more likely to work out to Skipper
Simms' interests than some unadvised act of Skipper Simms himself.
"Supposin'," continued Ward, "that we let two o' your men an' two o'
ourn under Mr. Divine, shin up them cliffs back o' the cove an' search
fer water an' a site fer camp--the rest o' us'll have our hands full
with the salvage."
"Good," agreed Theriere. "Miller, you and Swenson will accompany Mr.
Ward detailed two of his men, and the party of five began the difficult
ascent of the cliffs, while far above them a little brown man with
beady, black eyes set in narrow fleshy slits watched them from behind a
clump of bushes. Strange, medieval armor and two wicked-looking swords
gave him a most warlike appearance. His temples were shaved, and a broad
strip on the top of his head to just beyond the crown. His remaining
hair was drawn into an unbraided queue, tied tightly at the back, and
the queue then brought forward to the top of the forehead. His helmet
lay in the grass at his feet. At the nearer approach of the party to the
cliff top the watcher turned and melted into the forest at his back.
He was Oda Yorimoto, descendant of a powerful daimio of the Ashikaga
Dynasty of shoguns who had fled Japan with his faithful samurai nearly
three hundred and fifty years before upon the overthrow of the Ashikaga
Upon this unfrequented and distant Japanese isle the exiles had retained
all of their medieval military savagery, to which had been added the
aboriginal ferocity of the head-hunting natives they had found there and
with whom they had intermarried. The little colony, far from making any
advances in arts or letters had, on the contrary, relapsed into primeval
ignorance as deep as that of the natives with whom they had cast
their lot--only in their arms and armor, their military training
and discipline did they show any of the influence of their civilized
progenitors. They were cruel, crafty, resourceful wild men trapped in
the habiliments of a dead past, and armed with the keen weapons of their
forbears. They had not even the crude religion of the Malaysians they
had absorbed unless a highly exaggerated propensity for head-hunting
might be dignified by the name of religion. To the tender mercies of
such as these were the castaways of the Halfmoon likely to be consigned,
for what might sixteen men with but four revolvers among them accomplish
against near a thousand savage samurai?
Theriere, Ward, Simms, and the remaining sailors at the beach busied
themselves with the task of
" He was still deeply engrossed in the.Page 4
To be an entirely orthodox father I should raise merry hell about your debts and utter inutility, at the same time disinheriting you, but instead I am going to urge you to come home and run in debt here where the cost of living is not so high as in the East--meanwhile praying that your awakening may come while I am on earth to rejoice.Page 9
"I ain't done nuthin'," muttered the man.Page 10
The latter entered softly, closing the door behind him.Page 13
"Whew!" thought Jimmy.Page 25
" They all laughed.Page 41
Having distributed Steve Murray's order, Jimmy turned toward his new patrons, and, laying a menu card before each, he stood between them waiting for their order.Page 45
" Jimmy laughed and took off his apron as he walked back to the servants' coat-room.Page 47
conclusion; and then in the third round Young Brophy was to lie down and by reclining peacefully on his stomach for ten seconds make more money than several years of hard and conscientious work earnestly performed could ever net him.Page 48
"Oh, what the hell do we care?" said the other.Page 71
" Jimmy thought a moment.Page 75
" "You damn scoundrel!" exclaimed Bince.Page 86
"Tell him you found it on your desk, and destroy this letter.Page 87
" With the note in his hand, Bince entered Compton's office, where he found the latter dictating to Edith Hudson.Page 89
absolutely insufferable.Page 95
Then O'Donnell commenced to examine the room.Page 97
"Look who I found workin' over there as Compton's stenographer.Page 101
Three-quarters of an hour later her taxi drew up beside Mother Kruger's, but the girl did not alight.Page 110
For several minutes pandemonium reigned in the court-room.Page 113
Of course, her pride has suffered terribly, but she will get over that quickly enough.