Pen had the sense that her little father was trying to bar them out by main strength. Signing to Don to remain where he was, she hastened to the head of the stairs. She called down:
He slipped his hand in his side pocket. "Here," he said, "take this." He produced an automatic pistol. "Do you know how to use it?"
"Ernest Riever, the well-known millionaire," said Danner. "An intimate friend of the murdered man, I believe.""Thank you," said Pen, "but until I am arrested I shall do just what I am accustomed to do."
Finally Delehanty raised his voice: "Keesing!""Close the window."
CHAPTER V ON BOARD THE ALEXANDRA"It was you who first asked him to stay," said Pen indignantly.
Fortunately, as it was but three minutes to the Point, the scene could not be prolonged."Good-by," said Pen, letting her cold fingers lie within his for a moment without any response to his pressure.Without raising her eyes, she offered him her hand. He carried it lightly to his lips, and quickly left the room.
"Yes sir?""That was nothing," said Pen. "He didn't mean it really."
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"We must hurry," said Pen. "They must see already that your tent is gone."Pendleton was sent out of the room while the doctor made his examination. Hance was a frowsy old man with a rough tongue and a compassionate irascible eye. Everybody quarreled with him and depended on him as on a tower. He had no illusions left about mankind, but he gave all his strength to tending them. Pen dreaded being left alone with him. However he said no more about the escaped canoeist. From the character of his grunts as he sounded her she knew she had not deceived him at all. When the door closed behind him she flew to it to hear what he would say to her father.详情
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