The Face of Air

Paperback | January 7, 2012

byGeorge Leonard Knapp

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX WHAT were you looking for?" I asked Steinmetz when we were seated. He shook his head and waited till the negro was out of the room before replying. "I do not know. And I did not find it, so it does not matter." Rogers ate in silence for a time; in silence as to speech, I mean; for his revictualling process was anything but noiseless. Then he looked up with a question: "Recollect that cage in the galley?" I nodded. Steinmetz showed by his face that he knew what Rogers had in mind, so the mate addressed his next remark to me. "It's gone," he said. "Gone?" I repeated incredulously. "Gone," he repeated. "Gone," he said again when the negro had left the cabin once more. "I don't like this business. I don't like it for a cent." "Maybe the other crew thought it was a hoodoo and threw it overboard." "And who threw them overboard?" he countered. "They're gone, as much gone as the cage. They didn't take no boats, and we didn't see the tracks where they was walkin' on the water. There's just one place for 'em to go, an' that's to the bottom." "But why should they go there?" I asked. Rogers did not answer, perhaps because Steinmetz signalled to him that the negro was waiting in the passage. Rogers called the fellow, sent him on some errand which I have forgotten, and then brought up the subject which I fancy had been at the back of all our minds. "I wonder what killed the first cook." "The log only says he was found dead," replied Steinmetz. Rogers grunted as one who has heard an improbable story before. "He might have had too much belayin' pin before he was found. Same as that coon'll get if he sneaks 'round in that passage any more," he added in a louder tone. There was a swift scurrying of feet, and the mate went on: "Anyhow, the cook's dead. An' he's...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX WHAT were you looking for?" I asked Steinmetz when we were seated. He shook his head and waited till the negro wa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217583482

ISBN - 13:9780217583480

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