anyone traveled day after day with the same pilot it was only natural that they
should establish19 more or less friendly relations and exchange odds and ends
about each other. Thinking it over carefully, the girl realized that except for the
facts that Mrs. Pollzoff’s husband had come to the United States from Russia
when he was a lad, that he had gone into the fur business, and had been dead
two years, she knew nothing more than the bit of information gleaned in the
office regarding the failure to pass the flying tests to fly her own machine.
“Follow the coast south and keep outside the Government limit,” Mrs.
Pollzoff directed after they had been in the air about an hour. “Have you
plenty of gas? I want to remain up several hours.”
“Plenty,” Roberta assured her but she was becoming really puzzled about
her passenger. It could not be possible that Mrs. Pollzoff was in search of
vessels carrying liquor, for she never showed the slightest interest in ships
of any description when they were sighted, but this was the first time she
expressed a desire to keep beyond the jurisdiction of the United States.
The request was strange and the girl pilot felt oddly disturbed by it.
Mamaji studied in Paris for two years, thanks to the colonialadministra
He had the time of his life. This was in theearly 1930s, when the French
were still trying to makePondicherry as Gallic as the British were trying to
make therest of India Britannic. I don’t recall exactly what Mamajistudied. S
omething commercial, I suppose. He was a greatstoryteller, but forget
about his studies or the Eiffel Tower orthe Louvre or the cafés of the
Champs-Elysées. All his storieshad to do with swimming
pools and swimming competitions.
For example, there was the Piscine Deligny, the city’s oldestpool, dating back
to 1796, an open-air barge moored to theQuai d’Orsay and the venue for
the swimming events of the1900 Olympics. But none of the times were
recognized by theInternational Swimming Federation because the pool
was sixmetres too long. The water in the pool came straight