wished for them and them alone is most
"What are we to do, John?" asked his wife. "Perhaps you were right in
that our best chance lies in maintaining a neutral position.
"If the officers are able to prevent a mutiny, we have nothing to fear,
while if the mutineers are victorious our one slim hope lies in not
having attempted to thwart or antagonize them."
"Right you are, Alice. We'll keep in the middle of the road."
As they started to straighten up their cabin, Clayton and his wife
simultaneously noticed the corner of a piece of paper protruding from
beneath the door of their quarters. As Clayton stooped to reach for it
he was amazed to see it move further into the room, and then he
realized that it was being pushed inward by someone from without.
Quickly and silently he stepped toward the door, but, as he reached for
the knob to throw it open, his wife's hand fell upon his wrist.
"No, John," she whispered. "They do not wish to be seen, and so we
cannot afford to see them. Do not forget that we are keeping to the
middle of the road."
Clayton smiled and dropped his hand to his side. Thus they stood
watching the little bit of white paper until it finally remained at
rest upon the floor just inside the door.
Then Clayton stooped and picked it up. It was a bit of grimy, white
paper roughly folded into a ragged square. Opening it they found a
crude message printed almost illegibly, and with many evidences of an
Translated, it was a warning to the Claytons to refrain from reporting
the loss of the revolvers, or from repeating what the old sailor had
told them--to refrain on pain of death.
"I rather imagine we'll be good," said Clayton with a rueful smile.
"About all we can do is to sit tight and wait for whatever may come."
The Savage Home
Nor did they have long to wait, for the next morning as Clayton was
emerging on deck for his accustomed walk before breakfast, a shot rang
out, and then another, and another.
The sight which met his eyes confirmed his worst fears. Facing the
little knot of officers was the entire motley crew of the Fuwalda, and
at their head stood Black Michael.
At the first volley from the officers the men ran for shelter, and from
points of vantage behind masts, wheel-house and cabin they returned the
fire of the five men who represented the hated authority
We were agreed that it was most improbable; but neither of us could say that anything which it contained was beyond the range of possibility.Page 3
All during the trip Billings had steadfastly evaded questions as to how we were to enter Caspak after we had found Caprona.Page 4
These boxes contain the various parts of a hydro-aeroplane.Page 7
It was all that I needed to realize that Bowen had exaggerated nothing in his manuscript.Page 16
The Ho-lus, or apes, the Alus and myself were the only creatures of human semblance with which she could hold no converse; yet it was evident that her intelligence told her that I was neither Ho-lu nor Alu, neither anthropoid ape nor speechless man.Page 21
In this, however, I was quite evidently in error, for the great bear stood with his nose not a foot from the blaze, which was now low, owing to the fact that I had been so occupied with my lesson and my teacher that I had neglected to replenish it.Page 24
Believe me, the sight of the new day and the delicious odor of the cooking meat filled me with renewed happiness and hope that had been all but expunged by the experience of the previous night; and perhaps the slender figure of the bright-faced girl proved also a potent restorative.Page 29
She was the best comrade in the world, and sometimes I regretted and sometimes I was glad that she was not of my own caste, for had she been, I should unquestionably have fallen in love with her.Page 30
I found them fine-looking specimens of manhood, for the most part.Page 35
Then she had set out through those winding passages and in total darkness had groped her way, guided solely by a marvelous sense of direction, to where I lay.Page 39
Had chance taken us a few yards further, up either of the corridors which diverged from ours just ahead of us, we might have been irrevocably lost; we might still be lost; but at least we could die in the light of day, out of the horrid blackness of this terrible cave.Page 46
us and were almost certain to set upon Ajor.Page 48
"A further complication lay in the fact that Du-seen wanted me, while I would have none of him, and then came evidence to.Page 51
"I was saved; yet.Page 56
Her Tom! Something stirred within my bosom.Page 60
That it had its effect was immediately noticeable, but I am none too sure that it helped my cause with Al-tan.Page 77
If they hadn't halted, I had no fear of being discovered, for I had seen that the Galus marched without point, flankers or rear guard; and when I reached the pass and saw a narrow, one-man trail leading upward at a stiff angle, I wished that I were chief of the Galus for a few weeks.Page 80
The stallion of my choice grazed with a filly and two yearlings a little apart from the balance of the herd and nearest to the forest and to me.Page 88
They had been so long lost now that any hopes for them must be definitely abandoned.Page 89
Chal-az had brought my arms and ammunition up from Kro-lu with him; but my clothes were gone; nor did I miss them once I became accustomed to the free attire of the Galu.