than ten pounds, which is why it is "坨". Wearing navy can absorb sweat and cover the wind and rain. The leather whip sticks that escorted the personnel during the military transport did not hurt the bones, and were very popular with trackmen. The owner of the boat wore a tracker's costume, which showed that he was very economical, and also showed that the owner of the boat was small and he drove the boat himself.

Li Demeng said, "Brothers, I ca n’t do this anymore. I still want to put the boat in Yichang."

Liu boldly said: "Not enough people!"

Li Demeng said: "How many ships can go?"

Liu Bold: "We have 78 salt boats in Zigong Artesian Well. Now young and middle-aged people have been arrested, leaving a lot of old, weak, sick, disabled, pregnant, and only a maximum of 20 salt can be opened. The boat goes. "

Jiang Haizi: "Twenty is twenty, better than nothing!"

Liu boldly said, "I put a little energy on these twenty boats and drove to Yichang. The remaining fifty boats are all old, weak, sick, disabled, and pregnant. I ca n’t greet them myself. Still capable of guarding the ship? This time, the officers and men who came here, as long as they did not want the goods. Which night I ca n’t say, come some great second child (bandits), as long as the goods are not needed, Lange (how)?

When Li Demeng and Liu boldly talked, some boat owners came down from the West Pass and came to Li Demeng.

Li Demeng said, "Let ’s do this, you seventy-eight ships, a total of 3,000 tons, I, Li Demeng, all bought it. Are you relieved? The thing is lost, the loss is mine!"

Liu was silent.

Jiang Haizi: "I've talked about this, and don't want to sail? Do you want to sail back to Sichuan?"

Liu boldly said, "I don't have that idea."

Aunt Ma Li said, "Since you want to make money, why don't you make money? Salt is the official price, and it won't lose you. What are you hesitating about?"

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Liu boldly took out a dry cigarette bag, slowly rolled cigarettes, filled cigarettes, put the pot on the ground, and stood on the dam to smoke, without speaking, as if performing a smoking technique.

Yan Zixing said: "If you want to increase the price in Guanyan, you are trying to make money for the country, and that's what you want to do."

Liu boldly: "I bet the curse: Is it good for them to want to make trouble in the country?"

Yan Zixing angrily said, "You ..."

Liu dared to smoke, spit out his cigarettes, and said scornfully, "You, you, you, I didn't say you." Sichuanese are very humorous all the time, even in very critical situations, some words pass Speaking from the Sichuan population, others sound humorous or ironic.

Li Demeng: "Why not sail?"

Liu boldly said, "Boss Li, it's a good thing that you bought all the salt. But, what does this good thing mean to us? We are on a boat, and we charge a little for the freight. 2. People make a lot of money and lose a lot. It's not about the owner of our ship. That's the owner of the cargo. "

Li Demeng: "I see. In this way, for these 78 ships, I even bought all the ships with salt, and all the accidents are mine!" The reason why Li Demeng asked you to coordinate the salt fleet in Padang is because He is well-funded and willing to support the War of Resistance.

Liu boldly stopped smoking and looked at Li Demeng with amazement. The people around Liu boldly showed their astonishment and talked about: "Is there such a great strength?"

Liu boldly said, "Okay! I have the ability to shoot!" Spread out his right hand and make a look for money.

Li Demeng: "From now on, the ship and salt are mine now. Follow me to Yichang to get the money."

Liu smiled boldly: "It's light, and salt is a light bulb. Who guarantees it?"

Jiang Haizi: "I, Jiang Haizi guarantee!"

Liu looked daringly at Jiang Hai Azi, silent.

Jiang Haizi: "Is Jiang Haizi not able to reach you a few ships of salt?"

Liu dared to spit out his cigarette, Jiang Haizi thought he was going to talk, but Liu dared to take another cigarette.

Aunt Mochi: "My aunt Moyan of Yanma Ancient Road also came to guarantee."

Liu boldly looked at Aunt Mochi and said, "The river water doesn't violate the well water, and I don't go up the dry road." When Liu boldly said this, the smoke and the sound of the soil smoke spit out from his mouth.

Jiang Haizi: "Tell you that when the Red Army was in trouble, Mr. Li Demeng paid for one of the army's Red Army to eat and drink for a month. Do you say he doesn't have much money?"

At this time, some ship owners who came down from the West Pass were close to Li Demeng, and one of them was shouting how far apart, "Boss Li, Demeng Brother!"

Li Demeng replied: "Boss Zhao! What wind has blown you down?"

Boss Zhao: "I made a special trip to visit you."

Li Demeng: "What goods do you bring?"

Boss Zhao approached Li Demeng: "A boat in the clouds."

Li Demeng whispered, "I took Yun Yan, but I didn't take that cigarette. Now I will take it off my head."

Boss Zhao: "I'll figure it out by myself."

Li Demeng asked: "Have you been arrested on your boat?"

Boss Zhao: "The boat we were on was okay. Yesterday the ghost plane went all the way to Badong County's nest, scaring most of our boatmen from staying on the boat, so we had to play and drink in Guandukou Town to find a woman. This will save you from calamity. "

Li Demeng said: "I have bought all your ships and goods. You can use the money you buy to buy a new and better ship in your hometown. And the ferry tickets for returning to Chongqing are also given to you free of charge. .It ’s just that you have to get to Yichang to get the money. Who brings so much money on the road? ”

Liu boldly also seemed to see the beginning of Li Demeng.

Boss Zhao said, "Let me introduce Boss Li. Boss Li Demeng is my friend for many years. You know that I am a smoker. In Yichang, I directly told Boss Li Demeng and never gave it to anyone else. Boss Li Demeng was a fan of Han opera It's very good. If he doesn't, it means that he can't afford to be a prodigal boy, let alone the river salt ship, which is the entire Badong county, and he will sell it. "

Everyone was uproar.

Boss Zhao said, "I'm a smoker, do you understand? A smoker! You should understand how profitable it is to also sell that smoker who ate in bed! The long-term collaborator with me in Yichang is Li Demeng. . Understand? To guarantee, I will take Kunming Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang as a guarantee, will I get it? "

Liu Bold: "Yes! Yun Guichuan, who doesn't know Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang in Kunming! If you don't know Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang, walk on the rivers and lakes. Boss Zhao Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang has always spoken on rivers and lakes, I am bold admit!"

Aunt Ma Li shouted, "Everything is ready, it is only due to the east wind. Now the east wind is blowing and sail immediately!"

Boss of all ships: "Ship!" Dispersed immediately and ran to his cargo ship.

The boatmen ate up their flesh, drank the sailing wine, and then raised the sails, set the radius, raised the iron anchors, and propped the poles. They slowly moved the boat to the main channel and drifted slowly along the water.

  

(This article is an excerpt, the full text is about 40,000 words, published in Yanhe Magazine, Issue 10, 2019)

  

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Changjiang Ballad (Excerpt from Novella) (published in Yanhe Magazine, Issue 10, 2019)

2019-10-10 17-47-12

One

Li Demeng and Jiang Hai Azi went to the dock to check the situation. Badong County is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River. On the banks of the river, Minsheng, Minwu, Minkang and other passenger ships have stopped loading coal. Some small wooden coal ships are surrounded by civil ships. Even more crowded.

Li Demeng said to Jiang Hai Azi: "My neighbor, Minyoulun Mo Jiarui Dalingjiang told me that they generally only load coal in Wushan or Fengjie, not in Padang, because there is no Sichuan Coal burns well. The steam engine of the ship burned the coal in Hubei, which is not good for hitting the beach. Now, there are more ships to the Xiajiang River, and the ships cannot be loaded into coal in Fengjie Wushan.

"This shows that the ships in the Xiajiang River have been blocked from Yichang to Fengjie," Jiang Haizi said.

Li Demeng asked a local vegetable vendor: "Boss, where does the salt-wood boat in the Yangtze River lean?"

The street vendor pointed at Jiangbei and said, "Look, from the east pass to the west pass, it's airtight."

Li Demeng looked to the north of the river, and when he saw some cypress boats set down their sails and stopped by the river, from the East Pass to the West Pass and even at the Wuxiakou, they were all crowded.

Li Demeng said, "Let's look for a boat to cross the river."

People on a fish paddle are shouting, "Cross the river, cross the river, you can't cross the river?" People in the Three Gorges call the Yangtze River a big river.

Jiang Hai Azi agreed: "Cross the river! How much is a person?"

The rower said, "One of the thirty oceans!"

Jiang Hai Azi said angrily: "Shit! Poisonous than Laozi Jiang Hai Azi!"

The man laughed when he heard Jiang Hai's name: "If it's Jiang Hai's son, I'll send it across the river for free!"

With a black beard, Jiang Hai Azi pulled out his two guns and said, "No one can recognize the gun, who is not Jiang Hai Azi?"

The rower was silent, and whispered, "It's true that God is here, get on the boat, and cross the river for free."

Suddenly, an alarm sounded in the sky, and the pier and the entire county were in a mess.

The rower gathered the two oars and hid them in the cabin. He himself hid in the cabin and did not dare to show his head.

The Japanese plane came blasting and dropped a bomb at the location where Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi were.

Li Demeng and Jiang Hai Azi ran along the river to avoid the bomb.

Jiang Hai Azi ran and shouted: "Lao Tzu is not afraid of the ground, he is afraid of the plane nesting (pull stool)!"

The bomb exploded behind them, and huge air waves pushed them to the beach.

When they looked back, the little paddles that had been prepared to send them across the river were smashed, the wooden boards were flying wildly, and the rower was gone. Look at the river surface again, it rains powder and dyes the red river surface.

The slam sirens sounded again over the Xiling Gorge Padang, and people began to cry, and there were people running on the street and on the pier. This alarm is an alarm to cancel the alarm.

The cry was louder than louder. Some people rushed to the riverside, crying to the place where the riverside stopped.

Jiang Haizi: "It turns out that the person pushing the river boat is also betting on his life."

Li Demeng: "You can't finish the things you regret. You don't need to keep it in your heart."

Previously, Jiang Haizi and the rower had drawn guns when bargaining. At this time, the rower had been killed. Jiang Haizi understands what Li Demeng said, and wants to avoid being too guilty.

Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi found another boat, boarded the boat and sent it across the river without asking about the price.

Li Demeng said to the rower: "I will charter this boat for an afternoon."

The rower was also very happy, swinging his sculls and rowing towards the east pass of Jiangbei. There, full of airtight cypress boats. At this time, the civilians increased their horsepower into the beautiful Wushan Gorge.

Li Demeng and Jiang Hai Azi went ashore to find a salt ship.

A big salt ship. Li Demeng estimates that the ship is a 100-ton class and has the largest double-sail wooden boat on the Yangtze River.

Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi jumped from the wooden board to a 100-ton salt-wood boat. When they found no one, they went to the stern cab.

At the stern rudder, ten people were eating and drinking.

Li Demeng arched, "Hello everyone! Li Demeng, Director of the Coordination Office of the Military Evacuation Command of the Yichang Administration, please don't take it easy, please everyone!"

An old man stood up and arched his hand, "I am the owner of the ship, what would Mr. Li Demeng tell me?"

Li Demeng: "I would like to invite everyone to put the boat to Yichang. Three provinces in Central China have rioted because of salt."

Old ship owner: "No!"

Jiang Haizi: "Why?"

Elderly ship owner: "The freight rate of salt is low and the risk is high. No one wants to put the boat through Yichang Gorge (Xiling Gorge) to Yichang City. I just want to stop at Padang and let my husband carry Yichang City. We are waiting to clear Salt Horse Road. "

Jiang Haizi: "There is no problem with this. The Yanma Ancient Road is under maintenance. You can carry the salt to Yichang if you find your husband, but now we urgently need everyone to put down the salt boat."

Old boat owner: "The water in Yichang Gorge is no joke, just turning over a boat, our entire fleet is losing money. We are all breadwinners, we ca n’t afford to empty the boat and go back in Yichang. ! "

Li Demeng: "I guarantee that everyone will come back to buy!"

Old ship owner: "Really? Seriously?"

Jiang Haizi: "Is Boss Li saying the same as farting?"

Old ship owner: "Who can guarantee it?"

Jiang Hai Azi: "I Jiang Hai Azi guarantee!"

The old ship owner took a few steps back and asked, "You ... is the legend ... Jiang Hai Azi?"

Jiang Haizi pulled out two pistols: "Don't believe it?"

The old ship owner: "Believe! Believe! It's just that you check the Yanma Ancient Road. You didn't expect to have arrived on the boat. We set off tomorrow, the goal is Yichang!"

A little baby came and looked at Li Demeng and Jiang Haizi carefully.

Old ship owner: "My son, don't look at his height, he is actually a thin baby, only twelve or three years old."

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Li Demeng: "Why did he get him on the boat so young?"

Old boat owner: "Let him feel it. He grew up on the boat after a few trips. We all grew up like this."

Li Demeng asked the old ship owner: "Right, sir, what's your surname?"

Old ship owner: "Don't dare, just call Liu Xiaodan, 65 years old."

Liu Xiaodan's son: "There is another Liu bold on the boat!"

Li Demeng smiled and asked the little boy: "Where did you come from?"

The baby boy looks very spirited and looks like a boatman, very cute. The little baby answered, "From Zigong, Sichuan, to Quzhou, then go to Chongqing to your Three Gorges, Hubei."

Jiang Haizi: "Remember your memory is okay! The channel of the Three Gorges is that your memory is better. The water levels in spring, summer, autumn and winter must be remembered, otherwise accidents will happen easily."

Li Demeng asked Liu Xiaodan: "How many ships does your salt fleet have? How many tons of salt?"

Liu Xiaodan said, "We all came from Zigong together. One side was here, the other side was not. There were 78 ships and 3,000 tons of well salt. They belonged to more than 20 bosses."

Li Demeng said: "Just leave your fleet first. We will cross the river early tomorrow morning to sail together. You should prepare as you please today."

Liu Xiaodan: "Okay, I can make the decision. Liu is more daring to listen to me. It's not a problem for us to stay here."

In the early morning of the next day, Li Demeng, Yan Zixing and the other four people still found the little paddle that helped the river the day before and took the little paddle to the salt fleet. The rower was in his forties, with a purplish red face, weather-beaten. The boatman on the small paddle, like all boatmen, wrapped a white parcel. However, his parcels are very new, which means that this person is very particular about paying attention, and often change clean parcels.

Li Demeng and so on came to the East Pass, feeling cold and deserted, unlike the way to sail, the salt wooden boat did not even pull the sails. Li Demeng knows the rules of the boatman, that is, "a bamboo pole is inserted on the bow of the boat, and the boat will not sail until dawn." If it is going to set sail, in addition to the sails being pulled up, the flanges should have been hung on both sides of the ship's side for a long time, and people have to stand at the prescribed place, and the grandfather should pick up the rudder. In particular, the anchor chain has been pulled up and even the canoe jumping on board will be pumped to the ship. But now, there is no sign of sailing.

Jiang Haizi: "What the hell is the trick? Is it against the water again? See how I can clean up you!"

Li Demeng waited for the cockpit of Liu Xiaodan's salt ship and saw a person lying on the ground, his mouth stupidly cursing: "Hi! Damn bad seed ..."

Li Demeng squatted down and found that Liu Xiaodan was swearing. His left thigh was blurred in flesh and blood, and a big hole appeared.

Aunt Ma Li immediately supported Liu Xiaodan against the ship's bulkhead, ripped a cloth, and bandaged Liu Xiaodan to stop bleeding.

Li Demeng asked, "What's going on? Robbed?"

Liu Xiaodan: "It's the group of people who are worse than the robbers!"

Yan Zixing was angry and shouted, "Clarify clearly! What's going on, don't just talk about it!"

Liu Xiaodan whispered again, "Son, you are still a fine baby. You have been arrested so young. Who am I to take care of when I am so old?"

Jiang Haizi: "Fuck! What the hell is going on? These guys aren't going to do the opposite."

Liu Xiaodan said tremblingly: "Yesterday in the middle of the night, a big ocean boat came down, hundreds of thousands of Kuomintang troops came down, came to our wooden boat, and when they were young, they snatched, saying that they were catching deserters, but they were actually catching Zhuang Dinger." Speaking daringly, they cried.

Li Demeng: "Liu Xiaodan, don't worry, speak slowly."

Liu Xiaodan cried and said, "I did n’t tell you yesterday. My fine baby was only twelve or three years old, and they also gave him ... arrested Zhuang Ding! I will not let Xi Waer go, then the Kuomintang military officer will Fired at me. Our fleet alone caught more than three hundred strong men and left. Where is our fleet?

Yan Zixing was furious: "What a scum! Which ocean-going officer and soldier?"

Liu Xiaodan: "The name of the ship is unclear. My fine baby ..." burst into tears.

Li Demeng: "What is urgently needed now is to send Liu Xiaodan across the river to the county hospital for rescue."

Liu Xiaodan: "What else do you want to save? If I didn't even have the strength to climb to the boat, I would have jumped into the Yangtze River."

Aunt Mo Ma called the little rower boatman who had been sent across the river to row the boat over.

The boatman rowed the boat over, Jiang Haizi, Li Demeng, and Yan Zixing lifted Liu Xiaodan to the small row and let him lie down.

When Li Demeng saw the middle-aged boatman faced with charity, he said to the boatman, "We have given you Mr. Liu Xiaodan. Here is a one-hundred-dollar ticket for Mr. Liu Xiaodan to see a doctor. I will give you another ten yuan. As our money across the river. What do you think? "

The boatman said, "Please rest assured that my second son Qi is a well-known assured person in Badongxia. You can ask if you don't believe it." Second son Qi received the money and tickets, and sent Li Demeng and others to the bank. Direction of Badong County on the south bank of the Yangtze River.

Here, a man on a salt ship saw Li Demeng's actions clearly. The man shouted to Li Demeng: "Mr. Li Demeng, I am Liu Bold and also the owner of the ship. I can see your kindness clearly. But now there are insufficient staff and I don't know what to do."

Li Demeng said: "This good brother, please disembark and come to the dam to talk."

Liu boldly jumped from the bow down the stone dam, and the other people on the boat also jumped ashore one after another to meet Li Demeng.

Li Demeng looked at Liu Boldly, wearing short shorts, wearing green cloth wide trousers, pedal cloth straw shoes, holding a long cigarette rod high in a person, a typical tracer dress. Nabi is a short-collared clothes, the placket turns to the right, nails the chicken intestine under the right shoulder and is live-buttoned. It is a monk's clothing, so it is called "Na"; The scar cloth weighs more than ten pounds, which is why it is "坨". Wearing navy can absorb sweat and cover the wind and rain. The leather whip sticks that escorted the personnel during the military transport did not hurt the bones, and were very popular with trackmen. The owner of the boat wore a tracker's costume, which showed that he was very economical, and also showed that the owner of the boat was small and he drove the boat himself.

Li Demeng said, "Brothers, I ca n’t do this anymore. I still want to put the boat in Yichang."

Liu boldly said: "Not enough people!"

Li Demeng said: "How many ships can go?"

Liu Bold: "We have 78 salt boats in Zigong Artesian Well. Now young and middle-aged people have been arrested, leaving a lot of old, weak, sick, disabled, pregnant, and only a maximum of 20 salt can be opened. The boat goes. "

Jiang Haizi: "Twenty is twenty, better than nothing!"

Liu boldly said, "I put a little energy on these twenty boats and drove to Yichang. The remaining fifty boats are all old, weak, sick, disabled, and pregnant. I ca n’t greet them myself. Still capable of guarding the ship? This time, the officers and men who came here, as long as they did not want the goods. Which night I ca n’t say, come some great second child (bandits), as long as the goods are not needed, Lange (how)?

When Li Demeng and Liu boldly talked, some boat owners came down from the West Pass and came to Li Demeng.

Li Demeng said, "Let ’s do this, you seventy-eight ships, a total of 3,000 tons, I, Li Demeng, all bought it. Are you relieved? The thing is lost, the loss is mine!"

Liu was silent.

Jiang Haizi: "I've talked about this, and don't want to sail? Do you want to sail back to Sichuan?"

Liu boldly said, "I don't have that idea."

Aunt Ma Li said, "Since you want to make money, why don't you make money? Salt is the official price, and it won't lose you. What are you hesitating about?"

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Liu boldly took out a dry cigarette bag, slowly rolled cigarettes, filled cigarettes, put the pot on the ground, and stood on the dam to smoke, without talking, like performing a smoking technique.

Yan Zixing said: "If you want to increase the price in Guanyan, you are trying to make money for the country, and that's what you want to do."

Liu boldly: "I bet the curse: Is it good for them to want to make trouble in the country?"

Yan Zixing angrily said, "You ..."

Liu dared to smoke, spit out his cigarettes, and said scornfully, "You, you, you, I didn't say you." Sichuanese are very humorous all the time, even in very critical situations, some words pass Speaking from the Sichuan population, others sound humorous or ironic.

Li Demeng: "Why not sail?"

Liu boldly said, "Boss Li, it's a good thing that you bought all the salt. But, what does this good thing mean to us? We are on a boat, and we charge a little for the freight. 2. People make a lot of money and lose a lot. It's not about the owner of our ship. That's the owner of the cargo. "

Li Demeng: "I see. In this way, for these 78 ships, I even bought all the ships with salt, and all the accidents are mine!" The reason why Li Demeng asked you to coordinate the salt fleet in Padang is because He is well-funded and willing to support the War of Resistance.

Liu boldly stopped smoking and looked at Li Demeng with amazement. The people around Liu boldly showed their astonishment and talked about: "Is there such a great strength?"

Liu boldly said, "Okay! I have the ability to shoot!" Spread out his right hand and make a look for money.

Li Demeng: "From now on, the ship and salt are mine now. Follow me to Yichang to get the money."

Liu smiled boldly: "It's light, and salt is a light bulb. Who guarantees it?"

Jiang Haizi: "I, Jiang Haizi guarantee!"

Liu looked daringly at Jiang Hai Azi, silent.

Jiang Haizi: "Is Jiang Haizi not able to reach you a few ships of salt?"

Liu dared to spit out his cigarette, Jiang Haizi thought he was going to talk, but Liu dared to take another cigarette.

Aunt Mochi: "My aunt Moyan of Yanma Ancient Road also came to guarantee."

Liu boldly looked at Aunt Mochi and said, "The river water doesn't violate the well water, and I don't take the dry road."

Jiang Haizi: "Tell you that when the Red Army was in trouble, Mr. Li Demeng paid for one of the army's Red Army to eat and drink for a month. Do you say he doesn't have much money?"

At this time, some ship owners who came down from the West Pass were close to Li Demeng, and one of them was shouting how far apart, "Boss Li, Demeng Brother!"

Li Demeng replied: "Boss Zhao! What wind has blown you down?"

Boss Zhao: "I made a special trip to visit you."

Li Demeng: "What goods do you bring?"

Boss Zhao approached Li Demeng: "A boat in the clouds."

Li Demeng whispered, "I took Yun Yan, but I didn't take that cigarette. Now I will take it off my head."

Boss Zhao: "I'll figure it out by myself."

Li Demeng asked: "Have you been arrested on your boat?"

Boss Zhao: "The boat we were on was okay. Yesterday the ghost plane went all the way to Badong County's nest, scaring most of our boatmen from staying on the boat, so we had to play and drink in Guandukou Town to find a woman. This will save you from calamity. "

Li Demeng said: "I have bought all your ships and goods. You can use the money you buy to buy a new and better ship in your hometown. And the ferry tickets for returning to Chongqing are also given to you free of charge. .It ’s just that you have to get to Yichang to get the money. Who brings so much money on the road? ”

Liu boldly also seemed to see the beginning of Li Demeng.

Boss Zhao said, "Let me introduce Boss Li. Boss Li Demeng is my friend for many years. You know that I am a smoker. In Yichang, I directly told Boss Li Demeng and never gave it to anyone else. Boss Li Demeng was a fan of Han opera It's very good. If he doesn't, it means that he can't afford to be a prodigal boy, let alone the river salt ship, which is the entire Badong county, and he will sell it. "

Everyone was uproar.

Boss Zhao said, "I'm a smoker, do you understand? A smoker! You should understand how profitable it is to also sell that smoker who ate in bed! The long-term collaborator with me in Yichang is Li Demeng. . Understand? To guarantee, I will take Kunming Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang as a guarantee, will I get it? "

Liu Bold: "Yes! Yun Guichuan, who doesn't know Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang in Kunming! If you don't know Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang, walk on the rivers and lakes. Boss Zhao Zhao Hexiang Yanzhuang has always spoken on rivers and lakes, I am bold admit!"

Aunt Ma Li shouted, "Everything is ready, it is only due to the east wind. Now the east wind is blowing and sail immediately!"

Boss of all ships: "Ship!" Dispersed immediately and ran to his cargo ship.

The boatmen ate up their flesh, drank the sailing wine, and then raised the sails, set the radius, raised the iron anchors, and propped the poles. They slowly moved the boat to the main channel and drifted slowly along the water.

  

(This article is an excerpt, the full text is about 40,000 words, published in Yanhe Magazine, Issue 10, 2019)

  

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