crevice had closed, and for a long year that hideous chamber would
retain its secret from the eyes of men.
They urged me to leave.
"In a moment it will be too late," cried Xodar. "There is, in fact,
but a bare chance that we can come through to the outer garden alive
even now. I have ordered the pumps started, and in five minutes the
pits will be flooded. If we would not drown like rats in a trap we
must hasten above and make a dash for safety through the burning
"Go," I urged them. "Let me die here beside my Princess--there is no
hope or happiness elsewhere for me. When they carry her dear body from
that terrible place a year hence let them find the body of her lord
Of what happened after that I have only a confused recollection. It
seems as though I struggled with many men, and then that I was picked
bodily from the ground and borne away. I do not know. I have never
asked, nor has any other who was there that day intruded on my sorrow
or recalled to my mind the occurrences which they know could but at
best reopen the terrible wound within my heart.
Ah! If I could but know one thing, what a burden of suspense would be
lifted from my shoulders! But whether the assassin's dagger reached
one fair bosom or another, only time will divulge.
Tyler's assistant secretary, who had been left at home, assured me that there was no doubt but that the _Toreador_ had sailed as promised, since he knew his employer well enough to be positive that nothing short of an act of God would prevent his doing what he had planned to do.Page 2
Tyler, Sr.Page 4
You all saw a number of large, heavy boxes lowered into the hold before we sailed.Page 12
Evidently I was to be attacked in force by a pair of hunting beasts or men.Page 16
Yet every time she said this she laughed again, and so infectious were her tones that I could only join her.Page 18
Turning, she flashed a smile at me and then dived into the river, and there she bathed while I stood guard over her.Page 32
On the morrow I was to die some sort of nameless death for the diversion of a savage horde, but the morrow held fewer terrors for me than the present, and I submit to any fair-minded man if it is not a terrifying thing to lie bound hand and foot in the Stygian blackness of an immense cave peopled by unknown dangers in a land overrun by hideous beasts and reptiles of the greatest ferocity.Page 38
"I would rather not get out at all, Ajor," I said to her, "than to get out without you.Page 51
Like a frightened ecca I leaped to my feet and raced for the sheltering sanctuary of the forest, where I knew neither could follow or seize me.Page 52
About me was a strange landscape--the flowers, the trees, the grasses, even, were different from those of my northern world, and presently there appeared before me a creature fully as hideous as the Wieroo--a hairy manthing that barely walked erect.Page 58
As we stood talking, we were suddenly startled by a commotion in the bushes and among the boles of the trees surrounding us, and simultaneously a hundred Kro-lu warriors appeared in a rough circle about us.Page 62
Doubtless the battle would have gone to Chal-az even though I had not interfered; but the moment that I saw a clean opening, with no Kro-lu beyond, I raised my rifle and killed the beast.Page 71
A hole in the roof permitted the smoke from burning oil egress; yet the atmosphere was far from lucid.Page 73
You are going into the Galu country, and you must go as a Galu.Page 75
With the decrease among the carnivora, the herbivora increased in quantity, though anywhere in Caspak they are sufficiently plentiful to furnish ample food for the meateaters of each locality.Page 77
As we were topping a rise in the middle of the afternoon, I saw something that brought me to a sudden stop.Page 79
She turned to flee with the two of us pursuing her, Nobs with his great fangs bared and I with my short spear poised for a cast.Page 81
And then Nobs turned in behind them and trotted slowly back toward.Page 83
At last I commenced to worry over Nobs' protracted absence and to fear that something had befallen him.Page 87
My search was ended.