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George and his pal bought on their bicycles and rode away. a bit later, the previous eelman got here again to the staithe weighted down together with his parcels. He bought into his boat and driven off. Beside the loss of life and Glory he rested on his oars. “Who’s been pushing off boats? ” he acknowledged. “Don’t know,” acknowledged Pete. “But it weren’t us. ” “I inform ’em so,” stated the previous guy. “I inform ’em so. good, see you nighttime if this is the case be you ain’t dozing. brain you return quiet. while eels run they’re like different folks, are looking to have the river to themselves. you could fright eels effortless, similar as different fish. ” After an early supper they become their bunks. Joe wound up the previous alarm clock that used to be nonetheless operating as a clock although now not as an alarm. “Anybody who wake after 11 wake the ship,” he stated. “Better go away the lantern burning,” acknowledged Pete. bankruptcy III EEL SETT AT evening “CLOSE on twelve,” stated Joe. “I’m off to fetch Tom. ” He opened the door and enable the cool, evening air into the cabin, the place, for the final hour, the demise and Glories have been stewing around their range. Joe wiped the sweat from his face as he got here out into the cockpit. “Phew! That’s cold,” he stated. He shone his dimming torch over the aspect. “Tide’s nonetheless flooding,” he acknowledged. “Plenty of time, if Tom don’t sleep too demanding. ” He close the others in with the heat, stepped ashore and, once his eyes grew familiar with the darkness, trigger at a gradual jog trot during the drowsing village. He slowed up at Dr. Dudgeon’s gate and, on his ft, crept around the residence until he stood through the Coot membership shed shut below Tom’s window. He felt for a hanging string and will no longer locate it. Had Tom forgotten? He switched on his torch and via its faint crimson glow observed the tip of the string swinging simply above his head. He took enterprise carry of it and gave it a hearty tug. not anything occurred. He tugged back. He picked up a handful of gravel and threw it up opposed to the window. a few of it got here down back on his upturned face. He spat just a little gravel from his mouth. Drat that Tom! after which a whisper got here from above him. “Who’s there? ” “Coots for ever! ” “And ever! ” “String needs to be stuck,” stated Joe. “Thought I’d holiday it if I tug more durable. ” “Sh! ” whispered Tom. “You tugged not easy sufficient. approximately had my leg off, yet I couldn’t shout. I’ll be down in part a minute. Stand clear…. ” A sea-boot dropped after which one other. They looked as if it would make a dreadful noise as they landed at the direction within the quiet of the evening. Tom waited, listening. Then an oilskin coat floated down, slipping sideways like an important bat. Then got here the 2 ends of a doubled rope. “Got them? ” whispered Tom. “Give them a pull. either ends without delay. ” Joe tugged. “Hold them steady,” got here a whisper from above. “I’m coming. ” The ropes jerked. Joe hung on until eventually a couple of ft have been kicking close to his head. A second later the President of the Coot membership used to be status at the floor beside him. “Where are these boots? ” “I received one,” acknowledged Joe. “And the oily. ” “Here’s the other,” acknowledged Tom, pushing his stockinged ft into them. “I’ll simply do away with the rope. They’ll be unsleeping prior to I get back.

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