there were others in the
plot to aid him. Nor can I believe that, since all my people were
loyal to me and would have made short work of Hooja had he suggested
the heartless scheme, even had he had time to acquaint another with it.
It was all done so quickly that I may only believe that it was the
result of sudden impulse, aided by a number of, to Hooja, fortuitous
circumstances occurring at precisely the right moment.
All I know is that it was Hooja who brought Dian to the prospector,
still wrapped from head to toe in the skin of an enormous cave lion
which covered her since the Mahar prisoners had been brought into camp.
He deposited his burden in the seat beside me. I was all ready to get
under way. The good-byes had been said. Perry had grasped my hand in
the last, long farewell. I closed and barred the outer and inner
doors, took my seat again at the driving mechanism, and pulled the
As before on that far-gone night that had witnessed our first trial of
the iron monster, there was a frightful roaring beneath us--the giant
frame trembled and vibrated--there was a rush of sound as the loose
earth passed up through the hollow space between the inner and outer
jackets to be deposited in our wake. Once more the thing was off.
But on the instant of departure I was nearly thrown from my seat by the
sudden lurching of the prospector. At first I did not realize what had
happened, but presently it dawned upon me that just before entering the
crust the towering body had fallen through its supporting scaffolding,
and that instead of entering the ground vertically we were plunging
into it at a different angle. Where it would bring us out upon the
upper crust I could not even conjecture. And then I turned to note the
effect of this strange experience upon Dian. She still sat shrouded in
the great skin.
"Come, come," I cried, laughing, "come out of your shell. No Mahar
eyes can reach you here," and I leaned over and snatched the lion skin
from her. And then I shrank back upon my seat in utter horror.
The thing beneath the skin was not Dian--it was a hideous Mahar.
Instantly I realized the trick that Hooja had played upon me, and the
purpose of it. Rid of me, forever as he doubtless thought, Dian would
be at his mercy. Frantically
a man as the university had ever known.Page 10
"Have a cigar.Page 18
" "Yes,".Page 21
However, inasmuch as it redounded to the profit of the department, the buyer found no fault.Page 33
" And so Compton put an end to the suggestion that he travel for his health, and that night when Bince called she told him that she had been unable to persuade her father that he needed a.Page 43
He was a veritable mountain of a man, and now in the throes of a berserker rage he was a formidable opponent.Page 44
If you want a better position," she half suggested, "I know my father could help, although he must never know about this to-night.Page 45
"I'll get you yet, and don't you forget it.Page 49
He had long since ceased to consider what the spectators might think.Page 52
" "How perfectly ridiculous!" cried Elizabeth.Page 55
"One can't pay for things like that with money, but we know so many people here we might help you in some way, if you are not entirely satisfied with your present position.Page 57
As yet, there was no sign nor line of dissipation marked upon her piquant face, nor in her consociation with Jimmy was there ever the slightest reference to or reminder of her vocation.Page 60
It will require an outsider to discover it.Page 66
"None of these big bruisers knows what decency is, and if you're decent to them they think you're afraid of them.Page 82
" Bince went white.Page 85
Her voice was very low and filled with suppressed feeling.Page 98
Compton was," said Jimmy, "or a man whom I admired so much as I did him.Page 99
Compton lived until the following morning.Page 100
"This client of mine can well afford the expense, and anyway, my instructions are to defend you whether you want me to or not, so I guess you can't help yourself.Page 102
, and his letter instructed Bince to show the threat to Compton.