leprosy alone would prevent their
laying hands upon him, while his reputation as a witch-doctor rendered
him doubly immune from attack. He was planning upon compelling them to
drive the ten goats to the mouth of his cave when Momaya returned.
With her were three warriors--Mbonga, the chief, Rabba Kega, the
village witch-doctor, and Ibeto, Tibo's father. They were not pretty
men even under ordinary circumstances, and now, with their faces marked
by anger, they well might have inspired terror in the heart of anyone;
but if Bukawai felt any fear, he did not betray it. Instead he greeted
them with an insolent stare, intended to awe them, as they came and
squatted in a semi-circle before him.
"Where is Ibeto's son?" asked Mbonga.
"How should I know?" returned Bukawai. "Doubtless the white devil-god
has him. If I am paid I will make strong medicine and then we shall
know where is Ibeto's son, and shall get him back again. It was my
medicine which got him back the last time, for which I got no pay."
"I have my own witch-doctor to make medicine," replied Mbonga with
Bukawai sneered and rose to his feet. "Very well," he said, "let him
make his medicine and see if he can bring Ibeto's son back." He took a
few steps away from them, and then he turned angrily back. "His
medicine will not bring the child back--that I know, and I also know
that when you find him it will be too late for any medicine to bring
him back, for he will be dead. This have I just found out, the ghost
of my father's sister but now came to me and told me."
Now Mbonga and Rabba Kega might not take much stock in their own magic,
and they might even be skeptical as to the magic of another; but there
was always a chance of _something_ being in it, especially if it were not
their own. Was it not well known that old Bukawai had speech with the
demons themselves and that two even lived with him in the forms of
hyenas! Still they must not accede too hastily. There was the price to
be considered, and Mbonga had no intention of parting lightly with ten
goats to obtain the return of a single little boy who might die of
smallpox long before he reached a warrior's estate.
"Wait," said Mbonga. "Let us see some of your magic, that we may know
if it be good magic. Then we can
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The prospector cannot turn unless its nose is deflected from the outside--by some external force or resistance--the steering wheel within would have moved in response.Page 15
My mammoth enemy was so close by this time that I knew I must feel the weight of one of his terrible paws before I could rise, but to my surprise the blow did not fall upon me.Page 17
But yet where else? I had not left that earth--of that I was sure.Page 30
What could it mean? How had it been accomplished? The commander of the guards was investigating.Page 34
At my suggestion Perry and I fashioned some swords of scraps of iron which we discovered among some rubbish in the cells where we slept, for we were permitted almost unrestrained freedom of action within the limits of the building to which we had been assigned.Page 55
Artificial islands of granite rock dotted this artificial sea, and upon several of them I saw men and women like myself.Page 60
Several times I called to Ja, but he must have left after I tumbled into the tank, for I received no response to my cries.Page 65
The labyrinthodon evidently thought that Ja was coming to double his portion of human flesh, so he was in no haste to pursue me to the cliff and frighten away this other tidbit.Page 73
"You are to appear before the learned ones who will question you regarding this strange world from which you say you come.Page 77
Another, grasping a sharp knife with her three-toed fore foot, was laying open the victim's chest and abdomen.Page 80
This thought lent wings to my feet; but even at my best I could do no more than hold my own with the leaping thing before me.Page 87
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I waited no longer to dispute possession of the ledge with the thing which owned that voice.Page 90
As it sighted the Sagoths it emitted a most frightful roar, and with open mouth charged full upon them.Page 92
a great forest clothed them to the foot of the red and yellow and copper green of the towering crags which formed their summit.Page 93
As I climbed carefully up the ascent my attention suddenly was attracted aloft by the sound of strange hissing, and what resembled the flapping of wings.Page 95
"What are you doing here?" I asked, "and what has happened to you since Hooja freed you from the Sagoths?" At first I thought that she was going to ignore me entirely, but finally she thought better of it.Page 99
Each time my sword found his body--once penetrating to his lung.Page 108
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