and superstition had the vaunted civilization of
twentieth century England been plunged, and by what? War! I felt the
structure of our time-honored militaristic arguments crumbling about me.
Mary labored with the thongs that confined me. They proved
refractory--defying her tender, childish fingers. She assured me,
however, that she would release me, if "they" did not come too soon.
But, alas, they came. We heard them coming down the trench, and I bade
Mary hide in a corner, lest she be discovered and punished. There was
naught else she could do, and so she crawled away into the Stygian
blackness behind me.
Presently two warriors entered. The leader exhibited a unique method
of discovering my whereabouts in the darkness. He advanced slowly,
kicking out viciously before him. Finally he kicked me in the face.
Then he knew where I was.
A moment later I had been jerked roughly to my feet. One of the
fellows stopped and severed the bonds that held my ankles. I could
scarcely stand alone. The two pulled and hauled me through the low
doorway and along the trench. A party of forty or fifty warriors were
awaiting us at the brink of the excavation some hundred yards from the
Hands were lowered to us, and we were dragged to the surface. Then
commenced a long march. We stumbled through the underbrush wet with
dew, our way lighted by a score of torchbearers who surrounded us. But
the torches were not to light the way--that was but incidental. They
were carried to keep off the huge Carnivora that moaned and coughed and
roared about us.
The noises were hideous. The whole country seemed alive with lions.
Yellow-green eyes blazed wickedly at us from out the surrounding
darkness. My escort carried long, heavy spears. These they kept ever
pointed toward the beast of prey, and I learned from snatches of the
conversation I overheard that occasionally there might be a lion who
would brave even the terrors of fire to leap in upon human prey. It
was for such that the spears were always couched.
But nothing of the sort occurred during this hideous death march, and
with the first pale heralding of dawn we reached our goal--an open
place in the midst of a tangled wildwood. Here rose in crumbling
grandeur the first evidences I had seen of the ancient civilization
which once had graced fair Albion--a single, time-worn arch of masonry.
"The entrance to the Camp of the Lions!" murmured
The owner of the eyes had but recently descended from the quarters of the chauffeur above the garage which he had entered as a thief in the night and quitted apparelled in a perfectly good suit of clothes belonging to the gentlemanly chauffeur and a soft, checked cap which was now pulled well down over a pair of large brown eyes in which a rather strained expression might have suggested to an alienist a certain neophytism which even the stern set of well shaped lips could not effectually belie.Page 4
almost anything but human beings.Page 8
Once again he leaned close to Columbus Blackie.Page 23
" With trembling fingers the Kid did as he was bid, and when after much fumbling he found the button a slim shaft of white.Page 40
The front room lay entirely within his range of vision, and as his eyes swept it he gave voice to a short exclamation of surprise.Page 41
At one side tottered the remains of a series of wooden racks upon.Page 47
" Case Jr.Page 48
He warned against the use of the water from the old well and while the boy was away cut a generous portion of the bacon into long, thin strips.Page 52
" Bridge, who had had no intention of deserting his helpless companions, appeared at last to yield reluctantly to their pleas.Page 59
They can't get away from us.Page 62
" As the boy's tale reached the ears of the three hidden in the underbrush Bridge glanced quickly at his companions.Page 63
" But the girl did not quail.Page 64
I have nothing to fear.Page 65
"This boy has been offered a hundred dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men who robbed and murdered in Oakdale last night.Page 67
I geeve you what to wear like Gypsy mens.Page 69
His theory was that the simplest way is always the best way and so he never befogged the main issue with any elaborate system of deductive reasoning based on guesswork.Page 77
"The objection to remaining here," said Bridge, "is that we can't make a fire to cook by--it would be too plainly visible from the road.Page 86
They discussed what would be the best thing to do and at last decided to throw Mr.Page 90
"Well," said the man who had searched them.Page 91
Jeb Case stepped toward the subject of dispute.