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Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 9. The Achievement Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 9. The Achievement

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 9. The Achievement
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER IX. THE ACHIEVEMENTFor some moments Darrow sat gazing fixedly at the table before him. His cigarette tip glowed and failed. Someone suggested drinks. The captain asked Darrow what he would have, but the question went unnoted. "How I passed the next six months I could hardly tell you," he began again, quite abruptly. "At times I was bored--fearfully bored. Yet the element of mystery, of uncertainty, of underlying peril, gave a certain zest to the affair. In the periods of dulness I found some amusement in visiting the lower camp and baiting the Nigger. Slade will... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1651

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 8. The Maker Of Marvels Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 8. The Maker Of Marvels

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 8. The Maker Of Marvels
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER VIII. THE MAKER OF MARVELSAs they had gathered to hear Ralph Slade's tale, so now the depleted mess of the _Wolverine grouped themselves for Percy Darrow's sequel. Slade himself sat directly across from the doctor's assistant. Before him lay a paper covered with jotted notes. Trendon slouched low in the chair on Slade's right. Captain Parkinson had the other side. Convenient to Darrow's hand lay the material for cigarettes. As he talked he rolled cylinder after cylinder, and between sentences consumed them in long, satisfying puffs. "First you will want to learn of the fate of... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3166

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 7. The Survivors Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 7. The Survivors

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 7. The Survivors
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER VII. THE SURVIVORSRest and good food quickly brought Percy Darrow back to his normal poise. One inspection satisfied Dr. Trendon that all was well with him. He asked to see the captain, and that gentleman came to Ives's room, which had been assigned to the rescued man. "I hope you've been able to make yourself comfortable," said the commander, courteously. "It would be strange indeed if I could not," returned Darrow, smiling. "You forget that you have set a savage down in the midst of luxury." "Make yourself free of Ives's things," invited Captain Parkinson. "Poor... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3410

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 6. Mr. Darrow Receives Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 6. Mr. Darrow Receives

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 6. Mr. Darrow Receives
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER VI. MR. DARROW RECEIVES"You say the last entry is June 7th?" asked Barnett, as the boat entered the light surf. Trendon nodded. "That was the night we saw the last glow, and the big burst from the volcano, wasn't it?" "Right." "The island would have been badly shaken up." "Not so violently but that the flag-pole stood," said the captain. "That's true, sir. But there's been a good deal of volcanic gas going. The man's been penned up for four days." "Give the fellow a chance," growled Trendon. "Air may be all right in the cave.... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1123

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 5. The Pinwheel Volcano Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 5. The Pinwheel Volcano

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 5. The Pinwheel Volcano
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER V. THE PINWHEEL VOLCANOThe surgeon spoke first. "Another point," said he. "Darrow was alive within a few days." Captain Parkinson turned slowly away from the grave. "You are right," he said, with an effort. "Our business is with the living now. The dead must wait." "Hide and seek," growled Trendon. "If he's here why don't he show himself?" The other shook his head. "Place is all trampled up with his footprints," said Trendon. "He's plodded back and forth like a prisoner in a cell." "The ledger," said the captain. "I'd forgotten it. That grave drove everything... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1319

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 4. The Twin Slabs Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 4. The Twin Slabs

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 4. The Twin Slabs
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER IV. THE TWIN SLABSWithin half an hour the gig had reached the mouth of the cave. As the coxswain had predicted, the seas ran into the lofty entrance. Elsewhere the surf fell whitely, but through the arch the waves rolled unbroken into a heavy stillness. Only as the boat hovered for a moment at the face of the cliff could the exploring party hear, far within, the hollow boom that told of breakers on a distant, subterranean beach. "Run her in easy," came the captain's order. "Keep a sharp lookout for hidden rocks." To the whispering... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1986

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 3. The Cache Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 3. The Cache

Mystery - Part Three. The Maroon - Chapter 3. The Cache
PART THREE. THE MAROON CHAPTER III. THE CACHEOutwardly the book accorded ill with its surroundings. In that place of desolation and death, it typified the petty neatness of office processes. Properly placed, it should have been found on a desk, with pens, rulers, and other paraphernalia forming exact angles or parallels to it. It was a quarto, bound in marbled paper, with black leather over the hinges. No external label suggested its ownership or uses, but through one corner, blackened and formidable in its contrast to the peaceful purposes of the volume, a hole had been bored. The agency of perforation... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 705

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 17. The Open Sea Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 17. The Open Sea

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 17. The Open Sea
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XVII. THE OPEN SEAOur haste, however, availed us little, for there was no wind at all. We lay for over two hours under the weird light, over-canopied by the red- brown cloud, while the explosions shook the foundations of the world. Nobody ventured below. The sails flapped idly from the masts: the blocks and spars creaked: the three-cornered waves rose straight up and fell again as though reaching from the deep. When the men first began to sweat the sails up, evidently in preparation for an immediate departure, I objected vehemently. "You aren't going... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3070

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 16. The Murder Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 16. The Murder

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 16. The Murder
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XVI. THE MURDERI took no chances, but began at once to shout, as soon as I saw the men had noticed his coming. It was impossible for me to tell whether or not Dr. Schermerhorn heard me. If he did, he misunderstood my intention, for he continued painfully to advance. The only result I gained was to get myself well gagged with my own pocket handkerchief, and thrown in a hollow between the dunes. Thence I could hear Handy Solomon speaking fiercely and rapidly. "Now you let me run this," he commanded; "we got... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 2461

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 15. Five Hundred Yards' Range Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 15. Five Hundred Yards' Range

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 15. Five Hundred Yards' Range
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XV. FIVE HUNDRED YARDS' RANGEPercy Darrow, with the keenness that always characterised his mental apprehension, had understood enough of my strangled cry. He had not hesitated nor delayed for an explanation, but had turned track and was now running as fast as his long legs would carry him back toward the opening of the ravine. My companions stood watching him, but making no attempt either to shoot or to follow. For a moment I could not understand this, then remembered the disappearance of Perdosa. My heart jumped wildly, for the Mexican had been gone... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 2569

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 14. An Adventure In The Night Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 14. An Adventure In The Night

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 14. An Adventure In The Night
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XIV. AN ADVENTURE IN THE NIGHTTen seconds after entering the arroyo I was stumbling along in an absolute blackness. It almost seemed to me that I could reach out my hands and touch it, as one would touch a wall. Or perhaps not exactly that, for a wall is hard, and this darkness was soft and yielding, in the manner of enveloping hangings. Directly above me was a narrow, jagged, and irregular strip of sky with stars. I splashed in the brook, finding its waters strangely warm, rustled through the grasses, my head back,... Long Stories - Post by : huberth - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3335

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 13. I Make My Escape Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 13. I Make My Escape

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 13. I Make My Escape
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XIII. I MAKE MY ESCAPEI had plenty of time to run away. I do not know why I did not do so; but the fact stands that I remained where I was until they had finished Captain Selover. Then I took to my heels, but was soon cornered. I drew my revolver, remembered that I had emptied it in the seal cave--and had time for no more coherent mental processes. A smothering weight flung itself on me, against which I struggled as hard as I could, shrinking in anticipation from the thirsty plunge of... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3211

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 12. 'Old Scrubs' Comes Ashore Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 12. "Old Scrubs" Comes Ashore

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 12. 'Old Scrubs' Comes Ashore
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XII. "OLD SCRUBS" COMES ASHOREThe inevitable happened. One noon Pulz looked up from his labour of pulling the whiskers from the evil-smelling masks. "How many of these damn things we got?" he inquired. "About three hunder' and fifty," Thrackles replied. "Well, we've got enough for me. I'm sick of this job. It stinks." They looked at each other. I could see the disgust rising in their eyes, the reek of rotten blubber expanding their nostrils. With one accord they cast aside the masks. "It ain't such a hell of a fortune," growled Pulz, his... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1908

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 11. The Corrosive Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 11. The Corrosive

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 11. The Corrosive
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER XI. THE CORROSIVEThat evening I smoked in a splendid isolation while the men whispered apart. I had nothing to do but smoke, and to chew my cud, which was bitter. There could be no doubt, however I may have saved my face, that command had been taken from me by that rascal, Handy Solomon. I was in two minds as to whether or not I should attempt to warn Darrow or the doctor. Yet what could I say? and against whom should I warn them? The men had grumbled, as men always do grumble... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 2700

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 7. Captain Selover Loses His Nerve Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 7. Captain Selover Loses His Nerve

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 7. Captain Selover Loses His Nerve
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER VII. CAPTAIN SELOVER LOSES HIS NERVEI lived in the place for three weeks. We were afoot shortly after daybreak, under way by sun-up, and at work before the heats began. Three of us worked on the buildings, and the rest formed a pack train carrying all sorts of things from the shore to the valley. The men grumbled fiercely at this, but Captain Selover drove them with slight regard for their opinions or feelings. "You're getting double pay," was his only word, "earn it!" They certainly earned it during those three weeks. The things... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 2863

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 6. The Island Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 6. The Island

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 6. The Island
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER VI. THE ISLANDI came on deck one morning at about four bells to find the entire ship's company afoot. Even the doctor was there. Everybody was gazing eagerly at a narrow, mountainous island lying slate-coloured across the early morning. We were as yet some twenty miles distant from it, and could make out nothing but its general outline. The latter was sharply defined, rising and falling to a highest point one side of the middle. Over the island, and raggedly clasping its sides, hung a cloud, the only one visible in the sky. I... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1583

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 5. The Philosopher's Stone Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 5. The Philosopher's Stone

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 5. The Philosopher's Stone
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER V. THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONECaptain Selover received as his due the most absolute and implicit obedience imaginable. When he condescended to give an order in his own person, the men fairly jumped to execute it. The matter had evidently been threshed out long ago. They did not love him, not they; but they feared him with a mighty fear, and did not hesitate to say so, vividly, and often, when in the privacy of the forecastle. The prevailing spirit was that of the wild beast, cowed but snarling still. Pulz and Thrackles in especial had... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3228

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 4. The Steel Claw Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 4. The Steel Claw

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 4. The Steel Claw
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER IV. THE STEEL CLAWDuring the next few days the crew discussed our destination. Discipline, while maintained strictly, was not conventional. During the dog watches, often, every man aboard would be below, for at that period Captain Selover loved to take the wheel in person, a thick cigar between his lips, the dingy checked shirt wide open to expose his hairy chest to the breeze. In the twilight of the forecastle we had some great sea-lawyer's talks--I say "We," though I took little part in them. Generally I lay across my bunk smoking my pipe... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1035

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 3. The Twelve Repeating Rifles Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 3. The Twelve Repeating Rifles

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 3. The Twelve Repeating Rifles
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER III. THE TWELVE REPEATING RIFLESAfter my watch below the next morning I met Percy Darrow. In many ways he is, or was, the most extraordinary of my many acquaintances. During that first half hour's chat with him I changed my mind at least a dozen times. One moment I thought him clever, the next an utter ass; now I found him frank, open, a good companion, eager to please,--and then a droop of his blond eyelashes, a lazy, impertinent drawl of his voice, a hint of half-bored condescension in his manner, convinced me that... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 3103

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 2. The Graven Image Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 2. The Graven Image

Mystery - Part Two. The Brass Bound Chest - Chapter 2. The Graven Image
PART TWO. THE BRASS BOUND CHEST CHAPTER II. THE GRAVEN IMAGEI had every reason to be satisfied with my disguise,--if such it could be called. Captain Selover at first failed to recognise me. Then he burst into his shrill cackle. "Didn't know you," he trebled. "But you look shipshape. Come, I'll show you your quarters." Immediately I discovered what I had suspected before; that on so small a schooner the mate took rank with the men rather than the afterguard. Cabin accommodations were of course very limited. My own lurked in the waist of the ship--a tiny little airless hole. "Here's... Long Stories - Post by : Bruce_McCormick - Date : May 2012 - Author : Samuel Hopkins Adams - Read : 1053