The Altar Stairs

The Altar Stairs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...the men who would make the inland track, seeking the timber. Rod had fifty aboard now, sturdy little North Ysabel men, who would meet the bush tribes with delight, and attack trees when no softer flesh was near. He marched them up to the huts, asked questions, and cast orders at the overseers, and then called Harry to him in the eating-room. Strickland's bowed dusty figure had hurt him, although he would not show it. " VVell, Harry, what's been done, and who did it, an' why did they? " " We-ell," said Harry, " the Bougainville blackbirds sing too much some days. It has been necessaree to give ose and Karl more cartridges on the plantation. No--o; I do not think any are killed--yet. And Stricklan has excommunicated Tuli, and Tuli does not like it. There is not any religion in Tuli, but this did not seem to him polite--done in public. So he is going about like a black demon with his tail new sharpened. Perhaps he will stick some one before long, and perhaps that some one will be Strickland. It was not a wise thing to do. Strickland's mana is undermined already." Rod yawned. And his idle tone did not hide gladness. " It takes generations to work the tiger out of man," he said. " But it takes centuries to work out the ape. What of Brock Brothers? " " We-eH, it is a dispensation of Providence. The brig snapped her main and mizzen masts in a squall, and she is lying in Raga with all her deck fittings carried quite away. I do not think acky Harris will be a pleasant man to meet when he does come, do you know? And perhaps that will not be veree long. When you come back from Noumea, possibly. You do not stay long in Noumea, of course." " When I come back from...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915593
  • 9781236915597