"Von had been in the army, and Dad was an old sea-dog, and they were both stern disciplinarians; only the two girls had no mother, and neither had I, and they were two men after all.
And Dad and Von timed us in the saddling and made a most rigid examination of the result.
"In the cool season the girls used to come down and visit me in Hilo, where Dad had two houses, one at the beach, or the three of us used to go down to our place in Puna, and that meant canoes and boats and fishing and swimming.
"I want you to get one thing into your head and keep it there: OLD DAD'S GOING BY THE POLICE.
If there's any slip-up, if old dad gets turned back by the police, I'm going to pick out the first quiet bit of landscape and take you ashore on it.
A little work will ease up your head, an' you kin tell us all abaout your dad an' your ma n' your money efterwards."
"Don't go to tamperin' with dad any more," he pleaded.
Well, I back your generation for knowing more about each other's private thoughts than we ever have time to find out about our own.--I say, Dad," Dallas broke off, "you're not angry with me?
"But, I say, Dad: do you mean you won't come up at all?"
"He is a well-known man in the City, dad
," said he.
Some of them would make an end of your dad
"'"Victor, you will acknowledge that you have used this worthy fellow rather roughly," said the dad
, turning to me.