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In that case we may as well go home," replied Ginger, more disturbed in his mind than he cared to admit. Pamboo had seen white men on Elephant Island. No doubt he'd seen the aircraft. He had fled to the mainland, not only to escape, but perhaps to sell his information to the Japanese. It was not difficult to predict what the result would be. Deep in thought Ginger followed his companion through the silent jungle back to the camp. V BIGGLES MAKES A RECONNAISSANCE BIGGLES received Ginger's news about the escape of Pamboo with concern ; Li Chi with anger.
Ginger having expressed willingness to do this they set off, leaving Biggles and Li Chi to proceed with their planning. By the time Ginger and his companion had arrived at the spot where the incident had occurred the sun was low over the horizon, and the light was beginning to fade. However, Ayert soon picked up the fugitive's tracks, and with his drawn parang in his hand followed them down the hill until they were within sound of the murmur of the sea. And there, suddenly, Ayert stopped. He pointed out across the placid strait that separated the island from the mainland.
Li Chi explained to Biggles and Ginger that Salones were a tribe of inoffensive natives, sea gipsies who wandered from island to island in the boats in which they lived, called kabangs. The kampong to which Ayert had referred was the local name for a village. Thus, what Ayert had meant to convey was, that Pamboo, when he had escaped, had managed to get the sea gipsies to give him a lift to the mainland, where he had reported to the Japanese commander. Tamashoa had sent him back in a prahu, a native canoe, to watch Li Chi's movements.