will of Lord Tennington by many little
acts of hospitality.
Monsieur Thuran had heard dropped a hint of something which might
result from this unexpected visit of Lord Tennington's yacht, and he
wanted to be counted in on it. Once when he was alone with the
Englishman he took occasion to make it quite plain that his engagement
to Miss Strong was to be announced immediately upon their return to
America. "But not a word of it, my dear Tennington--not a word of it."
"Certainly, I quite understand, my dear fellow," Tennington had
replied. "But you are to be congratulated--ripping girl, don't you
The next day it came. Mrs. Strong, Hazel, and Monsieur Thuran were
Lord Tennington's guests aboard his yacht. Mrs. Strong had been
telling them how much she had enjoyed her visit at Cape Town, and that
she regretted that a letter just received from her attorneys in
Baltimore had necessitated her cutting her visit shorter than they had
"When do you sail?" asked Tennington.
"The first of the week, I think," she replied. "Indeed?" exclaimed
Monsieur Thuran. "I am very fortunate. I, too, have found that I must
return at once, and now I shall have the honor of accompanying and
"That is nice of you, Monsieur Thuran," replied Mrs. Strong. "I am
sure that we shall be glad to place ourselves under your protection."
But in the bottom of her heart was the wish that they might escape him.
Why, she could not have told.
"By Jove!" ejaculated Lord Tennington, a moment later. "Bully idea, by
"Yes, Tennington, of course," ventured Clayton; "it must be a bully
idea if you had it, but what the deuce is it? Goin' to steam to China
via the south pole?"
"Oh, I say now, Clayton," returned Tennington, "you needn't be so rough
on a fellow just because you didn't happen to suggest this trip
yourself--you've acted a regular bounder ever since we sailed.
"No, sir," he continued, "it's a bully idea, and you'll all say so.
It's to take Mrs. Strong and Miss Strong, and Thuran, too, if he'll
come, as far as England with us on the yacht. Now, isn't that a
"Forgive me, Tenny, old boy," cried Clayton. "It certainly IS a
corking idea--I never should have suspected you of it. You're quite
sure it's original, are you?"
"And we'll sail the first of the week, or any other time that suits
your convenience, Mrs. Strong," concluded the big-hearted Englishman,
as though the thing were all arranged except the sailing
Three weeks later he found himself in San Francisco.Page 10
From the other sailors aboard he learned that he was not the only member of the crew who had been shanghaied.Page 11
in the past.Page 27
Then a rough hand fell upon her arm.Page 28
The boat's rudder was unshipped and dropped into the ocean; her fires were put out; her engines were attacked with sledges until they were little better than so much junk, and to make the slender chances of pursuit that remained to her entirely nil every ounce of coal upon her was shoveled into the Pacific.Page 49
What you have just said to me recalls these facts most vividly to my mind--I hope, Miss Harding, that you will never regret having spoken them," and to the bottom of his heart the man meant what he said, at the moment; for inherent chivalry is as difficult to suppress or uproot as is inherent viciousness.Page 81
"Are you still on the trail?" he called to the man before him.Page 108
The warrior, with a growl of rage, drew his sharp parang, leaping to close quarters.Page 117
With groping hands he felt about the room--it was unoccupied.Page 157
He says that Byrne got a good start, and doubtless took advantage of it to return to Chicago, where a man of his stamp could find more numerous and safer retreats than elsewhere.Page 161
" "I'm glad you told me both," said Bridge.Page 167
United States currency in denominations of five, ten, and twenty-dollar bills lay snugly inserted between the leaves of the Bible.Page 172
My boy would be about as old and as big as you by now--if he lives.Page 182
"I am with thee, William!--horse, foot, and artillery," laughed Bridge.Page 202
Bridge hesitated.Page 207
The Mexican's manner altered at once.Page 208
Immediately after the sound of footsteps ascending the stairway to the rooming-house came plainly to his ears, and then he had slipped the last bolt upon the rear door and was out in the yard beyond.Page 233
From the quarters of the men came the strains of guitar music, and an occasional loud laugh indicated the climax of some of Eddie Shorter's famous Kansas farmer stories.Page 259
He reached a hand out and laid it on Billy's arm.Page 270
His ammunition was exhausted and with it had departed his courage.