From: Paul Wooten <email@example.com>
Date: Aug 26, 2006 5:01 PM
Frank Hammond whistled between his
teeth. I didnt believe him, and Isaid so, quite plainly. Oh, yes,
he was engaged to her all right. If I had been lookin thered have
been somebody elseknocked down instead of me. There, there, Miss
Bartlett, lets forgetit. He has been workingfor the place all the
time and doing Captain Bartlett dirt everychance he got. She had
read the accounts in the newspapers of therescue of the Flyaway.
Her idea of asking herdriver for particulars concerning affairs
at Setuckit wasabandoned. And they are yarns, of course, shedeclared.
I always used to like him, same aseverybody else did. Then he hit
the horse a vicious slap withthe end of the reins. According to
Oaks, there had been open mutiny at Setuckit.
He can be fired for only a certain
kind, and they are thekind that hurt. I done my dutyin standing
by my captain which is according to rules andregulations. It wasone
more straw added to the weight of trouble to come. Yes, I see that
something must have happened to you. The papers, when they came,contained
none of the promised particulars. More than shes ever been withanybody
else, Id say. I judge hedidnt bother to do much explaining to her.
And, in spite of her trust in Calvin,she could not understand his
silence. It was pretty hard work for me to believe it myself. She
had read the accounts in the newspapers of therescue of the Flyaway.
Yes, I see that something must have happened to you. I know somethinghas
happened there, she admitted. How could he be soneglectful of her
peace of mind? Hes fixed that upall right for you, Norma. He waited
for a reply, but she made none. You can think it over; therell be
Shewould go, even if it meant giving
up her position there atFairborough. But the real reeson for the
trouble is way back of all that. She made no answer and, turning,
he became aware that she waslooking at him intently. Oh, yes, he
was engaged to her all right. And, before dinner was over, his thoughts
were busy with othermatters. Her idea of asking herdriver for particulars
concerning affairs at Setuckit wasabandoned. Im going to forward
my report and recommendationsto Washington. He did not feel that
he should enjoy smoking justthen.