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By W. E. Johns

Biggles is shipped to Jean Bonney Island within the Bay of Bengal, to enquire attainable interference with this British sovereign territory. Taking Algy with him, Biggles flies out in his Gadfly plane and lands on a lagoon at the island. the following they discover a guy named Clarence Collingwood who's adverse in the direction of them. He claims to be a biologist. Getting little details out of Collingwood, Biggles is suspicious as to why he's by myself at the island yet now not drawn to being rescued. Returning to the lagoon to spend the evening, Biggles and Algy are attacked by way of an immense Squid. After one other disagreement with Collingwood, the Gadfly is minimize adrift and Biggles realises there needs to be a fourth individual at the island besides. Biggles searches the small island and unearths cannabis turning out to be, a infamous narcotic. He discovers an Arab who he later reveals out is termed Ali. Biggles additionally discovers what seems to be a guy made cave. in the meantime Algy has a few hassle with a shark and has to maneuver the airplane, wasting the anchor within the method. Later, Biggles dives all the way down to recuperate the anchor and this is often the image at the dirt conceal of the booklet, including an image of an Arab boat referred to as a dhow. Biggles makes a decision to chop down the cannabis crop to ruin it. Returning to the airplane, simply because a hurricane is brewing, Biggles notices an Arab dhow impending. in spite of the fact that, the typhoon is fighting it from touchdown at the island. Biggles unearths Algy attempting to strap the airplane down and, a lot to his shock, being helped by way of Collingwood. All 3 of them go back to Collingwood's hut to take preserve from the negative hurricane. Collingwood explains that the medicine belong to the Arabs and are not anything to do with him. he's there to mine opals. Collingwood thinks the Arabs will kill them, as a result of what Biggles has performed to their drug crop. After the hurricane, all of them visit search for Ali and locate that he has been buried within the cave, which used to be an opal mine. They be capable to dig him out alive. Biggles and Algy need to fix their storm-damaged plane. the subsequent morning, the Arabs within the dhow try and land, however the touchdown occasion is attacked via an enormous Squid and just one guy makes it ashore alive. Algy discovers Collingwood has been murdered through the evening and it's noticeable that Ali has performed it to scouse borrow his opals. Biggles is going to confront Ali and unearths that the newly arrived Arab has killed him and stolen the opals himself. Chasing after the Arab, the guy escapes through swimming the lagoon basically to satisfy justice within the jaws of the shark. The Arabs land, yet having obvious the shark assault their comrade, they don't blame Biggles or Algy for the entire deaths. The Arabs kill the shark and locate the opals inside of it yet their dhow is wrecked at the coral reef. Biggles and Algy go back domestic reflecting on why opals are thought of to be unfortunate.

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It had; a rough-looking dinghy; for they now observed it wear the water with the plain goal of taking a celebration ashore. ‘There appears to be like lots of ‘em,’ remarked Algy, with a marginally of apprehension. ‘We couldn’t do a lot opposed to that mob in the event that they became nasty. what number arms do those dhows as a rule hold? ’ ‘I’ve by no means counted, yet these I’ve obvious appear to have approximately twenty. ’ ‘Good lor! As many as that! the place do all of them sleep? ’ ‘Anywhere. They don’t waste house with cabins. they simply doss down wherever they could locate room; yet i think there’s a few rule approximately each one guy sticking to his personal pitch, the place he eats, sleeps, and does his cooking if there’s something to cook dinner. Fish, I’ve been advised, is the standard vitamin. Fish and dates or dried figs and tomatoes. to not fear. They won’t hassle with us. ’ The lifeboat, if it can be so referred to as, having a look dangerously overloaded with 5 males in it, one status within the stern working an extended oar as a rudder, used to be now on its technique to the island seashore. regardless of what Biggles had stated, for they have been a ferocious-looking lot, it used to be an apprehensive second once they stepped out into shallow water and hauled their boat excessive and dry. however the nervousness didn't final lengthy. The plane was once thoroughly overlooked. it may well now not were there. For a short interval the lads stood taking a look round, most likely for Ali; then all of them moved off towards the some distance finish of the island, both to discover him or examine the crop of hemp, or either. ‘They’re going to have a shock of substantial dimensions once they locate their cannabis long past and Ali taking a look like a caught pig,’ murmured Biggles. ‘If we’re going to have any difficulty that’s while it's going to come. Let’s stick with it. ’ First they went to the touchdown strip and got rid of any of the bigger obstructions that will have made a touchdown harmful. however it used to be commonly gentle stuff, the spines of palm fronds and so on, so it didn't take lengthy. This performed they went directly to the Nissen huts to do a extra unpleasant job. Algy fetched the spade from the unused hut the place they'd obvious it they usually started working to dig a grave. thankfully, the floor being sandy, no nice attempt used to be wanted; and as Biggles remarked, there has been no goal in digging deep. that they had simply performed all that Biggles necessary whilst the occasion of Arabs might be visible drawing close hurriedly alongside the runway. ‘Here we move. the following comes trouble,’ sighed Algy. ‘I want you wouldn’t be so pessimistic,’ complained Biggles. ‘We can be capable of speak ourselves out of this. ’ They waited. The Arabs got here up, each guy with a sheathed dagger putting from his waist. One, it seems that the chief, progressed. He used to be a tall, high quality determine of a guy, with darkish flashing eyes and a nostril like an eagle’s beak, which gave him a fierce expression. He gave the look of, and should were, a tribal leader of a few style. there has been no preamble. He got here instantly to the purpose. And so started the most extraordinary conversations Algy in all his adventure had ever heard. ‘You English mans? ’ he challenged harshly.

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