By Richard Yates
John Wilder is in his mid-thirties, a winning salesman with a spot within the kingdom, an adoring spouse and a ten-year-old son.But whatever is wrong.His relations now not pursuits him, his infidelities are top him nowhere and he has began to drink an excessive amount of.
Then one evening, anything inside of John snaps and he calls his spouse to inform her that he isn’t coming home…
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Tom and Ned hurried up, intent on getting a closer view of the man and youth who seemed so anxious to escape observation. But several persons got in their way. and the two mysterious ones taking advantage of the confusion, slipped down a companionway to their stateroom, so that when our two lads managed to extricate themselves from the throng around the fat man, who insisted on thanking them for allowing Eradicate to help him, it was too late to effect any identification, at least for the time being.
Morning saw the Maderia well out to sea, and, as there was quite a swell on, the vessel rolled and pitched to an uncomfortable degree. This did not bother Tom and Ned, who were used to sudden changes of equilibrium from their voyages in the air. Nor did Mr. Damon suffer. In fact he was feeling fine and went about on deck like an old salt, blessing so many new things that he had many of the passengers amused. Poor Eradicate did suffer though. He was very seasick, and kept to his berth most of the time, while some of his new friends did what they could for him.
Asked Tom calmly. "They can't see us after dark, and if we can strike off on another trail we may throw them off our track. " "But it will be nightdarkwe never work after dark," protested Delazes. "You're going to this time," declared Tom grimly. " "Nothing like getting used to a thing," went on the young inventor. "They won't mind after a rest and a good feed. Besides, there is a moon to−night, and it will be plenty light enough. " "But they will protest. It is unheard of, and" "Send them to me," said Tom quickly.