be in the wrong direction at times."
But Lady Greystoke only shook her head as she had a hundred other times
when the subject had claimed her attention in the past.
"No, John," she insisted, "I shall never give my consent to the
implanting in Jack's mind of any suggestion of the savage life which we
both wish to preserve him from."
It was evening before the subject was again referred to and then it was
raised by Jack himself. He had been sitting, curled in a large chair,
reading, when he suddenly looked up and addressed his father.
"Why," he asked, coming directly to the point, "can't I go and see
"Your mother does not approve," replied his father.
"That is not the question," evaded Lord Greystoke. "It is enough that
your mother objects."
"I am going to see him," announced the boy, after a few moments of
thoughtful silence. "I am not different from Willie Grimsby, or any
other of the fellows who have been to see him. It did not harm them
and it will not harm me. I could go without telling you; but I would
not do that. So I tell you now, beforehand, that I am going to see
There was nothing disrespectful or defiant in the boy's tone or manner.
His was merely a dispassionate statement of facts. His father could
scarce repress either a smile or a show of the admiration he felt for
the manly course his son had pursued.
"I admire your candor, Jack," he said. "Permit me to be candid, as
well. If you go to see Ajax without permission, I shall punish you. I
have never inflicted corporal punishment upon you, but I warn you that
should you disobey your mother's wishes in this instance, I shall."
"Yes, sir," replied the boy; and then: "I shall tell you, sir, when I
have been to see Ajax."
Mr. Moore's room was next to that of his youthful charge, and it was
the tutor's custom to have a look into the boy's each evening as the
former was about to retire. This evening he was particularly careful
not to neglect his duty, for he had just come from a conference with
the boy's father and mother in which it had been impressed upon him
that he must exercise the greatest care to prevent Jack visiting the
music hall where Ajax was being shown. So, when he opened the boy's
door at about half after nine, he was greatly excited, though not
Were one to bump into a Bengal tiger in the ravine behind the Bimini Baths, one could be no more surprised than was I to see a perfectly good quart thermos bottle turning and twisting in the surf of Cape Farewell at the southern extremity of Greenland.Page 3
I glanced hurriedly about for something to which to cling.Page 5
"Do you know," she said after a moment of silence, "I have been awake for a long time! But I did not dare open my eyes.Page 19
" Her manner was so straightforward and honest that I could not bring myself to believe in her duplicity; yet--Thinking to surprise her into a betrayal of her guilt, I blurted out: "The chronometer and sextant were both destroyed last night; there is a traitor among us.Page 23
Now, too, we knew definitely where we were, and I determined to make for Georgetown, British Guiana--but I was destined to again suffer bitter disappointment.Page 25
He licked my face and rolled over on his back, reaching for me with his big, awkward paws.Page 30
In an instant I had turned the last corner of life's highway and was looking God Almighty in the face--the U-33 was being slowly submerged! It would be difficult, even impossible, to set down in writing my sensations at that moment.Page 36
Nobs halted, sniffed and growled.Page 37
We were now thirstier than ever.Page 41
nerves strained to the snapping-point every instant.Page 43
Not only could any of them easily outdistance the U-33, but the further upstream we progressed the greater the number of our besiegers, until fearful of navigating a strange river.Page 46
Shortly after we resumed our course upstream, we saw the mouth of another and smaller river emptying into the main channel from the south--that is, upon our right; and almost immediately after we came upon a large island five or six miles in length; and at fifty miles there was a still larger river than the last coming in from the northwest, the course of the main stream having now changed to northeast by southwest.Page 49
"The Germans among us might kill all the English, or the English might kill the last German, without affecting in the slightest degree either the outcome of even the smallest skirmish upon the western front or the opinion of a single individual in any belligerent or neutral country.Page 62
Chapter 7 October 8, 1916: This is the last entry I shall make upon my manuscript.Page 73
I asked them if they knew Ahm; but they said they did not.Page 74
It was a cloudy day, though warm, as it always is in Caspak.Page 75
drive them, I saw a fine red deer a couple of hundred yards behind me.Page 76
And now, that day, all the long hours that I had put into careful study, practice and training brought me in two or three minutes a full return upon my investment.Page 80
"Come!" she said.Page 81
She was a dear girl and a stanch and true comrade--more like a man than a woman.