proportioned as to torso and lower
extremities precisely as is earthly man.
Their arms, however, were very short, and from where I stood seemed as
though fashioned much after the manner of an elephant's trunk, in that
they moved in sinuous and snakelike undulations, as though entirely
without bony structure, or if there were bones it seemed that they must
be vertebral in nature.
As I watched them from behind the stem of a huge tree, one of the
creatures moved slowly in my direction, engaged in the occupation that
seemed to be the principal business of each of them, and which
consisted in running their oddly shaped hands over the surface of the
sward, for what purpose I could not determine.
As he approached quite close to me I obtained an excellent view of him,
and though I was later to become better acquainted with his kind, I may
say that that single cursory examination of this awful travesty on
Nature would have proved quite sufficient to my desires had I been a
free agent. The fastest flier of the Heliumetic Navy could not quickly
enough have carried me far from this hideous creature.
Its hairless body was a strange and ghoulish blue, except for a broad
band of white which encircled its protruding, single eye: an eye that
was all dead white--pupil, iris, and ball.
Its nose was a ragged, inflamed, circular hole in the centre of its
blank face; a hole that resembled more closely nothing that I could
think of other than a fresh bullet wound which has not yet commenced to
Below this repulsive orifice the face was quite blank to the chin, for
the thing had no mouth that I could discover.
The head, with the exception of the face, was covered by a tangled mass
of jet-black hair some eight or ten inches in length. Each hair was
about the bigness of a large angleworm, and as the thing moved the
muscles of its scalp this awful head-covering seemed to writhe and
wriggle and crawl about the fearsome face as though indeed each
separate hair was endowed with independent life.
The body and the legs were as symmetrically human as Nature could have
fashioned them, and the feet, too, were human in shape, but of
monstrous proportions. From heel to toe they were fully three feet
long, and very flat and very broad.
As it came quite close to me I discovered that its strange movements,
running its odd hands over the surface of the turf, were the result of
its peculiar method of feeding, which consists in
At first he could not catch her words above the pounding of the horse's hoofs and the noise of his motor.Page 5
The turn was just before them.Page 9
" For a while they moved on in silence, each wondering what the other might do next.Page 28
Should it prove other than Joseph, might the Lord help them! The clenched fists, square-set chin, and gleaming gray eyes of the prisoner presaged no good for any incoming enemy.Page 32
With a cry of pain and rage Captain Ernst Maenck leaped across the table full upon the young girl.Page 38
"I have changed my mind," said the American, "about going to the Old Forest.Page 44
"You might miss at that distance, or just wound me.Page 70
I shall keep this man with me, for it may prove but a plot to lure me to Tafelberg.Page 76
Barney saw that a force of men might easily reach a commanding position from that direction and enter Lustadt almost in rear of the fortifications.Page 79
" "What was the result?" asked Barney.Page 102
He was sure the Serbian authorities would object less strenuously to his presence.Page 113
"You have done a good day's work, lieutenant.Page 122
remained quietly in the shadow of a tree waiting for an opportunity to escape, but before it came he heard the approach of a small body of troops.Page 146
Would the rider enter the wood on foot? What was his purpose? Was it another Austrian who had by some miracle discovered the whereabouts of the fugitive? Barney could scarce believe it possible.Page 160
At one side were three hinges, and at the other an ancient spring lock.Page 165
" She opened it and, glancing through it hurriedly, looked up at the man before her with a questioning expression in her eyes.Page 176
A pitifully weak line it was, numerically, in comparison with the forces of the invaders; but it stood its ground heroically, and from the heights to the north of the city the fire from the forts helped to hold the enemy in check for many hours.Page 182
He had come to her to share with her the happiness of the hour--the glory of the victorious arms of Lutha.Page 190
He was giving commands.Page 201
The princess sat down before the carved bit of furniture.