will be sent ashore upon one pretext or another
except you and the child, Paulvitch and myself. Then without
interruption you will be able to witness the death of the baby."
He spoke in French that the cook might not understand the sinister
portent of his words. When he had done he banged out of the cabin
without another look at the man who had interrupted him in his sorry
When he had gone, Sven Anderssen turned toward Lady Greystoke--the
idiotic expression that had masked his thoughts had fallen away, and in
its place was one of craft and cunning.
"Hay tank Ay ban a fool," he said. "Hay ben the fool. Ay savvy
Jane Clayton looked at him in surprise.
"You understood all that he said, then?"
"You bat," he said.
"And you heard what was going on in here and came to protect me?"
"You bane good to me," explained the Swede. "Hay treat me like darty
dog. Ay help you, lady. You yust vait--Ay help you. Ay ban Vast
Coast lots times."
"But how can you help me, Sven," she asked, "when all these men will be
"Ay tank," said Sven Anderssen, "it blow purty soon purty hard," and
then he turned and left the cabin.
Though Jane Clayton doubted the cook's ability to be of any material
service to her, she was nevertheless deeply grateful to him for what he
already had done. The feeling that among these enemies she had one
friend brought the first ray of comfort that had come to lighten the
burden of her miserable apprehensions throughout the long voyage of the
She saw no more of Rokoff that day, nor of any other until Sven came
with her evening meal. She tried to draw him into conversation
relative to his plans to aid her, but all that she could get from him
was his stereotyped prophecy as to the future state of the wind. He
seemed suddenly to have relapsed into his wonted state of dense
However, when he was leaving her cabin a little later with the empty
dishes he whispered very low, "Leave on your clothes an' roll up your
blankets. Ay come back after you purty soon."
He would have slipped from the room at once, but Jane laid her hand
upon his sleeve.
"My baby?" she asked. "I cannot go without him."
"You do wot Ay tal you," said Anderssen, scowling. "Ay ban halpin'
you, so don't you gat too fonny."
When he had gone Jane Clayton
I did my best to fulfil the last wishes of my parent--not because of the inheritance, but because I loved and honored my father.Page 6
Think of it, son!" "Yes, I'm thinking of it,".Page 9
"Why, David," he cried at last, "it's air, as sure as I live.Page 15
But the zigzag course that this necessitated was placing such a heavy handicap upon me that my pursuer was steadily gaining upon me.Page 16
There they fell to examining me with the utmost excitement and curiosity.Page 31
second believed that I clung only to the memory of a gentle friendship I had lost, yet now it seemed that it would have been disloyalty to her to have said that I did not want Dian the Beautiful as my mate.Page 37
They look upon us as we look upon the beasts of our fields, and I learn from their written records that other races of Mahars feed upon men--they keep them in great droves, as we keep cattle.Page 39
At one step we may carry them from the Age of Stone to the twentieth century.Page 41
Her back was toward me for a while, and the sight of the great mass of raven hair piled.Page 42
high upon her head filled me with alarm.Page 60
But they did not come, and at last I came to the conclusion that I was indeed alone within the temple.Page 75
" The old man looked at me for a long time before he spoke.Page 77
The door was close by.Page 78
Slowly and cautiously I made the effort.Page 82
Some time later we had removed the skins from the four Mahars, and so succeeded in crawling inside of them ourselves that there seemed an excellent chance for us to pass unnoticed from Phutra.Page 87
During our flight from Phutra I had restrung my bow with a piece of heavy gut taken from a huge tiger which Ghak and I had worried and finally dispatched with arrows, spear, and sword.Page 91
turning of the canyons and gullies, for I did not come to the land of Sari then, nor for a long time thereafter.Page 93
It was a giant dragon such as is pictured in the legends and fairy tales of earth folk.Page 104
What a silly man you are, David.Page 106
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