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Excerpt: ...the men we can possibly muster, and go north at daybreak." "Spoken like a jolly old Hannibal," said Bones heartily, and smacked his superior on the back. A shrill bugle call aroused the sleeping lines, and Hamilton went back to his quarters to make preparations for the journey. In the first grey light of dawn he flew three pigeons to Bosambo, and the message they carried about their red legs was brief. "Take your fighting regiments to the edge of Frenchi land; presently I will come with my soldiers and support you. Let no foreigner pass on your life and on your head." When the rising sun tipped the tops of the palms with gold, and the wild world was filled with the sound of the birds, the Zaire, her decks alive with soldiers, began her long journey northward. Just before the boat left, Hamilton received a Pg 132 further message from the Administrator. It was in plain English, some evidence of Sir Robert Sanleigh's haste. "Confidential: This matter on the Ochori border extremely delicate. Complete adequate arrangements to keep in touch with me." For one moment Hamilton conceived the idea of leaving Bones behind to deal with the telegram and come along. A little thought, however, convinced him of the futility of this method. For one thing he would want every bit of assistance he could get, and although Bones had his disadvantages he was an excellent soldier, and a loyal and gallant comrade. It might be necessary for Hamilton to divide up his forces; in which case he could hardly dispense with Lieutenant Tibbetts, and he explained unnecessarily to Bones: "I think you are much better under my eye where I can see what you're doing." "Sir," said Bones very seriously, "it is not what I do, it is what I think. If you could only see my brain at workshow more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236712021
  • 9781236712028