abdomen, pinning him to the floor of the arena.
The great cat clawed at the shaggy head until eyes and ears were gone,
and naught but a few strips of ragged, bloody flesh remained upon the
skull. Yet through all the agony of that fearful punishment the thag
still stood motionless pinning down his adversary, and then the man
leaped in, seeing that the blind bull would be the least formidable
enemy, and ran his spear through the tarag's heart.
As the animal's fierce clawing ceased, the bull raised his gory,
sightless head, and with a horrid roar ran headlong across the arena.
With great leaps and bounds he came, straight toward the arena wall
directly beneath where we sat, and then accident carried him, in one of
his mighty springs, completely over the barrier into the midst of the
slaves and Sagoths just in front of us. Swinging his bloody horns from
side to side the beast cut a wide swath before him straight upward
toward our seats. Before him slaves and gorilla-men fought in mad
stampede to escape the menace of the creature's death agonies, for such
only could that frightful charge have been.
Forgetful of us, our guards joined in the general rush for the exits,
many of which pierced the wall of the amphitheater behind us. Perry,
Ghak, and I became separated in the chaos which reigned for a few
moments after the beast cleared the wall of the arena, each intent upon
saving his own hide.
I ran to the right, passing several exits choked with the fear mad mob
that were battling to escape. One would have thought that an entire
herd of thags was loose behind them, rather than a single blinded,
dying beast; but such is the effect of panic upon a crowd.
ONCE OUT OF THE DIRECT PATH OF THE ANIMAL, fear of it left me, but
another emotion as quickly gripped me--hope of escape that the
demoralized condition of the guards made possible for the instant.
I thought of Perry, and but for the hope that I might better encompass his
release if myself free I should have put the thought of freedom from me
at once. As it was I hastened on toward the right searching for an
exit toward which no Sagoths were fleeing, and at last I found it--a
low, narrow aperture leading into a dark corridor.
Without thought of the possible consequence, I darted into the shadows
of the tunnel, feeling my way along through the gloom for some
distance. The noises of the
The government already possesses a complete official report of my adventures beyond thirty.Page 8
"Numbers one, two, and five engines have broken down, sir," he called.Page 15
Snider was in the minority, and so we continued toward the east.Page 16
According to my observations, we were just off Ram Head, and it was my intention to enter Plymouth Bay and visit Plymouth.Page 19
As we came in sight of it we saw Delcarte a hundred yards inland from the launch, leaning over something which lay upon the ground.Page 23
Their heads, however, were shapely, and their eyes, though fierce and warlike, were intelligent.Page 25
" The use of the word camp to describe a collection of habitations naturally suggested war to me, and my next question was as to whether the war was over, and who had been victorious.Page 26
" The males fight for the favor of the females.Page 30
The fellow was quite similar in type to those I had seen upon the Isle of Wight.Page 37
" I did not perfectly understand what she meant, and was about to ask her when a heavy body leaped upon me from behind, and great arms encircled my neck.Page 45
in review before my mind's eye.Page 47
"Never," she replied, "for, in the first place, they would know that we would not dare go there, and in the second they themselves would not dare.Page 51
It was a gruesome sight--a pitiful sight--this lone inhabitant of mighty London.Page 55
Go on! Go on!" But she only waited until we were again swimming side by side, and I saw that she had drawn her long knife, and was holding it between her teeth.Page 63
Her chin was in the air most of the time, and yet I rather think that she regretted her friendliness with Snider, for I noticed that she avoided him entirely.Page 66
We arrived at nothing very definite in the matter of Snider's punishment, since Taylor was for shooting him, Delcarte insisting that he should be hanged,.Page 72
Presently his eyes fell upon me, and he spoke to a young officer at his side.Page 82
His cries had been heard, and suddenly the door burst open, and a score of armed guardsmen rushed into the apartment.Page 84
We could not escape the way that we had entered the apartment, for not only was the corridor now choked with debris, but beyond the corridor there were doubtless many members of the emperor's household who would stop us.Page 88
It was good to get back again, good to witness the kindly treatment that was accorded my dear Victory, and when I learned that Delcarte and Taylor had been found at the mouth of the Rhine and were already back in Pan-America my joy was unalloyed.