hand in hand, while
Victory asked many questions and for the first time I began to realize
something of the magnificence and power of the race from whose loins
she had sprung.
Splendid tapestries, now mildewed and rotting, hung upon the walls.
There were mural paintings, too, depicting great historic events of the
past. For the first time Victory saw the likeness of a horse, and she
was much affected by a huge oil which depicted some ancient cavalry
charge against a battery of field guns.
In other pictures there were steamships, battleships, submarines, and
quaint looking railway trains--all small and antiquated in appearance
to me, but wonderful to Victory. She told me that she would like to
remain for the rest of her life where she could look at those pictures
From room to room we passed until presently we emerged into a mighty
chamber, dark and gloomy, for its high and narrow windows were choked
and clogged by ivy. Along one paneled wall we groped, our eyes slowly
becoming accustomed to the darkness. A rank and pungent odor pervaded
We had made our way about half the distance across one end of the great
apartment when a low growl from the far end brought us to a startled
Straining my eyes through the gloom, I made out a raised dais at the
extreme opposite end of the hall. Upon the dais stood two great
chairs, highbacked and with great arms.
The throne of England! But what were those strange forms about it?
Victory gave my hand a quick, excited little squeeze.
"The lions!" she whispered.
Yes, lions indeed! Sprawled about the dais were a dozen huge forms,
while upon the seat of one of the thrones a small cub lay curled in
As we stood there for a moment, spellbound by the sight of those
fearsome creatures occupying the very thrones of the sovereigns of
England, the low growl was repeated, and a great male rose slowly to
His devilish eyes bored straight through the semi-darkness toward us.
He had discovered the interloper. What right had man within this
palace of the beasts? Again he opened his giant jaws, and this time
there rumbled forth a warning roar.
Instantly eight or ten of the other beasts leaped to their feet.
Already the great fellow who had spied us was advancing slowly in our
direction. I held my rifle ready, but how futile it appeared in the
face of this savage horde.
The foremost beast broke into a slow trot, and at his heels came the
Finally his dislike for the man became an obsession.Page 14
He had sailed with Simms before, but the skipper had found him too hard a customer to deal with, and had been on the point of seeking another second when Divine and Clinker discovered him on board the Halfmoon and after ten minutes' conversation with him found that he fitted so perfectly into their scheme of action that they would not hear of Simms' releasing him.Page 33
Barbara had turned a half-frightened look toward him as he advanced--in doubt as to his intentions.Page 39
" "No you ain't, cul," returned Byrne; "leastways yeh ain't a-comin' down here alive.Page 40
Yeh acted like yeh meant it.Page 82
There must be something wrong with our trailing, for it's as certain as fate itself that Japs are not head-hunters.Page 107
" And so the mucker's education commenced, and as there was little else for the two to do it progressed rapidly, for once started the man grew keenly interested, spurred on by the evident pleasure which his self-appointed tutor took in his progress--further it meant just so much more of close companionship with her.Page 112
Most of your reasons for postponing the trip have been trivial and ridiculous--possibly you are afraid of the dangers that may lie before us," she added, banteringly.Page 134
A great, mad hope had been surging through his being since he had read of the broken engagement and received the girl's note.Page 151
They get me right where I live," and then, after a pause; "sure you got enough fer two, bo?" "I have enough for you, old top," replied the host, "even if I only had half as much as I have.Page 180
About them played a couple of half-naked children.Page 205
Billy wondered what the second floor was utilized for.Page 207
as he was saddling the animal, he was accosted, much to his disgust, by the proprietor.Page 232
He saw an American in earnest conversation with Jose.Page 248
Eddie had determined that he would give Billy an hour.Page 252
Not while we got Miss Barbara to look after.Page 258
"Yep, I guess so," said Eddie.Page 259
If he could but reach the shelter of the bowlders before the Pimans discovered them! The minutes that were consumed in covering the hundred yards seemed as many hours to Billy Byrne; but at last he dragged the fainting cowboy between two large bowlders close under the edge of the bluff and found himself in a little, natural fortress, well adapted to defense.Page 260
The only adequate reply of which he could think was, "Aw, shucks!" "Say," said Eddie after a moment's silence, "if you get out o' here an' ever go back to the States promise me you'll look up maw and paw an' tell 'em I was comin' home--to stay.Page 277