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"Then of course you will treat with him," said Robert, sadly.
"Darned if I do," said the Yankee. "You are in trouble, and he is not, nor never will be till he dies, and then he'll get it hot, I calc'late. He is a thief and stole my harpoon: you are an honest man and brought it back. I reckon I'll deal with you and not with that old cuss; not by a jugful! But it must be on a percentage. You tell me the bearings of that there island, and I'll work it and pay five per cent on the gross."
"Would you mind throwing that piece of wood into the sea, Mr. Fullalove?" said Robert.
"Caen't be done, nohow. I caen't deal without whittlin'."
"You mean you can't take an unfair advantage without it. Come, Mr. Fullalove, let us cut this short. I am, as you say, an honest and most unfortunate man. Sir, I was falsely accused of a crime and banished my country. I can prove my innocence now if I can but get home with a great deal of money. So much for _me._ You are a member of the vainest and most generous nation in the world."
"Wal, now that's kinder honey and vinegar mixed," said Fullalove; "pretty good for a Britisher, though."
"You are a man of that nation which in all the agonies and unparalleled expenses of civil war, smarting, too, under anonymous taunts from England, did yet send over a large sum to relieve the distresses of certain poor Englishmen who were indirect victims of that same calamity. The act, the time, the misery relieved, the taunts overlooked, prove your nation superior to all others in generosity. At least my reading, which is very large, affords no parallel to it, either in ancient or modern history. Mr. Fullalove, please to recollect that you are a member of that nation, and that I am very unhappy and helpless, and want money to undo cruel wrongs, but have no heart to chaffer much. Take the island and the treasures, and give me half the profits you make. Is not that fair?"
Fullalove wore a rueful countenance.
- Morison had been urging his suit once more that evening,
- but low in the ceiling, and the walls were full of little
- time I had used the tongue since I crossed the frontier.
- Stumm take my ticket for a place called Schwandorf, and
- either a watch or a clock; and an old man who was supposed
- which would have brought him to the highest distinction
- So began one of the craziest escapades you can well imagine.
- He was silent for a second, and then he said, meditatively:
- in which they are here mentioned, expressing their respective
- I kept half an eye on the clock. I was hopeful now, and
- the blow. If we take Uganda, Egypt will fall. By your permission
- from the pictures I remembered of mosques. I wished to
- gate, but the apparatus was out of his reach, and he had
- Then came our lieutenant with one of the doctors; then
- to a little town with a big railway station. It was a junction
- to be nothing so far. Stumm had talked of a von Einem woman
- For three weeks Hanson had remained. During this time he
- tremendous swell at an adjoining table had objected to
- any mortal lines. It wasn’t much fun for me either. Only
- and seemed to pause. I guessed the reason for that. He
- the light upon them. They led upward. He mounted cautiously,
- We Germans will cure the green-sickness of the world. The
- the new-comer plumped himself down in the corner opposite
- your acquaintance at our Embassy. I reckon Ambassador Gerard
- tables, and lifting Helen Cumberly, carried her half-way
- The All-Highest is merciful and gracious. Answer his questions
- in the Stone Age. But for all that he and his kind were
- since he was a child. He blinked at me mildly. Then his
- her arms, and laughed shrilly, insanely. Then she turned
- amount of food he ate. He was the type you expect to swill
- He had begun by insulting the Emperor, it seemed. He drank
- going to knock the stuffing out of you,” but he didn’t
- a quiet old man, who, in his appearance and manner of life,
- my hand. He was a capital good fellow, and it made me feel
- “There are thousands, sire,” I said, lying cheerfully.
- isn’t there?” I spoke in my best German, the first
- stars and waiting. He had lain thus and there many nights
- not be yours. Your name will be Van der Linden, a respectable
- aside to talk to them. Then he came back and made me follow
- which case you will be in the devil of a mess and have
- The wide heavens about her seemed to promise a greater
- fabric shiver. But how can we strike? They have still the
- flesh cannot resist iron. The shining ploughshare will
- my business. We were going through a sort of convalescent
- and ran like a hare, her yellow silk dress gleaming in
- and detention-camps, for at one time he had been on duty
- so soon. There he sat staring at me with his full, unseeing
- I noticed, too, how pinched they were. Here in the country,
- To his host he explained that he was moving his safari
- Your friend is right in one thing. Uganda is a vital spot