into another corridor from that down which
he knew the warrior was coming. Here he waited out of sight, listening.
He heard the man enter the chamber and halt. He heard a muttered
exclamation, followed by the jangle of metal dishes as a salver was
slammed upon a table; then rapidly retreating footsteps, which quickly
died away in the distance.
Ghek lost no time in returning to the chamber, recovering the key,
relocking the rykor to his chain. Then he replaced the key in the
burrow and squatting on the table beside his headless body, directed
its hands toward the food. While the rykor ate Ghek sat listening for
the scraping sandals and clattering arms that he knew soon would come.
Nor had he long to wait. Ghek scrambled to the shoulders of his rykor
as he heard them coming. Again it was the officer who had been summoned
by U-Van and with him were three warriors. The one directly behind him
was evidently the same who had brought the food, for his eyes went wide
when he saw Ghek sitting at the table and he looked very foolish as the
dwar turned his stern glance upon him.
"It is even as I said," he cried. "He was not here when I brought his
"But he is here now," said the officer grimly, "and his fetter is
locked about his ankle. Look! it has not been opened--but where is the
key? It should be upon the table at the end opposite him. Where is the
key, creature?" he shouted at Ghek.
"How should I, a prisoner, know better than my jailer the whereabouts
of the key to my fetters?" he retorted.
"But it lay here," cried the officer, pointing to the other end of the
"Did you see it?" asked Ghek.
The officer hesitated. "No but it must have been there," he parried.
"Did you see the key lying there?" asked Ghek, pointing to another
The fellow shook his head negatively. "And you? and you?" continued the
kaldane addressing the others.
They both admitted that they never had seen the key. "And if it had
been there how could I have reached it?" he continued.
"No, he could not have reached it," admitted the officer; "but there
shall be no more of this! I-Zav, you will remain here on guard with
this prisoner until you are relieved."
I-Zav looked anything but happy as this intelligence was transmitted to
him, and he eyed Ghek suspiciously as the dwar and the other warriors
turned and left him to his unhappy lot.
A DESPERATE DEED
E-Med crossed the tower chamber toward
watch tonight.Page 20
"Take von Schoenvorts, for instance," I continued: "he would doubtless be glad to die and take us all with him, could he prevent in no other way the falling of his vessel into enemy hands.Page 23
cargo from Brazil for Spain.Page 25
"How can I thank you?" I started; but she shut me up with a word.Page 31
An expression of relief overspread his features.Page 39
Are we too cowardly to utilize this means?" "Be afther goin' to it," said Olson.Page 43
They clambered, squirmed and wriggled to the deck, forcing us steadily backward, though we emptied our pistols into them.Page 44
at high speed, I gave orders to reduce and moved slowly and majestically through the plunging, hissing mass.Page 50
They dislike cold water and keep as far away from it as possible.Page 51
Motioning for silence and having the rest of the party lie down, I crept toward the quarry, accompanied only by Whitely.Page 58
It is full, it is satisfying, it is ennobling.Page 61
Ahm taught us a few things that have proved profitable and saved us much ammunition, which it is useless to expend except for food or in the last recourse of self-preservation.Page 63
He also asked permission to get some dried meat and maize, saying that they were so busy with the work of refining that they had no time to hunt.Page 65
I imagine they correspond with the cave-hyena of prehistoric times.Page 66
"And there ain't no shells in Caspak besides what's on the U-33.Page 75
At last I gave up the search and set off toward Fort Dinosaur.Page 83
ancient, reptilian forbear had clung to life and transmitted to me through the ages the most powerful motive that guided his minute brain--the motive of self-preservation.Page 84
It was a long shot, a dangerous shot, for unless one is accustomed to it, shooting from a considerable altitude is most deceptive work.Page 85
Two abysmal beasts sprang at each other's throats that day beneath the shadow of earth's oldest cliffs--the man of now and the man-thing of the earliest, forgotten then, imbued by the same deathless passion that has come down unchanged through all the epochs, periods and eras of time from the beginning, and which shall continue to the incalculable end--woman, the imperishable Alpha and Omega of life.