Jerry and I often consulted together, and wondered why it was that we heard nothing more from the spies that had visited us; for, as Jerry wisely said, "If they'd come along and have it out with us, one way or t'other, he wouldn't keer; but ter keep us always expectin' 'em, is what wears a feller out. By'm by, when we git keerless, they'll ketch us nappin', and then, God help us, that's all."
"I am doing nothing," I said. "It is almost tea-time. Hadn't you better be walking home, before Medusa comes looking out for you?" I rose up, and bade Uncle Darry good-night. "Good-night, missis," he said heartily, "and de morning dat hab no night, for my dear little missis, by'm by." I gave him my hand, and walked on. "Stuff!" muttered Preston, by my side.
Une u Kylong u'm donkam shibun ki nongbud bán leit ia leh ia kano-kano ka thyma, namar u long u briew uba khlain shibun bad u by'm jiw don uba lah ba'n pyniap ia u. La ki pyniap ruh u im pat kumne-kumne.
He showed the tea to his companions, but did not give the pot into their eager hands till he had explained what he intended to do. "Me go 'way," he said. The white boys did not pay any attention to this remark. Here was something to drink, and they were parched with thirst. "Me go 'way," repeated Yarloo. "Me come back by'm bye.... P'raps me find um water ... p'raps me find um parakelia."
Later, while Higgins and Roger were sewing up the wound in Willy's shoulder, Blease suddenly uttered a warning whistle. "Some one coming walking heavy through the saw grass." "No shoot first, look by'm by!" protested Willy. As the intruder broke out of the saw grass into plain sight he said: "Him chobee eestee hotkee."
"Who is doing the work, Maria?" I asked, after a minute. "Miss Daisy," she said, "dere aint no happenin' at all widout de Lord lets it happen. Dere is much contrairy in dis world, fact, dere is! but I 'spect de Lord make it all up to us by'm by." And she turned her face full upon me with a smile of so much quiet resting in that truth, that for just a moment it silenced me.
"I am doing nothing," I said. "It is almost tea-time. Hadn't you better be walking come, before Medusa comes looking out for you?" I rose up, and bade uncle Darry good night. "Good night, missis!" he said heartily "and de morning dat hab no night, for my dear little missis, by'm by." I gave him my hand, and walked on. "Stuff!" muttered Preston, by my side.
The native did not catch the meaning of this remark, but he answered the question which Vaughan had in his mind. "By'm bye when it cool," Yarloo pointed to the sky, "we walk little bit." "But Mick told us to stay here," said Vaughan again. "Me think bad black-fella come up to-night," explained Yarloo, with great patience.
"You shoot ojus quick," said the Indian. "I had to, Willy; I had to," protested Higgins. "Couldn't make you out, and I couldn't risk any one getting the drop on me." "Shoot first; look who is by'm by. Holowaugus. No good." "I took him for one of Garman's gang," explained Higgins to Payne. "I couldn't see for the brush." "Did purty well, consid'ring that," ventured Blease.
"Goo-day," he said, with a grin of delight at being noticed; but he at once became serious, and continued, speaking especially to Sax: "Me go 'way.... Me come back by'm by." "Going away?" asked Sax. "Whatever for?" "Me walk longa Musgraves.... Me come back by'm by," he repeated. "But what'll Mick say?" asked Vaughan. "Mick good fella," said the native simply.