Not that Gust entertained any scruples on the subject, other than those which induced in him a rare regard for his own personal safety.
But Kai Shang realized that he must act with circumspection, for Gust alone of the motley horde possessed sufficient knowledge of navigation to get them out of the South Atlantic and around the cape into more congenial waters where they might find a market for their ill-gotten wealth, and no questions asked.
And now Gust did not wish to venture out to sea again.
To this end he organized hunting party after hunting party, but always the devil of perversity seemed to enter the soul of Kai Shang, so that wily celestial would never hunt except in the company of Gust himself.
It is true that Kai Shang had no other evidence than the natural cunning of his own knavish soul--but he imagined in the intentions of Gust what he himself would have been glad to accomplish had the means lain at hand.
They decided, however, that it would do no harm to attempt to frighten Gust into acceding to their demands, and with this purpose in mind the Maori sought out the self-constituted commander of the party.
When he broached the subject of immediate departure Gust again raised his former objection--that the warship might very probably be patrolling the sea directly in their southern path, waiting for them to make the attempt to reach other waters.
Go and ask Kai Shang if there is not a wireless," replied Gust.
As Kai Shang and Momulla entered their camp, it was with a realization that they no longer needed Gust.
Now it happened that Gust was at that moment in the tent occupied by the cook, and this tent stood but a few feet from his own.