clean cut that clove
one of the plant men from chin to groin.
The other, however, dealt a single blow with his cruel tail that laid
both of the females crushed corpses upon the ground.
As the green warrior saw the last of his companions go down and at the
same time perceived that the entire herd was charging him in a body, he
rushed boldly to meet them, swinging his long-sword in the terrific
manner that I had so often seen the men of his kind wield it in their
ferocious and almost continual warfare among their own race.
Cutting and hewing to right and left, he laid an open path straight
through the advancing plant men, and then commenced a mad race for the
forest, in the shelter of which he evidently hoped that he might find a
haven of refuge.
He had turned for that portion of the forest which abutted on the
cliffs, and thus the mad race was taking the entire party farther and
farther from the boulder where I lay concealed.
As I had watched the noble fight which the great warrior had put up
against such enormous odds my heart had swelled in admiration for him,
and acting as I am wont to do, more upon impulse than after mature
deliberation, I instantly sprang from my sheltering rock and bounded
quickly toward the bodies of the dead green Martians, a well-defined
plan of action already formed.
Half a dozen great leaps brought me to the spot, and another instant
saw me again in my stride in quick pursuit of the hideous monsters that
were rapidly gaining on the fleeing warrior, but this time I grasped a
mighty long-sword in my hand and in my heart was the old blood lust of
the fighting man, and a red mist swam before my eyes and I felt my lips
respond to my heart in the old smile that has ever marked me in the
midst of the joy of battle.
Swift as I was I was none too soon, for the green warrior had been
overtaken ere he had made half the distance to the forest, and now he
stood with his back to a boulder, while the herd, temporarily balked,
hissed and screeched about him.
With their single eyes in the centre of their heads and every eye
turned upon their prey, they did not note my soundless approach, so
that I was upon them with my great long-sword and four of them lay dead
ere they knew that I was among them.
For an instant they recoiled before my terrific
I had come to Greenland for the summer, on the advice of my physician, and was slowly being bored to extinction, as I had thoughtlessly neglected to bring sufficient reading-matter.Page 13
He was a fine man, a fine man.Page 22
We could not lie there in the middle of the Atlantic and starve to death if there was any way out of it.Page 23
Bradley passed the order down into the ship and a moment later the gun-crew clambered up the narrow ladder and at my direction trained their piece upon the slow-moving Swede.Page 27
Lys stood with a heavy blanket wrapped around her slender figure, and as I approached her, she half turned toward me to see who it was.Page 30
I watched them for a moment, and then a sudden chill pervaded my entire being.Page 33
I can tell you we were a discouraged lot; but we got a faint thrill of hope early the next morning when the lookout bawled down the open hatch: "Land! Land northwest by west!" I think we were all sick for the sight of land.Page 37
The branch was carried down by a river, and we are going to find that river.Page 40
I was the eyes of the whole company, and I did my best not to fail them.Page 41
Mighty forms could be seen moving upon the ground in the thick forest, while the bosom of the river wriggled with living things, and above.Page 43
I saw that the girl was gotten below as quickly as possible, and she took Nobs with her--poor Nobs had nearly barked his head off; and I think, too, that for the first time since his littlest puppyhood he had known fear; nor can I blame him.Page 49
We are safe now in the matter of food and water; we could provision the U-33 for a long cruise; but we are practically out of fuel, and without fuel we cannot hope to reach the ocean, as only a submarine can pass through the barrier cliffs.Page 58
Miss La Rue was very quiet, though she replied graciously enough to whatever I had to say that required reply.Page 67
in silence I shook hands with each of the three remaining men.Page 68
I wondered again as I had so many times that day if it had not been Ahm who stole Lys.Page 74
They waded in to where the water was about a foot deep and lay down in the mud.Page 75
It was a grave, and it meant for me that I had at last stumbled into a country inhabited by human beings.Page 79
teeming with life.Page 84
The first wave of sudden joy which surged through me was short-lived in the face of the swift-following conviction that the one who fought below was already doomed.Page 85
"I kill! I kill!" I had had to discard my rifle before I commenced the rapid descent of the cliff, so that now I was armed only with a hunting knife, and this I whipped from its scabbard as Kho leaped toward me.