efforts to be among the
first of those to kneel before me and kiss my hand. When it came to
kissing Dian's I think they enjoyed it more; I know I should have.
A happy thought occurred to me as I stood upon the little deck of the
Amoz with the first of Perry's primitive cannon behind me. When Ja
kneeled at my feet, and first to do me homage, I drew from its scabbard
at his side the sword of hammered iron that Perry had taught him to
fashion. Striking him lightly on the shoulder I created him king of
Anoroc. Each captain of the forty-nine other feluccas I made a duke.
I left it to Perry to enlighten them as to the value of the honors I
had bestowed upon them.
During these ceremonies Raja and Ranee had stood beside Dian and me.
Their bellies had been well filled, but still they had difficulty in
permitting so much edible humanity to pass unchallenged. It was a good
education for them though, and never after did they find it difficult
to associate with the human race without arousing their appetites.
After the ceremonies were over we had a chance to talk with Perry and
Ja. The former told me that Ghak, king of Sari, had sent my letter and
map to him by a runner, and that he and Ja had at once decided to set
out on the completion of the fleet to ascertain the correctness of my
theory that the Lural Az, in which the Anoroc Islands lay, was in
reality the same ocean as that which lapped the shores of Thuria under
the name of Sojar Az, or Great Sea.
Their destination had been the island retreat of Hooja, and they had
sent word to Ghak of their plans that we might work in harmony with
them. The tempest that had blown us off the coast of the continent had
blown them far to the south also. Shortly before discovering us they
had come into a great group of islands, from between the largest two of
which they were sailing when they saw Hooja's fleet pursuing our dugout.
I asked Perry if he had any idea as to where we were, or in what
direction lay Hooja's island or the continent. He replied by producing
his map, on which he had carefully marked the newly discovered
islands--there described as the Unfriendly Isles--which showed Hooja's
island northwest of us about two points West.
He then explained that with compass, chronometer, log
The weird flora and fauna of Caspak were as possible under the thick, warm atmospheric conditions of the super-heated crater as they were in the Mesozoic era under almost exactly similar conditions, which were then probably world-wide.Page 17
I had managed to progress a little in the acquisition of a knowledge of her tongue, so that I knew many of the animals and reptiles by their Caspakian names, and trees and ferns and grasses.Page 27
" And the child shuddered as she voiced the word.Page 28
her terror was so real when she spoke of the Wieroo and the land of Oo-oh where they dwell that I at last desisted, though I did learn that the Wieroo carried off only female babes and occasionally women of the Galus who had "come up from the beginning.Page 35
trembly little voice and flung herself upon me, sobbing softly.Page 41
There were two or three more bad places, but for the most part it was an easy descent, and we came to the highest of the Band-lu caves without further trouble.Page 43
That is why you may kill those low Band-lu if you wish to live, for I am in a hurry.Page 44
"She is nearest to him," he muttered.Page 46
Ajor and I came to be very fond of her, and she was, I think, equally fond of us.Page 53
Coming up from the beginning, the Caspakian passes, during a single existence, through the various stages of evolution, or at least many of them, through which the human race has passed during the countless ages since life first stirred upon a new world; but the question which continued to puzzle me was: What creates life at the beginning, cor sva jo? I had noticed that as we traveled northward from the Alus' country the land had gradually risen until we were now several hundred feet above the level of the inland sea.Page 59
they looked with covetousness in the one instance and suspicion in the other; but after they had heard Chal-az's story, their attitude was more friendly.Page 63
It was almost dark when we reached the village--a large palisaded enclosure of several hundred leaf-thatched huts set in groups of from two to seven.Page 68
I was puzzled at his behavior, and then I recalled that To-mar, though he had warned me, had appeared not to wish to seem friendly with me.Page 72
In fact, we could hear them passing to and fro among the huts, making inquiries, and at last Chal-az thought it best to go to the doorway of his dwelling, which consisted of many huts joined together, lest they enter and search.Page 74
When I asked Chal-az for the Caspakian name for rope, he told me ga, and for the first time I understood the derivation of the word Galu, which means ropeman.Page 78
I was glad that I was not batu.Page 79
Never in my life had I shot an arrow, but I knew how it was done, and fitting the shaft to my string, I aimed carefully and let drive.Page 81
And then Nobs turned in behind them and trotted slowly back toward.Page 82
Clothes, to a man accustomed to wearing clothes, impart a.Page 87
Tyler and Hollis and Short and all the rest of us Americans nearly worked our jaws loose on the march back to the village, and for days afterward we kept it up.