know much about it, but I was sure
that at launching the hull only should have been completed, everything
else being completed after she had floated safely.
At the last minute there was some delay while we sought a name for her.
I wanted her christened the Perry in honor both of her designer and
that other great naval genius of another world, Captain Oliver Hazard
Perry, of the United States Navy. But Perry was too modest; he
wouldn't hear of it.
We finally decided to establish a system in the naming of the fleet.
Battle-ships of the first-class should bear the names of kingdoms of
the federation; armored cruisers the names of kings; cruisers the names
of cities, and so on down the line. Therefore, we decided to name the
first battle-ship Sari, after the first of the federated kingdoms.
The launching of the Sari proved easier than I contemplated. Perry
wanted me to get in and break something over the bow as she floated
out upon the bosom of the river, but I told him that I should feel
safer on dry land until I saw which side up the Sari would float.
I could see by the expression of the old man's face that my words had
hurt him; but I noticed that he didn't offer to get in himself, and so
I felt less contrition than I might otherwise.
When we cut the ropes and removed the blocks that held the Sari in
place she started for the water with a lunge. Before she hit it she
was going at a reckless speed, for we had laid our tracks quite down to
the water, greased them, and at intervals placed rollers all ready to
receive the ship as she moved forward with stately dignity. But there
was no dignity in the Sari.
When she touched the surface of the river she must have been going
twenty or thirty miles an hour. Her momentum carried her well out into
the stream, until she came to a sudden halt at the end of the long line
which we had had the foresight to attach to her bow and fasten to a
large tree upon the bank.
The moment her progress was checked she promptly capsized. Perry was
overwhelmed. I didn't upbraid him, nor remind him that I had "told him
His grief was so genuine and so apparent that I didn't have the heart
to reproach him, even were I inclined to that particular sort of
"Come, come, old man!" I cried. "It's not
" At this the hatchet-men set up a great.Page 9
He insisted that he was already a dead man, for if the thing didn't come for him during the day he would never live through another night of agonized apprehension, waiting for the frightful end that he was positive was in store for him.Page 19
From this he judged that they were human, and being human, he knew that they could have no natural wings--for who had ever seen a human being so adorned! Therefore their wings must be mechanical.Page 21
As he sat gazing at them, one of the two awoke, separated his wings to release his arms that had been folded across his breast, placed his hands upon the floor, dropped his feet and stood erect.Page 22
Who are you? What country is this? Why did you bring me here?" Again the sepulchral grimace.Page 32
"How long has it been here with you?" "It came through the doorway just ahead of you," Bradley answered for the girl.Page 35
He felt the free end of the rope dropped upon him and heard the grating being slid into place above him.Page 36
It sank and arose again--a headless, hideous, monstrous thing of menace.Page 37
With his back against the wall for support, so weak the reaction left him, Bradley stood watching the creature.Page 40
Bradley's head was whirling before he even commenced to grasp the complexities of Caspakian evolution; but as the truth slowly filtered into his understanding--as gradually it became possible.Page 41
For several minutes after An-Tak ceased speaking, his voice having trailed off weakly into silence, neither spoke again.Page 50
The white-robed one being unarmed sought to grasp the other by the wrist of its knife-hand and by the throat, while the latter hopped around on its dainty white feet, seeking an opening for a mortal blow.Page 51
"How came you here?" Bradley shrugged.Page 52
" "And the skulls with blue upon them?" inquired Bradley.Page 63
" "Good!" exclaimed Bradley.Page 66
For three days they rested here before trying to explore the neighboring country.Page 68
"I should be over there with my men," he replied.Page 77
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