They had "got their rations for that day," as the captain put it, and we had the place to ourselves and a quiet time to overhaul the wounded and get dinner.
The captain sat down to his log, and here is the beginning of the entry: Alexander Smollett, master; David Livesey, ship’s doctor; Abraham Gray, carpenter’s mate; John Trelawney, owner; John Hunter and Richard Joyce, owner’s servants, landsmen—being all that is left faithful of the ship’s company—with stores for ten days at short rations, came ashore this day and flew British colours on the log-house in Treasure Island.
But the rations are short, very short—so short, Dr. Livesey, that we’re perhaps as well without that extra mouth."
"Bright and early, to be sure; and it’s the early bird, as the saying goes, that gets the rations.
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Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
During the Second World War, most commodities were rationed, so more resources could be devoted to the war effort.