to the conning tower. There sat
Benson as wide awake as could be, and the compass showed that we were
heading straight into the west. The storm was still raging; nor did it
abate its fury until the fourth day. We were all pretty well done up
and looked forward to the time when we could go on deck and fill our
lungs with fresh air. During the whole four days I had not seen the
girl, as she evidently kept closely to her room; and during this time
no untoward incident had occurred aboard the boat--a fact which seemed
to strengthen the web of circumstantial evidence about her.
For six more days after the storm lessened we still had fairly rough
weather; nor did the sun once show himself during all that time. For
the season--it was now the middle of June--the storm was unusual; but
being from southern California, I was accustomed to unusual weather.
In fact, I have discovered that the world over, unusual weather
prevails at all times of the year.
We kept steadily to our westward course, and as the U-33 was one of the
fastest submersibles we had ever turned out, I knew that we must be
pretty close to the North American coast. What puzzled me most was the
fact that for six days we had not sighted a single ship. It seemed
remarkable that we could cross the Atlantic almost to the coast of the
American continent without glimpsing smoke or sail, and at last I came
to the conclusion that we were way off our course, but whether to the
north or to the south of it I could not determine.
On the seventh day the sea lay comparatively calm at early dawn. There
was a slight haze upon the ocean which had cut off our view of the
stars; but conditions all pointed toward a clear morrow, and I was on
deck anxiously awaiting the rising of the sun. My eyes were glued upon
the impenetrable mist astern, for there in the east I should see the
first glow of the rising sun that would assure me we were still upon
the right course. Gradually the heavens lightened; but astern I could
see no intenser glow that would indicate the rising sun behind the
mist. Bradley was standing at my side. Presently he touched my arm.
"Look, captain," he said, and pointed south.
I looked and gasped, for there directly to port I saw outlined through
the haze the red top of the rising sun.
The girl dismissed the subject with a shrug and the conversation passed to other topics.Page 16
They would find her flier missing and they would guess that somewhere in the path of the storm it lay a wrecked and tangled mass upon her dead body, and then brave men would go out in search of her, risking their lives; and that lives would be lost in the search, she knew, for she realized now that never in.Page 28
Almost immediately it was answered from the opposite side of the valley, behind her, and then from the distance to the right of her, and twice upon her left.Page 39
" "We will see what Luud does with you," he said.Page 87
They sat leaning upon the rail of the balcony looking, apparently, directly at him; but if they saw him they gave no sign.Page 94
The figures were scarce a foot in height and but for their diminutive proportions might have been the mummified bodies of once living men.Page 100
"Possibly it is lack of food," replied the other.Page 104
It was such a thing that leaped upon the breast of the panthan to tear at his jugular.Page 117
I warn you, woman, if you be one of those horrid Corphals that by commanding the spirits of the wicked dead gains evil mastery over the living, as many now believe the thing called Ghek to be, that lest you return E-Med, O-Tar will have no mercy on you.Page 122
Squealing, fighting thoats were stabled in magnificent halls while their riders, if not upon some duty of the palace, played at jetan with small figures carved from wood.Page 127
"These two have no such powers as I," he said.Page 146
U-Thor was driven as far as The Gate of Enemies, where he now lies encamped.Page 149
of him when he had been locked in the room beneath the palace by I-Gos, the taxidermist, and so he did not seek to enlighten her as to his identity.Page 170
The passageway afforded a station for guards in the same room with their master without intruding entirely upon his privacy; it concealed secret exits from the chamber; it permitted the occupant of the room to hide eavesdroppers and assassins for use against enemies that he might lure to his chamber.Page 173
There was no trace of leniency in the face of any.Page 182
"Have you heard the news?" he continued, unabashed by treatment to which he was becoming accustomed.Page 187
Just how far he might trust the other Gahan did not know, and so he kept to himself the knowledge of the plan that he had forwarded to Floran and Val Dor by Ghek, but he assured the ancient taxidermist that if he were sincere in his oft-repeated declaration that O-Tar should be denounced and superseded he would have his opportunity on the night that the jeddak sought to wed the Heliumetic princess.Page 191
" "You were not attacked?" asked E-Thas.Page 196
The warriors stopped and listened as did the others in the chamber.Page 201
The game is played with twenty black pieces by one player and twenty orange by his opponent, and is presumed to have originally represented a battle between the Black race of the south and the Yellow race of the north.