"It's a beauty and a wonder". murmured Hal. "Mother'd be the proudest woman in town if I could send it home to her. How much did you say it cost?"
"Him tloo hundled pesos". stated the Chinaman gravely.
A peso is the Spanish name for a Mexican dollar, worth about forty-seven cents; but two pesos and an American dollar are reckoned as of the same value in Manila.
"A hundred dollars gold! Why, that's the same price you asked me before". cried Hal in good-natured protest.
"Yep, allee same; him plenty cheap".
"It's too much". sighed Sergeant Hal. But the Chinaman, as though he had not heard, asked:
"You likee? You buy?"
"I can't afford it at that price".
"All light; come in some other day". invited the Chinaman politely, and glided over to where another possible customer was examining some handsome jade jewelry.