on the eyes and entrails, much to the
amusement of Ghak, to whom I always passed these delicacies.
Crouching beside the brook, I waited until one of the diminutive purple
whales rose to nibble at the long grasses which overhung the water, and
then, like the beast of prey that man really is, I sprang upon my
victim, appeasing my hunger while he yet wriggled to escape.
Then I drank from the clear pool, and after washing my hands and face
continued my flight. Above the source of the brook I encountered a
rugged climb to the summit of a long ridge. Beyond was a steep
declivity to the shore of a placid, inland sea, upon the quiet surface
of which lay several beautiful islands.
The view was charming in the extreme, and as no man or beast was to be
seen that might threaten my new-found liberty, I slid over the edge of
the bluff, and half sliding, half falling, dropped into the delightful
valley, the very aspect of which seemed to offer a haven of peace and
The gently sloping beach along which I walked was thickly strewn with
strangely shaped, colored shells; some empty, others still housing as
varied a multitude of mollusks as ever might have drawn out their
sluggish lives along the silent shores of the antediluvian seas of the
outer crust. As I walked I could not but compare myself with the first
man of that other world, so complete the solitude which surrounded me,
so primal and untouched the virgin wonders and beauties of adolescent
nature. I felt myself a second Adam wending my lonely way through the
childhood of a world, searching for my Eve, and at the thought there
rose before my mind's eye the exquisite outlines of a perfect face
surmounted by a loose pile of wondrous, raven hair.
As I walked, my eyes were bent upon the beach so that it was not until
I had come quite upon it that I discovered that which shattered all my
beautiful dream of solitude and safety and peace and primal
overlordship. The thing was a hollowed log drawn upon the sands, and
in the bottom of it lay a crude paddle.
The rude shock of awakening to what doubtless might prove some new form
of danger was still upon me when I heard a rattling of loose stones
from the direction of the bluff, and turning my eyes in that direction
I beheld the author of the disturbance, a great copper-colored man,
running rapidly toward me.
There was that in the haste
What ships from beyond they have warned only the secret archives of government show; but, a naval officer myself, I have gathered from the traditions of the service that it has been fully two hundred years since smoke or sail has been sighted east of 30d or west of 175d.Page 12
But it accomplished nothing other than to convince me that there were several officers upon it who were in full sympathy with Johnson, for, though no charges had been preferred against him, the board went out of its way specifically to exonerate him in its findings.Page 17
But what of their ancient coast defenses? What was there here in Plymouth Bay to prevent an enemy landing in force and marching where they wished? Nothing.Page 21
"They have eaten up the inhabitants," murmured Snider, shuddering.Page 23
Evidently emboldened by the scarcity of our numbers, they commenced to advance upon us, brandishing their spears and shouting horribly.Page 29
I guessed that no bullet would kill him instantly.Page 32
Exposure to the sun had browned a smooth and velvety skin to a shade which seemed to enhance rather than mar an altogether lovely picture of youthful femininity.Page 34
Professor Cortoran, since my return to Pan-America, has suggested another theory which is not entirely without claim to serious consideration.Page 41
" She said that she would, and with a parting smile she left me.Page 45
"Run!" I cried to the girl, as I bent and seized my rifle.Page 46
I pointed out that phase of it to her, but she only shrugged her shapely shoulders and pointed to her knife.Page 58
Had the report come from down-river, I should have instantly thought that one of my own men had fired.Page 65
For several long minutes he lay as one dead, then in an almost inaudible whisper he spoke.Page 73
He came right back at me asking for figures, and when he was done I had to admit that only in our navy were we numerically superior.Page 78
The emperor ascended a dais at one end of the room and seated himself upon a throne, and the entertainment commenced.Page 79
The emperor seemed interested, but in no way angered at the girl's attitude.Page 80
Another thing puzzled me--it was my incomprehensible feeling of elation since I had again seen her.Page 82
Yes, voices were coming from beyond and one was a woman's, level and cold and filled with scorn.Page 84
To remain long would be to invite certain death.Page 88
I have been through much--I have suffered much, but I have won two great laurel wreaths beyond thirty.