back. I could not
even guess the size or nature of the weird creatures. That they were
of goodly proportions I guessed from the fact that the eyes were on a
level with my own.
Why is it that darkness so magnifies our dangers? By day I would have
charged the great banth itself, had I thought it necessary, but hemmed
in by the darkness of these silent pits I hesitated before a pair of
Soon I saw that the matter shortly would be taken entirely from my
hands, for the eyes at my right were moving slowly nearer me, as were
those at my left and those behind and before me. Gradually they were
closing in upon me--but still that awful stealthy silence!
For what seemed hours the eyes approached gradually closer and closer,
until I felt that I should go mad for the horror of it. I had been
constantly turning this way and that to prevent any sudden rush from
behind, until I was fairly worn out. At length I could endure it no
longer, and, taking a fresh grasp upon my long-sword, I turned suddenly
and charged down upon one of my tormentors.
As I was almost upon it the thing retreated before me, but a sound from
behind caused me to wheel in time to see three pairs of eyes rushing at
me from the rear. With a cry of rage I turned to meet the cowardly
beasts, but as I advanced they retreated as had their fellow. Another
glance over my shoulder discovered the first eyes sneaking on me again.
And again I charged, only to see the eyes retreat before me and hear
the muffled rush of the three at my back.
Thus we continued, the eyes always a little closer in the end than they
had been before, until I thought that I should go mad with the terrible
strain of the ordeal. That they were waiting to spring upon my back
seemed evident, and that it would not be long before they succeeded was
equally apparent, for I could not endure the wear of this repeated
charge and countercharge indefinitely. In fact, I could feel myself
weakening from the mental and physical strain I had been undergoing.
At that moment I caught another glimpse from the corner of my eye of
the single pair of eyes at my back making a sudden rush upon me. I
turned to meet the charge; there was a quick rush of the three from the
other direction; but
The navy called to me, as did the free, wide,.Page 4
"In the meantime we will send a wireless for relief.Page 6
We cannot send," and he drew himself up and saluted again.Page 21
They seemed to be answering the cries of their fellows at the water's edge, and from the wide distribution and great volume of the sound we came to the conclusion that enormous numbers of these beasts must roam the adjacent country.Page 23
Before landing, I had the men substitute soft bullets for the steel-jacketed projectiles with which their belts and magazines were filled.Page 25
"No," he replied to this question.Page 26
I could not help but compare this once great water-way with the waters about our New York,.Page 28
The elephant raised his trunk, and, trumpeting loudly, lumbered off through the wood, crushing down small trees and trampling bushes in his mad flight.Page 30
Once in my new place of concealment,.Page 31
He, too, collapsed, and I was alone with the astonished girl.Page 36
We are much afraid of the lions, for this is their country, and they are angry that man has come to live here.Page 42
I came to you, because you saved Victory once before, and I thought that you might save her again, and me, also.Page 45
in review before my mind's eye.Page 54
She came trotting toward our place of concealment, growling and baring her yellow fangs.Page 55
Tell them that I sent you, and with orders that they are to protect you.Page 57
She had a head on those shapely shoulders of hers, and dignity! My, but she could be regal when she chose! She told me that the lions were fewer upon this side of the river, but that there were many wolves, running in great packs later in the year.Page 59
Taking the antelope with us, we all returned to the launch, where we found Taylor as delighted to see me alive again as Delcarte had been.Page 67
She was nothing to me.Page 77
Just outside, soldiers were engaged in throwing up earthworks.Page 80
"I like your spirit, for the breaking of it will add to my pleasure in you, and never fear but that it shall be broken--this very night.