we were somewhere off
the coast of Peru. The wind, which had been blowing fitfully from the
east, suddenly veered around into the south, and presently we felt a
"Peru!" snorted Olson. "When were yez after smellin' iceber-rgs off
Icebergs! "Icebergs, nothin'!" exclaimed one of the Englishmen. "Why,
man, they don't come north of fourteen here in these waters."
"Then," replied Olson, "ye're sout' of fourteen, me b'y."
We thought he was crazy; but he wasn't, for that afternoon we sighted a
great berg south of us, and we'd been running north, we thought, for
days. I can tell you we were a discouraged lot; but we got a faint
thrill of hope early the next morning when the lookout bawled down the
open hatch: "Land! Land northwest by west!"
I think we were all sick for the sight of land. I know that I was; but
my interest was quickly dissipated by the sudden illness of three of
the Germans. Almost simultaneously they commenced vomiting. They
couldn't suggest any explanation for it. I asked them what they had
eaten, and found they had eaten nothing other than the food cooked for
all of us. "Have you drunk anything?" I asked, for I knew that there
was liquor aboard, and medicines in the same locker.
"Only water," moaned one of them. "We all drank water together this
morning. We opened a new tank. Maybe it was the water."
I started an investigation which revealed a terrifying condition--some
one, probably Benson, had poisoned all the running water on the ship.
It would have been worse, though, had land not been in sight. The
sight of land filled us with renewed hope.
Our course had been altered, and we were rapidly approaching what
appeared to be a precipitous headland. Cliffs, seemingly rising
perpendicularly out of the sea, faded away into the mist upon either
hand as we approached. The land before us might have been a continent,
so mighty appeared the shoreline; yet we knew that we must be thousands
of miles from the nearest western land-mass--New Zealand or Australia.
We took our bearings with our crude and inaccurate instruments; we
searched the chart; we cudgeled our brains; and at last it was Bradley
who suggested a solution. He was in the tower and watching the
compass, to which he called my attention. The needle was pointing
straight toward the land. Bradley swung the helm hard to starboard. I
could feel the U-33 respond, and yet
But that Tars Tarkas was the bravest of the brave he had proven thousands of times; yes, tens of thousands in countless mortal combats with men and beasts.Page 18
" He hesitated a little at that word, for never before in his whole life of continual strife had he turned his back upon aught than a dead or defeated enemy.Page 43
" The men looked very sheepish and very scared.Page 44
A continuous line of impregnable fortifications circles the outer slopes of the Mountains of Otz.Page 46
"How do you do it?" She laughed, and then shuddered.Page 52
" As she ceased talking a new element was instilled into the conflict.Page 53
Then a new cry of warning broke upon our ears.Page 54
As I turned to meet this new enemy an object passed over my shoulder, striking one of my assailants squarely in the face and knocking him senseless to the sward.Page 74
"Save me!" she whispered.Page 76
The combined languages of Earth men hold no words to convey to the mind the gorgeous beauties of the scene.Page 78
"The men of the lower orders she often uses for various purposes of amusement.Page 87
"If he does not, you are to beat him into submission.Page 89
The light of the sun never penetrates here.Page 91
"I see how you may," he replied, "but I am no wiser than before as to how I am to pass these walls.Page 100
"Pleasant old lady," said a voice at my side.Page 108
I could see him plainly in the upper works of the ship, and as I watched I saw him spread his sleeping silks upon the tiny platform in which he was stationed.Page 130
"He certainly could not be all this time fetching his shortsword from the Thark's cell," spoke another.Page 166
Guardsmen and nobles pressed close about the silent witness upon the marble floor.Page 173
Closer and closer came the two vessels until but a few yards intervened.Page 176
had taken with him during my captivity among the First Born.