both crawled on to the opening of which I have already told you, and looked through.
Everything was just as before, except that the leader was now engaged with a group of men further away. After a brief survey of the surroundings, Jack pulled out his little telescope and looked steadily at the leader and the group of men he was engaged with, and then he handed the glass to me. I could see them with the glass about as plainly as I had seen the near group with the naked eye. Everything was the same, except that the malignant expression of the men and their leader was much less easily recognisable. I handed back the glass, and we both by one impulse drew back from the opening.
We drew further back still into a dark and retired corner, quite out of the rough pathway, and held a brief conference.
"It's a queer start," Jack said, "but we must go on with it; it is our only chance."
"It's queerer than you think," said I; "you haven't seen the fellows' faces as I saw them at first."
"No, no, I am taking account of that," said he. "I saw what you mean, although I might not have taken much notice of it if you had not mentioned it. I am afraid they are a very bad lot, or I should say