All were roaring now, and the din of their great voices
reverberating through the halls and corridors of the palace formed the
most frightful chorus of thunderous savagery imaginable to the mind of
And then the leader charged, and upon the hideous pandemonium broke the
sharp crack of my rifle, once, twice, thrice. Three lions rolled,
struggling and biting, to the floor. Victory seized my arm, with a
quick, "This way! Here is a door," and a moment later we were in a
tiny antechamber at the foot of a narrow stone staircase.
Up this we backed, Victory just behind me, as the first of the
remaining lions leaped from the throne room and sprang for the stairs.
Again I fired, but others of the ferocious beasts leaped over their
fallen fellows and pursued us.
The stairs were very narrow--that was all that saved us--for as I
backed slowly upward, but a single lion could attack me at a time, and
the carcasses of those I slew impeded the rushes of the others.
At last we reached the top. There was a long corridor from which
opened many doorways. One, directly behind us, was tight closed. If
we could open it and pass into the chamber behind we might find a
respite from attack.
The remaining lions were roaring horribly. I saw one sneaking very
slowly up the stairs toward us.
"Try that door," I called to Victory. "See if it will open."
She ran up to it and pushed.
"Turn the knob!" I cried, seeing that she did not know how to open a
door, but neither did she know what I meant by knob.
I put a bullet in the spine of the approaching lion and leaped to
Victory's side. The door resisted my first efforts to swing it inward.
Rusted hinges and swollen wood held it tightly closed. But at last it
gave, and just as another lion mounted to the top of the stairway it
swung in, and I pushed Victory across the threshold.
Then I turned to meet the renewed attack of the savage foe. One lion
fell in his tracks, another stumbled to my very feet, and then I leaped
within and slammed the portal to.
A quick glance showed me that this was the only door to the small
apartment in which we had found sanctuary, and, with a sigh of relief,
I leaned for a moment against the panels of the stout barrier that
separated us from the ramping demons without.
Across the room, between two windows,
The navy called to me, as did the free, wide,.Page 3
All night we had hovered above the tossing billows of the moonlight clouds.Page 4
I made a report on these generators three years ago.Page 6
"My God, sir, I cannot send.Page 14
Usually I bring several of these books with me upon a.Page 17
The roughness and unevenness of the ground suggested something of a great mass of debris hidden by the accumulation of centuries of undergrowth.Page 29
It was appalling; but my reflections upon this depressing subject were doomed to sudden extinction.Page 31
I watched them as they approached the tree.Page 37
A man is merely head of his wife's family--that is all.Page 39
You can hope for nothing from such a beast as Buckingham.Page 51
The roaring of the beasts that had discovered us, together with the report of my rifle, had set the balance of the fierce inmates of the palace into the most frightful uproar I have ever heard.Page 54
With others, I have laughed at the assertions of the savants that modern man is a cold and passionless creation in comparison with the males of former ages--in a word, that love, as the one grand passion, had ceased to exist.Page 56
"The blow you struck her with the.Page 59
Taylor had found the ingredients for chemical fuel, and the distilling of them had, with the motor trouble, accounted for their delay in setting out after me.Page 61
Finally she looked up at me, her strong white teeth gleaming behind her smiling lips.Page 62
I wondered if she had guessed the man's antipathy for me, and was seeking his company solely for the purpose of piquing me.Page 64
We tramped away from the river for upwards of an hour before discovering anything, and then only a small red deer, which Taylor brought down with a neat shot of two hundred yards.Page 87
The combatants reaped naught but annihilation.Page 88