found Professor Maxon lying in a pool of
his own blood, a great gash in his forehead. He saw the white giant
standing silently looking down upon the old man. Across the room the
four stunned Dyaks were recovering consciousness. Slowly and fearfully
they regained their feet, and seeing that no attention was being paid
them, cast a parting, terrified look at the mighty creature who had
defeated them with his bare hands, and slunk quickly out into the
darkness of the campong.
When they caught up with Rajah Muda Saffir near the beach, they
narrated a fearful tale of fifty terrible white men with whom they had
battled valiantly, killing many, before they had been compelled to
retreat in the face of terrific odds. They swore that even then they
had only returned because the girl was not in the house--otherwise they
should have brought her to their beloved master as he had directed.
Now Muda Saffir believed nothing that they said, but he was well
pleased with the great treasure which had so unexpectedly fallen into
his hands, and he decided to make quite sure of that by transporting it
to his own land--later he could return for the girl. So the ten war
prahus of the Malay pulled quietly out of the little cove upon the east
side of the island, and bending their way toward the south circled its
southern extremity and bore away for Borneo.
In the bungalow within the north campong Sing and Number Thirteen had
lifted Professor Maxon to his bed, and the Chinaman was engaged in
bathing and bandaging the wound that had left the older man
unconscious. The white giant stood beside him watching his every move.
He was trying to understand why sometimes men killed one another and
again defended and nursed. He was curious as to the cause of his own
sudden change in sentiment toward Professor Maxon. At last he gave the
problem up as beyond his powers of solution, and at Sing's command set
about the task of helping to nurse the man whom he considered the
author of his unhappiness and whom a few short minutes before he had
come to kill.
As the two worked over the stricken man their ears were suddenly
assailed by a wild commotion from the direction of the workshop. There
were sounds of battering upon wood, loud growls and roars, mingled with
weird shrieks and screams and the strange, uncanny gibbering of
Sing looked quickly up at his companion.
"Whallee mallee?" he asked.
The giant did not answer.
When I came up, the first thing I saw was Nobs swimming about in a bewildered sort of way a few yards from me.Page 4
The cheeks were flushed to the hue of life and health and vitality, and yet she lay there upon the bosom of the sea, dead.Page 10
her and took her out on her first run.Page 18
Bradley shook his head.Page 19
Telling him never to fail to report to me anything in the slightest out of the ordinary routine of the ship, I dismissed him.Page 24
Instead he kept me ironed just as he had been; then he kicked Bradley out of my room and took it all to himself.Page 30
It was not the chill of wet clothing, or the dashing spray which drenched my face; no, it was the chill of the hand of death upon my heart.Page 33
"We all drank water together this morning.Page 36
A little later he sat down upon his haunches, raised his muzzle to the heavens and bayed forth a most dismal howl.Page 38
"Flowering shrubs don't thrive in the subterranean caverns from which geysers spring," suggested Bradley.Page 56
We saw nothing of the wild men of the previous day, and only once were we menaced by any of the strange denizens of Caprona, when some frightful nightmare of the sky swooped down upon us, only to be driven off by a fusillade of bullets.Page 57
At dinner we tasted our first roast Caprona antelope, and we had a mess of greens that the cook had found growing along the stream.Page 58
I asked her if she did not feel well.Page 61
I had to smile as I read Bradley's report.Page 62
Pray God we shall not be disappointed.Page 64
" For a long time we sat there upon the little bench constructed for the sentry that we had not as yet thought it necessary to post in more than one of the four towers.Page 67
Crushing the bit of fabric to my lips, I pressed on even more rapidly than before, because I now knew that I was upon the right trail and that up to this point at least, Lys still had lived.Page 71
"I do not fear you," screamed the creature.Page 74
and filled with billions of tadpoles.Page 81
So-ta said that she would enter alone; I must not be seen if I did not intend to remain, as it was forbidden that one should return and live after having advanced this far.