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Five-Skull Island

and Other Tales of the Malay Archipelago

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Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,215 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.1
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 542
Added to site: 2008.06.15
mnybks.net#: 21230

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ice out of the shadows.

The two traders started. It was hours since their compotator had fallen ingloriously to the first bottle of "De Kuyper," and they were by this time well downstairs in the second.

Fleming half-filled a tumbler and took it over to the hammock. "You're supposed to've been killed in the first act, old cock! But, since you've come to life again, just get this down your neck, and explain! What's bosh?"

The gin went down, and Daddy Murchison sat up. "Help me out!" he said, and the ginger-headed giant half-lifted him to the floor. The old man up-ended again the gin-case that had gone down with him, and sat blinking disreputably at the lamp for a minute before he said--"I heard you chaps blatherskitin' about cannibalism. No such thing in Borneo! You settled that all right, didn't you?"

Gardiner foresaw contradiction. "No, Daddy!--no. We want your opinion first, you know!"

"Shows your sense, too! Three years in the 'Pelago, I heard you say you were. And Bullock

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