By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 116

bronze faces of the Mezops were broad with smiles, and
Perry was fairly beside himself with joy.

Dian went aboard first and then Juag, as I wished to help Raja and
Ranee aboard myself, well knowing that it would fare ill with any Mezop
who touched them. We got them aboard at last, and a great commotion
they caused among the crew, who had never seen a wild beast thus
handled by man before.

Perry and Dian and I were so full of questions that we fairly burst,
but we had to contain ourselves for a while, since the battle with the
rest of Hooja's fleet had scarce commenced. From the small forward
decks of the feluccas Perry's crude cannon were belching smoke, flame,
thunder, and death. The air trembled to the roar of them. Hooja's
horde, intrepid, savage fighters that they were, were closing in to
grapple in a last death-struggle with the Mezops who manned our vessels.

The handling of our fleet by the red island warriors of Ja's clan was
far from perfect. I could see that Perry had lost no time after the
completion of the boats in setting out upon this cruise. What little
the captains and crews had learned of handling feluccas they must have
learned principally since they embarked upon this voyage, and while
experience is an excellent teacher and had done much for them, they
still had a great deal to learn. In maneuvering for position they were
continually fouling one another, and on two occasions shots from our
batteries came near to striking our own ships.

No sooner, however, was I aboard the flagship than I attempted to
rectify this trouble to some extent. By passing commands by word of
mouth from one ship to another I managed to get the fifty feluccas into
some sort of line, with the flag-ship in the lead. In this formation
we commenced slowly to circle the position of the enemy. The dugouts
came for us right along in an attempt to board us, but by keeping on
the move in one direction and circling, we managed to avoid getting in
each other's way, and were enabled to fire our cannon and our small
arms with less danger to our own comrades.

When I had a moment to look about me, I took in the felucca on which I
was. I am free to confess that I marveled at the excellent
construction and stanch yet speedy lines of the little craft. That
Perry had chosen this type of

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Mucker

Page 6
A moment later he was sitting at the table with the three sailors, and had ordered a drop of red-eye.
Page 11
in the past.
Page 16
The moment De Cadenet entered the hotel he hurried to the room where the impatient Mr.
Page 22
I've already signaled full speed ahead, and I've instructed Mr.
Page 26
The trim flannels, the white shoes, the natty cap, were to the mucker as sufficient cause for justifiable homicide as is an orange ribbon in certain portions of the West Side of Chicago on St.
Page 43
With difficulty the men were attempting to get below.
Page 52
To drift within reach of those.
Page 103
Away from one danger to possible dangers many fold more terrible.
Page 132
Flashlights of him filled a quarter of a page.
Page 138
He wanted some of the neighbors to realize that he could work steadily and earn an honest living, and he looked forward with delight to the pleasure and satisfaction of rubbing it in to some of the saloon keepers and bartenders who had helped keep him drunk some five days out of seven, for Billy didn't drink any more.
Page 151
If a guy has no money to buy it with, he has to manufacture it.
Page 168
"I clean forgot all about de dicks," and then after a moment's silence during which his evil face underwent various changes of expression from fear to final relief, he turned an ugly, crooked grimace upon his companion.
Page 181
"We stopped here to get a meal.
Page 188
As they talked a soldier came and announced that they were no longer prisoners--they were to have the freedom of the camp; "but," he concluded, "the general requests that you do not pass beyond the limits of the camp.
Page 200
The hospitality of the Southwest permitted no stranger to be turned away without food and a night's lodging.
Page 213
Billy, realizing that his mount had been hit, tried to throw himself from the saddle; but until the very moment that the beast toppled over the man was held by his cartridge belt which, as the animal first lunged, had caught over the high horn of the Mexican saddle.
Page 227
For these reasons Billy argued that Cuivaca would be poorly guarded.
Page 232
"What you doin' sneakin' 'round spyin' on me, eh?" "If you wanna know who I am, bo," replied Billy, "go ask de Harlem Hurricane, an' as fer spyin' on youse, I wasn't;.
Page 258
Eddie jumped spasmodically and clutched his breast.
Page 264
" "What sentry?" asked Billy.