The Finding of Haldgren
"No--don't interrupt! I'm going to say what I please, and this is it, Commander:
"Hang onto that jewel you were giving me. Keep it ready. For I'm going to the Moon. I'm going to find Haldgren, if he's still living when I get there. And, at the least, I will bring back some record to show he is the man we should honor.
"Haldgren, alive or dead, was the first man to conquer space. Neither Harkness nor I would steal an atom of his glory. I'll have the proof when I come back. And when I come--"
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For an instant the ready grin that marked Chet's irresistible good nature lighted up his face with a silent echo of some laugh-provoking thought occurring in his mind.
"--when I do come, Commander, I will make you eat your words. It's you who will be out of the Service then, laughed out!"
The Commander smiled, too; smiled coldly, complacently, while his head shook.
"Again you are mistaken," he told Chet; "never