the figure of a man disappearing forward.
"Hey there, you!" he cried. "Come back here."
The mucker turned, a sulky scowl upon his lowering countenance, and
the second officer saw that it was the fellow who had given Ward such a
trimming the first day out.
"Oh, it's you is it, Byrne?" he said in a not unpleasant tone. "Come
to my quarters a moment, I want to speak with you," and so saying he
wheeled about and retraced his way below, the seaman at his heels.
"My man," said Theriere, once the two were behind the closed door of
the officer's cabin, "I needn't ask how much you overheard of the
conversation in the captain's cabin. If you hadn't overheard a great
deal more than you should you wouldn't have been so keen to escape
detection just now. What I wanted to say to you is this. Keep a close
tongue in your head and stick by me in what's going to happen in the
next few days. This bunch," he jerked his thumb in the direction of
the captain's cabin, "are fixing their necks for halters, an' I for one
don't intend to poke my head through any noose of another man's making.
There's more in this thing if it's handled right, and handled without
too many men in on the whack-up than we can get out of it if that man
Divine has to be counted in. I've a plan of my own, an' it won't take
but three or four of us to put it across.
"You don't like Ward," he continued, "and you may be almighty sure that
Mr. Ward ain't losing any sleep nights over love of you. If you stick to
that bunch Ward will do you out of your share as sure as you are a foot
high, an' the chances are that he'll do you out of a whole lot more
besides--as a matter of fact, Byrne, you're a mighty poor life insurance
risk right now, with a life expectancy that's pretty near minus as long
as Bender Ward is on the same ship with you. Do you understand what I
"Aw," said Billy Byrne, "I ain't afraid o' that stiff. Let him make
any funny crack at me an' I'll cave in a handful of slats for him--the
"That's all right too, Byrne," said Theriere. "Of course you can do it
if anybody can, provided you get the chance; but Ward isn't the man to
give you any chance. There may be shooting necessary within the next day
or so, and there's nothing
In the beginning of his senior year he had captained the varsity eleven, and in the coming spring he would again sally forth upon the diamond as the star initial sacker of collegedom.Page 2
But if Jimmy was momentarily stunned he gave no outward indication of the fact, and in the brief interval of silence following the president's ultimatum his alert mind functioned with the rapidity which it had often shown upon the gridiron, the diamond, and the squared circle.Page 5
If dad had only reproached me or threatened some condign punishment I don't believe I should feel half as badly as I do.Page 7
There were so many, however, that appealed to him as excellent possibilities that he saw it would be impossible to apply for each and every one; and then it occurred to him that he might occupy a more strategic position in the negotiations preceding his acceptance of a position if his future employer came to him first, rather than should he be the one to apply for the position.Page 8
"By taking it for three days, however, it doesn't seem right to make so many busy men waste their time answering the ad when I shall doubtless find a.Page 18
My father has always impressed upon me the fact that gentlemen or gentlewomen are always gentle-folk under any and all circumstances and conditions.Page 19
"You will be after you leave me at home.Page 25
"How much do you want? I'll get it for you and bring it back.Page 26
" "Well," she said at last, with a sigh, "I will talk to him and see if I can't persuade him to take a trip.Page 36
At noon its many tables were largely filled by staid and respectable business men, but at night a certain element of the underworld claimed it as their own, and there was always a sprinkling of people of the stage, artists, literary men.Page 42
"Hello, kiddo!" he said.Page 59
be it would certainly get a terrible jolt if I presented myself to the head of the International Machine Company in this scenery.Page 73
"You will, though," replied Krovac.Page 74
Inadvertently, however, he caught Jimmy about the neck, leaving both his intended victim's arms free with the result that the latter was able to seize his antagonist low down about the body, and then pressing him close to him and hurling himself suddenly forward, he threw the fellow backward upon the cement sidewalk with his own body on top.Page 85
Her voice was very low and filled with suppressed feeling.Page 94
He wondered what had gone wrong with Murray's plans, and, suddenly imbued with the natural suspicion of the criminal, it occurred to him that the whole thing might be a frame-up to get him; and yet why Murray should wish to get him he could not imagine.Page 102
She did not know that he had entered Compton's office and had been first to find his dead body; in fact, no one knew that.Page 104
She told the lawyer.Page 108
Harold Bince where he sat with his wife beside the prosecuting attorney.Page 109
He stopped at the front door and lighted a cigarette and then he went on out, and I went up-stairs to finish the job.