He seemed, indeed, singularly fond of his own company–or, as the PERSONNEL of the Advance expressed it, “grossly addicted to evil associations.” But then it should be said in justice to the stranger that the PERSONNEL was himself of a too convivial disposition fairly to judge one differently gifted, and had, moreover, experienced a slight rebuff in an effort at an “interview.”
“Well, Professor Maxon, to be quite frank,” he said at length, “we learned at Singapore the personnel of your party, which included a former naval officer whom we have been seeking for many years.
Changes had taken place in the personnel of the oyster boats.
D’Artagnan did not think proper to inform him of the reduction he had made in his personnel. He feared that the confidence of his associate would be abated by such an avowal.
Three white men, then, two half-breeds, one negro, and three