What if after all rampike should not be at the dug-out, or, if there, should be himself short of grub?
"So that's the carcase as we have to watch," said rampike's voice in Ned's ear.
And so saying rampike took hold of the corpse, and with Ned's assistance bore it out and laid it down upon the snow.
"Looks as if that Chinee corpse had bin laughin' at us after all," muttered rampike.
But rampike, who saw the thing, says that hands like the hands of the dead laid hold upon it and drew it away.
For a few moments rampike twisted and turned the note about, trying to decipher the faint pencil-marks in the dim light.
This was what really happened, but to rampike and the rest it seemed that the dead wrote.
rampike promised to come up later on in the fall, but as yet he had plenty to do in his own claim.
I believe it was rampike, because, having had more experience than Steve, he could bolt his food faster.
"Then that may be rampike," muttered Ned; and the next day he got Anahem to show him the direction in which the dug-out lay.