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to their coolest certart, and be scale of the watoh
at havin' made both of us out Tracing the complex courses voluntaries this mornin'. But of the maze - like waterways what's the odds, so long as before him with his forefinger, you're happy," he concluded he finally prioked two holes on philosophically. “Who's for the map with the points of his & tub? Bag's I first !” and, compasses, and then produced darting swiftly into their oom. & protraotor. Having taken mon bathroom before protest certain measuremonts along the was possible, he ooolly annexed latter, and having compared the premises, turned on both them with the soale of the map, taps to their fullest extent, he then took out his watoh, and, whistling with offensive looked at the telegram again, triumph, proceeded to unlace and made some mental oaloulale dernier cri in brown oavalry tions in terms of time. These field-boots. A minute later, appeared to be more or less and & mighty splash testified satisfactory, for, yawning to to his gifts as a quick-ohange himself, ho paused to kill a artist, as, lifting his voice in mosquito before returning on untuneful song, he began to deok. Here he walked for'ard, make the evening hideous with and gently but firmly kioked sentimental noises.
the opiam - sodden crow into
some semblance of life, and “ And when I tell them
further interrupted what apHow beautiful you are, They never ber-lieve me,
peared to be a game of skill They never ber-lieve me,"—
or hazard among his police
. oonstables. he chanted dolefully. And “Got those two anohors up," pioking his perilous way he said quietly in the vernacuthrough five different verses lar. "Where's the head serang?1 in three distinot keys, he oon- On shore? Well, let him stop tinued to lament the incrodu- there. Tell the engineer to be lity of the world at large in ready with all the steam he oan respeot to the charms of & muster in less than no time. lady-identity not disclosed— Yes, we're going up the river who, as he stated in agonised to-night on business. No, the falsetto, had one day promised current isn't too strong. All to be his wife.
the same” (he soliloquised to In the meantime, his less himself, sorutinising the flood), exuberant friend had received “I wonder if we have got & cipher telegram, which he enough steam to go ap-stream
Luoky we was even now decoding with in this current. his usual oalm precision. Onoe kept any going at all: we decoded, it seemed to give him shouldn't have but for wantfuriously to think, for he pulled ing some to run the dynamos & puzzling-looking survoy map for our fans and lights."
“What's the joke ? " inquired from the oabin wall and studied it oarefully with wrinkled brow. the Han-Child, who here re
1 Native sailor.
appeared, rubbing himself im- threatened to burst from its modestly with a ragged bath- appointed place. towel, and looking like & Her great olumsy stern. dishevelled chioken.
wheel was shrieking and "A stunt of sorts," replied groaning like some damned the Policeman briefly, amid his soul as it ohurned the boil. nautical activities; “some ing mill - race which swept Bengali anarchists out on the roaring under the tortured rampage. No time to explain paddles. At first the Vamdetails just now. See you pire made no progress at all. later. . . . Yes, Alla Din, you Indeed, as the Policeman peroan oast off as soon as you're ceived by reference to the ready."
moonlit bank, they still con. . . .
tinued to be foroed downThe rusty anchor - ohains stream, though now only rattled noisily into the echo- slowly. “Try and work her ing hull, the leademon in under the lee of that island," the bows started their mono- he advised the serang, and tonous sailor chantey as they the latter followed the sugbegan sounding the depth gestion, nearly grounding on of water, and then the Vam- a new and uncharted sandpire, swinging out from the bank as he did so. Under the shelter of the shore, met the lee of the island the full force full force of the now furious of the current was broken, and current. It caught her in they were able to make some its embrace, and immediately headway until again exposed whirled her two miles down- to its full violence on the stream as though she had farther side. By dint of tackbeen a child's model. Again ing between this or that island and again the helmgman tried or promontory, they finally to bring her round head-on to managed to make slow but the stream, and again and steady progress up the angry again her engines lacked the river, although, as the Mopower to second his efforts. hamedan engineer below reAt last, after desoribing & marked encouragingly from dozen mad, half-drifting and time to time, it was only half-steaming semioiroles, her Allah the Compassionate who engines, now working under knew how long the injine full pressure of steam, seemed would hold together. The to“bite on," and a few minutes Subaltern, now clothed and later, after awaiting his oppor- in his right mind-and olasptunity, the helmgman finally ing an enormous ham - sand. managed to swing her bows wish to his bosom-scrambled ap-stream into the current. upon the bridge with a view Under the crushing strain of to making more comprehensive tons of angry water, the launch professional inquiry into the was now shaking and rattling nature of the looal taotios emfrom stem to stern, antil every ployed for oiroumventing anrivet in her ancient struoture arohists in cataracts. “What are we actually supposed to be more than fifty yards at & doing?” he shouted above the stretoh, and to go on with, racket from the olanging on the stream - such as it isgine - room, and the great splits up into a dozen minor thumping rumble of the la- channels, which go meanderbouring paddle-wheel.
ing about in all directions. “It's like this," the Police- You might as well look for man shouted baok. “I've just a needle in a haystack as got a wire from my boss. He's for a boatload of anarohists fifty miles up-stream. Aboat in a thousand square miles a dozen chaps belonging to a of bog, quicksand, and tigerpartioularly pestiferous secret grass. However, if my calsociety have slipped through oulations are correot, we ought his fingers, and have taken to to be on the spot before they the river. They're coming are, always provided ” - he down-stream now in a native hedged — " the engines stand dug-out at whatever paco you the raoket and we don't run like to call the current. into fog." They're almost certain to “Any ohanoe of these Johnmake for a certain tributary nies comin' to grief this sort called the Bandamukhi, which of weather?” asked the Subjoins the main stream about altern. soven miles above us. If they “No. A shallow - draught get there before we do, they'll native dug-out running with probably escape altogether, be the stream is as safe ag cause the Bandamakhi isn't houses." navigable for any sorew- or “How will you spot this paddle-propelled boat; it's all partioular dug - out among silted up for one thing, and others ?" bang-fall ap with lotuses for “Beoause it's such a h-11 another."
of & night that po native “I see," replied the Sub- craft with a clear conscience altern; “but oven if they do will be moving about the river slip up this bolt-hole of theirs - at least, not voluntarily. before we arrive, can't we still Anyhow, bad weather narrows continue the movement by our searoh." ohasing them in our dingey?” “Will they put ap & show
The Policeman shook his if we do round them ap?" head tolerantly, and shouted “You bet," came the grim down the speaking - tube. reply. “If they're the shape “No," he explained & fow we think they are, two are minutes later when he had certain lifers' if caught, and ended his remarks on the a third's a hanging caso; he principles of stoking, “it's no derailed a train. The Bengali earthly good going after them can fight when he wants toonce thoy're ap the Banda- that's to say, when he's oor. makhi. For one thing, the nored like a rat in a trap." junglo's 80 dense and over- The Hun-Child brightened hanging that you can't see visibly. “What a joke this all is," he said happily; "it not altogether forgotten the beats Mogspot all to pieces. episode. I mean, you seldom see the “Will your anarohist pals be stinkin' Tark within half a decently armed ?" went on the mile of you; but this sorap importunate Hon · Child, as of yours ought to be a heart- unabashed he watohed his to-heart sort of show - like friend's directions to the now & footer sorum." His friend frankly terrified helmsman. smiled dryly as he eyed the The tone in which his inquiry swollen river ahead with dis- was made implied that he hoped passionate gaze. “At this that they would be. rate," he remarked unsym- “You needn't worry," replied pathetically, after giving a his friend laconically. “Any. sudden sharp oommand to the how, they'll not be worse armed
likely to resemble a burial at My constables," he explained gea. . . . Shall we dodge that rather bitterly, “are only next great lump of muok all trusted with obsolete army right, I wonder "-he added carbines." fatalistically_"or not?” That At that moment the look-out “next great lump of muok" serang gave a long-drawn nasal was one of many apparent ory in some unknown language. floating islands which were However, the Assistant Superoontinually tearing past them intendent of Police seemed to in the moonlight on either grasp its import, for shading beam. Suoh driftsdam was his eyes for a minute against for the most part composed the tropio moon glare, he di. of mighty groves of heavy- rooted the Subaltern's attention trunked trees, uprooted whole- to a small blaok bobbing speok sale by the flood, and which, that stained the brilliance of with their greenery still flaunt- the silvery water a few miles ing above the surface, were ahead. “There they are," he being whirled rapidly sea- said briefly. “Five to one wards.
those are the chaps we want. A collision-or even a graze Before their time though by -with the least among such my oalculations. Still, as they formidable collections of de- haven't made the Bandamukhi reliot timber would have it doesn't much matter."
seconds, 88 the cool boy the bridge like an agitated foxnow driving his gimoraok terrier, and then rushed below vessel between their angry to retrieve a sporting rifle. eddies knew only too well. . . . . . Just a year previously he had The nature of the anarobists' experienoed one such violent escape from the toils of the law encounter aflost, and since he up-stream had been as follows o and two serangs had been The Superintendent of Pr to the only survivors out of a -already referred to by the the orew of fiftoon souls, he had sistant Superintendente anar
Tako to Bandartebe ne boten
are we actually supposed to be more than fifty yards at & doing?” he shouted above the stretoh, and to go on with, racket from the olanging en- the stream — such as it is— gine - room, and the great splits up into a dozen minor thumping rumble of the la- channels, which go meanderbouring paddle-whoel i ng about in all directions.
“It's like this," the Police- You might as well look for man shouted back. “I've just & needle in & haystack as got a wire from my boss. He's for a boatload of anarohists fifty miles up-stream. About in a thousand square miles & dozon chaps belonging to a of bog, quioksand, and tigerpartioularly pestiferous secret grass. However, if my calsociety have slipped through oulations are correct, we ought his fingers, and have taken to to be on the spot before they the river. They're coming are, always provided ” — ho down-stream now in a native hedged "the engines stand dag-out at whatever paco you the racket and we don't run like to call the current. into fog." They're almost certain to “Any chance of these Johnmake for a certain tributary nios comin' to grief this sort called the Bandamukhi, which of weather?” asked the Subjoins the main stream about altern. dovon miles above us. If they “No. A shallow - draught get there before we do, they'll native dug-out running with probably escape altogether, be the stream is as safe as cause the Bandamukhi isn't houses." navigable for any sorew- or “How will you spot this paddle-propelled boat; it's all partioular dug - out among siltod up for one thing, and others ?” bung-full up with lotuses for “Beoause it's such a h-11 another.”
of a night that no native “I see,” replied the Sub- craft with a clear conscience altern; “but oven if they do will be moving about the river slip up this bolt-hole of theirs - at least, not voluntarily. before we arrive, can't we still Anyhow, bad weather narrows oontinue the movement by our searoh.” obasing them in oar dingey ?” “Will they put up a show
The Policeman shook his if we do round them ap?" head tolerantly, and shouted “You bet," came the grim down the speaking - tube. reply. "If they're the ohaps “No," he explained a few we think thoy are, two are minutes later when he had certain lifers' if caught, and endod his remarks on the a third's a hanging caso; he prinoiples of stoking, “it's no derailed a train. The Bengali earthly good going after them can fight when he wants toonce they're op the Banda- that's to say, when he's oor. makhi. For one thing, the nored like a rat in & trap." jungle's so denso and over- The Hun-Child brightened hanging that you can't see visibly. “What a joke this