beach. Here I found that one of his forelegs was broken--the crash
against the cliff-face must have done it.
By this time all the fight was out of him, so that when I had gathered
a few tiny branches from some of the stunted trees that grew in the
crevices of the cliff, and returned to him he permitted me to set his
broken leg and bind it in splints. I had to tear part of my shirt into
bits to obtain a bandage, but at last the job was done. Then I sat
stroking the savage head and talking to the beast in the man-dog talk
with which you are familiar, if you ever owned and loved a dog.
When he is well, I thought, he probably will turn upon me and attempt
to devour me, and against that eventuality I gathered together a pile
of rocks and set to work to fashion a stone-knife. We were bottled up
at the head of the fiord as completely as if we had been behind prison
bars. Before us spread the Sojar Az, and elsewhere about us rose
Fortunately a little rivulet trickled down the side of the rocky wall,
giving us ample supply of fresh water--some of which I kept constantly
beside the hyaenodon in a huge, bowl-shaped shell, of which there were
countless numbers among the rubble of the beach.
For food we subsisted upon shellfish and an occasional bird that I
succeeded in knocking over with a rock, for long practice as a pitcher
on prep-school and varsity nines had made me an excellent shot with a
It was not long before the hyaenodon's leg was sufficiently mended to
permit him to rise and hobble about on three legs. I shall never
forget with what intent interest I watched his first attempt. Close at
my hand lay my pile of rocks. Slowly the beast came to his three good
feet. He stretched himself, lowered his head, and lapped water from
the drinking-shell at his side, turned and looked at me, and then
hobbled off toward the cliffs.
Thrice he traversed the entire extent of our prison, seeking, I
imagine, a loop-hole for escape, but finding none he returned in my
direction. Slowly he came quite close to me, sniffed at my shoes, my
puttees, my hands, and then limped off a few feet and lay down again.
Now that he was able to get around, I was a little uncertain as to the
wisdom of my impulsive mercy.
I called it literature before, but--again pardon my candor--your story is not.Page 5
" For two months I talked with David Innes almost every day, and as Downes translated, either Nestor or I took notes.Page 17
Then we set out in search of the great, shaggy cave bear of the higher altitudes.Page 27
Below the water-line she was practically non-existent.Page 29
Though we were sailing out upon a peaceful mission in search of my friend Ja, we knew that we might meet with people of some other island who would prove unfriendly.Page 46
noticed as I felt about the floor in the dim light that there was a pile of fresh-turned rubble there.Page 52
"But first must you lure him to the mainland, for who among you knows how to construct the strange things that carry Hooja and his band back and forth across the water? "We are not island people.Page 53
I did not wonder that they sent out an appeal for succor.Page 58
It was not long before the hyaenodon's leg was sufficiently mended to permit him to rise and hobble about on three legs.Page 76
In less than no time the cliff-face was stripped of enemies and the village of Gr-gr-gr was saved.Page 85
My opponent was large, but he also was active and no mean knife-man.Page 86
Down he went.Page 90
There were two armed with bows and arrows; these I kept my eyes on.Page 92
But the way Juag had chosen was.Page 108
Evidently they have spied our sail, and guess that we do not belong to their fleet.Page 115
Perry had perfected gunpowder and built cannon! It was marvelous! Dian and Juag, as much surprised as Hooja, turned wondering eyes toward me.Page 123
When they scampered away at the sound of the terrific explosions, and.Page 124
I called Perry and passed the glasses to him.Page 130
To my surprise Ja felt much as I did.Page 135
if 80 24 Sidi Lidi 96 10 be bet 101 33 the the and the 107 15 Hoojas' Hooja's 117 4 come came 119 18 remarkably remarkable 149 25 take takes 151 6 Juang Juag 173 29 contined continued ].