asked Bradley. "I thought ours was the only
party of men from the outer world ever to enter Caprona."
"It was, until we came in search of Bowen J. Tyler, Jr.," replied
Billings. "We found him and sent him home with his bride; but I was
kept a prisoner here."
Bradley's face darkened--then they were not among friends after all.
"There are ten of us down there on a German sub with small-arms and a
gun," he said quickly in English. "It will be no trick to get away
from these people."
"You don't know my jailer," replied Billings, "or you'd not be so sure.
Wait, I'll introduce you." And then turning to the girl who had
accompanied him he called her by name. "Ajor," he said, "permit me to
introduce Lieutenant Bradley; Lieutenant, Mrs. Billings--my jailer!"
The Englishman laughed as he shook hands with the girl. "You are not
as good a soldier as I," he said to Billings. "Instead of being taken
prisoner myself I have taken one--Mrs. Bradley, this is Mr. Billings."
Ajor, quick to understand, turned toward Co-Tan. "You are going back
with him to his country?" she asked. Co-Tan admitted it.
"You dare?" asked Ajor. "But your father will not permit it--Jor, my
father, High Chief of the Galus, will not permit it, for like me you
are cos-ata-lo. Oh, Co-Tan, if we but could! How I would love to see
all the strange and wonderful things of which my Tom tells me!"
Bradley bent and whispered in her ear. "Say the word and you may both
go with us."
Billings heard and speaking in English, asked Ajor if she would go.
"Yes," she answered, "If you wish it; but you know, my Tom, that if Jor
captures us, both you and Co-Tan's man will pay the penalty with your
lives--not even his love for me nor his admiration for you can save
Bradley noticed that she spoke in English--broken English like Co-Tan's
but equally appealing. "We can easily get you aboard the ship," he
said, "on some pretext or other, and then we can steam away. They can
neither harm nor detain us, nor will we have to fire a shot at them."
And so it was done, Bradley and Co-Tan taking Ajor and Billings aboard
to "show" them the vessel, which almost immediately raised anchor and
moved slowly out into the sea.
"I hate to do it," said Billings. "They have been fine to me. Jor and
Tan are splendid men
Bradley shouted loudly.Page 5
He called upon all the saints to witness that he was unafraid and that anybody with half an eye could have seen that the creature was nothing more than "one av thim flyin' alligators" that they all were familiar with.Page 10
The dragon paid no further attention to him, however, for Tippet's sudden break for liberty had attracted its attention; and after Tippet it went, bowling over small trees, uprooting underbrush and leaving a wake behind it like that of a small tornado.Page 11
Bradley half raised his rifle to fire again and then lowered it with a shake of his head.Page 18
The creature wheeled immediately toward the east and was at once joined by its fellow, who circled them once and then fell in behind them.Page 21
As Bradley gazed upon them in wide-eyed astonishment, he saw plainly that all his intelligence, all his acquired knowledge through years of observation and experience were set at naught by the simple evidence of the fact that stood out glaringly before his eyes--the creatures' wings were not mechanical devices but as natural appendages, growing from their shoulderblades, as were their arms and legs.Page 23
"Go there and eat," he commanded, "and then come back.Page 24
At the other end of the skewer was fastened a small clam-shell.Page 25
As he waited for the proprietor to return, he fell to examining the dish from which he had eaten and the pedestal upon which it rested.Page 28
When he arose, the door was closed, and Fosh-bal-soj was standing over him, his hideous face contorted into an expression of rage and hatred.Page 33
Today you go to his temple--" the Wieroo used a phrase meaning literally High Place--"where you will receive the sacred commands.Page 34
Many roofs were cup or saucer-shaped with a small hole in the center of each, as though they had been constructed to catch rain-water and conduct it to a reservoir beneath; but nearly all the others had the large opening in the top that Bradley had seen used by these flying men in lieu of doorways.Page 37
"There is a way out! There is a way out!" Dragging itself to his side the creature slumped upon the Englishman's breast.Page 38
If I tell them the secret of becoming cos-ata-lu they will take me out; but how can I tell them that which Luata alone knows? "What is cos-ata-lu?" demanded Bradley.Page 44
Behind him lay almost certainly the horrid fate of An-Tak; before him nothing worse than a comparatively painless death by drowning.Page 48
What new mysteries lay hidden in the chambers above? The urge to know was strong upon him though his better judgment warned him that the safer course lay in retreat.Page 56
At his left side lay the second weapon.Page 60
Yes, there was the man asleep.Page 65
It was an hour before the coast was entirely clear and then a moment came when no Wieroo was in sight.Page 71
"You will carry us due west, depositing us upon the shore of the mainland--that is all.