“And did he have a squint in one eye?” questioned Dave suddenly, remembering a peculiarity about Nick Jasniff which he had almost forgotten.
“Yes, there certainly was something the matter with one of his eyes. The upper lid seemed to droop considerably.”
“Might I ask what that fellow was doing here?”
“He came here looking 佛山南海桑拿论坛交流 for a job. He said he was working on one of the ranches in this vicinity but that he preferred to work for us and learn civil engineering if we would give him a chance. I told him we were pretty well filled up as far as our engineering corps was concerned, but said he might call some other time. You see, Barry and Lundstrom are thinking of leaving, and if they do we might have a chance for one or two outsiders, provided they were of the right sort.”
“Well, if this fellow is the person we think he 33is, he isn’t any one you would care to have around here, Mr. Obray,” cried Roger.
“And why not?” demanded the manager of the construction camp.
“Because if he is the fellow we think he is, he is a thief and a jailbird!”
CHAPTER IV WHAT PHIL’S LETTER TOLD
Mr. Ralph Obray was much surprised at the statement made by Roger, and his 佛山桑拿洗浴中心face showed it.
“That is a pretty strong statement to make against anybody,” he said slowly. “Perhaps you had better explain.”
“I can do that easily enough,” returned the senator’s son. “And Dave here can tell you even more than I can.”
“By the way,” broke in Dave, “may I ask if the fellow left any name?”
“Oh, yes.” The manager of the construction camp glanced at a slip of paper lying on his desk. “Jasper Nicholas.”
“Jasper Nicholas!” cried Roger. “What do you know about that?”
“It sounds a good deal like Nicholas Jasniff turned around,” answered our hero. He looked at the manager. 佛山夜生活网 “The fellow we have in mind was named Nicholas Jasniff,” he explained.
“Tell me what you know about the fellow,” returned Mr. Obray shortly.
Thereupon the two chums related how they had 35been schoolmates with Nick Jasniff and Link Merwell at Oak Hall and how Jasniff had one day attacked Dave in the gymnasium with an Indian club and how the fellow had run away. Then they told of the robbery of the Wadsworth jewelry works, and of how Jasniff and Merwell had been followed to Cave Island and captured.
“At the last minute Merwell got away,” continued Dave, “but the authorities hung on to Jasniff and he was tried and sent to prison for a long term of years. How he got out I don’t know.”
“That is certainly an interesting story,” said Mr. Obray. “But if that fellow Jasniff is in prison he can’t be the fellow that called here.”
“佛山桑拿论坛蒲友交流 But look at the similarity in names!” broke in Roger. “Oh, I am sure he is the same fellow.”
“If he is, we won’t want him around here even if he has a right to his liberty,” declared the manager. “Our men are all honest—or at least we think they are—and we can not take chances with a man who has been convicted of a crime. Of course, such a fellow has a right to do his best to get along in the world; but he had better go to some place where nobody knows him.”
“Don’t you think we had better try to find out whether Jasniff has really served his full term and been properly discharged from prison?” remarked Dave. “If he is a fugitive we ought to 36capture
him and send him back to the authorities.”
“You are right there, Porter. It might be a good idea for you to send a message to the East to find out about this.”
“Where do you 佛山桑拿按摩qq女think I ought to send for information?”
“Do you know where he was placed in prison?”
“Then I would send directly to the prison authorities.”
“Let us send a telegram!” cried Roger. “A letter would be too slow. I’ll stand half the expense.”
“All right, I’ll go you!” responded our hero quickly. “If Nick Jasniff got out of prison on the sly, he ought to be returned to the place.”
“Maybe if he did get out, and we captured him, we might get a reward, Dave.”
“That is true, too—provided a reward has been offered.”
“You seem to be pretty sure that this fellow who called here is the man you are after,” remarked Mr. Obray. “Don’t you think you may be mistaken? In that storm, and with the fellow galloping past you on horseback all hunched up to keep from getting wet, you may have made a mistake.”
At this remark the face 佛山夜生活 of the senator’s son became clouded.
37“It might be so, Dave. To tell the truth, we didn’t get a very good look at him. And yet I think it was Nick Jasniff.”
“I’m almost certain of it, Roger. I’ll never forget that face of his. I studied it pretty well when he was up for trial and we testified against him.”
“You might wait until he comes here again,” suggested the manager.
“Yes. But then we wouldn’t have the information we want,” declared Dave. “I’d rather pay out my money on that telegram and learn the truth. Then, if Jasniff was wanted by the authorities, we could make a prisoner of him right then and there.”
“That is true.”
The matter was discussed for several minutes longer, and then the two chums walked back to their quarters. Here they talked the matter over between themselves.
“We can’t send a telegram to-night;佛山桑拿服务微信 the office closes at six o’clock,” declared Dave. “We can write it out, however, and send it the first chance we get in the morning. I think Mr. Obray will let you or me ride down to the telegraph office with it.” The nearest station from which a telegram could be sent was quite a distance away, and a telephone line between the two points, while it was being erected, was not yet in operation.
38Of course Frank Andrews wished to know what had taken place, and the youths told him. He shook his head sadly.