asked one of
the four after Bince had left the room.
"About two thousand dollars," was the reply, "which added to what I
already hold, puts Mr. Compton in my debt some seven or eight thousand
Whereupon they all laughed.
"I suppose," remarked anther, "that it's a damn shame, but if we don't
get it some one else will."
"Is he paying anything at all?" asked another.
"Oh, yes; he comes across with something now and then, but we'll
probably have to carry the bulk of it until after the wedding."
"Well, I can't carry it forever," said the first speaker. "I'm not
playing here for my health," and, rising, he too left the room. Going
directly to the buffet, he found Bince, as he was quite sure that he
"Look here, old man," he said, "I hate to seem insistent, but, on the
level, I've got to have some money."
"I've told you two or three times,"' replied Bince, "that I'd let you
have it as soon as I could get it. I can't get you any now."
"If you haven't got it, Mason Compton has," retorted the creditor, "and
if you don't come across I'll go to him and get it."
"You wouldn't do that, Harry?" he almost whimpered. "For God's sake,
don't do that, and I'll try and see what I can do for you."
"Well," replied the other, "I don't want to be nasty, but I need some
"Give me a little longer," begged Bince, "and I'll see what I can do."
Jimmy Torrance sat a long time in thought after the Lizard left. "God!"
he muttered. "I wonder what dad would say if he knew that I had come to
a point where I had even momentarily considered going into partnership
with a safe-blower, and that for the next two weeks I shall be
compelled to subsist upon the charity of a criminal?
"I'm sure glad that I have a college education. It has helped me
materially to win to my present exalted standing in society. Oh, well I
might be worse off, I suppose. At least I don't have to worry about the
"It is now October, and since the first of the year I have earned forty
dollars exactly. I have also received a bequest of twenty dollars, which
of course is exempt. I venture to say that there is not another
able-bodied adult male in the United States the making of whose
income-tax schedule would be simpler than mine."
With which philosophic trend of thought, and the knowledge that he could
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I merely stated that I should refuse to submit to arrest, and that I should demand of him and every other officer and man implicit obedience to my every command until we docked at home.Page 15
To remain at sea is to perish.Page 28
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The thing had come from a little to one side of me, and, without waiting to investigate at the instant, I leaped behind the tree, and, circling it, peered around the other side to get a sight of my would-be murderer.Page 32
"What is that?" I pointed toward the west.Page 34
Naturally one does not care to believe that the object of his greatest affection is descended from a gibbering idiot and a raving.Page 37
A man is merely head of his wife's family--that is all.Page 40
Though she had returned with the old queen, she had not spoken to me, even then.Page 43
We stumbled through the underbrush wet with dew, our way lighted by a score of torchbearers who surrounded us.Page 44
They were naturally rough and brutal, as primitive men are supposed to have been since the dawn of humanity, but they did not go out of their way to maltreat me.Page 49
From room to room we passed until presently we emerged into a mighty chamber, dark and gloomy, for its high and narrow windows were choked and clogged by ivy.Page 55
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the type of man he was.Page 65
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"My people are the most powerful on earth.Page 76
There were troops of riflemen mounted on camels.Page 79
Then came the official's voice again, in sharp and peremptory command.Page 82
Two doors opened from this to other rooms.