past ages they have been
able to make them with their crude, primitive weapons.
"In a period that could scarcely have exceeded two outer earthly hours,
our fleet practically annihilated the largest armada of native canoes
that the Pellucidarians ever before had gathered together. We
butchered some eight thousand warriors with the twentieth-century gifts
we brought. Why, they wouldn't have killed that many warriors in the
entire duration of a dozen of their wars with their own weapons! No,
Perry; we've got to give them something better than scientific methods
of killing one another."
The old man looked at me in amazement. There was reproach in his eyes,
"Why, David!" he said sorrowfully. "I thought that you would be
pleased with what I had done. We planned these things together, and I
am sure that it was you who suggested practically all of it. I have
done only what I thought you wished done and I have done it the best
that I know how."
I laid my hand on the old man's shoulder.
"Bless your heart, Perry!" I cried. "You've accomplished miracles.
You have done precisely what I should have done, only you've done it
better. I'm not finding fault; but I don't wish to lose sight myself,
or let you lose sight, of the greater work which must grow out of this
preliminary and necessary carnage. First we must place the empire upon
a secure footing, and we can do so only by putting the fear of us in
the hearts of our enemies; but after that--
"Ah, Perry! That is the day I look forward to! When you and I can build
sewing-machines instead of battle-ships, harvesters of crops instead of
harvesters of men, plow-shares and telephones, schools and colleges,
printing-presses and paper! When our merchant marine shall ply the
great Pellucidarian seas, and cargoes of silks and typewriters and
books shall forge their ways where only hideous saurians have held sway
since time began!"
"Amen!" said Perry.
And Dian, who was standing at my side, pressed my hand.
CONQUEST AND PEACE
The fleet sailed directly for Hooja's island, coming to anchor at its
north-eastern extremity before the flat-topped hill that had been
Hooja's stronghold. I sent one of the prisoners ashore to demand an
immediate surrender; but as he told me afterward they wouldn't believe
all that he told them, so they congregated on the cliff-top and shot
futile arrows at us.
In reply I had five of the feluccas cannonade them. When they
scampered away at the sound of the terrific explosions, and
Stooping low the youth passed along the verandah to a window of the darkened library--a French window which swung open without noise to his light touch.Page 2
With knees that still trembled a bit he crossed the room and passed out into the hallway, descended the stairs, and stood again in the library.Page 8
" "Well, I don't want no atomizer loaded with rot-gut and garlic shot in my mug," growled Blackie.Page 10
Dey can't hang a guy any higher fer two 'an they can fer one an' dat's no pipe; so wots de use.Page 13
In Abigail's room she flashed on the center dome light from force of habit, although she knew that the room had been left in proper condition after the girl's departure earlier in the day.Page 15
He was her sole bon vivant in the true sense of the word, whatever that may be.Page 18
Terror goaded him to supreme physical effort.Page 27
"Didn't I tell you that it can't get in?" "How do you know it can't get in?" whimpered the youth.Page 28
"I'll try to do better; but, Oh! I was so frightened.Page 40
From below came no repetition of the inexplicable noises of that night of terror and at last, with every object plainly discernible in the light of the new day, Bridge would delay no longer; but voiced his final determination to descend and make a fire in the old kitchen stove.Page 41
The youth followed him.Page 46
"Yew didn't stop there over night?" "Yes we did," replied the youth.Page 49
Somehow it was very different when this nice voiced man called him a burglar from bragging of the fact himself to such as The Sky Pilot's villainous company, or the awestruck, open-mouthed Willie Case whose very expression invited heroics.Page 53
"We've got to beat it!" he whispered; "they've brought Burton himself down here.Page 57
"'N' thet ain't all he had neither," he said.Page 66
Bridge shook his head ruefully.Page 70
Here's where they burrit the dead man," and he pointed to the little mound of earth near the center of the clearing.Page 89
A gawky farmer seized the boy and struck him cruelly across the mouth.Page 96
Squibbs' home.Page 99
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