and reel, they
had kept a fairly accurate record of their course from the time they
had set out. Four of the feluccas were equipped with these
instruments, and all of the captains had been instructed in their use.
I was very greatly surprised at the ease with which these savages had
mastered the rather intricate detail of this unusual work, but Perry
assured me that they were a wonderfully intelligent race, and had been
quick to grasp all that he had tried to teach them.
Another thing that surprised me was the fact that so much had been
accomplished in so short a time, for I could not believe that I had
been gone from Anoroc for a sufficient period to permit of building a
fleet of fifty feluccas and mining iron ore for the cannon and balls,
to say nothing of manufacturing these guns and the crude muzzle-loading
rifles with which every Mezop was armed, as well as the gunpowder and
ammunition they had in such ample quantities.
"Time!" exclaimed Perry. "Well, how long were you gone from Anoroc
before we picked you up in the Sojar Az?"
That was a puzzler, and I had to admit it. I didn't know how much time
had elapsed and neither did Perry, for time is nonexistent in
"Then, you see, David," he continued, "I had almost unbelievable
resources at my disposal. The Mezops inhabiting the Anoroc Islands,
which stretch far out to sea beyond the three principal isles with
which you are familiar, number well into the millions, and by far the
greater part of them are friendly to Ja. Men, women, and children
turned to and worked the moment Ja explained the nature of our
"And not only were they anxious to do all in their power to hasten the
day when the Mahars should be overthrown, but--and this counted for
most of all--they are simply ravenous for greater knowledge and for
better ways of doing things.
"The contents of the prospector set their imaginations to working
overtime, so that they craved to own, themselves, the knowledge which
had made it possible for other men to create and build the things which
you brought back from the outer world.
"And then," continued the old man, "the element of time, or, rather,
lack of time, operated to my advantage. There being no nights, there
was no laying off from work--they labored incessantly stopping only to
eat and, on rare occasions, to sleep. Once we had discovered iron ore
we had enough mined in an incredibly short time to build a
Court-martial and degradation follow swiftly, unless as is often the case, the unfortunate man takes his own life before this unjust and heartless regulation can hold him up to public scorn.Page 12
All this time we were drifting almost due east.Page 26
The family consists of the mother and the children, the men dwelling sometimes in one hut and sometimes in another.Page 32
But they only mistook my solicitude for them for fear, and, with shouts of rage and derision, leaped forward once again to overwhelm me.Page 37
He is a bad man.Page 39
The people greeted her with every mark of respect as she hastened to a large hut near the center of the camp.Page 43
I could scarcely stand alone.Page 44
Here the party knelt, while Buckingham recited a weird, prayer-like chant.Page 47
She shuddered and drew closer to me.Page 59
They must have passed us in the dark, and why I did not hear the sound of the propeller I do not know, unless it passed me at a time when the lions were making an unusually earsplitting din upon the opposite side.Page 60
determine what course we should pursue in the immediate future.Page 61
Victory asked me to explain the difference between the two, and when I had tried to do so as clearly as possible, she broke into a gay little laugh.Page 63
Here, at least, I was sure that we should find what we sought--and, if not, then all Europe had reverted to barbarism.Page 64
For two days we passed through a primeval wilderness.Page 66
The utter hopelessness that was reflected in his face must have been the counterpart of what I myself felt, but in that brief instant I determined to hide my own misgivings that I might bolster up the courage of the others.Page 67
I had just finished, and was straightening up, when something floating around a bend above me caught my eye.Page 69
We found nothing until we had reached a point a few miles above the spot where I had first seen the launch drifting down toward us, and there I discovered the remnants of a recent camp fire.Page 79
My blood boiled.Page 81
I had been in hiding but a short time when I heard the sound of distant cannon.Page 85
But these were pressed back and back until the first line of the enemy came opposite our shelter.