I recalled subsequently.
Not three minutes after his reappearance at my side the Coldwater
suddenly commenced to lose headway. I seized the telephone at my
elbow, pressing upon the button which would call the chief engineer to
the instrument in the bowels of the ship, only to find him already at
the receiver attempting to reach me.
"Numbers one, two, and five engines have broken down, sir," he called.
"Shall we force the remaining three?"
"We can do nothing else," I bellowed into the transmitter.
"They won't stand the gaff, sir," he returned.
"Can you suggest a better plan?" I asked.
"No, sir," he replied.
"Then give them the gaff, lieutenant," I shouted back, and hung up the
For twenty minutes the Coldwater bucked the great seas with her three
engines. I doubt if she advanced a foot; but it was enough to keep her
nose in the wind, and, at least, we were not drifting toward thirty.
Johnson and Alvarez were at my side when, without warning, the bow
swung swiftly around and the ship fell into the trough of the sea.
"The other three have gone," I said, and I happened to be looking at
Johnson as I spoke. Was it the shadow of a satisfied smile that
crossed his thin lips? I do not know; but at least he did not weep.
"You always have been curious, sir, about the great unknown beyond
thirty," he said. "You are in a good way to have your curiosity
satisfied." And then I could not mistake the slight sneer that curved
his upper lip. There must have been a trace of disrespect in his tone
or manner which escaped me, for Alvarez turned upon him like a flash.
"When Lieutenant Turck crosses thirty," he said, "we shall all cross
with him, and God help the officer or the man who reproaches him!"
"I shall not be a party to high treason," snapped Johnson. "The
regulations are explicit, and if the Coldwater crosses thirty it
devolves upon you to place Lieutenant Turck under arrest and
immediately exert every endeavor to bring the ship back into
"I shall not know," replied Alvarez, "that the Coldwater passes thirty;
nor shall any other man aboard know it," and, with his words, he drew a
revolver from his pocket, and before either I or Johnson could prevent
it had put a bullet into every instrument upon the bridge, ruining them
And then he saluted me, and strode from the bridge, a martyr to loyalty
and friendship, for, though no man might know
His garmenture was that of the ordinary Malay boatman, but there was that in his mien and his attitude toward his companions which belied his lowly habiliments.Page 20
The futility of argument was apparent, and he turned and left the workshop.Page 29
"What on earth could have killed this enormous brute, Sing? Have you any idea?" asked von Horn.Page 39
" "He will never escape," replied von Horn, "his own creatures will see to that.Page 40
At the same moment von Horn was leading Virginia Maxon farther and farther from the north campong where resistance, if there was to be any, would be most likely to occur.Page 49
"Can it be that our men have mutinied?" He thought the six with Bududreen were carrying out their part in a most realistic manner, and a grim smile tinged his hard face.Page 53
The door.Page 55
Though the hideous noises from the inner campong rose threateningly, the imperturbable Sing left the bungalow and passed across the north campong to the little lean-to that he had built for himself against the palisade that separated the north enclosure from the court of mystery.Page 59
For half an hour the awful suspense endured, and then with a terrific crash the vessel struck, shivering and trembling from stem to stern.Page 61
And if the savage men who came tonight to kill have souls, then I am glad that my soul is after my own choosing--I would not care.Page 75
The Dyaks, encouraged by the presence of Muda Saffir in their rear, held their ground; and the infuriated, brainless things that followed the wielder of the bull whip threw themselves upon the head hunters with beating hands and rending fangs.Page 78
The panglima Ninaka of the Signana Dyaks who manned Muda Saffir's war prahu saw.Page 86
The Dyaks willingly agreed, and von Horn worked his small boat in close under the Ithaca's stern.Page 94
It seemed that she had been straining tapioca in a little stream which flowed out of the jungle at the rear of the long-house when her attention was attracted by the crashing of an animal through the bushes a few yards above her.Page 95
Presently a strange sight burst upon his astonished vision.Page 100
"At the same time I do not wish to be the means of making you unhappy, as surely would be the result were I to marry you without love.Page 105
The balance of the loose earth which would not go back into the pit was thrown into the river.Page 117
"Where are they now--the balance of them?" she asked.Page 128
Bludleen tell him all 'bout Hornee.Page 132
"Hornee him tly steal it for long time.