rough and round-about, so that we
consumed one or two more marches in covering the distance than if we
had followed the river. This it was which proved our undoing.
Those who sought us must have sent a party up the river immediately
after we escaped; for when we came at last onto the river-trail not far
from our destination, there can be no doubt but that we were seen by
Hoojans who were just ahead of us on the stream. The result was that
as we were passing through a clump of bush a score of warriors leaped
out upon us, and before we could scarce strike a blow in defense, had
disarmed and bound us.
For a time thereafter I seemed to be entirely bereft of hope. I could
see no ray of promise in the future--only immediate death for Juag and
me, which didn't concern me much in the face of what lay in store for
Poor child! What an awful life she had led! From the moment that I had
first seen her chained in the slave caravan of the Mahars until now, a
prisoner of a no less cruel creature, I could recall but a few brief
intervals of peace and quiet in her tempestuous existence. Before I
had known her, Jubal the Ugly One had pursued her across a savage world
to make her his mate. She had eluded him, and finally I had slain him;
but terror and privations, and exposure to fierce beasts had haunted
her footsteps during all her lonely flight from him. And when I had
returned to the outer world the old trials had recommenced with Hooja
in Jubal's role. I could almost have wished for death to vouchsafe her
that peace which fate seemed to deny her in this life.
I spoke to her on the subject, suggesting that we expire together.
"Do not fear, David," she replied. "I shall end my life before ever
Hooja can harm me; but first I shall see that Hooja dies."
She drew from her breast a little leathern thong, to the end of which
was fastened a tiny pouch.
"What have you there?" I asked.
"Do you recall that time you stepped upon the thing you call viper in
your world?" she asked.
"The accident gave you the idea for the poisoned arrows with which we
fitted the warriors of the empire," she continued. "And, too, it gave
me an idea. For a long time I have carried a viper's fang in my bosom.
Come! We kill! We kill!" And with hideous shouts they charged down upon the Europeans.Page 5
"Where is Lieutenant Bradley?" asked Sinclair.Page 17
They heard of the deaths of Tippet and James and of the disappearance of Lieutenant Bradley, and a new terror settled upon Dinosaur.Page 20
Finally, these disappeared and silence reigned, broken only by the breathing of the creature which indicated to the Englishman that they were sleeping somewhere in the same apartment.Page 24
"Are you cos-ata-lu?" demanded the Wieroo.Page 25
This he dumped into Bradley's "trough," as he already thought of it.Page 29
The lid was made in two pieces, each being hinged at an opposite end of the chest and joining nicely where they met in the center of the chest, making a snug, well-fitting joint.Page 30
An eccentric disk upon the inside face of the door engaged a slot in the frame when it was desired.Page 33
He Who Speaks for Luata sent Fosh-bal-soj to fetch him one of the creatures, and here it is.Page 48
There was no chance on earth that it would not discover what he was.Page 49
Here he discovered a door already ajar opening into a large, circular chamber, the walls and floors of which were covered with the skins of wild beasts and with rugs of many colors; but what interested him most was the occupants of the room--a Wieroo, and a girl of human proportions.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 52
There are many such here.Page 61
If foe or friend, right or wrong, stood in the way of tas-ad, then it must be crushed.Page 63
" "I think," replied the man, "that of all the places in Oo-oh this will be the easiest to escape from.Page 66
Requiring meat for food the Wieroos carried to the island such animals as they wished for that purpose.Page 67
We have food and good water and peace and each other.Page 72
When the creatures had gone, the girl turned toward Bradley.Page 84
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