"And if you have been interfering
again with the discipline of this ship, or meddling in affairs that
don't concern you you can take the consequences, and be damned. I
don't care whether you are an English lord or not. I'm captain of this
here ship, and from now on you keep your meddling nose out of my
The captain had worked himself up to such a frenzy of rage that he was
fairly purple of face, and he shrieked the last words at the top of his
voice, emphasizing his remarks by a loud thumping of the table with one
huge fist, and shaking the other in Clayton's face.
Greystoke never turned a hair, but stood eying the excited man with
"Captain Billings," he drawled finally, "if you will pardon my candor,
I might remark that you are something of an ass."
Whereupon he turned and left the captain with the same indifferent ease
that was habitual with him, and which was more surely calculated to
raise the ire of a man of Billings' class than a torrent of invective.
So, whereas the captain might easily have been brought to regret his
hasty speech had Clayton attempted to conciliate him, his temper was
now irrevocably set in the mold in which Clayton had left it, and the
last chance of their working together for their common good was gone.
"Well, Alice," said Clayton, as he rejoined his wife, "I might have
saved my breath. The fellow proved most ungrateful. Fairly jumped at
me like a mad dog.
"He and his blasted old ship may hang, for aught I care; and until we
are safely off the thing I shall spend my energies in looking after our
own welfare. And I rather fancy the first step to that end should be
to go to our cabin and look over my revolvers. I am sorry now that we
packed the larger guns and the ammunition with the stuff below."
They found their quarters in a bad state of disorder. Clothing from
their open boxes and bags strewed the little apartment, and even their
beds had been torn to pieces.
"Evidently someone was more anxious about our belongings than we," said
Clayton. "Let's have a look around, Alice, and see what's missing."
A thorough search revealed the fact that nothing had been taken but
Clayton's two revolvers and the small supply of ammunition he had saved
out for them.
"Those are the very things I most wish they had left us," said Clayton,
"and the fact that they
So for the thousandth time I thank the strange fate which sent that lifeboat hurtling upward from the green pit of destruction to which it had been dragged--sent it far up above the surface, emptying its water as it rose above the waves, and dropping it upon the surface of the sea, buoyant and safe.Page 6
I had managed to bail all the water out of the boat with cupped hands, ending by mopping the balance up with my handkerchief--a slow and back-breaking procedure; thus I had made a comparatively dry place for the girl to lie down low in the bottom of the boat, where the sides would protect her from the night wind, and when at last she did so, almost overcome as she was by weakness and fatigue, I threw my wet coat over.Page 9
Once again an order went down to the engine-room, and the tug reduced speed.Page 11
The sole aim of each of us was to hurl one of the opposing force into the sea.Page 21
We kept steadily to our westward course, and as the U-33 was one of the fastest submersibles we had ever turned out, I knew that we must be pretty close to the North American coast.Page 24
Some one yelled back to those who had.Page 28
I didn't want to doubt you; but I carried all the responsibility of the lives of these men, of the safety of the ship, of your life and mine.Page 29
Possibly, too, you will understand some other things that have taken place aboard.Page 32
"I did it alone," he said.Page 33
we were somewhere off the coast of Peru.Page 37
My report filled everyone with theories and speculations, and with renewed hope and determination.Page 41
A moment later it was gone, and I could see again.Page 45
By the time we had cleared away the blood and refuse in the tower, the cook had juicy steaks and a steaming broth upon the electric stove, and the aroma arising from P.Page 51
out to hunt for game and explore inland for a short distance.Page 52
"Hat the 'eart, sir--yes, sir," he replied, and raised his piece to his shoulder.Page 54
Some of them resembled the corpse we had found upon the narrow beach against Caprona's sea-wall, while others were of a still lower type, more nearly resembling the apes, and yet others were uncannily manlike, standing there erect, being less hairy and possessing better shaped heads.Page 61
Passed through dense forests close to the base of the cliffs.Page 71
remain if she is afraid, and we will keep her; but the he must depart.Page 77
thirty seconds to break the elbow of one of my assailants, trip another and send him stumbling backward among his fellows, and throw the third completely over my head in such a way that when he fell his neck was broken.Page 81
So-ta said that she would enter alone; I must not be seen if I did not intend to remain, as it was forbidden that one should return and live after having advanced this far.