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Even so it would be hard work. " Biggles shook his head. "From what I remember of the islands—not a hope. They are mostly hills, and covered with virgin jungle into the bargain. Still, I could have a look round. " Biggles turned again to Li Chi, whose expression was now one of disappointment. " "Yes, I know. " "I thought the big lake on Elephant Island. It is sheltered in bad weather, and being surrounded by jungle, would not be easy to see from above. " "I know the place. It has much to recommend it," agreed Biggles.
We could build rough sheds at one end of the runway and camouflage them with branches—and there'll be plenty of branches to spare when we start shifting the timber. " There was silence for a minute, as if everyone was pondering on the scheme. " inquired Biggles. "I am amazed," said Li Chi. "I should never have thought of it. More and more I begin to understand why you British succeed. You have an answer for everything. " "This will so much tickle their sense of humour that they will work twenty hours a day," returned Li Chi.
Tamashoa knew of those two pink pearls," said Li Chi seriously. "Such was his mortification when he lost them that he sent a special messenger to me offering to buy them back at any price, as he wanted them for his favourite lady. I sent word that I no longer had them. He asked me what had become of them. I told him that I had Oven them as a present to a British flying man named Major Bigglesworth for saving my life. " "I'll bear it in mind," replied Biggles thoughtfully. "But this won't do. Let's have lunch.
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