edge of the bed beside her and stroked her hand.
After a while she roused again and opened her eyes.
"Jimmy," she said, "will you stay with me until I go?" The man could
make no articulate response, but he pressed her hand reassuringly. She
was silent again for some time. Once more she whispered faintly, so
faintly that he had to lean close to catch her words:
"Miss Holden," she whispered, "she is a--good girl. It is--she--who
hired--the attorney for you. Go to her--Jimmy--when I--am
gone--she loves--you." Again there was a long pause.
"Good-by--Jimmy," she whispered at last.
The nurse was standing at the foot of the bed. She came and put her
hand on Jimmy's shoulder. "It is too bad," she said; "she was such a
"Yes," said Jimmy, "I think she was the best little girl I ever knew."
It was after nine o'clock when Jimmy, depressed and sorrowing, arrived
at the Holden home. The houseman who admitted him told him that Mr.
Holden had been called out, but that Miss Holden was expecting him, and
he ushered Jimmy to the big living-room, and to his consternation he saw
that Elizabeth Compton was there with Harriet. The latter came forward
to greet him, and to his surprise the other girl followed her.
"I discovered to-day, Mr. Torrance," she said, "that I have wronged you.
However unintentionally it was the fact remains that I might have done
you a very great harm and injustice. I realize now how very different
things might have been if I had listened to you and believed in you at
first. Harriet told me that you were coming tonight and I asked to see
you for just a moment to tell you this and also to ask you if you would
continue with the International Machine Company.
"There is no one now whom I feel I would have so much confidence in as
you. I wish you would come back and take charge for me. If you will tell
me that you will consider it we will arrange the details later."
If an archangel had suddenly condescended to honor him with an
invitation to assist in the management of Heaven Jimmy could not have
been more surprised. He realized at what cost of pride and self-esteem
the offer must have been made and acknowledgment of error. He told her
that he would be very glad to assist her for the present, at least, and
then she excused herself on the plea of nervous exhaustion and went to
"Do you know," said Harriet, after
" And then they resumed the march and in fifteen minutes the encounter had ceased even to be a topic of conversation.Page 7
The cliffs for many miles had been trending in a northeasterly direction, indicating to Bradley that they were approaching the northern extremity of the island.Page 14
As the brute's head had been raised, his spine had not been visible; and so they did what they had learned by long experience was best to do.Page 15
The two men circled about the camp twice and on the last lap Brady stooped and picked up an object which had lain about ten yards beyond the fire--it was Bradley's cap.Page 16
Before them was a drop of two hundred feet to the valley beneath.Page 19
As a hawk dives for a songbird on the wing, so this great, human bird.Page 21
As Bradley gazed upon them in wide-eyed astonishment, he saw plainly that all his intelligence, all his acquired knowledge through years of observation and experience were set at naught by the simple evidence of the fact that stood out glaringly before his eyes--the creatures' wings were not mechanical devices but as natural appendages, growing from their shoulderblades, as were their arms and legs.Page 22
This, our country, is called Oo-oh.Page 27
Loud wails arose, great wings opened and closed with a loud, beating noise and many clawlike hands reached forth to clutch him.Page 33
She shook her head sorrowfully.Page 37
It crawled toward Bradley.Page 43
Below him rose more and more distinctly the sound of running water.Page 47
As he lay looking at it and wondering what lay behind, his mind filled with fragments of many wild schemes of escape, it opened and a white robed Wieroo stepped out upon the platform.Page 52
We may be able to hide in the next room--there are skins there beneath which we may crawl.Page 64
The Englishman searched and found those things for which he had come--two robes, two pairs of dead wings and several lengths of fiber rope.Page 70
The Wieroos advanced, calling upon them to give themselves up; but the quarry made no reply.Page 71
She carries a sharp blade, and I carry this weapon that you know kills easily at a distance.Page 72
It is my duty to return to them.Page 79
"And you will come with me to my people? We may live here among them, and you will be a great warrior--oh, when Jor dies you may even be chief, for there is none so mighty as my warrior.Page 82
Oh, Co-Tan, if we but could! How I would love to see all the strange and wonderful things of which my Tom tells me!" Bradley bent and whispered in her ear.