belly of some hungry bear.
I must admit that I, too, felt worried, for our progress was indeed
snail-like, and our ammunition could not last forever. In discussing
the problem, finally we came to the decision to burn our bridges behind
us and make one last supreme effort to cross the divide.
It would mean that we must go without sleep for a long period, and with
the further chance that when the time came that sleep could no longer
be denied we might still be high in the frozen regions of perpetual
snow and ice, where sleep would mean certain death, exposed as we would
be to the attacks of wild beasts and without shelter from the hideous
But we decided that we must take these chances and so at last we set
forth from our hut for the last time, carrying such necessities as we
felt we could least afford to do without. The bears seemed unusually
troublesome and determined that time, and as we clambered slowly upward
beyond the highest point to which we had previously attained, the cold
became infinitely more intense.
Presently, with two great bears dogging our footsteps we entered a
We had reached the heights that are so often cloud-wrapped for long
periods. We could see nothing a few paces beyond our noses.
We dared not turn back into the teeth of the bears which we could hear
grunting behind us. To meet them in this bewildering fog would have
been to court instant death.
Perry was almost overcome by the hopelessness of our situation. He
flopped down on his knees and began to pray.
It was the first time I had heard him at his old habit since my return
to Pellucidar, and I had thought that he had given up his little
idiosyncrasy; but he hadn't. Far from it.
I let him pray for a short time undisturbed, and then as I was about to
suggest that we had better be pushing along one of the bears in our
rear let out a roar that made the earth fairly tremble beneath our feet.
It brought Perry to his feet as if he had been stung by a wasp, and
sent him racing ahead through the blinding fog at a gait that I knew
must soon end in disaster were it not checked.
Crevasses in the glacier-ice were far too frequent to permit of
reckless speed even in a clear atmosphere, and then there were hideous
precipices along the edges of which our way often led us. I shivered
The streets of Oakdale are flanked by imposing battalions of elm and maple which over-arch and meet above the thoroughfares; and now, following an early Spring, their foliage eclipsed the infrequent arclights to the eminent satisfaction of those nocturnal wayfarers who prefer neither publicity nor the spot light.Page 17
of Abigail Prim's boudoir.Page 18
Yet still he hesitated, for the right hand road was black and forbidding; suggesting the entrance to a pit of unknown horrors.Page 19
His fear had suddenly vanished.Page 23
A half dozen steps he took when his foot struck against a soft and yielding mass.Page 29
" The girl was silent for a moment.Page 31
"The Kid musta croaked him," said another.Page 32
I know the joint--it's hanted--they's spooks in it.Page 36
Not since he had followed the open road in company with Billy Byrne had Bridge met one with whom he might care to 'Pal' before The Kid crossed his path on the dark and storm swept pike south of Oakdale.Page 50
' "Say, do you know I've learned to love this Knibbs person.Page 52
But I mind the time, the fust day he got the dinged thing, he gets out an' tries to lead it by Lem Smith's threshin' machine.Page 62
Like es not she's been murdered too, though they do say as she had a hand in it, bein' seen with Paynter an' The Oskaloosie Kid jest afore the murder.Page 66
"That little defective will have the whole neighborhood on us in an hour.Page 67
" "Please don't ask me," begged the boy.Page 69
Finally he obtained his connection, which was with Jonas Prim's bank where detective Burton was making his headquarters.Page 76
waitress with a trayful of dishes.Page 77
This disguise makes me feel too conspicuous.Page 92
"You?" he almost shouted.Page 95
6 emminent eminent 15 4 2 it's warmth its warmth 15 5 13 promisculously promiscuously 16 1 3 appelation appellation 19 3 it's scope its scope 21 6 by with seasons by seasons 25 1 8 Prim manage Prim menage 25 2 20 then, suspicious, then, suspicions, 28 12 even his even this 34 6 1 it's quality its quality 37 3 10 have any- have any 38 4 4 tin tear.Page 98
91 2 "They aint "They ain't 91 3 I aint I ain't 91 2 3 Squibbs house Squibbs' house 91 6 aint got ain't got 92 6 it wa'nt safe it wa'n't safe 92 4 10 Squibbs house Squibbs' house 94 2 1 to nothin.