But the man was there in the flesh, grinning at them in a malicious, triumphant manner. Greg Carker smothered an exclamation of amazement. "Evidently you were mistaken in thinking the man drowned," said Frank quietly. "We've had all this trouble for nothing." "Oh, eet ees not so easee to keel Jose Murillo!" sneered the rascal. "Where he fall in the lake the water ees not so deep.
And he said to himself that he had never seen a cooler or a braver man than this little French-Canadian storekeeper. The little man rolled out unhurt, the snow had been soft under him, and lunged for the ponies' heads. "Up, Maje! Easee, Lisette, easee! Now! Ah-a! Bien!" He had them both by their bridles and dragged them skilfully to their feet and up the bank.