Springing from the steamer-chair in which he had been lounging while waiting for breakfast, he clapped his hands for the house-boys; and, while listening to her, he was buckling
on his cartridge-belt and running the mechanism of his automatic pistol.
"Come to your wedding?" As he repeated the words Wardour stole one glance at Frank which Frank (employed in buckling
his knapsack) failed to see.
It is a picture, and I can see it now,--the jagged edges of the hole in the side of the cabin, through which the grey fog swirled and eddied; the empty upholstered seats, littered with all the evidences of sudden flight, such as packages, hand satchels, umbrellas, and wraps; the stout gentleman who had been reading my essay, encased in cork and canvas, the magazine still in his hand, and asking me with monotonous insistence if I thought there was any danger; the red-faced man, stumping gallantly around on his artificial legs and buckling
life-preservers on all corners; and finally, the screaming bedlam of women.
All eyes turned in the direction of the interruption to see another figure framed in the massive opening--a half-clad figure buckling
the half-adjusted harness hurriedly in place--the figure of O-Tar, Jeddak of Manator.
Quivering, not with fear but with rage, Ben Bolt perforce endured the buckling
around his throat of a thick, broad collar of leather to which was attached a very stout and a very long trailing rope.