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And spaceships,” said Intercolonial’s man. “Gentlemen,” said Chuck, “I towed down a piece of that metal as big as the village men could hack out and melt up for me. That was with crude stuﬀ. Just a sample. I’ve got billions, billions of cubic yards of it and no cost to transport. It’s cheap and since I filed on the rest of the planets in that system, I’m afraid this is a monopoly. But just the same, the price is the same as steel to you. Now if you don’t mind—” They were satisfied and they filed out, all but one thick-lensed little man.
Every new thing that comes in, somebody will snort and say that Conroy should have found it. It’s very diﬃcult to bring people to realize just what a spanking big Universe that is out there and how many various things there are in it. They were laughing already without the help from your Conroy. We have a flying dog—” The whole crowd laughed. Sven shrugged. “You see. Even 34 ♦ THE CONROY DIAR Y ♦ you salty characters are ready to classify straight out of that confounded diary. We really do have a flying dog.
Mr. Mallory, I cannot permit this to continue. Produce your sources of revenue—” There was a slight commotion at the door and a man walked in. He was clad in a tattered spaceman’s coat and belted about with a scratched stomach protector. He was unshaven and he was tired. The collector glared at him for the intrusion. ” “I am Sven Durlinger, lately chief of the Recheck Expedition. This is my friend, Fitz Mallory. ” said the collector. ” “Sir,” said Sven quietly, “I can testify that Fitz Mallory’s income from his books was bequeathed to various charities.