glaring example of it in
his having left her alone upon the boat without a single European
companion--something that he would never have thought of doing a few
As she sat speculating on the strange change which had come over her
father her eyes had wandered aimlessly along the harbor's entrance; the
low reef that protected it from the sea, and the point of land to the
south, that projected far out into the strait like a gigantic index
finger pointing toward the mainland, the foliage covered heights of
which were just visible above the western horizon.
Presently her attention was arrested by a tossing speck far out upon
the rolling bosom of the strait. For some time the girl watched the
object until at length it resolved itself into a boat moving head on
toward the island. Later she saw that it was long and low, propelled
by a single sail and many oars, and that it carried quite a company.
Thinking it but a native trading boat, so many of which ply the
southern seas, Virginia viewed its approach with but idle curiosity.
When it had come to within half a mile of the anchorage of the Ithaca,
and was about to enter the mouth of the harbor Sing Lee's eyes chanced
to fall upon it. On the instant the old Chinaman was electrified into
sudden and astounding action.
"Klick! Klick!" he cried, running toward Virginia. "Go b'low, klick."
"Why should I go below, Sing?" queried the girl, amazed by the demeanor
of the cook.
"Klick! Klick!" he urged grasping her by the arm--half leading, half
dragging her toward the companion-way. "Plilates! Mlalay
"Pirates!" gasped Virginia. "Oh Sing, what can we do?"
"You go b'low. Mebbyso Sing flighten 'em. Shoot cannon. Bling help.
Maxon come klick. Bling men. Chase'm 'way," explained the Chinaman.
"But plilates see 'em pletty white girl," he shrugged his shoulders and
shook his head dubiously, "then old Sing no can flighten 'em 'way."
The girl shuddered, and crouching close behind Sing hurried below. A
moment later she heard the boom of the old brass six pounder which for
many years had graced the Ithaca's stern. In the bow Professor Maxon
had mounted a modern machine gun, but this was quite beyond Sing's
simple gunnery. The Chinaman had not taken the time to sight the
ancient weapon carefully, but a gleeful smile lit his wrinkled, yellow
face as he saw the splash of the ball where it struck the water almost
I TOWARD THE ETERNAL FIRES I was born in Connecticut about thirty years ago.Page 6
"What are the readings now, David?" Perry's voice broke in upon my somber reflections.Page 8
The wild racing of the giant drill betokened that it was running loose in AIR--and then another truth flashed upon me.Page 19
The equal attraction of the solid crust from all directions maintained this luminous core in the exact center of the hollow globe.Page 22
As garmenture the women possessed a single robe of some light-colored, spotted hide, rather similar in appearance to a leopard's skin.Page 24
"How came you here?" I asked her.Page 25
" "Jubal the Ugly One placed his trophy before my father's house.Page 30
Had you taken her hand, it would have indicated your desire to make her your mate, and had you raised her hand above her head and then dropped it, it would have meant that you did not wish her for a mate and that you released her from all obligation to you.Page 33
glanced at Perry as the thing passed me to inspect him.Page 38
Finally a certain female scientist announced the fact that she had discovered a method whereby eggs might be fertilized by chemical means after they were laid--all true reptiles, you know, are hatched from eggs.Page 50
In so far as I ever have heard no Mezop lives elsewhere, and no others than Mezops dwell upon islands, but of course it may be different in other far-distant lands.Page 53
At sight of Ja they saluted deferentially, but to me they paid not the slightest attention.Page 54
"We are within the outer wall," said Ja.Page 61
I could have lived in seclusion within some rocky cave until I had found the means to outfit myself with the crude weapons of the Stone Age, and then set out in search of her whose image had now become the constant companion of my waking hours, and the central and beloved figure of my dreams.Page 62
Clumps of strange trees dotted the landscape here and there almost to the water, and rank grass and ferns grew between.Page 70
Ja did his best to dissuade me from returning to Phutra, but when he saw that I was determined to do so, he consented to guide me to a point from which I could see the plain where lay the city.Page 75
"David, my boy," he said, "how could you for a moment doubt my love for you? There is something strange here that I cannot understand.Page 81
At last I was successful, and with what seemed to me my last ounce of strength I ran the blade through the ugly body of my foe.Page 97
"Jubal," she said, and nodded toward the forest.Page 111
I placed Ghak with some of his Sarians on the right of our battle line.