but a prisoner. Her rank and titles meant nothing to these inhuman
monsters. They led her through a short, S-shaped passageway into a
chamber entirely lined with the white, tile-like material with which
the interior of the light wall was faced. Close to the base of the
walls were numerous smaller apertures, circular in shape, but larger
than those of similar aspect that she had noted elsewhere. The majority
of these apertures were sealed. Directly opposite the entrance was one
framed in gold, and above it a peculiar device was inlaid in the same
Sept and Ghek halted just within the room, the girl between them, and
all three stood silently facing the opening in the opposite wall. On
the floor beside the aperture lay a headless male body of almost heroic
proportions, and on either side of this stood a heavily armed warrior,
with drawn sword. For perhaps five minutes the three waited and then
something appeared in the opening. It was a pair of large chelae and
immediately thereafter there crawled forth a hideous kaldane of
enormous proportions. He was half again as large as any that Tara of
Helium had yet seen and his whole aspect infinitely more terrible. The
skin of the others was a bluish gray--this one was of a little bluer
tinge and the eyes were ringed with bands of white and scarlet, as was
From each nostril a band of white and one of scarlet extended outward
horizontally the width of the face.
No one spoke or moved. The creature crawled to the prostrate body and
affixed itself to the neck. Then the two rose as one and approached the
girl. He looked at her and then he spoke to her captor.
"You are the third foreman of the fields of Luud?" he asked.
"Yes, Luud; I am called Ghek."
"Tell me what you know of this," and he nodded toward Tara of Helium.
Ghek did as he was bid and then Luud addressed the girl.
"What were you doing within the borders of Bantoom?" he asked.
"I was blown hither in a great storm that injured my flier and carried
me I knew not where. I came down into the valley at night for food and
drink. The banths came and drove me to the safety of a tree, and then
your people caught me as I was trying to leave the valley. I do not
know why they took me. I was doing no harm. All I ask is that you let
me go my way in peace."
"None who enters Bantoom ever
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The detonation of the thunder and the glare of lightning through an occasional rift in the vaporous wall proclaimed the continued fury of the tempest upon the surface of the sea; but we, far above it all, rode in comparative ease upon the upper gale.Page 5
We all fought shy of 30d on the east and 175d on the west, and, though we had to skirt them pretty close, nothing but an act of God ever drew one of us across.Page 8
Not three minutes after his reappearance at my side the Coldwater suddenly commenced to lose headway.Page 16
According to my observations, we were just off Ram Head, and it was my intention to enter Plymouth Bay and visit Plymouth.Page 26
The inhabitants examined our clothing and all our belongings, and asked innumerable questions concerning the strange country from which we had come and the manner of our coming.Page 28
Instantly the scene changed from one of quiet and peace to indescribable chaos.Page 49
" And farther on: "It is awful .Page 54
Naturally, being a naval officer and consequently in the best society of the federation, I have seen much of women.Page 55
At this point the current ran close to the shore, so that we were immediately in deep water, and, to my intense satisfaction, Victory struck out with a strong, overhand stroke and set all my fears on her account at rest.Page 57
The balance of that day we sought in vain for game or for the launch, and when night came we lay down, our stomachs empty, to sleep beneath the stars.Page 58
Had the report come from down-river, I should have instantly thought that one of my own men had fired.Page 59
of an enemy, but a moment later he recognized me, and was coming rapidly to meet us.Page 65
Delcarte and Taylor came up a moment later, and the three of us worked over the fellow, hoping to revive him that he might tell us what had happened, and what had become of the others.Page 68
Being a stronger swimmer than Delcarte, I soon was far in the lead, reaching the center of the channel just as the launch bore down upon me.Page 79
"And who," asked Menelek, "are you, and by what name is your country called?" "I am Victory, Queen of Grabritin," replied the girl so quickly and so unexpectedly that I gasped in astonishment.Page 80
Take her to my apartments," and he motioned to an officer at his side.Page 82
We struggled about the room, striking one another, knocking over furniture, and rolling upon the floor.Page 86
That night we were held under a strong guard just outside the eastern wall of the city, and the next morning were started upon a long march toward the east.