made no objection when Billy approached the
prisoners though they had looked in mild surprise when they saw him
crossing toward them without a guard.
Billy sat down beside Bridge, and broke into a laugh.
"What's the joke?" asked Bridge. "Are we going to be hanged instead of
"We ain't goin' to be either," said Billy, "an' I'm a captain. Whaddaya
know about that?"
He explained all that had taken place between himself and Pesita while
Bridge and Miguel listened attentively to his every word.
"I t'ought it was about de only way out fer us," said Billy. "We were in
worse than I t'ought."
"Can the Bowery stuff, Billy," cried Bridge, "and talk like a white man.
You can, you know."
"All right, bo," cried Billy, good-naturedly. "You see I forget when
there is anything pressing like this, to chew about. Then I fall back
into the old lingo. Well, as I was saying, I didn't want to do it unless
you would stay too, but he wouldn't have you. He has it in for all
gringos, and that bull you passed him about me being from a foreign
country called Grand Avenue! He fell for it like a rube for the
tapped-wire stuff. He said if I wouldn't stay and help him he'd croak
the bunch of us."
"How about that ace-in-the-hole, you were telling me about?" asked
"I still got it," and Billy fondled something hard that swung under his
left arm beneath his shirt; "but, Lord, man! what could I do against
the whole bunch? I might get a few of them; but they'd get us all in the
end. This other way is better, though I hate to have to split with you,
He was silent then for a moment, looking hard at the ground. Bridge
whistled, and cleared his throat.
"I've always wanted to spend a year in Rio," he said. "We'll meet there,
when you can make your get-away."
"You've said it," agreed Byrne. "It's Rio as soon as we can make it.
Pesita's promised to set you both loose in the morning and send you
under safe escort--Miguel to his happy home, and you to El Orobo Rancho.
I guess the old stiff isn't so bad after all."
Miguel had pricked up his ears at the sound of the word ESCORT. He
leaned far forward, closer to the two Americans, and whispered.
"Who is to command the escort?" he asked.
"I dunno," said Billy. "What difference does it make?"
"It makes all the difference between life and death for your friend and
for me," said Miguel. "There is no
"Gad," exclaimed Short, "we ought to be hearing from him pretty soon!" Hollis laughed nervously.Page 8
There were splendid landing-places, and in the distance, toward the north, I thought I descried a village; but of that I was not positive.Page 11
All about me, in every direction, was life.Page 18
With my hunting-knife I removed a hind-quarter, and then we returned to camp.Page 19
loose rock to build my barricade against the frightful terrors of the night to come.Page 29
She was the best comrade in the world, and sometimes I regretted and sometimes I was glad that she was not of my own caste, for had she been, I should unquestionably have fallen in love with her.Page 30
"If you go back to them, you will die.Page 31
The Alus are all bearded, but among the Bo-lu the beard disappears in the women.Page 32
During the operation they questioned me, and I was mighty glad that the marked similarity between the various tribal tongues of Caspak enabled us to understand each other perfectly, even though they were unable to believe or even to comprehend the truth of my origin and the circumstances of my advent in Caspak; and finally they left me saying that they would come for me before the dance of death upon the morrow.Page 33
If the superior force and equipment of my party enabled them to circle the north end of the sea, they might some day come upon the broken wreck of my plane hanging in the great tree to the south; but long before that, my bones would be added to the litter upon the floor of this mighty cavern.Page 38
Yet she insisted.Page 55
She had practiced these new accomplishments often, but little had I thought they would make a marksman of her so quickly.Page 56
"My Tom!" she said, and took my hand in hers.Page 61
His satisfaction was evident, and as we set off toward his village, he walked beside me, asking many questions as to the country from which I came, its peoples and their customs.Page 68
it out with the two of us had not Al-tan drawn him to one side and whispered in his ear--upon which, with a grunt, the Galu walked straight back to the opposite end of the hall, while Nobs and I continued upon our way toward the hut and Ajor.Page 71
"I am your friend," he said.Page 72
Chal-az was absent for a long time--several hours which seemed an eternity to me.Page 73
" And then: "Wait! You cannot go forth half armed, and garbed as you are.Page 77
Nobs was a parvenu; but it failed to worry him.Page 78
With one squad of a home-guard company I could have conquered Caspak.