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He bellowed, the soldier rushed off, and he trundled for her as fast as he could. Like all traders he wore a top hat and woolen frock coat, tight pants, boots, and sweated in the sun. " he said, grabbing her bridle, aghast at the dirt and blood that speckled her face and clothes and hair. " "Moi, non... no, I think not but we were attacked... " She was trying to catch her breath and stop shaking, still in terror, and pushed the hair out of her face. Urgently she pointed inland westwards, Mount Fuji vaguely on the horizon.

Just that it won't be much better when the other ports are opened. " Tyrer glanced at him sharply. " "Why not? What are fleets for? Armies? It works fine in India, China, everywhere else. We're the British Empire, the biggest and best that's ever been on earth. " Canterbury looked back at the road, soured by the animosity there. " "'fraid you just have to get used to it. It's the same everywhere. As Mr. Struan says, Hong Kong's the worst. Even so, Mr. Struan," he said with sudden esteem, "I don't mind telling you what we need here is our own island, our own Colony, not a rotten, smelly mile strip of festering coast that's indefensible, subject to attack and blackmail at any moment if it weren't for our fleet!

But the turn was inadvertently towards the palanquin, not in the other direction. " and hacked with all his might. In the same instant the other man went for Struan. The blow took off Canterbury's left arm just above his biceps and sliced into his side. The trader gaped at the stump with disbelief as blood sprayed onto the girl. The sword whirled in another brutal arc. Impotently Struan was groping for his revolver, the other samurai charging him, blade raised. More by luck than judgment he twisted out of the path of a blow that wounded him slightly on his left leg and sliced into his pony's shoulder.

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