With a jerk of abruptness, he deposited Jerry in Van Horn's arms and turned away along the deck.
"Yes, and there's two heads more that the Arangi owes Somo," Van Horn nodded.
"I saw his head after you'd turned it over to the Commissioner at Tulagi," Van Horn supplemented.
Captain Van Horn snuggled him closer in his arm with a caress of his free hand.
The result of her effort was the knowledge that on the second day they were to sail for the Pamarung Islands upon a small schooner which her father had purchased, with a crew of Malays and lascars, and von Horn, who had served in the American navy, in command.
Of the many men Virginia had met during the month at Singapore von Horn had been by far the most interesting and companionable.
Virginia took a keen delight in watching the Malays and lascars at their work, telling von Horn that she had to draw upon her imagination but little to picture herself a captive upon a pirate ship--the half naked men, the gaudy headdress, the earrings, and the fierce countenances of many of the crew furnishing only too realistically the necessary savage setting.
Here it was that the Ithaca came to anchor in a little harbor, while her crew under von Horn, and the Malay first mate, Bududreen, accompanied Professor Maxon in search of a suitable location for a permanent camp.
"Because the horns of our enemies are sharp, and in battle they will try to stick those horns into our warriors," she replied.
"How many horns do the Horners have?" asked Dorothy.
We never go to war with them if we can help it, on account of their dangerous horns; but this insult was so great and so unprovoked that our brave men decided to fight, in order to be revenged," said the woman.
"Yes; but they have those terrible horns, and unless we are careful they prick us with the points," returned the Champion with a shudder.