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In his early years, long before he got so becomingly bald on the top, he went to
present a letter of introduction to Mr. Tesman of Tesman Brothers, a Sourabaya
firm— tip-top house. Well, Mr. Tesman was a kindly, benevolent old gentleman.
Hard facts I Facts alone, Mr. Tesman." I don't know if old Tesman agreed with him
or not, but he must have spoken about it, because, for a time, our man got the
name of "Hard Facts." He had the singular good fortune that his sayings stuck to ...
Morrison hadn't. He had only a little English gold, a few sovereigns, on board. He
had left all his spare cash with the Tesmans, in Samarang, to meet certain bills
which would fall due while he was away on his cruise. Anyhow that money would
We were more puzzled than dazzled, it is true; but even the most sober-minded
among us began to think that there was something in it. The Tesmans appointed
agents, a contract for government mail-boats secured, the era of steam beginning
He got the news in the Moluccas through the Tesmans, and then disappeared for
a time. It appears that he stayed with a Dutch government doctor in Amboyna, a
friend of his who looked after him for a bit in his bungalow. He became visible ...
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