indeed, to keep those poor victims from rushing
into the arena which the edict of the gods had appointed as their death
A single blow sent the black unconscious to the ground. Snatching up
his long-sword, I sprang into the arena. The apes were almost upon the
maidens, but a couple of mighty bounds were all my earthly muscles
required to carry me to the centre of the sand-strewn floor.
For an instant silence reigned in the great amphitheatre, then a wild
shout arose from the cages of the doomed. My long-sword circled
whirring through the air, and a great ape sprawled, headless, at the
feet of the fainting girls.
The other apes turned now upon me, and as I stood facing them a sullen
roar from the audience answered the wild cheers from the cages. From
the tail of my eye I saw a score of guards rushing across the
glistening sand toward me. Then a figure broke from one of the cages
behind them. It was the youth whose personality so fascinated me.
He paused a moment before the cages, with upraised sword.
"Come, men of the outer world!" he shouted. "Let us make our deaths
worth while, and at the back of this unknown warrior turn this day's
Tribute to Issus into an orgy of revenge that will echo through the
ages and cause black skins to blanch at each repetition of the rites of
Issus. Come! The racks without your cages are filled with blades."
Without waiting to note the outcome of his plea, he turned and bounded
toward me. From every cage that harboured red men a thunderous shout
went up in answer to his exhortation. The inner guards went down
beneath howling mobs, and the cages vomited forth their inmates hot
with the lust to kill.
The racks that stood without were stripped of the swords with which the
prisoners were to have been armed to enter their allotted combats, and
a swarm of determined warriors sped to our support.
The great apes, towering in all their fifteen feet of height, had gone
down before my sword while the charging guards were still some distance
away. Close behind them pursued the youth. At my back were the young
girls, and as it was in their service that I fought, I remained
standing there to meet my inevitable death, but with the determination
to give such an account of myself as would long be remembered in the
land of the First Born.
I noted the marvellous speed of
Never before had I been so proud of my nationality as I was that moment.Page 6
It made me jealous.Page 10
Two of the gun-crew went down; the other trained their piece at the water-line of the oncoming tug.Page 18
The spirits of the men seemed improved; everything seemed propitious.Page 29
A single glance at the heavens confirmed my suspicions; the constellations which should have been dead ahead were directly starboard.Page 35
There was another splash directly behind me, and turning my head, I saw faithful old Nobs swimming valiantly in my wake.Page 40
I didn't warn my fellows of the danger--it could have but caused them useless apprehension, for if we were to be smashed against the rocky wall, no power on earth could avert the quick end that would come to us.Page 42
The long neck was far outstretched, and the four flippers with which it swam were working with powerful strokes, carrying it forward at a rapid pace.Page 44
at high speed, I gave orders to reduce and moved slowly and majestically through the plunging, hissing mass.Page 48
Here was game a plenty! There seemed little danger of starving upon Caprona.Page 51
Motioning for silence and having the rest of the party lie down, I crept toward the quarry, accompanied only by Whitely.Page 53
Drop that carcass," I directed the men carrying the meat, "and follow.Page 57
There was less to see than to hear.Page 65
his duties in the cook-house.Page 67
At once I was all excitement, for I knew that it was a sign left by Lys that she had been carried this way; it was a tiny bit torn from the hem of the undergarment that she wore in lieu of the night-robes she had lost with the sinking of the liner.Page 69
It was Lys, and she was alive and so far as I could see, unharmed.Page 72
I had laid aside my ammunition-belt and rifle, though both were close beside me; but my pistol I kept in my lap beneath my hand.Page 78
The chief's name was To-jo, and his household consisted of seven females and himself.Page 79
From her gestures I deduced that the Kro-lus were a people who were armed with bows and arrows, had vessels in which to cook their food and huts of some sort in which they lived, and were accompanied by animals.Page 85
He recognized me, and with a low growl he threw Lys aside and came for me.