Ivision, Cinque-Ports patrolling squadron." "Good heavens, man! What are you doing in Finistere?" "_What!_" "You are in Brittany, province of Finistere. Didn't you know it?" The air-officer seemed astounded. Presently he said: "The dirty weather foxed us. Then that fellow out yonder winged us. I was glad enough to see a coast line." "Did you fall?" "No; we controlled our landing pretty well." "Where did you land?" There was a second's hesitation; the airman looked at Wayland, glanced at his crippled leg. "Out there near some woods," he said. "My pilot's there now trying to patch up.... You are not French, are you?" "American." "Oh! A--volunteer, I presume." "Foreign Legion--2d." "I see. Back from the trenches with a leg." "It's nearly well. I'll be back soon." "Can you walk?" asked the airman so abruptly that Wayland, looking at him, hesitated, he did not quite know why. "Not very far," he replied, cautiously. "I can get to the window with my crutches pretty well." And the next moment he felt ashamed of his caution when the airman laughed frankly. "I need a guide to some petrol," he said. "Evidently you can't go with me." "Haven't you enough petrol to take you to Lorient?" "How far is Lorient?" Wayland told him. "I don't know," said the flight-lieutenant; "I'll have to try to get somewhere. I suppose it is useless for me to ask," he added, "but have you, by any chance, a bit of canvas--an old sail or hammock?--I don't need much. That's what I came for--and some shellac and wire, and a screwdriver of sorts? We need patching as well as petrol; and we're a little short of supplies." Wayland's steady gaze never left him, but his smile was friendly. "We're in a tearing hurry, too," added the flight-lieutenant, looking out of the window. Wayland smiled. "Of course there's no petrol here. There's nothing here. I don't suppose you could have landed in a more deserted region if you had tried. There's a chateau in the Lais woods, but it's closed; owner and servants are at the war and the family in Paris." He shrugged his shoulders. "Everybody has cleared out; the war has stripped the country; and there never were any people on these moors, excepting shoot
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