and three of the slaves, there
were only a score of full-grown men left, and I thought that for some
reason these were to be spared, but such was far from the case, for as
the last Mahar crawled to her rock the queen's thipdars darted into the
air, circled the temple once and then, hissing like steam engines,
swooped down upon the remaining slaves.
There was no hypnotism here--just the plain, brutal ferocity of the
beast of prey, tearing, rending, and gulping its meat, but at that it
was less horrible than the uncanny method of the Mahars. By the time
the thipdars had disposed of the last of the slaves the Mahars were all
asleep upon their rocks, and a moment later the great pterodactyls
swung back to their posts beside the queen, and themselves dropped into
"I thought the Mahars seldom, if ever, slept," I said to Ja.
"They do many things in this temple which they do not do elsewhere," he
replied. "The Mahars of Phutra are not supposed to eat human flesh,
yet slaves are brought here by thousands and almost always you will
find Mahars on hand to consume them. I imagine that they do not bring
their Sagoths here, because they are ashamed of the practice, which is
supposed to obtain only among the least advanced of their race; but I
would wager my canoe against a broken paddle that there is no Mahar but
eats human flesh whenever she can get it."
"Why should they object to eating human flesh," I asked, "if it is true
that they look upon us as lower animals?"
"It is not because they consider us their equals that they are supposed
to look with abhorrence upon those who eat our flesh," replied Ja; "it
is merely that we are warm-blooded animals. They would not think of
eating the meat of a thag, which we consider such a delicacy, any more
than I would think of eating a snake. As a matter of fact it is
difficult to explain just why this sentiment should exist among them."
"I wonder if they left a single victim," I remarked, leaning far out of
the opening in the rocky wall to inspect the temple better. Directly
below me the water lapped the very side of the wall, there being a
break in the bowlders at this point as there was at several other
places about the side of the temple.
My hands were resting upon a small piece of granite which formed a part
of the wall, and all
The Coldwater was one of the first of the air and underwater craft which have been so greatly improved since its launching, and was possessed of innumerable weaknesses which, fortunately, have been eliminated in more recent vessels of similar type.Page 7
Alvarez never left my side, though I all but ordered him below for much-needed rest.Page 8
Not three minutes after his reappearance at my side the Coldwater suddenly commenced to lose headway.Page 14
The Coldwater had abandoned us in midocean.Page 16
In vain, I searched for some sign of ancient commerce that, if history is to be believed, must have dotted the bosom of the Channel with white sails and blackened the heavens with the smoke of countless funnels, but as far as eye could reach the tossing waters of the Channel were empty and deserted.Page 22
The thing was a puzzle to me.Page 26
Much saddened by what I had seen, I took my departure from them, and the three of us made our way back to the launch, accompanied by about five hundred men, women, girls, and boys.Page 34
Personally, I do not place much stock in Professor Cortoran's theory, though I admit that I am prejudiced.Page 37
A man is merely head of his wife's family--that is all.Page 46
"Where shall we hide?" I didn't relish hiding.Page 48
Through this same portal, within these very marble halls, had Gray and Chamberlin and Kitchener and Shaw, perhaps, come and gone with the other great ones of the past.Page 52
But, by far the most potent argument in her favor, she was a woman in distress--and a young and very.Page 58
Who could there be with firearms in primitive England other than we of the Coldwater? Victory was directly behind me, and I motioned for her to lie down, as I did, behind the bush from which I had been upon the point of firing at the antelope.Page 62
After the incident of the discussion of barbarians I thought that Victory's manner toward me changed perceptibly.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 65
"Snider!" I exclaimed.Page 69
I noticed that the men wore spurs,.Page 77
The city was filled with wounded.Page 85
They were well uniformed and superbly armed, and they fought bravely and under perfect discipline.Page 87
Upon his accession to the throne he had found the labor well nigh perfected and had turned his attention to the reclamation of Europe.