In 1906 in Ancona, where he meets a young Stalin, who is a night porter at a hotel. In 1908 he returned to Argentina, where he again meets his friend Jack London. Then, on board different ships scour the seven seas, docking, inter alia, the United States and China. In 1909 Short was in Trieste where, spurred by a letter from the union Connolly and friend, the writer Joyce would help to overcome his shyness with women. In 1910 Short was second mate on the cargo cattle "SSBostonian" on the route Boston to Liverpool, where he had boarded the journalist John Reed. Following an incident on the ship, Short can do absolve Reed of murder but that costs him the charge and the ability to continue browsing. So eventually engage in smuggling between the Antilles and Brazil. Later he and Rasputin entering the organization of the Monaco, the mysterious owner of a pirate fleet in the Pacific Ocean. full movies
At this time, at a time and a place unknown (in some adventure ever told between 1910 and 1913) knows the English writer Frederick Rolfe, better known as Baron Corvo, who, upon his death in 1913, write a letter that will start an adventure that will take place in 1921 (in history "Fable of Venice (Al-Sirat Bunduqiyyah)").
While tensions between the European powers between 1913 and 1914, salt, Monaco comes in contact with the Germans, who at that time had colonies in the Pacific Ocean, to help them obtain supplies of coal and in its "war a run ", in the event of bursting of the war. In this context, the crew mutinied and Corto Maltese is tied leaves on a raft off the Solomon Islands. November 1, 1913 is fished from the boat of the friend-enemy Rasputin. On the same day is saved by Rasputin also two cousins Groovesnore, Pandora and Cain, who are taken prisoner for ransom by their rich parents. These events, recounted in "A Ballad of the Salt Sea", take place between November 1913 and January 1915, but this history is any doubt. Buy a German sailor, Boeke, we find that six years later in Venice, where a friend of Short (in "Fable of Venice") but here the two are not known and it is not certain that the two are exactly the same character Boeke. As for Pandora, which will prove to be the illegitimate daughter of Monaco, she seems to feel something for Corto Maltese, but at the end of history will return to Australia where he married another man. The friendship between the two will never cease.