to determine if the Fuwalda could be safely worked through
In about an hour they returned and reported deep water through the
passage as well as far into the little basin.
Before dark the barkentine lay peacefully at anchor upon the bosom of
the still, mirror-like surface of the harbor.
The surrounding shores were beautiful with semitropical verdure, while
in the distance the country rose from the ocean in hill and tableland,
almost uniformly clothed by primeval forest.
No signs of habitation were visible, but that the land might easily
support human life was evidenced by the abundant bird and animal life
of which the watchers on the Fuwalda's deck caught occasional glimpses,
as well as by the shimmer of a little river which emptied into the
harbor, insuring fresh water in plenitude.
As darkness settled upon the earth, Clayton and Lady Alice still stood
by the ship's rail in silent contemplation of their future abode. From
the dark shadows of the mighty forest came the wild calls of savage
beasts--the deep roar of the lion, and, occasionally, the shrill scream
of a panther.
The woman shrank closer to the man in terror-stricken anticipation of
the horrors lying in wait for them in the awful blackness of the nights
to come, when they should be alone upon that wild and lonely shore.
Later in the evening Black Michael joined them long enough to instruct
them to make their preparations for landing on the morrow. They tried
to persuade him to take them to some more hospitable coast near enough
to civilization so that they might hope to fall into friendly hands.
But no pleas, or threats, or promises of reward could move him.
"I am the only man aboard who would not rather see ye both safely dead,
and, while I know that's the sensible way to make sure of our own
necks, yet Black Michael's not the man to forget a favor. Ye saved my
life once, and in return I'm goin' to spare yours, but that's all I can
"The men won't stand for any more, and if we don't get ye landed pretty
quick they may even change their minds about giving ye that much show.
I'll put all yer stuff ashore with ye as well as cookin' utensils an'
some old sails for tents, an' enough grub to last ye until ye can find
fruit and game.
"With yer guns for protection, ye ought to be able to live here easy
enough until help comes. When I get safely hid away I'll see to it
that the British
The assistant secretary had heard of Caproni and his discoveries, but admitted that he never had taken much stock in the one nor the other.Page 5
Jimmy Hollis went over his armament and ammunition to see that nothing had been omitted.Page 7
I knew that the thing that had attacked me was some sort of pterodactyl which should have been extinct millions of years ago.Page 9
My effort to dodge the tree and the pterodactyl at the same time resulted disastrously.Page 14
With the panther quite evidently conscious of the fact that dissolution had overtaken it, I turned toward the girl, who was regarding me with evident admiration and not a little awe, though I must admit that my rifle claimed quite as much of her attention as did I.Page 17
I have not bored you with a recital of the wearying successions of attacks by the multitude of creatures which were constantly crossing our path or deliberately stalking us.Page 21
Ajor whipped out her futile little knife and pointed to my rifle.Page 24
Chapter 3 When I awoke, it was daylight, and I found Ajor squatting before a fine bed of coals roasting a large piece of antelope-meat.Page 26
At last its eyes discovered tiny little Ajor, and then she hurled the stick at the diminutive head.Page 46
So-al was a mighty fine-looking girl, built like a tigress as to strength and sinuosity, but withal sweet and womanly.Page 50
The moon was shining brightly, illumining the entrance, against which I saw silhouetted the dread figure of a Wieroo.Page 56
"I am defenseless.Page 63
Along the top of the palisade sharpened stakes had been driven at all sorts of angles.Page 65
I could see that the interior was lighted and that a great number of men were gathered within.Page 67
"The beast is mine," he reiterated.Page 68
I am endowed with an excellent sense of direction, which has been greatly perfected by the years I have spent in the mountains and upon the plains and deserts of my native state, so that it was with little or no difficulty that I found my way back to the hut in which I had left Ajor.Page 74
Fully equipped, except for a blanket, I followed Chal-az from his domicile into the dark and deserted alleys of Kro-lu.Page 76
The ground was rolling and tree-dotted and covered with grazing animals, alone, in pairs and in herds--a motley aggregation of the modern and extinct herbivora of the world.Page 83
It was at this gait that he passed me; my rope-hand flew forward; the honda, well down, held the noose open, and the beautiful bay fairly ran his head into it.Page 87
Two men with electric drills driven from the dynamos aboard the _Toreador_ drilled two holes four feet apart in the face of the cliff and in the same horizontal planes.