efficiency expert or any one else."
"I don't recall that I made any such agreement," said Jimmy. "I must
insist on seeing that pay-roll."
Bince turned white with suppressed anger, and then suddenly slamming his
pen on the desk, he wheeled around toward the other.
"I might as well tell you something," he said, "that will make your path
easier here, if you know it. I understand that you want a permanent job
with us. If you do you might as well understand now as any other time
that you have got to be satisfactory to me. Of course, it is none of
your business, but it may help you to understand conditions when I tell
you that I am to marry Mr. Compton's daughter, and when I do that he
expects to retire from business, leaving me in full charge here. Now, do
you get me?"
Jimmy had involuntarily acquired antipathy toward Bince at their first
meeting, an antipathy which had been growing the more that he saw of the
assistant general manager. This fact, coupled with Bince's present
rather nasty manner, was rapidly arousing the anger of the efficiency
expert. "I didn't come in here," he said, "to discuss your matrimonial
prospects, Mr. Bince. I came in here to see the pay-roll, and you will
oblige me by letting me see it."
"I tell you again," said Bince, "once and for all, that you don't see
the pay-roll nor anything else connected with my office, and you will
oblige me by not bothering me any longer. As I told you when you first
came in, I am very busy."
Jimmy turned and left the room. He was on the point of going to
Compton's office and asking for authority to see the pay-roll, and then
it occurred to him that Compton would probably not take sides against
his assistant general manager and future son-in-law.
"I've got to get at it some other way," said Jimmy, "but you bet your
life I'm going to get at it. It looks to me as though there's something
funny about that pay-roll."
On his way out he stopped at Everett's cage. "What was the amount of the
check for the pay-roll for this week, Everett?" he asked.
"A little over ninety-six hundred dollars."
"Thanks," said Jimmy, and returned to the shops to continue his study of
his men, and as he studied them he asked many questions, made many notes
in his little note-book, and always there were two questions that were
the same: "What is your name? What wages do you get?"
"I guess," said Jimmy,
Nor did Gahan seem displeased with the excuse for further monopolizing the society of his fair companion.Page 12
The guests had departed.Page 14
"When Gahan of Gathol returns he may carry you off," said the former.Page 18
And still the tempest, its fury unabated, bore her on.Page 21
And in another instant was the Vanator forgotten as the lofty, scarlet tower that had marked Lesser Helium for ages crashed to ground, carrying death and demolition upon the city beneath.Page 25
The Barsoomian day had ended, and then the brief period of twilight that renders the transition from daylight to darkness almost as abrupt as the switching off of an electric light, and Tara of Helium had found no sanctuary.Page 40
In the walls of this room there were many of the small, round openings she had noticed in various parts of the tunnels, the purpose of which she could not guess.Page 44
There is but one high race--the race of Bantoomians.Page 49
Then it was that we commenced to ride upon the backs of these primitive rykors.Page 61
Scarcely able to believe that Fate had dealt thus gently with him, the jed arose slowly, as though more than half convinced that he should discover crushed and splintered bones that would not support his weight.Page 103
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" "Yet A-Kor is one of them," said Tara.Page 127
Slay me if you will.Page 128
Few people go there.Page 131
the throne of Manator where stood O-Tar, the jeddak, with drawn sword ready to take his part in the melee.Page 139
For a time he passed room after room filled with the cunningly preserved dead of Manator, many of which were piled in tiers after the manner that firewood is corded, and as he moved through corridor and chamber he noticed hieroglyphics painted upon the walls above every opening and at each fork or crossing of corridors, until by observation he reached the conclusion that these indicated the designations of passageways, so that one who understood them might travel quickly and surely through the pits; but Turan did not understand them.Page 147
The match was an unimportant one, being but to settle some petty dispute between two chiefs, and was played with professional jetan players for points only.Page 155
And then she saw and all those others saw a strange transition steal over the swordplay of the Black Chief.Page 164
"Where they found him they left him and there to this very day his mouldering bones lie hid in some forgotten chamber of this forbidden suite.Page 201
The first move may be decided in any way that is agreeable to both players; after the first game the winner of the preceding game moves first if he chooses, or may instruct his opponent to make the first move.