a simple matter to clean up
the beasts. Where are they?"
"They're below," replied the sailor; "but just let me tell you
something, Paulvitch. You haven't got no more show to turn us men
against the Englishman than nothing. We had all we wanted of you and
that other beast. He's dead, an' if I don't miss my guess a whole lot
you'll be dead too before long. You two treated us like dogs, and if
you think we got any love for you you better forget it."
"You mean to say that you're going to turn against me?" demanded
The other nodded, and then after a momentary pause, during which an
idea seemed to have occurred to him, he spoke again.
"Unless," he said, "you can make it worth my while to let you go before
the Englishman finds you here."
"You wouldn't turn me away in the jungle, would you?" asked Paulvitch.
"Why, I'd die there in a week."
"You'd have a chance there," replied the sailor. "Here, you wouldn't
have no chance. Why, if I woke up my maties here they'd probably cut
your heart out of you before the Englishman got a chance at you at all.
It's mighty lucky for you that I'm the one to be awake now and not none
of the others."
"You're crazy," cried Paulvitch. "Don't you know that the Englishman
will have you all hanged when he gets you back where the law can get
hold of you?"
"No, he won't do nothing of the kind," replied the sailor. "He's told
us as much, for he says that there wasn't nobody to blame but you and
Rokoff--the rest of us was just tools. See?"
For half an hour the Russian pleaded or threatened as the mood seized
him. Sometimes he was upon the verge of tears, and again he was
promising his listener either fabulous rewards or condign punishment;
but the other was obdurate. [condign: of equal value]
He made it plain to the Russian that there were but two plans open to
him--either he must consent to being turned over immediately to Lord
Greystoke, or he must pay to the sailor, as a price for permission to
quit the Kincaid unmolested, every cent of money and article of value
upon his person and in his cabin.
"And you'll have to make up your mind mighty quick," growled the man,
"for I want to turn in. Come now, choose--his lordship or the jungle?"
"You'll be sorry for this," grumbled the Russian.
"Shut up," admonished
They saw Tippet leap to his feet at Bradley's shouted warning.Page 12
For three days the party marched due south through forests and meadow-land and great park-like areas where countless herbivorous animals grazed--deer and antelope and bos and the little ecca, the smallest species of Caspakian horse, about the size of a rabbit.Page 17
No premonition of impending ill cast gloom over his anticipations for the coming day, for Bradley was.Page 18
Bradley now realized the strategy that the pair had used to capture him and at once concluded that he was in the power of reasoning beings closely related to the human race if not actually of it.Page 20
When he awoke, it was broad daylight, and the sight that met his eyes made him rub them again and again to assure himself that they were really open and that he was not dreaming.Page 21
As he sat gazing at them, one of the two awoke, separated his wings to release his arms that had been folded across his breast, placed his hands upon the floor, dropped his feet and stood erect.Page 27
sanctuary for him, since the stern laws of the Wieroos forbade altercations within such walls.Page 28
So sudden was the assault and so surprising the strength of the Wieroo that the Englishman was taken completely off his guard.Page 32
"My fate is to be worse than death--in just a few nights more, with the coming of the new moon.Page 36
He thought of this and also that his condition of utter helplessness might still further have stimulated his imagination.Page 39
From the egg, then, the individual developed slowly into a higher form, just as the frog's egg develops through various stages from a fish with gills to a frog with lungs.Page 40
And in each stage countless millions of other eggs were deposited in the warm pools of the various races and floated down to the great sea to go through a similar process of evolution outside the womb as develops our own young within; but in Caspak the scheme is much more inclusive, for it combines not only individual development but the evolution of species and genera.Page 42
The panel, if such it was, seemed about an inch thick, and beyond it his finger encountered nothing.Page 44
Unseen denizens of this great sewer, disturbed by the intruder, splashed into the water ahead of him and wriggled away.Page 48
With the quickness of a cat, Bradley sprang to his feet and with all his great strength, backed by his heavy weight, struck the Wieroo upon the point of the chin.Page 53
They were talking together as they crossed the floor, or the two could not have heard them.Page 65
Standing between these and one of the outer pedestals that supported one of the numerous skulls Bradley made one end of a piece of rope fast about the pedestal and dropped the other end to the ground outside the city.Page 70
With no attempt at concealment they came, sure of their ability to overwhelm these two fugitives, and with the fullest measure of self-confidence they landed in the clearing but a few yards from the man and the girl.Page 72
" "There were two reasons," replied Bradley.Page 81
are you and from whence do you come?" he asked; and then Co-Tan gave a little, glad cry and sprang forward with out-stretched arms.