side, she gazed commiseratingly at me.
"It is too bad that you did not do as I bid you," she said, "for now it
has happened just as I feared--Buckingham has you."
"Which is Buckingham?" I asked.
"I am Buckingham," growled a burly, unwashed brute, swaggering
truculently before me. "And who are you who would have stolen my
The girl spoke up then and tried to explain that I had not stolen her;
but on the contrary I had saved her from the men from the "Elephant
Country" who were carrying her away.
Buckingham only sneered at her explanation, and a moment later gave the
command that started us all off toward the west. We marched for a
matter of an hour or so, coming at last to a collection of rude huts,
fashioned from branches of trees covered with skins and grasses and
sometimes plastered with mud. All about the camp they had erected a
wall of saplings pointed at the tops and fire hardened.
This palisade was a protection against both man and beasts, and within
it dwelt upward of two thousand persons, the shelters being built very
close together, and sometimes partially underground, like deep
trenches, with the poles and hides above merely as protection from the
sun and rain.
The older part of the camp consisted almost wholly of trenches, as
though this had been the original form of dwellings which was slowly
giving way to the drier and airier surface domiciles. In these trench
habitations I saw a survival of the military trenches which formed so
famous a part of the operation of the warring nations during the
The women wore a single light deerskin about their hips, for it was
summer, and quite warm. The men, too, were clothed in a single
garment, usually the pelt of some beast of prey. The hair of both men
and women was confined by a rawhide thong passing about the forehead
and tied behind. In this leathern band were stuck feathers, flowers,
or the tails of small mammals. All wore necklaces of the teeth or
claws of wild beasts, and there were numerous metal wristlets and
anklets among them.
They wore, in fact, every indication of a most primitive people--a race
which had not yet risen to the heights of agriculture or even the
possession of domestic animals. They were hunters--the lowest plane in
the evolution of the human race of which science takes cognizance.
And yet as I looked at their well shaped heads, their handsome
features, and their intelligent eyes, it was difficult
Some half hour later I happened to glance casually across the valley and was much surprised to note three little dots in about the same place I had last seen my friend and his two pack animals.Page 10
That there were still other braves behind those who regarded me was apparent from the fact that the leaders passed back whispered word to those behind them.Page 14
Five or six had already hatched and the grotesque caricatures which sat blinking in the sunlight were enough to cause me to doubt my sanity.Page 22
The assembled warriors and chieftains examined me closely, feeling my muscles and the texture of my skin.Page 25
I must have slept several hours, as it was dark when I awoke, and I was very cold.Page 43
It is only the men of her kind who war upon us, and I have ever thought that their attitude toward us is but the reflection of ours toward them.Page 44
On this morning I had chosen a new street to explore when suddenly I found myself at the limits of.Page 53
Sola glanced at the accouterments which were carried in my hand and slung across my shoulder.Page 67
" This made her laugh again.Page 70
" I saw the strength of his reasoning at a flash, and knew that it was futile to appeal from his decision, but I asked that the key be taken from Sarkoja and that she be directed to leave the prisoner alone in future.Page 87
" "The great waterway which leads to Helium is but fifty miles to the south," murmured Sola, half to herself; "a swift thoat might make it in three hours; and then to Helium it is five hundred miles, most of the way through thinly settled districts.Page 89
Then there broke upon the stillness of the night the sound of an approaching party, which, from the noise, I knew could be no fugitives creeping stealthily toward liberty.Page 109
I cannot describe them any more than you could describe red to a blind man.Page 116
He seemed to understand me fully, and when I pointed back in the direction of Thark he turned sorrowfully away, nor could I bear to watch him go; but resolutely set my face toward Zodanga and with a touch of heartsickness approached her frowning walls.Page 119
The fourth day after my arrival at Zodanga I made my first flight, and as a result of it I won a promotion which included quarters in the palace of Than Kosis.Page 134
By twisting and turning my little machine, now rising and now falling, I managed to elude their search-lights most of the time, but I was also losing ground by these tactics, and so I decided to hazard everything on a straight-away course and leave the result to fate and the speed of my machine.Page 136
accuracy of their aim my little craft was instantly a ruined wreck, sinking erratically to the ground.Page 139
" And still Tal Hajus stood as though petrified.Page 147
By a pretty maneuver two of the vessels of Helium gained a position above their adversaries, from which they poured upon them from their keel bomb batteries a perfect torrent of exploding bombs.Page 156
Behind her, depending from the roof upon rawhide thongs, and stretching entirely across the cave, was a row of human skeletons.