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Fifth: Election to the Inner Court, or removal therefrom, shall be solely at the tai-pan's pleasure and, on his retirement which shall be at a time when it pleasures him, he shall take no more than ten parts of every hundred of all value for himself, except that all our ships shall always be excluded from any valuation… our ships, their captains and their crews being our lifeblood and our lifeline into future times. "'Sixth: Each tai-pan shall approve the election of the compradore. The compradore shall acknowledge in writing prior to his election that he may be removed at any time, without need for explanations, that he will step aside should the tai-pan wish it.
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Bartlett eased his shoulders and swung around in the swivel chair. " "That's all right, Mr. Bartlett. " "Thanks thanks very much. " Bartlett grinned. " "Very well. " "Depends on our meeting tomorrow, Superintendent. We hope to go into business with Struan's. " "Then you'll need an alternate parking place tomorrow. We've another VIP flight coming in at 1600 hours. " "Thanks. " Armstrong smiled. "I like to know what's going on in my division. It's a tedious habit but ingrained. We don't often have private aircraft visiting us or Mr.