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Wilton rose to his feet, his face swept clean of trouble. “Things is going to be droughty with us this summer,” he said, thoughtfully. “Not with the ordinary people, but with us launch-men. Two of my bookings for the swordies have been cancelled and the others have had bookings cancelled too. Me and Joe will have to take to the beach-netting for salmon for the factory. It’s a blasted shame we can’t sell tunny. There’s millions of ’em about now. ” 33 Blade smiled. “I don’t think we need worry much.
I’m in love with Marion. Been that way since we were kids at school. And I wanted her to marry me—want her to marry me now—but she couldn’t make up her mind about it. And now she’s not trying. I want you to do me a favour. ” “Well, I’ve been thinking of getting up a subscription to help them two, but it wouldn’t do for me to run it, Marion being a bit proud and independent. I’ve got here a hundred quid. Just took it out of the bank. ” 32 Placing the money in a compact bundle on the table, he put down beside it a smaller sheaf of notes, saying: “This is from my partner, Joe Peace.
Bony asked for the history of the case and all the statements obtained, and for a day to study this collection of matter. It became obvious that the Do-me and those on board her had not been destroyed by natural causes. The recovery of the angler’s head from the sea bottom did more than suggest a murder: it raised the probability that one or both of the launchmen were still alive and that the launch itself was hidden somewhere along the coast. The lack of flotsam supported this idea, but the known history and character of the launchmen, as well as Ericson’s plans for settling at Bermagui, raised another probability that they as well as the angler had been murdered.