you. There must be some other way to get around
"What are you trying to do?" asked Krovac. "I got enough on you now to
send you up, and I don't mind tellin' yuh," he added, "that I had a guy
hid down there in the shop where he could watch you drop the envelope
behind my machine. I got a witness, yuh understand!"
Mr. Bince did understand, but still he managed to control his temper.
"What of it?" he said. "Nobody would believe your story, but let's
forget that. What we want to do is get rid of Torrance."
"That isn't all you want to do," said Krovac. "There is something else."
Bince realized that he was compromised as hopelessly already as he could
be if the man had even more information.
"Yes," he said, "there is something beside Torrance's interference in
the shop. He's interfering with our accounting system and I don't want
it interfered with just now."
"You mean the pay-roll?" asked Krovac.
"It might be," said Bince.
"You want them two new guys that are working in the office croaked,
too?" asked Krovac.
"I don't want anybody 'croaked'," replied Bince. "I didn't tell you to
kill Torrance in the first place. I just said I didn't want him to come
back here to work."
"Ah, hell, what you givin' us?" growled the other. "I knew what you
meant and you knew what you meant, too. Come across straight. What do
"I want all the records of the certified public accountants who are
working here," said Bince after a moment's pause. "I want them
destroyed, together with the pay-roll records."
"Where are they?"
"They will all be in the safe in Mr. Compton's office."
Krovac knitted his brows in thought for several moments. "Say," he said,
"we can do the whole thing with one job."
"What do you mean?" asked Bince,
"We can get rid of this Torrance guy and get the records, too."
"How?" asked Bince. "Do you know where Feinheimer's is?"
"Well, you be over there to-night about ten thirty and I'll introduce
you to a guy who can pull off this whole thing, and you and I won't have
to be mixed up in it at all."
"To-night at ten thirty," said Bince.
"At Feinheimer's," said Krovac.
AN INVITATION TO DINE.
As the workman passed through the little outer office Edith Hudson
glanced up at him.
"Where," she thought after he had gone, "have I seen that fellow
Jimmy was in the shop applying "How to Get More Out of Your Factory" to
the problems of the International Machine Company when he was called
The forests and the plains gave plentifully of fruits and wild birds, antelope, aurochsen, and elk.Page 12
I have no words wherewith to describe it.Page 14
"Have you no clue as to the whereabouts of Dian?" I asked.Page 22
For some time the ground had been rougher and steeper, until I had been forced to scale a considerable height that had carried me from the glacier entirely.Page 38
"The mighty Mahars await your reply.Page 45
The Sagoths' leader pointed in the direction in which I had told him the valley lay.Page 49
I think there must have been tears in my eyes then--I know I felt too full for words.Page 59
My experience in the hard life of the inner world has turned my thews to steel.Page 70
They clustered about, jabbering at my guards and attempting to get their hands upon me, whether from curiosity or a desire to do me bodily harm I did not know, since my escort with bared fangs and heavy blows kept them off.Page 79
Shortly after I came upon the broad ocean which breaks at this point at the very foot of the great hill where Hooja had found safe refuge for himself and his villains.Page 84
Zig-zag trails led up to them, and narrow ledges scooped from the face of the soft rock connected those upon the same level.Page 86
We couldn't devote much time, though, to the happiness of love-making, for we were in the midst of enemies who might discover us at any moment.Page 88
And Juag? He cast a single affrighted glance in my direction--never before, of course, had he heard the report of a firearm--and with a howl of dismay he, too, turned and plunged headforemost from sight.Page 93
I could almost have wished for death to vouchsafe her that peace which fate seemed to deny her in this life.Page 95
The vegetation here was sparse and of a weird, colorless nature, though what did grow was wondrous in shape and form.Page 96
The rest of the herd was up and away in an instant, only the wounded bull remaining, with lowered head and roving eyes searching for the foe.Page 108
Besides the paddlers there were twenty-five or more warriors in each boat.Page 117
It was well that Perry had had so excellent a balance wheel, for he had been wild to build a huge frigate of the Nelsonian era--he told me so himself.Page 130
It was pitiful, and I told Ja as much.Page 131
We now returned to Anoroc and thence to the mainland, where I again took up the campaign against the Mahars, marching from one great buried city to another until we had passed far north of Amoz into a country where I had never been.