me. Unbuckling my harness I snapped it together with a
single long strap which I lowered to the waiting Xodar below. He
grasped the end and was soon sitting beside us.
"How simple," he laughed.
"The balance should be even simpler," I replied. Then I raised myself
to the top of the outer wall of the prison, just so that I could peer
over and locate the passing sentry. For a matter of five minutes I
waited and then he came in sight on his slow and snail-like beat about
I watched him until he had made the turn at the end of the building
which carried him out of sight of the side of the prison that was to
witness our dash for freedom. The moment his form disappeared I
grasped Xodar and drew him to the top of the wall. Placing one end of
my harness strap in his hands I lowered him quickly to the ground
below. Then the boy grasped the strap and slid down to Xodar's side.
In accordance with our arrangement they did not wait for me, but walked
slowly toward the water, a matter of a hundred yards, directly past the
guard-house filled with sleeping soldiers.
They had taken scarce a dozen steps when I too dropped to the ground
and followed them leisurely toward the shore. As I passed the
guard-house the thought of all the good blades lying there gave me
pause, for if ever men were to have need of swords it was my companions
and I on the perilous trip upon which we were about to embark.
I glanced toward Xodar and the youth and saw that they had slipped over
the edge of the dock into the water. In accordance with our plan they
were to remain there clinging to the metal rings which studded the
concrete-like substance of the dock at the water's level, with only
their mouths and noses above the surface of the sea, until I should
The lure of the swords within the guard-house was strong upon me, and I
hesitated a moment, half inclined to risk the attempt to take the few
we needed. That he who hesitates is lost proved itself a true aphorism
in this instance, for another moment saw me creeping stealthily toward
the door of the guard-house.
Gently I pressed it open a crack; enough to discover a dozen blacks
stretched upon their silks in profound slumber. At the far side of the
room a rack held the swords and
You would not have needed the final ocular proof that I had--the weird rhamphorhynchus-like creature which he had brought back with him from the inner world.Page 3
But when I spoke I hid the fear which haunted me.Page 6
Think of it, son!" "Yes, I'm thinking of.Page 11
He stood with bowed head, buried in deep thought.Page 14
As it started in pursuit of me I made the mistake of running along the edge of the forest rather than making for the open beach.Page 31
Because of her lineage the wrong you did her was greatly magnified in the eyes of all who saw it.Page 34
I often wondered if the little party of fugitives had been overtaken by the guards who had returned to search for them.Page 41
And then the music started--music without sound! The Mahars cannot hear, so the drums and fifes and horns of earthly bands are unknown among them.Page 42
"A Bos," whispered Perry, excitedly.Page 49
The monster seemed to be but playing with his victim before he closed his awful jaws upon him and dragged him down to his dark den beneath the surface to devour him.Page 61
which might serve to guide me in a straight line.Page 68
"And were I to believe that, my friend, I should indeed be mad.Page 69
For my part I wish that you could guide me to Phutra where I may give myself up to the Mahars once more that my friends and I may work out the plan of escape which the Sagoths interrupted when they gathered us together and drove us to the arena to witness the punishment of the slaves who killed the guardsman.Page 73
" "It is your misfortune then," he remarked dryly, "that you may not be judged by one with but half an eye.Page 75
"David, my boy," he said, "how could you for a moment doubt my love for you? There is something strange here that I cannot understand.Page 79
Both were glad to see me, it was needless to say, though of course they had known nothing of the fate that had been meted out to me by my judges.Page 87
" The Sagoths were gaining on me rapidly.Page 88
Instead, he turned and retreated toward the main body of gorilla-men.Page 96
It was he who had crushed the skull of a charging dyryth with a single blow of his war club.Page 105
"And you have caused me all this anguish for nothing!" "I have suffered even more," she answered simply, "for I thought that you did not love me, and I was helpless.