scorching weather in the hot harvest field from which he
"I can't say to a dollar, but I've got all the amounts down in a book. I guess somewhere in the neighbourhood of nine thousand would cover it."
"Would you take a cheque, Adam?" he inquired.
"What for?" cried the Honourable Adam.
"For the amount you've spent," said the Honourable Hilary, sententiously.
The Honourable Adam began to breathe with apparent difficulty, and his face grew purple. But Mr. Vane did not appear to notice these alarming symptoms. Then the candidate turned about, as on a pivot, seized Mr. Vane by the knee, and looked into his face.
"Did you come up here with orders for me to get out?" he demanded, with some pardonable violence. "By thunder, I didn't think that of my old friend, Hilary Vane. You ought to have known me better, and Flint ought to have known me better. There ain't a mite of use of our staying here another second, and you can go right back and tell Flint what I said. Flint knows I've been waiting to be governor for eight years, and each year it's been just a year ahead. You ask him what he said to me when he sent for me to go to New York. I thought he was a man of his word, and he promised me that I should be governor this year."
The Honourable Hilary gave no indication of being moved by this righteous outburst.
"You can be governor next year, when this reform nonsense has blown over," he said. "You can't be this year, even if you stay in the race."
- He ducked rapidly, almost touching the muddy water with
- before him straight upward toward our seats. Before him
- being the weakest and most tender—and when they had satisfied
- to translate. I shook my head in an effort to indicate
- Three or four inches of water now flooded the cave of the
- the girl's arms was gone—gnawed completely off at the
- Along the crowded avenue we marched, the guards showing
- suddenly in the midst of a tangle of matted jungle, then
- which marks the natural boundary of the country that the
- gorgeous flowering grass of the inner world, each particular
- if it but came in the form of some familiar beast or man—anything
- and out again, until the uncanny weirdness of the thing
- and the land was wooded down to the water’s edge. In
- of a world, searching for my Eve, and at the thought there
- repulsive reptile. Embedded in the prow of the skiff lay
- would be a better place to live were there none of them.
- gangway above which lowered a green and rotting wooden
- her bowlder. The moment she mounted it seemed to be the
- method of the Mahars. By the time the thipdars had disposed
- or not there swept through me a sudden compassion for the
- Into the disc of light, leaped, fantastic, the witch figure
- far out of the opening in the rocky wall to inspect the
- wont to capture us for slaves as they do the other men
- escape that the demoralized condition of the guards made
- to tell him that she loved him. A dozen times she thought
- showed the first indications of enthusiasm that I had seen
- Three times they wheeled about the interior of the oval
- water she fixed her great, round eyes upon the slaves.
- The people here live chiefly on shell-fish and potatoes.
- desired to save. With a wrench I tore it loose, and standing
- led straight within the building, or so it seemed, though
- Then I drank from the clear pool, and after washing my
- Even as he realized the fact, the quarry vanished, and
- of the last of the slaves the Mahars were all asleep upon
- progenitor of the Mezops who hit upon this novel plan to
- on toward the right searching for an exit toward which
- in all the finer points of big game hunting. Of an evening
- When the band had exhausted its repertory it took wing
- blade of which is tipped with a tiny, five-pointed blossom—brilliant
- cannot hear, so the drums and fifes and horns of earthly
- resting the electric lamp upon one of the little ebony
- behind us. Perry, Ghak, and I became separated in the chaos
- Then I grasped the paddle, and with feverish haste urged
- the jungle, presently emerging into a narrow but well-defined
- To his host he explained that he was moving his safari
- There were several Mahars first, and then at least twenty
- were no nights to mask our attempted escape. All must be
- face assured me that I need have no further concern as
- to peer through the fog ahead, he turned and descended
- to unseat its rending rider. It was with difficulty that