did, and so at the first streak of dawn I moved in again and once
more took up the hopeless survey of the forbidding coast.
Toward noon we discovered a beach, the first we had seen. It was a
narrow strip of sand at the base of a part of the cliff that seemed
lower than any we had before scanned. At its foot, half buried in the
sand, lay great boulders, mute evidence that in a bygone age some
mighty natural force had crumpled Caprona's barrier at this point. It
was Bradley who first called our attention to a strange object lying
among the boulders above the surf.
"Looks like a man," he said, and passed his glasses to me.
I looked long and carefully and could have sworn that the thing I saw
was the sprawled figure of a human being. Miss La Rue was on deck with
us. I turned and asked her to go below. Without a word she did as I
bade. Then I stripped, and as I did so, Nobs looked questioningly at
me. He had been wont at home to enter the surf with me, and evidently
he had not forgotten it.
"What are you going to do, sir?" asked Olson.
"I'm going to see what that thing is on shore," I replied. "If it's a
man, it may mean that Caprona is inhabited, or it may merely mean that
some poor devils were shipwrecked here. I ought to be able to tell from
the clothing which is more near the truth.
"How about sharks?" queried Olson. "Sure, you ought to carry a knoife."
"Here you are, sir," cried one of the men.
It was a long slim blade he offered--one that I could carry between my
teeth--and so I accepted it gladly.
"Keep close in," I directed Bradley, and then I dived over the side and
struck out for the narrow beach. There was another splash directly
behind me, and turning my head, I saw faithful old Nobs swimming
valiantly in my wake.
The surf was not heavy, and there was no undertow, so we made shore
easily, effecting an equally easy landing. The beach was composed
largely of small stones worn smooth by the action of water. There was
little sand, though from the deck of the U-33 the beach had appeared to
be all sand, and I saw no evidences of mollusca or crustacea such as
are common to all beaches I have previously seen. I attribute this to
the fact of
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Like most women of her class she was armed only with a single slender blade, so that in such an emergency as now confronted her she must depend almost solely upon her cleverness in remaining undiscovered by enemies.Page 31
The second tower lay almost directly in her path.Page 32
Here, panting from her exertion and from the excitement of her narrow escape, she threw herself among some tall weeds that grew close to the foot of the wall.Page 41
"No, not this," he explained, touching his body; "this is a rykor; but this," and he touched his head, "is a kaldane.Page 44
Perhaps this will have a different flavor.Page 45
He produces many eggs from which we, the workers and the warriors, are hatched; and one in every thousand eggs is another king egg, from which a king is hatched.Page 53
"We will return to the tower.Page 67
There was.Page 85
The men were red, like themselves, and they rode the small saddle thoats of the red race.Page 89
It was the only available place where he might seek to hide from the approaching company, and while he had passed several sentries unquestioned he could scarce hope to escape scrutiny and questioning from a patrol, as he naturally assumed this body of men to be.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 129
" O-Tar, now in command of his faculties, stooped and regained his sword.Page 134
Upon the floor were many fresh, human bones and upon a marble slab a mass of shapeless flesh.Page 148
It was the first time Gahan had been alone with Tara since she had been brought upon the field.Page 159
"Saw you not him who just entered?" cried Gahan, and without waiting for a reply urged his thoat straight past them into the palace, and while they were deliberating what was best to be done, it was too late to do anything--which is not unusual.Page 163
is little doubt but that he would command you to devote your talents and your prowess to the rescue of the Princess Tara of Helium," he said, meaningly.Page 164
"I have it not in my heart to reprimand you, Turan," she said, "however great your fault, for you have been an honorable and a loyal friend to Tara of Helium; but you must not say what my ears must not hear.Page 178
I am an old man, and could bring but one.Page 180