“If I hadn’t gone off ‘half-cocked’,” he told his comrades, “maybe we would have seen something or somebody really worth following up.”“I mean—where is his own airplane?”
“Hello, boys. Remember me?”“But stop and think of these things,” he continued, urging his two friends to use their own imaginations. “The amphibian was old-looking and didn’t seem to be much good, and the gas gauge was broken, and the chewing gum was quite fresh. That might look as though——”Larry, more conversant with flying tactics, decided that Jeff meant to get to a higher level than they occupied, to outclimb the less flexible seaplane, so that he could swoop upon it with the advantage of elevation to help him overtake it.
“And I’m glad I’m done with this-here amphibian,” he added. “Had more trouble than I ever had before. I think the crate’s hoodooed.”
“Do you know,” he spoke through the darkness. “Dick, we’re not watching that amphibian at all! If Jeff did come here and managed to get away, he’d go straight there and fly off.”From the rear of the crowd in the hangar, Pilot Larsen came forward.
And that, to Dick, spelled disaster.Sandy wanted to nudge his comrade, to warn him to be careful. There was no chance; the man was observing them intently.
“Bud—you’ll get along!” :
Jeff began to climb in a tight upward spiral to keep as well over the scene of activity as he could without being in the way.
“‘Then get a dead stick!’” Larry shook his head. “Why, Sandy! I know you read detective stories until you think everything is suspicious——】【
“As I live and breathe!” cried Mr. Everdail, inspecting a tray.。
“Help you—help you with what?”。
“Doesn’t it get you excited?”。
Hissing, sibilant gasps marked the throes of the struggle.。