and following my example, each engaged in the fascinating
sport of prospecting for antiques. Each of us uncovered a great number
of these bricks, until we commenced to weary of the monotony of it,
when Snider suddenly gave an exclamation of excitement, and, as I
turned to look, he held up a human skull for my inspection.
I took it from him and examined it. Directly in the center of the
forehead was a small round hole. The gentleman had evidently come to
his end defending his country from an invader.
Snider again held aloft another trophy of the search--a metal spike and
some tarnished and corroded metal ornaments. They had lain close
beside the skull.
With the point of his cutlass Snider scraped the dirt and verdigris
from the face of the larger ornament.
"An inscription," he said, and handed the thing to me.
They were the spike and ornaments of an ancient German helmet. Before
long we had uncovered many other indications that a great battle had
been fought upon the ground where we stood. But I was then, and still
am, at loss to account for the presence of German soldiers upon the
English coast so far from London, which history suggests would have
been the natural goal of an invader.
I can only account for it by assuming that either England was
temporarily conquered by the Teutons, or that an invasion of so vast
proportions was undertaken that German troops were hurled upon the
England coast in huge numbers and that landings were necessarily
effected at many places simultaneously. Subsequent discoveries tend to
strengthen this view.
We dug about for a short time with our cutlasses until I became
convinced that a city had stood upon the spot at some time in the past,
and that beneath our feet, crumbled and dead, lay ancient Devonport.
I could not repress a sigh at the thought of the havoc war had wrought
in this part of England, at least. Farther east, nearer London, we
should find things very different. There would be the civilization
that two centuries must have wrought upon our English cousins as they
had upon us. There would be mighty cities, cultivated fields, happy
people. There we would be welcomed as long-lost brothers. There would
we find a great nation anxious to learn of the world beyond their side
of thirty, as I had been anxious to learn of that which lay beyond our
side of the dead line.
I turned back toward the boat.
"Come, men!" I said. "We will
The last steamer in from Honolulu had brought information of the date of the expected sailing of his yacht _Toreador_, which was now twenty-four hours overdue.Page 1
We were agreed that the one statement most difficult of explanation was that which reported the entire absence of human young among the various tribes with which Tyler had had intercourse.Page 2
" The next ten days were occupied in burying Mr.Page 3
Jimmy Hollis and Colin Short whiled away many an hour inventing schemes for surmounting the obstacle presented by the barrier cliffs, and making ridiculous wagers as to which one Tom Billings had in mind; but immediately we were all assured that we had raised Caprona, Billings called us together.Page 11
be drawn from the main object of my flight into premature and useless exploration.Page 23
The bear had been attacked in the rear by some other mighty beast, and the two were now locked in a titanic struggle for supremacy.Page 25
We found a tiny cave in the rock bank, so hidden away that only chance could direct a beast of prey to it, and after we had eaten of the deer-meat and some fruit which Ajor gathered, we crawled into the little hole, and with sticks and stones which I had gathered for the purpose I erected a strong barricade inside the entrance.Page 30
There were many women but no babes or children, though I noticed that the females had better developed breasts than any that I had seen among the hatchet-men, the club-men, the Alus or the apes.Page 37
There were ages during which the trend of the corridors was always upward.Page 50
There was no escape.Page 51
"He asked me my name; but I would not answer him, and that angered him still more.Page 52
While the Wieroo interested me greatly, I had little time to think about them, as our waking hours were filled with the necessities of existence--the constant battle for survival which is the chief occupation of Caspakians.Page 60
"What is the meaning of this?" I demanded, and before Al-tan could reply, Chal-az raised his voice in our behalf.Page 66
Tyler, Jr.Page 75
They were fat and sleek, and I looked upon them with covetous eyes and with thoughts that any old cow-puncher may well imagine I might entertain after having hoofed it for weeks; but they were wary, scarce permitting me to approach within bow-and-arrow range, much less within roping-distance; yet I still had hopes which I never discarded.Page 76
Now, as my legs were naked and Nobs' jaws are much more powerful than he realizes, I gave in and followed him, for I knew that I might as well go west as east, as far as any knowledge I had of the correct direction went.Page 84
The following day I fashioned a hackamore from a piece which I cut from the end of my long Galu rope, and then I mounted him fully prepared for a struggle of titanic proportions in which I was none too sure that he would not come off victor; but he never made the slightest effort to unseat me, and from then on his education was rapid.Page 85
open, and with Nobs running close alongside, we raced toward her.Page 86
Ajor huddled close to me, and I took her in my arms.Page 88
The reunion between Bowen and Nobs was marked by a frantic display upon Nobs' part, which almost stripped Bowen of the scanty attire that the Galu custom had vouchsafed him.