brief moments as I
stood there in rapt fascination! I had come to find a wondrous
civilization, and instead I found a wild-beast monarch of the realm
where English kings had ruled. A lion reigned, undisturbed, within a
few miles of the seat of one of the greatest governments the world has
ever known, his domain a howling wilderness, where yesterday fell the
shadows of the largest city in the world.
It was appalling; but my reflections upon this depressing subject were
doomed to sudden extinction. The lion had discovered me.
For an instant he stood silent and motionless as one of the mangy
effigies at home, but only for an instant. Then, with a most ferocious
roar, and without the slightest hesitancy or warning, he charged upon
He forsook the prey already dead beneath him for the pleasures of the
delectable tidbit, man. From the remorselessness with which the great
Carnivora of modern England hunted man, I am constrained to believe
that, whatever their appetites in times past, they have cultivated a
gruesome taste for human flesh.
As I threw my rifle to my shoulder, I thanked God, the ancient God of
my ancestors, that I had replaced the hard-jacketed bullets in my
weapon with soft-nosed projectiles, for though this was my first
experience with Felis leo, I knew the moment that I faced that charge
that even my wonderfully perfected firearm would be as futile as a
peashooter unless I chanced to place my first bullet in a vital spot.
Unless you had seen it you could not believe credible the speed of a
charging lion. Apparently the animal is not built for speed, nor can
he maintain it for long. But for a matter of forty or fifty yards
there is, I believe, no animal on earth that can overtake him.
Like a bolt he bore down upon me, but, fortunately for me, I did not
lose my head. I guessed that no bullet would kill him instantly. I
doubted that I could pierce his skull. There was hope, though, in
finding his heart through his exposed chest, or, better yet, of
breaking his shoulder or foreleg, and bringing him up long enough to
pump more bullets into him and finish him.
I covered his left shoulder and pulled the trigger as he was almost
upon me. It stopped him. With a terrific howl of pain and rage, the
brute rolled over and over upon the ground almost to my feet. As he
came I pumped two more bullets into
Through the heavy Caspakian air, beneath the swollen sun, the five men marched northwest from Fort Dinosaur, now waist-deep in lush, jungle grasses starred with myriad gorgeous blooms, now across open meadow-land and parklike expanses and again plunging into dense forests of eucalyptus and acacia and giant arboreous ferns with feathered fronds waving gently a hundred feet above their heads.Page 1
And if he didn't! James gasped at the thought.Page 2
"Mightily obliged to you--awful waste of ammunition, really.Page 5
Tippet sank to the ground and buried his face in his hands.Page 7
" But there was little sleep in camp that night until utter exhaustion overtook the harassed men toward morning; nor was there any return of the weird creature that had set the nerves of each of them on edge.Page 17
They told them of the infamous act of Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts and his German crew who had stolen the U-33, breaking their parole, and steaming away toward the subterranean opening through the barrier cliffs that carried the waters of the inland sea into the open Pacific beyond; and of the cowardly shelling of the fort.Page 25
the rapidity with which they attempted to bolt their food, they often lost it all.Page 29
One of the chests was large enough to hold the body if the knees were bent well up, and with this idea in view Bradley approached the chest to open it.Page 37
Cold sweat stood upon Bradley's brow as he tugged for liberation.Page 45
Above him was an arched roof and on either hand walls pierced at intervals by apertures covered with wooden doors.Page 52
"In every room where murder has been done you will find blue--a certain amount for each murder.Page 61
the scale of evolution.Page 62
As he paused, the girl climbed to his side, and together they looked through the crack into a low-ceiled chamber in which were several Galu women and an equal number of hideous little replicas of the full-grown Wieroos with which Bradley was not quite familiar.Page 64
"Soon they will spread in all directions searching for us.Page 72
" "And you?" asked the girl.Page 73
"It is the most frightful reptile that the waters of the world have ever known," he replied.Page 74
" And he drew her very close and kissed her lips.Page 77
on your noble chist; but bein' only an Irishman with a Swede name, for which God forgive me, the bist I can do is shake your hand.Page 79
You will not forget me, Co-Tan?" She looked at him in wide-eyed wonder.Page 83
Down the coast they steamed toward the beach where Billings had made his crossing in the hydro-aeroplane and just at dusk the lookout announced a light dead ahead.