men, plunged into the
jungle, calling the girl's name aloud. For half an hour they stumbled
on, until Clayton, by merest chance, came upon the prostrate form of
He stopped beside her, feeling for her pulse and then listening for her
heartbeats. She lived. He shook her.
"Esmeralda!" he shrieked in her ear. "Esmeralda! For God's sake,
where is Miss Porter? What has happened? Esmeralda!"
Slowly Esmeralda opened her eyes. She saw Clayton. She saw the jungle
"Oh, Gaberelle!" she screamed, and fainted again.
By this time Professor Porter and Mr. Philander had come up.
"What shall we do, Mr. Clayton?" asked the old professor. "Where shall
we look? God could not have been so cruel as to take my little girl
away from me now."
"We must arouse Esmeralda first," replied Clayton. "She can tell us
what has happened. Esmeralda!" he cried again, shaking the black woman
roughly by the shoulder.
"O Gaberelle, I want to die!" cried the poor woman, but with eyes fast
closed. "Let me die, dear Lord, don't let me see that awful face
"Come, come, Esmeralda," cried Clayton.
"The Lord isn't here; it's Mr. Clayton. Open your eyes."
Esmeralda did as she was bade.
"O Gaberelle! Thank the Lord," she said.
"Where's Miss Porter? What happened?" questioned Clayton.
"Ain't Miss Jane here?" cried Esmeralda, sitting up with wonderful
celerity for one of her bulk. "Oh, Lord, now I remember! It must have
took her away," and the Negress commenced to sob, and wail her
"What took her away?" cried Professor Porter.
"A great big giant all covered with hair."
"A gorilla, Esmeralda?" questioned Mr. Philander, and the three men
scarcely breathed as he voiced the horrible thought.
"I thought it was the devil; but I guess it must have been one of them
gorilephants. Oh, my poor baby, my poor little honey," and again
Esmeralda broke into uncontrollable sobbing.
Clayton immediately began to look about for tracks, but he could find
nothing save a confusion of trampled grasses in the close vicinity, and
his woodcraft was too meager for the translation of what he did see.
All the balance of the day they sought through the jungle; but as night
drew on they were forced to give up in despair and hopelessness, for
they did not even know in what direction the thing had borne Jane.
It was long after dark ere they reached the cabin, and a sad and
grief-stricken party it was that sat silently within the little
Professor Porter finally broke
Further speculation was suddenly cut short by the faint report of two shots far ahead of me.Page 8
I had followed this trail for perhaps a hundred yards when a sharp turn to the right brought me to the mouth of a large cave.Page 9
It was extremely tenuous and only noticeable against the opening which led to daylight.Page 12
The crisp, fresh mountain air outside the cave acted as an immediate tonic and I felt new life and new courage coursing through me.Page 27
Grasping the sill I pulled myself up to a sitting posture without looking into the building, and gazed down at the baffled animal beneath me.Page 40
similar, though unfriendly, creatures.Page 42
I had feared to question Sola relative to the beautiful captive, as I could not but recall the strange expression I had noted upon her face after my first encounter with the prisoner.Page 51
"No, you are wrong.Page 52
Was I not now a chieftain also! Well, then, I would assume the responsibilities of one.Page 69
Such is love, and such are lovers wherever love is known.Page 98
As I looked up they were upon me, and although I drew my long-sword in an attempt to sell my life as dearly as possible, it was soon over.Page 106
Through two long weeks I wandered, stumbling through the nights guided only by the stars and hiding during the days behind some protruding rock or among the occasional hills I traversed.Page 110
For eight hundred years, he told me, he had watched these pumps which are used alternately a day each at a stretch, or a little over twenty-four and one-half Earth hours.Page 115
The very thought of parting with the faithful fellow caused me so great regret and.Page 118
To a red Martian escape by this path would have appeared impossible, but to me, with my earthly strength and agility, it seemed already accomplished.Page 130
CHAPTER XXIII LOST IN THE SKY Without effort at concealment I hastened to the vicinity of our quarters, where I felt sure I should find Kantos Kan.Page 146
" "He does not need to be abashed who so well knew the answer to his plea before the plea were made," she replied, rising and placing her dear hands upon my shoulders, and so I took her in my arms and kissed her.Page 147
Within but little more than an hour from the moment the victorious Zodangan squadron had risen to meet us from the camp of the besiegers the battle was over, and the remaining vessels of the conquered Zodangans were headed toward the cities of Helium under prize crews.Page 150
Never before had an armed body of green warriors entered the gates of Helium, and that they came now as friends and allies filled the red men with rejoicing.