people from that system very seldom enter by this gate." All of a sudden he begun to look me so straight in the eye that I thought he was going to bore through me. Then he says, very deliberate, "Did you come straight here from your system?"
"Yes, sir," I says—but I blushed the least little bit in the world when I said it.
He looked at me very stern, and says—
"That is not true; and this is not the place for prevarication. You wandered from your course. How did that happen?"
Says I, blushing again—
"I'm sorry, and I take back what I said, and confess. I raced a little with a comet one day—only just