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"J looked at' Wrecker. His
hand had fallen froni his gun.
His mouth was open. He was
actually blushing, and you could
hve brushed the eyes off his face
with a feather duster.
- Then. I looked at the girl. She
was blushing, too, but there was
a hint of a laugh at the corners of
" 'How do you do she says, as
if,s.he'had buniped "into us tn
State Street 'I saw you dropping
anchor in the, lagpon, and so I
changed my dress in honor of vis
itprs. Wont ydu sit dowrf?'
My,, but Wrecker was enjoy
ing himself. He stood there for
a minute, gulping and gulping,
and'trymg to say something; a.nd
then he braced his shoulders up,
and toolc a" step, toward a chair,
and tripped over a grass rug, and
upset a table with some dinky lit
tle, dishes oa it.
'"I found a chair and began to
y 'Never mind the. dishes,' said
the girl. 'They were old ones
anyway. X'il make you some tea.
My father is away on the gun
boit Cobalt, hunting for pearl
poachers, so Lara Her Britannic
Majesty's . only representative
heje at present, and must be hos
pitable , "With that she flitted out
through the curtains and was
'I looked at Wrecker and
grinned. He was still sitting,
looking like a man who's just bit
ten into an unripe persimmon,
and the sweat was standingxout
on his brow. , ,
"''Well,' r said, 'why don't you
get the pearls?'
"Wrecker gulped and turned
his head toward me and glared.
" 'You shut up he said.
'"We'll get the pearls, an"
then worry about the British
navy says I.
" 'Shut up, will you!' he growled.
Donohue says I. 'It's gding to,
be too easy.
"Wrecker just glared.
"I looked up at the ceiling, and
" 'Ypu, hayent' the spunk of a
water rat, Donohue. -
"I heard Wrecker gifrgle with
rage, and then the girl cme in
'with the tea. i '
"Wrecker watched her for a
minute, and then rose clumsily to
his feet -
" 'Miss he said, his face as red
as a beat, 'before we partake of
.your hospitality, 'tis only fair to
tell you that we've cbme after
thp pearls; and we mean to have
"The'girl'i face went wirite,
and I saw her trembje. TvjQ big
tears rose into her eyes I heard
Wrecker choke, like a man who
doesn't like the taste of what he
has in his mouth.
"Then .the girl made a su,ddea
movemept under her dress, and
Jfche next moment she was point
ing a dinky little, shiny revolver,
that wouldn't have fngbTtened'a
jack rabbit, first at one, and then
at the other of us. .
" Tut up your hands, both of
you, instantly she said in a