thought I heard the howl of a beast north of us--it
might have been a wolf.
Altogether, it was a most unpleasant night, and I determined then that
if we were forced to sleep out again that I should provide some sort of
shelter which would protect us from attack while we slept.
Toward morning I dozed, and the sun was well up when Victory aroused me
by gently shaking my shoulder.
"Antelope!" she whispered in my ear, and, as I raised my head, she
pointed up-river. Crawling to my knees, I looked in the direction she
indicated, to see a buck standing upon a little knoll some two hundred
yards from us. There was good cover between the animal and me, and so,
though I might have hit him at two hundred yards, I preferred to crawl
closer to him and make sure of the meat we both so craved.
I had covered about fifty yards of the distance, and the beast was
still feeding peacefully, so I thought that I would make even surer of
a hit by going ahead another fifty yards, when the animal suddenly
raised his head and looked away, up-river. His whole attitude
proclaimed that he was startled by something beyond him that I could
Realizing that he might break and run and that I should then probably
miss him entirely, I raised my rifle to my shoulder. But even as I did
so the animal leaped into the air, and simultaneously there was a sound
of a shot from beyond the knoll.
For an instant I was dumbfounded. Had the report come from down-river,
I should have instantly thought that one of my own men had fired. But
coming from up-river it puzzled me considerably. Who could there be
with firearms in primitive England other than we of the Coldwater?
Victory was directly behind me, and I motioned for her to lie down, as
I did, behind the bush from which I had been upon the point of firing
at the antelope. We could see that the buck was quite dead, and from
our hiding place we waited to discover the identity of his slayer when
the latter should approach and claim his kill.
We had not long to wait, and when I saw the head and shoulders of a man
appear above the crest of the knoll, I sprang to my feet, with a
heartfelt cry of joy, for it was Delcarte.
At the sound of my voice, Delcarte half raised his rifle in readiness
for the attack
"You spoke of children," I said.Page 14
There were rumors of war from Dusar.Page 16
Suddenly she felt very lonely and very cold and very little.Page 20
He loved his trim craft, the pride of her class in the little navy of Gathol.Page 72
And then Tara of Helium raised her eyes aloft and poured forth the notes of Mars' most beautiful melody, The Song of Love.Page 78
Clinging to the rope with his left hand, he had wound a leg about it, leaving his right hand free for his long-sword which he had not sheathed.Page 84
" "We have settled a great question," said the girl, smiling; "but our stomachs are still empty.Page 92
Then he arose, the beautiful body once again animated and alert.Page 109
" He wheeled about and motioned his warriors to follow him.Page 117
Even if the fabled Corphals existed, as none but the most ignorant now believes, the lore of the ancients tells us that they entered only into the bodies of wicked criminals of the lowest class.Page 126
And you would know more, I can prove my right to be heard and to be believed if I may have word with the Princess Haja of Gathol, whose son is my fellow prisoner in the pits of O-Tar, his father.Page 143
" "But you will have to share her with the survivors even if your color wins," objected the other.Page 149
U-Dor moved his Princess'.Page 163
Crumbling silks and furs adorned the walls, with ancient weapons, and great paintings whose colors were toned by age to wondrous softness.Page 169
A glance showed that it was hung with heavy goods and contained considerable massive furniture in addition to the sleeping platform, a second glance at which revealed what appeared to be the form of a man lying partially on the floor and partially on the dais.Page 173
He looked about upon the faces of those around him at the banquet board; but he saw only the grim visages of relentless warriors.Page 175
"Ghek!" exclaimed Gahan.Page 177
"Why," he asked, when he had finished it, "did you search for Tara through the spiral runway where we nearly met?" "Tasor told me where you were to be found, and as I have explored the greater part of the palace by means of the ulsio runways and the darker and less frequented passages I knew precisely where you were and how to reach you.Page 184
it if he does not visit the chamber of O-Mai.Page 195
Gahan was listening intently, as though for some hoped-for sound.