min, "do tenu lin preta."
Auxdinte pri mia memvola reveno al Futra, miaj nunaj gardistoj
evidente kredis sendangxere lasi min libera en la kontstruajxo, kiel
okazis kutime antaux mia eskapo, do oni ordonis al mi denove eklabori
je mia antauxa tasko.
Mia unua faro estis elspuri Perry, kiun mi trovis, kiel kutime,
absorbita pri la dikaj volumegoj, kiujn li lauxordone devus nur
senpolvigi kaj rearangxi sur novaj bretoj.
Kiam mi eniris la cxambron, li ekrigardis min, afable kapsalutis kaj
tuj rekomencis sian laboron, kvazaux mi tute ne estus forestinta. Lia
indiferenteco kaj mirigis kaj cxagrenis min. Kaj jen mi riskis morti
por reveni al li, sole pro miaj devosento kaj amo!
"Perry!" mi ekkriis, "Cxu vi ne havas vortojn por mi post mia longa
"Longa foresto!" li ripetis kun videbla miro. "Kion vi volas diri?"
"Cxu vi frenezas, Perry? Cxu vi volas diri, ke mi ne mankis al vi, de
kiam ni disigxis pro la atakanta dago en la areno?"
"De kiam!" li ripetis. "Homo, mi jxus revenis de la areno! Vi
revenis preskaux tiel frue kiel mi. Efektive, se vi forestus multe
pli longe, mi certe ektimus, kaj mi ja intencis demandi al vi, kiel
vi fugxis de la besto, tuj post kiam mi fintradukos cxi tiun plej
"Perry, vi _estas_ freneza," mi ekkriis. "Scias nur Dio, kiel longe
mi forestis. Mi iris al aliaj landoj, eltrovis novan genton de homoj
en Pelucidaro, vidis la kulton de la maharoj en ilia kasxita templo,
kaj apenaux eskapis viva de ili kaj de granda labirintodono, kiun mi
renkontis pli poste, post mia longa kaj teda vagado trans fremdan
mondon. Mi mankis dum tutaj monatoj, Perry, kaj nun vi apenaux
pauxzas de via laboro cxe mia reveno, kaj vi insistas, ke ni
apartigxis nur momenton. Cxu tiel vi traktas amikon? Mi miras pri vi,
Perry, kaj se mi pensus ecx dum momento, ke mi estas por vi tiel
bagatela, mi ne revenus por riski pro vi morton en la manoj de la
La maljunulo rigardis min dum longa tempo, antaux ol ekparoli. Lia
sulka vizagxo montris konsternan mienon, kaj liaj okuloj esprimis
"David, mia filo," li diris, "Kiel vi povus ecx momente dubi mian
amon al vi? Cxi tie temas pri strangajxo, kiun mi ne povas kompreni.
Mi scias, ke mi ne estas freneza, kaj mi estas same tiel certa, ke
ankaux vi ne; sed kiel ni klarigu la strangajn halucinojn, kiujn ni
ambaux sxajne havis pri la tempopaso post nia lasta intervidigxo. Vi
estas certa, ke pasis monatoj, dum mi estas samgrade certa, ke antaux
unu horo mi sidis cxe via flanko en la amfiteatro. Cxu iel
"Daddy!" called the girl again, a trace of anxiety in her voice this time.Page 3
They were steaming up the China Sea when the idea first suggested itself, and as he sat idly during the long, hot days the thought grew upon him, expanding into a thousand wonderful possibilities, until it became crystalized into what was a little short of an obsession.Page 17
" "I cannot imagine what you hint at, Dr.Page 37
" As von Horn spoke the expression on the young man's face became more and more hopeless, and when he had ceased he dropped his head into his open palms, sitting quiet and motionless as a carven statue.Page 44
campong the Malay was about to congratulate himself upon the ease with which the theft had been accomplished when one of his fellows declared his intention of going to the house for the purpose of dispatching Professor Maxon, lest the influence of his evil eye should overtake them with some terrible curse when the loss of the chest should be discovered.Page 51
As she crossed the deck she noticed that the ship was ready to sail, and even as she descended the companionway she heard the rattle of the anchor chain about the capstan.Page 56
Number Twelve peered through the window.Page 58
It had left him with a clear remembrance of the past, other than the recent fight in the living room--that was a blank--and it had given him a clearer perspective of the plans he had been entertaining for so long relative to this soulless creature.Page 67
With hands tight pressed against her bosom the girl leaned forward, tense with excitement, watching every move of the lithe, giant figure, as, silhouetted against the brazen tropic sky, it towered above the dancing, shrieking head hunters who writhed beneath the awful lash.Page 68
It was already half filled with Dyaks, some of whom were hastily manning the oars.Page 69
Neither Number Thirteen nor any of his crew had ever before seen a boat, and outside of the leader there was scarcely enough brains in the entire party to render it at all likely that they could ever navigate it, but the young man saw that the other prahus were being propelled by the long sticks which protruded from their sides, and he also saw the sails bellying with wind, though he had but a vague conception of their purpose.Page 70
He wished that the Dyaks would take themselves off so that he could board the vessel and carry the chest ashore to bury it against the time that fate should provide a means for transporting it to Singapore.Page 76
Two more of Number Thirteen's creatures had been cut down in the prahu, but the loss among the Dyaks had been infinitely greater, and to it was now added the desertions of the terror stricken savages who seemed to fear the frightful countenances of their adversaries even as much as they did their prowess.Page 88
As the prahu's nose touched the bank Muda Saffir stepped aboard and with many protestations of gratitude explained that he had fallen overboard from his own prahu the night before and that evidently his followers thought him drowned, since none of his boats had returned to search for him.Page 102
But as the battle continued he realized that there might be a limit to the number of antagonists which he could successfully withstand, since he could scarcely hope with but two hands to reach the throats of three enemies, or ward off the blows and clutches of six powerful hands, or the gnashing of three sets of savage fangs.Page 105
When all had been made to appear as it was before, one of the warriors made several cuts and scratches upon the stem of a tree which grew above the spot where the chest was buried; then they hastened on in silence past Bulan and down the river.Page 111
the shadows of the shore as the two larger boats met and passed it, nor answered their hail.Page 128
" "Both of you may stop now," said Professor Maxon authoritatively.Page 132
He said that he thought he could guide them to the spot where the white man might be found.