“They were as empty as our heads!” Larry was dispirited.
“I came over to report and get instructions, sir.”
“As I live and breathe!” he exclaimed.Larry knew his business: Dick wore the instructor’s part of the outfit only because it was the only helmet they could get at the start.
“The man has gone crazy,” said Whiteside.
“That’s not the life preserver from the Tramp,” he grunted. :
“I—” Sandy made up his mind to see if he could startle Jeff into a change of expression and changed his stammering indecision into a cool retort:“How are you fixed?” Jeff spoke to their youthful pilot through his tube.
“Howdy!” Dick greeted the stranger and replied to his exclamation. “No, sir, you’re not seeing things! At least you’re not if you mean the airplane near where the amphibian was——”251
“Where’s the guard—where’s everybody?” Sandy shouted. “What made them jam, I wonder?” mused Sandy.
“But—are they?” He pulled a wire out a trifle from the sheath.。
“You’re the man who was in the amphibian when Mr. Everdail flew it!” he said. “How did you get here, with your injured shoulder?”。