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chance with it open and; kept and as he watched, Billy saw the better field of view. But he her tilt over with one wing could afford no ohanoes to-day. flaming, and then luroh sickenThe blae 'planos drow closer, ingly downward. passing to westward and below "One up,” he muttered, and him. He swung the “Hawk” dived towards No. 2, who round, and with full power on pulled up to meet him, letting dived on to the rear 'plane. drive with an automatio from
Noiseless, and dropping out above the top 'plane as she of the eye of the sun, it is oame. The angle was too probable that the enemy did steep to bring her heavier not realise his presence until guns into action without stallhe was within range. Certain, ing, and the pilot evidently it seemed but a bare second feared to lose height against from the time he saw through this new machine that could his telescopio sight the rear climb so fast. gunner fling himself round Billy swooped straight for and bring his gun into aotion, her, and as he swerved off at and then flop, an inert mass, the last possible fraction of a over the mounting, till, as second into a vertioal bank, with all three guns going, he saw the man in the forward Manning swept diagonally cookpit hanging out helplessly across the blue 'plane, raking over the side. He pulled up her from end to end, and saw the“Hawk”at that marvellous three shells barst one after olimbing angle of hers, and another on the armoured she shot up like & partridge fuselage jast where he knew towering, and hung again above the fuel tanks to be.
the enemy 'plane. As he oart-wheeled round A third dive brought him right-handed to get behind several more bullets olattering her again, he oaught a glimpse on his armour, and one splinof smoke and saw her nose tering on the edge of the visiongoing down, while at the same slit ripped open his cheek; but instant the splash of bullets he had & perfeot position as on his armour showed that he dropped from straight bethe other 'plane was taking a hind, spraying the blue beast band in the game, and she from tail to nose, and suddenly shot baok past him on a olimb- found her drop out of his sight iog turn.
as he looped over almost on But his page was too fast, top of her wings. and as she swept round again “Good-bye-ee, I think,” he to oatoh him he was two hun. said, pulling out. The blue dred feet above her, and olimb- biplane was spiralling down, ing at nearly twice her speed. apparently hopelessly out of
The first 'plane was well control. He wiped the blood alight now, thank goodness. from his face and followed. She was diving unsteadily She didn't seem to have much down, with great gouts of kiok left, and the near engine blaok smoke streaming behind; had stopped. Drawing closer, he let her have it once more swine something to think as close as he could get, and about.” again saw the burst of shells “Frontier report very heavy on the fuselage as he slid past storms and snow in the hills, without drawing any answer. sir. Probably no more will The pilot seemed to have come over to day.” vanished — probably slipped, “Right-ob; then I'll come dead or unconscious, from his down." seat. Billy watohed her down- Billy switohed off and spinning in aimless erratio dropped her nose, and with eiroles until she crashed just her wonderful, bird-like, flat. outside a village.
gliding angle she spiralled He oiroled slowly round for down. He slipped off his & minute or two, fingers on gloves. The aerodrome drew gun - buttons, but nothing nearer, and as he circled in moved in the wreckage. Then and tarned up wind for the sliding back the armoured run in, be caught sight of Pat head-oover, he olimbed again standing near the wireless. to see if the third enemy 'plane With hardly & tremor the was anywhere in sight. The "Grey Hawk” touched ground, sky, however, seemed abso- and as she did so he altered lately empty, 80 he turned the wing incidence and brought Delhiward, calling ap as he her ap all standing in thirty did so on the wireless tele- yards. He mopped his face phone,
and did his best to clean his “That you, sir?” oame the fur collar for Pat's sake. Face anxious voice of Trevor at wounds seem to bleed such Delhi, “What look?"
& lot. “Found two, and pashed She found him thus engaged, 'em down, but number three's and apologising for not having missing. Ask Lahore if they've used the dressings. “Forgot any further news. And tell all about them, dear; I was my wife the machine is per- 80 busy thinking about the feot, will you."
Hawk' and all she could do, He oiroled high above the and it's only a deepish soratoh ridge until the telephone really. How's Jimmy?” he started again.
said, as she fussed over him “Lahore report that one with lint and iodine. turned back after bombing “They've finished now, and Ferozepur. They think she's Colonel Williams is far more having engine trouble, and are hopeful. I rang him up and hoping to hear of her coming asked. They say he has really down en route. Hill with the a good chance now of getting only 'plane at Ferozy has gone over it." after her, and if her engines “Thank God! We'll both are really giving trouble, he go round this evening." He might stand some ohanoe" lit a cigarette as Pat finished
"Hope he downs her. All with the bandage. “You've three down would give the made me feel as if I really
was wounded,” he said ruefully if we're left in peace. Thank as the iodine livened up. Heaven for the storms up
Trevor oame up full of con- north. I'm off for a bite of gratulations and hungry for breakfast now, and, I suppose, details. He showed the General a visit to the hospital en route. & code wire from Welsh at I'll give you a lesson in handBombay announoing the de. ling the 'Hawk' afterwards." spatob of two oompleted Hawks, He olimbed out of the accompanied by some of the machine, and leaving Jenkins meobanios he had been speci- to run her in, walked over to ally training. Also, best of the oar with Pat. all, the wire stated that the “So the dream has come two pilots he sent with them true after all, dear, hasn't it? had flown the machines after Do you know, I was dreaming four hours' instruction; and all the way back of what the though, of course, further prao- futare might hold now that tice would be required, they we've found it, and what atter ought to be perfeetly at home horrors it would have meant in them in a couple of days. for the world if the others had
“That means arrival to- found it first.” night,” said Billy. “Good old She slipped her arm in his Welsh. Tell Parker to have and looked at him tenderly. everything ready, and the “Trust you for dreaming, workshops should have them darling-always—always." in flying trim by the morning,
A SECRET SURVEY.
BY REAR-ADMIRAL BOYLE SOMERVILLE, C.M.G.
BUSHIRE is a town situated The land around the harbour at about eighty miles south- is, for twenty miles, a low flat ward from the head of the plain. At its confines, the Gulf, whose original raison great rampart of mountains d'être was, no doubt, its har- suddenly springs up, on whose bour. This reason still exists, top is the real Persia, 3000 but not for modern vessels, as feet and more above the sea, it is far too shallow for any- stretohing all the way to the thing except dhows. Regarded Caspian. The hot little town with the tourist's eye, it has of Bushire, tightly squeezed all the appearance of a large within its white wall at the and excellent bay of tranquil tip of a point of land which water; but when the navigator projeots into the bay, is surproduoes a ohart, it is seen rounded on three sides by from the soundings that & the water. All the foreign oonsteamer of ordinary draught sulates, and even the house of would have to anohor between the Persian Governor, are left three and four miles from the panting outside the wall, on town, and quite outside the the soorohing plain. In 1856 protecting shores of the bay we had a little war with Persia, itself. The place was a fishing during which Bushire surrenvillage for 1200 happy unre- dered to our foroos, and regarded years, until 1750, when mained in our oooupation for it was chosen by the Shah to some months. Since then, we be the Portsmouth of Persia. have retained not only a con. This pre-eminence persists; and sulate at the town, but also a when we arrived there in the Politioal Resident, whose ResiSphinc we found the entire denoy is at Rishire, six miles Persian Navy anchored in its away. principal home port. This The drive there, to report was H.I.P.M.S. Persepolis, our proceedings to date, was & gunboat of the most ex. an interesting experience. It treme antiquity. We gazed was undertaken in a vehicle on her with the respeot due to whose only living counterpart, age and infirmity, and then probably, is to be found in exchanged with her command. Napoleon's carriage at Madame ing officer the proper pompous Tussaud's Exhibition. The naval visits, in the best modern ropes with which, like St style, “the usual compli. Paul's ship, it was bound toments” being paid on either gether, front to rear, fortuside, in superfine Dartmouth nately held during the drive. French and its Teheran equi. As we hopped over the Alpine valent.
oorrugations of the hard-baked traok, Kemp and I had grave grateful for anything as for fears of being left behind on the night spent under that it, in the stuffy after-part of great roof—as wide as it was the chariot, when, as seemed hospitable. inevitable, the narrow ourving isthmus which connected us A couple of days later we with the front wheels, coach- left, to resume my running man's box, and horses, should survey of the Persian coast. at length yield to force majeure. For thirty miles to the southWe drove thus, in deep trepi- ward of Bushire is a wide and dation, past the British Con- featureless plain, whose every sulate, the Turkish, and the indentation and khor was Russian; then past the French well known, and quite unand Datoh Consulates, amio- necessary to re-survey. From ably oonjoined; past the Imam- that point onward, the flat zada Mosque, conspicuous on land bordering the sea is but its little bill, and oame at last, & narrow strip—& mere footwith the two parts of our ooaoh stop between the water and still wonderfully undivorced, the great ranges of barren to the British Residenoy. The 5000-feet mountains, which country on each side of the stand behind it as a wall road was already, by the end for 300 miles to the southof May, a brown desert. The ward. Somewhere along this orops, green six weeks earlier, oramped seaboard there might were all harvested, and nothing but very improbably-exist was now alive but a few late some unknown oraok, or even trees, blossoming in foverish some bay; and as the water haste before the rapidly advano- was deep, the coast could be ing summer should overtake approached sufficiently olosely and shrivel them; casting the to investigate it comfortably flowers and leaves of to-day, and with certainty. to-morrow into its oven.
To the British eye, acous. The Residenoy is an immense tomed to a cool grey heaven building, all pillars and roof, and a green and fruitful earth, like a vast hay - barn. The the view of the naked ribs of rooms in it are merely spaces the brown mountains, roastsoreened off amidst the pillars ing under the furious furnace and made mosquito-proof. Its of the Persian sky, raised an ooolness and amplitude were anoeasing pity for those conabsolute heaven, by contrast demned to live in this Earthly with the oramped, sweat- Hell. There seemed to be box oabins of a ship, - even quite & large number of of & ship expressly designed such unfortunates. Everyfor hot weather, such as the where along the dismal coastSphinx,
line, village snooeeded village, It takes & sailor really to tiny, ancient, fringed with appreciate the “blessings of date-palms, and surmounted, the land,” for the enjoyment usually, by towers of strength of which he prays daily; and against the enemy, whether seldom have I been so truly 808-pirate or robbor of the