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The Fourth Man

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Author: John Russell
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,014 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 528
Added to site: 2007.12.28
mnybks.net#: 19529
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"In this manner we should have enough to last us three days -- maybe more -- with equal shares among the three of us..."

Such was his summing of the demonstration, and it passed without comment, as a matter of course in the premises, that he should count as he did -- ignoring that other who sat alone at the stern of the raft, the black Canaque, the fourth man.

Perroquet had been out-manoeuvred, but he listened sullenly while for the hundredth time Dubosc recited his easy and definite plan for their rescue, as arranged with his secret correspondents.

"That sounds very well," observed The Parrot, at last. "But what if these jokers only mock themselves of you? What if they have counted it good riddance to let you rot here? And us? Sacred name, that would be a famous jest! To let us wait for a ship and they have no ship!"

"Perhaps the doctor knows better than we how sure a source he counts upon," suggested Fenayrou slyly.

"That is so," said Dubosc, with great good humour. "My

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