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Title: Aces Up Author: Covington Clarke Release Date: December 17, 2009 [EBook #30698] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ACES UP *** Produced by Roger Frank and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at ACES UP By Covington Clarke THE REILLY & LEE CO. CHICAGO--NEW YORK ACES UP COPYRIGHT 1929 BY THE REILLY & LEE CO. PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. -By the shore of life and the gate of breath, There are more things waiting for men than death.- ACES UP Sat Apr 01 16:40:27 2017 2 CHAPTER I The New Instructor 1 Tex Yancey, called -The Flying Fool- by his comrades in the --th Pursuit Squadron of the American Expeditionary Force, entered the mess hall with lips pressed into a thin, mirthless grin that seemed entirely inappropriate in one who was thirty minutes late to mess and must therefore make out with what was left.
The other members of the squadron had finished their meal and were now engaged in the usual after-dinner practice of spinning some tall yarns. Yancey stalked slowly to his place at the long table, but instead of seating himself stood with hands thrust deep into his pockets and with his long, thin legs spread wide apart.
For a full minute he stood there, seeming to be mildly interested in the tale that Hank Porter was telling.
But those who knew Tex, as did the members of this squadron, knew that the cynical smile on his thin lips was but the forerunner of some mirthless thing from which only -The Flying Fool- would be able to wring a laugh.
His was such a grotesque sense of humor; a highly impractical practical joke was his idea of a riotous ti...

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