By W. E. Johns
Biggles is shipped to Jean Bonney Island within the Bay of Bengal, to enquire attainable interference with this British sovereign territory. Taking Algy with him, Biggles flies out in his Gadfly plane and lands on a lagoon at the island. the following they discover a guy named Clarence Collingwood who's antagonistic in the direction of them. He claims to be a biologist. Getting little info out of Collingwood, Biggles is suspicious as to why he's by myself at the island yet now not drawn to being rescued. Returning to the lagoon to spend the evening, Biggles and Algy are attacked by way of a massive Squid. After one other war of words with Collingwood, the Gadfly is lower adrift and Biggles realises there has to be a fourth individual at the island in addition. Biggles searches the small island and reveals cannabis turning out to be, a infamous narcotic. He discovers an Arab who he later reveals out is termed Ali. Biggles additionally discovers what seems to be a guy made cave. in the meantime Algy has a few difficulty with a shark and has to maneuver the airplane, wasting the anchor within the approach. Later, Biggles dives right down to get well the anchor and this can be the image at the dirt hide of the ebook, including an image of an Arab boat referred to as a dhow. Biggles makes a decision to chop down the cannabis crop to spoil it. Returning to the airplane, simply because a typhoon is brewing, Biggles notices an Arab dhow coming near near. even if, the hurricane is fighting it from touchdown at the island. Biggles unearths Algy attempting to strap the airplane down and, a lot to his shock, being helped by means of Collingwood. All 3 of them go back to Collingwood's hut to take protect from the poor typhoon. Collingwood explains that the medicine belong to the Arabs and are not anything to do with him. he's there to mine opals. Collingwood thinks the Arabs will kill them, as a result of what Biggles has performed to their drug crop. After the typhoon, all of them visit search for Ali and locate that he has been buried within the cave, which used to be an opal mine. They have the capacity to dig him out alive. Biggles and Algy need to fix their storm-damaged plane. the subsequent morning, the Arabs within the dhow try and land, however the touchdown occasion is attacked via a huge Squid and just one guy makes it ashore alive. Algy discovers Collingwood has been murdered in the course of the evening and it's seen that Ali has performed it to scouse borrow his opals. Biggles is going to confront Ali and unearths that the newly arrived Arab has killed him and stolen the opals himself. Chasing after the Arab, the fellow escapes by way of swimming the lagoon simply to fulfill justice within the jaws of the shark. The Arabs land, yet having obvious the shark assault their comrade, they don't blame Biggles or Algy for the entire deaths. The Arabs kill the shark and locate the opals within it yet their dhow is wrecked at the coral reef. Biggles and Algy go back domestic reflecting on why opals are thought of to be unfortunate.
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His drug farm had long gone and not anything he may do might restoration it. As he handed the hole the Arab unexpectedly seemed out of it, and, after all, observed him. He appeared shocked, yet he salaamed, and looking out on the knife Biggles nonetheless carried requested him what he have been doing at that finish of the island. was once it coconuts he sought after? Seeing no cause to prevaricate, Biggles informed him the reality, and what he thought of hemp, in a number of curt phrases. the outcome startled him. For a second Ali stared at him in dumb shock, decrease jaw sagging, and in his eyes that glazed, far off glance, which in a few natives can include surprise or loss of comprehension. while he did comprehend what had occurred his expression flashed to at least one of fierce hostility. His hand went to the dagger that hung in a scabbard from his waist in any such method that Biggles took a short step again pondering he was once approximately to be attacked. as a substitute, with a cry like that of a bothered animal he threw his arms in the direction of heaven and rushed off in the direction of the plantation, screaming approximately Allah and forgiveness. Biggles shrugged. Astonished, he went on his method, breaking right into a run whilst he reached the better floor and felt the complete strength of the wind. The sky was once now an evil leaden color, uninteresting purple the place the solar used to be at the back of the murk. the ocean used to be in a turmoil with nice waves not just breaking at the reef yet flooding into the lagoon with clouds of flying spray. there has been now not any doubt approximately it. A violent typhoon, if no longer a storm, used to be blowing up, and it appeared as though the island lay without delay in its direction, within which case it'll believe the total strength of it. a long way out to sea, via mist and flying spray, he spotted a boat, an Arab dhow, shedding its large lateen sail and making heavy climate of it because it ran earlier than the hurricane. whilst he got here to within reach of the laptop he was once now not stunned to determine Algy engaged on it in feverish haste, riding in pegs to which cords can be hooked up to carry it down. What did amaze him was once to determine Collingwood there, it appears aiding him. What, he questioned, can have caused this kind of switch of face? while Biggles ran up he used to be confronted by way of Collingwood, legs aside, leaning opposed to the wind. ‘Where: the satan have you ever been? ’ shouted Collingwood. ‘Couldn’t you notice what used to be occurring? ’ Biggles checked out Algy. ‘Haven’t you instructed him? ’ ‘No. I’ve been too busy. ’ Biggles became again to Collingwood. ‘I’ve been to chop down that box of hemp. ’ Collingwood replaced color. He appeared to stagger. ‘And have you ever? ’ ‘I have. ’ ‘You idiot. You fool. You damned imbecile,’ knotted up Collingwood. ‘You interfering lunatic. That’s performed it. Now they are going to kill you. I don’t care approximately that, yet I shall most likely get my throat reduce even as. ’ ‘What are you conversing approximately? ’ demanded Biggles, bowled over via this outburst. ‘Who’s going to do that throat-cutting? ’ ‘They will. ’ Collingwood pointed on the Arab dhow, now within the distance, working sooner than the gale. ‘What do they have to do with it? ’ puzzled Biggles, with a emerging be aware of incomprehension in his voice.