larger. The bridge
would be there in part, at least, and so would remain the walls of many
of the great edifices of the past. There would be no such complete
ruin of large structures as I had seen among the smaller buildings.
But when I had come to that part of the city which I judged to have
contained the relics I sought I found havoc that had been wrought there
even greater than elsewhere.
At one point upon the bosom of the Thames there rises a few feet above
the water a single, disintegrating mound of masonry. Opposite it, upon
either bank of the river, are tumbled piles of ruins overgrown with
These, I am forced to believe, are all that remain of London Bridge,
for nowhere else along the river is there any other slightest sign of
pier or abutment.
Rounding the base of a large pile of grass-covered debris, we came
suddenly upon the best preserved ruin we had yet discovered. The
entire lower story and part of the second story of what must once have
been a splendid public building rose from a great knoll of shrubbery
and trees, while ivy, thick and luxuriant, clambered upward to the
summit of the broken walls.
In many places the gray stone was still exposed, its smoothly chiseled
face pitted with the scars of battle. The massive portal yawned,
somber and sorrowful, before us, giving a glimpse of marble halls
The temptation to enter was too great. I wished to explore the
interior of this one remaining monument of civilization now dead beyond
recall. Through this same portal, within these very marble halls, had
Gray and Chamberlin and Kitchener and Shaw, perhaps, come and gone with
the other great ones of the past.
I took Victory's hand in mine.
"Come!" I said. "I do not know the name by which this great pile was
known, nor the purposes it fulfilled. It may have been the palace of
your sires, Victory. From some great throne within, your forebears may
have directed the destinies of half the world. Come!"
I must confess to a feeling of awe as we entered the rotunda of the
great building. Pieces of massive furniture of another day still stood
where man had placed them centuries ago. They were littered with dust
and broken stone and plaster, but, otherwise, so perfect was their
preservation I could hardly believe that two centuries had rolled by
since human eyes were last set upon them.
Through one great room after another we wandered,
" For a moment no further sound came from the thicket.Page 5
Won't do at all.Page 8
" Then he walked quickly to where Tippet lay sprawled upon his face.Page 12
Nor would they leave then; but remained to fashion a rude headstone from a crumbling out-cropping of sandstone and to gather a mass of the gorgeous flowers growing in such great profusion around them and heap the new-made grave with bright blooms.Page 13
Even Bradley felt depressed, though for the sake of the others he managed to hide it beneath a show of confidence he was far from feeling.Page 15
Only a few smoking embers remained.Page 22
The creature had small feet, beautifully arched and plump, but so out of keeping with every other physical attribute it possessed as to appear ridiculous.Page 29
Stepping to the second door he pushed it gently open and peered in upon what seemed to be a store room.Page 37
The skinny arms now embraced his neck, holding the teeth to his throat against all his efforts to dislodge the thing.Page 43
"Oh, Luata! How could you blame me? I am half crazed of hunger and long confinement and the horror of the lizards and the rats and the constant waiting for death.Page 46
With great care he draped the robe about him; the bloody blotch that had covered the severed neck he arranged about his own head.Page 49
Instantly the Wieroo who was attacking the girl leaped to his feet and faced the other.Page 51
Pushing it from him he rose to his feet and faced the wide-eyed girl.Page 53
When they have committed a certain number of murders without being caught at it, they confess to Him Who Speaks for Luata and are advanced, after which they wear robes with a slash of some color--I think yellow comes first.Page 67
We have food and good water and peace and each other.Page 69
Each day was much like its predecessor.Page 73
The hatches were closed--no one could be seen or heard.Page 77
I wish that you were the Kaiser.Page 82
"We found him and sent him home with his bride; but I was kept a prisoner here.