By Murray Leinster
Very similar to the lepers of precedent days, the population of the planet Dara were troubled by means of a perilous epidemic and refrained from by way of their pals. just one man's ethical code compels him to intrude and support shop this otherwise-doomed race. Will the brave Calhoun have the capacity to prevail?
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It appeared believable to the admirals of Weald. They felt in simple terms contempt for blueskins. Contemptuously, they accredited the semi-surrender. the printed waves of Dara instructed of contract, and wild and fierce resentment crammed the pariah planet's humans. there has been nearly revolution to insist upon resistance, in spite of the fact that hopeless and even though deadly. yet no longer all of Dara discovered very important switch had occur within the nation of items on Dara. The enemy fleet had no longer a touch of it. In menacing array, the invading fleet unfold itself concerning the skies of Dara, way past the ambience. Harsh voices talked with expanding conceitedness to the landing-grid employees. A monster send of Weald got here seriously down, driving the landing-grid's force-fields. It touched lightly. Its occupants have been anxious, yet hungry for the loot that they had been guaranteed was once theirs. The ship's outer hull will be sterilized prior to it back to Weald, in fact. And there has been sufficient defense for the landing-party. males got here out of the ship's ports. They wore the double, obvious sag-suits Calhoun had advised, which were painstakingly validated, and that have been excellent defense opposed to contagion. They have been double clothing of plastic, with air tanks contained in the internal versatile envelope. males donning such sag-suits may perhaps stroll approximately on Dara. they can paintings on Dara. they can loot with impunity and all illness needs to stay outdoor the matches, and on their go back to their ships they'd easily stand within the airlocks whereas corrosive gases swirled round them, killing any attainable organism of ailment. Then, for additional insurance, whilst air from Weald stuffed the airlock back, the lads might burn the outer plastic masking and step into the send with out ever having come inside layers of plastic of an infection. What loot they collected, evidently, should be decontaminated ahead of it used to be again to Weald. Metals can be melted, if precious. gem stones may be sterilized. It used to be a so much passable discovery, to achieve that blueskins can be not just scorned yet robbed. there has been just one little bit of inappropriate details the distance fleet of Weald didn't have. That details was once that the folk of Dara were not blueskins to any extent further. There'd been a trivial epidemic.... The sag-suited males of Weald went zestfully approximately their enterprise. They took over the landing-grid's operation, using the Darian operators away. For the 1st time in background the operators of a landing-grid wore makeup to seem like they did have blue pigment of their skins. they did not. The Wealdian landing-party confirmed the grid's operation. They introduced down one other great send. Then one other. And one other. events within the glossy sag-suits unfold throughout the urban. there have been the massive stockpiles of worthwhile metals, introduced in readiness to be surrendered and over excited. a few males got to work to load those into the holds of the ships of Weald. a few went forthrightly after own loot. They came across only a few Darians. these they observed stored sullenly clear of them. They entered outlets and took what they fancied.