he cried, "it cannot be possible--quick! What does the distance
That and the speedometer were both on my side of the cabin, and as I
turned to take a reading from the former I could see Perry muttering.
"Ten degrees rise--it cannot be possible!" and then I saw him tug
frantically upon the steering wheel.
As I finally found the tiny needle in the dim light I translated
Perry's evident excitement, and my heart sank within me. But when I
spoke I hid the fear which haunted me. "It will be seven hundred feet,
Perry," I said, "by the time you can turn her into the horizontal."
"You'd better lend me a hand then, my boy," he replied, "for I cannot
budge her out of the vertical alone. God give that our combined
strength may be equal to the task, for else we are lost."
I wormed my way to the old man's side with never a doubt but that the
great wheel would yield on the instant to the power of my young and
vigorous muscles. Nor was my belief mere vanity, for always had my
physique been the envy and despair of my fellows. And for that very
reason it had waxed even greater than nature had intended, since my
natural pride in my great strength had led me to care for and develop
my body and my muscles by every means within my power. What with
boxing, football, and baseball, I had been in training since childhood.
And so it was with the utmost confidence that I laid hold of the huge
iron rim; but though I threw every ounce of my strength into it, my
best effort was as unavailing as Perry's had been--the thing would not
budge--the grim, insensate, horrible thing that was holding us upon the
straight road to death!
At length I gave up the useless struggle, and without a word returned
to my seat. There was no need for words--at least none that I could
imagine, unless Perry desired to pray. And I was quite sure that he
would, for he never left an opportunity neglected where he might
sandwich in a prayer. He prayed when he arose in the morning, he
prayed before he ate, he prayed when he had finished eating, and before
he went to bed at night he prayed again. In between he often found
excuses to pray even when the provocation seemed far-fetched to my
worldly eyes--now that he was about to die I felt positive that I
uninhabited, fertile and possessed a clear, sweet brook which had its source in a cold spring in the higher land at the island's center.Page 9
2 THE HEAVY CHEST Virginia and Sing were compelled to narrate the adventure of the afternoon a dozen times.Page 22
From here he could see beyond the palisade, and the wild freedom of the jungle called to him.Page 24
She was very beautiful.Page 25
The professor had been engaged in taking careful measurements of the head of his latest experiment, the while he coached the young man in the first rudiments of spoken language, and now the subject of his labors found himself suddenly deserted and alone.Page 34
"Why not accept me instead?" suggested the man.Page 38
"Unless he is stopped," replied von Horn.Page 40
It is possible that the hard study and close confinement to that little building have been too severe upon his brain and nerves.Page 47
When they caught up with Rajah Muda Saffir near the beach, they narrated a fearful tale of fifty terrible white men with whom they had battled valiantly, killing many, before they had been compelled to retreat in the face of terrific odds.Page 51
It seemed remarkable that all should have reached the Ithaca so quickly, and equally strange that none of her own people were on deck to welcome her, or to command the vessel.Page 62
The young man had determined to leave the camp himself--partly on account of the cruel words Professor Maxon had hurled at him the night before, but principally in order that he might search for the lost girl.Page 80
Then he resumed his watch for the friendly prahu, or smaller sampan which he knew time would eventually bring from up or down the river to his rescue, for who of the surrounding natives would dare refuse succor to the powerful Rajah of Sakkan! At the long-house which harbored Ninaka and his crew, Barunda and Bulan stopped with theirs to obtain food and rest.Page 90
It was upon this strange and remarkable company that the sharp eyes of a score of river Dyaks peered through the foliage.Page 91
Suddenly there was a chorus of savage cries close beside him and simultaneously he found himself in the midst of twenty cutting, slashing parangs.Page 101
Finally Virginia arose to seek the crude couch which had been spread for her in one of the sleeping rooms of the long-house.Page 115
Again the girl saw a bloody head swung on high and heard the fierce, wild chorus of exulting victory.Page 116
Why that is a native name.Page 120
I shall take you to him, Virginia, if man can find him.Page 128
It all tlue, Mlaxon.Page 133
It and what it contains have been the cause of sufficient misery and suffering and crime.