that we were prisoners before we
realized what had happened. That night we were held under a strong
guard just outside the eastern wall of the city, and the next morning
were started upon a long march toward the east.
Our captors were not unkind to us, and treated the women prisoners with
respect. We marched for many days--so many that I lost count of
them--and at last we came to another city--a Chinese city this
time--which stands upon the site of ancient Moscow.
It is only a small frontier city, but it is well built and well kept.
Here a large military force is maintained, and here also, is a terminus
of the railroad that crosses modern China to the Pacific.
There was every evidence of a high civilization in all that we saw
within the city, which, in connection with the humane treatment that
had been accorded all prisoners upon the long and tiresome march,
encouraged me to hope that I might appeal to some high officer here for
the treatment which my rank and birth merited.
We could converse with our captors only through the medium of
interpreters who spoke both Chinese and Abyssinian. But there were
many of these, and shortly after we reached the city I persuaded one of
them to carry a verbal message to the officer who had commanded the
troops during the return from New Gondar, asking that I might be given
a hearing by some high official.
The reply to my request was a summons to appear before the officer to
whom I had addressed my appeal. A sergeant came for me along with the
interpreter, and I managed to obtain his permission to let Victory
accompany me--I had never left her alone with the prisoners since we
had been captured.
To my delight I found that the officer into whose presence we were
conducted spoke Abyssinian fluently. He was astounded when I told him
that I was a Pan-American. Unlike all others whom I had spoken with
since my arrival in Europe, he was well acquainted with ancient
history--was familiar with twentieth century conditions in Pan-America,
and after putting a half dozen questions to me was satisfied that I
spoke the truth.
When I told him that Victory was Queen of England he showed little
surprise, telling me that in their recent explorations in ancient
Russia they had found many descendants of the old nobility and royalty.
He immediately set aside a comfortable house for us, furnished us with
servants and with money, and in other ways showed us every attention
Perry pulled it toward him, and once again we were plunging downward toward eternity at the rate of seven miles an hour.Page 12
From behind us in the vicinity of the prospector there came the most thunderous, awe-inspiring roar that ever had fallen upon my ears.Page 13
The misfortune now was no longer amusing, for the beast was already too close to us for comfort.Page 14
Higher and higher into the bending and swaying tree he clambered.Page 20
The perilous pathways and the surrounding trees were filled with the black ape-men, their females, and their young.Page 32
The entrance to it was marked by two lofty towers of granite, which guarded a flight of steps leading to the buried city.Page 36
"Surely," replied Ghak, "unless some mighty beast of prey killed her.Page 40
These were the reserved seats, the boxes of the elect.Page 51
"Even the Sagoths of the Mahars fear us.Page 75
"Yes," continued the old man, "we are both right.Page 80
Of a sudden it turned into an apartment on the right of the corridor, and an instant later as I.Page 83
Even had I known what he was saying I could not have replied with the dead thing that covered me.Page 84
Then I lowered the head and started slowly on.Page 86
powerful arms and carrying him.Page 95
" "But I have you now Dian," I cried; "nor shall Jubal, nor any other have you, for you are mine," and.Page 100
By this time I think Jubal had gone mad with hate, for no sane man would have come back for more as many times as he did.Page 105
It seems incredible that you could have reviled me so, and yet have cared for me all the time.Page 109
Here to our immense delight, we found both Perry and Ghak.Page 114
For months I have been waiting here for a white man to come.Page 115
The Arab tells me to hurry, for he sees a cloud of sand to the south--he thinks it is the party coming to murder me, and he doesn't want to be found with me.