man he had long since rated as a cowardly bully. He was fully determined
to repay Byrne in so far as he could the great debt he owed him. All
thoughts of revenge for the mucker's former assault upon him were
dropped, and he now looked upon the man as a true friend and ally.
For three days the Halfmoon plunged helplessly upon the storm-wracked
surface of the mad sea. No soul aboard her entertained more than the
faintest glimmer of a hope that the ship would ride out the storm; but
during the third night the wind died down, and by morning the sea had
fallen sufficiently to make it safe for the men of the Halfmoon to
venture upon deck.
There they found the brigantine clean-swept from stem to stern. To
the north of them was land at a league or two, perhaps. Had the storm
continued during the night they would have been dashed upon the coast.
God-fearing men would have given thanks for their miraculous rescue;
but not so these. Instead, the fear of death removed, they assumed their
Skipper Simms boasted of the seamanship that had saved the Halfmoon--his
own seamanship of course. Ward was cursing the luck that had disabled
the ship at so crucial a period of her adventure, and revolving in his
evil mind various possible schemes for turning the misfortune to his
own advantage. Billy Byrne, sitting upon the corner of the galley
table, hobnobbed with Blanco. These choice representatives of the ship's
company were planning a raid on the skipper's brandy chest during the
disembarkation which the sight of land had rendered not improbable.
The Halfmoon, with the wind down, wallowed heavily in the trough of the
sea, but even so Barbara Harding, wearied with days of confinement in
her stuffy cabin below, ventured above deck for a breath of sweet, clean
Scarce had she emerged from below than Theriere espied her, and hastened
to her side.
"Well, Miss Harding," he exclaimed, "it seems good to see you on deck
again. I can't tell you how sorry I have felt for you cooped up alone
in your cabin without a single woman for companionship, and all those
frightful days of danger, for there was scarce one of us that thought
the old hooker would weather so long and hard a blow. We were mighty
fortunate to come through it so handily."
"Handily?" queried Barbara Harding, with a wry smile, glancing about
the deck of the Halfmoon. "I cannot see that we are either through it
handily or through it at all. We have no masts,
I'm not going to hand you a lot of mush, dad, but I want to try to do something that will give.Page 15
"I have never had any experience in the sash, door and blind business," replied Jimmy.Page 16
At first he had written his father and his mother regularly, but now he found it difficult to write them at all.Page 26
And now," he said, stepping to her side and putting an arm around her.Page 34
" "What's the matter with you tonight, anyway, Harold?" she asked a half an hour later.Page 45
" Jimmy shrugged his shoulders and grinned.Page 47
Never before in his life had Jimmy realized what it meant to be prosperous, since for obvious reasons Young Brophy's manager was extremely liberal in the matter of salaries with all those connected with the training-camp.Page 49
And there before the eyes of half a dozen newspaper reporters, of a dozen wealthy.Page 51
Billy said that he is really a wonderful fighter, and there are not very many good fights.Page 55
It is by far the best one I have ever held," and touching his cap, he continued his interrupted way to his wagon.Page 58
You've got the front all right with your looks and gift of gab, and I leave it to Young Brophy if you haven't got the punch.Page 71
As a matter of fact a single change which he has just made has resulted in our performing certain operations in less time and to better advantage with five less men than formerly.Page 86
Harold Bince's elastic conscience of any feeling of responsibility in the matter.Page 88
"I was certain that that letter was here.Page 89
"Sure thing!" replied Murray.Page 92
" But when Edith told him that the C.Page 97
The last time I saw him was at my father's home.Page 101
You tell him that he simply must come.Page 103
" "All right," said the Lizard; "I'll get them.Page 105
On several occasions she met Harriet Holden, also visiting him, and she saw that the other young woman was as constant an attendant at court as she.