opportunity to discuss with another for a long, long time.
And slowly he had found delight in just sitting and looking at her. He
was experienced enough to realize that this was a dangerous symptom, and
so from the moment he had been forced to acknowledge it to himself he
had been very careful to guard his speech and his manner in the girl's
He found pleasure in dreaming of what might have been as he sat watching
the girl's changing expression as different moods possessed her; but as
for permitting a hope, even, of realization of his dreams--ah, he was
far too practical for that, dreamer though he was.
As the two talked Grayson passed. His rather stern face clouded as he
saw the girl and the new bookkeeper laughing there together.
"Ain't you got nothin' to do?" he asked Bridge.
"Yes, indeed," replied the latter.
"Then why don't you do it?" snapped Grayson.
"I am," said Bridge.
"Mr. Bridge is entertaining me," interrupted the girl, before Grayson
could make any rejoinder. "It is my fault--I took him from his work. You
don't mind, do you, Mr. Grayson?"
Grayson mumbled an inarticulate reply and went his way.
"Mr. Grayson does not seem particularly enthusiastic about me," laughed
"No," replied the girl, candidly; "but I think it's just because you
"Can't ride!" ejaculated Bridge. "Why, haven't I been riding ever since
I came here?"
"Mr. Grayson doesn't consider anything in the way of equestrianism
riding unless the ridden is perpetually seeking the life of the rider,"
explained Barbara. "Just at present he is terribly put out because you
lost Brazos. He says Brazos never stumbled in his life, and even if you
had fallen from his back he would have stood beside you waiting for
you to remount him. You see he was the kindest horse on the
ranch--especially picked for me to ride. However in the world DID you
lose him, Mr. Bridge?"
The girl was looking full at the man as she propounded her query. Bridge
was silent. A faint flush overspread his face. He had not before known
that the horse was hers. He couldn't very well tell her the truth, and
he wouldn't lie to her, so he made no reply.
Barbara saw the flush and noted the man's silence. For the first time
her suspicions were aroused, yet she would not believe that this gentle,
amiable drifter could be guilty of any crime greater than negligence
or carelessness. But why his evident embarrassment now? The girl was
mystified. For a moment or two they sat in silence, then Barbara rose.
"I must run along
Of recent years we have specialized on submarines, which we have built for Germany, England, France and the United States.Page 11
With a loud-yelled command, he leaped to the slippery deck of the submersible, and at his heels came his hardy crew.Page 13
I made Nobs' bed down in Lys' room, for I knew she would feel less alone.Page 23
With Olson and a couple of the Englishmen I boarded the ship, and from her cargo selected what we needed--oil, provisions and water.Page 30
Should I swim until exhaustion claimed me, or should I give up and end the agony at the first plunge? From below came two muffled reports.Page 31
Presently the main deck came into view, and then the conning-tower opened behind me, and I turned to look into the anxious face of Bradley.Page 35
"What are you going to do, sir?" asked Olson.Page 37
The morning's search brought us no shred of hope.Page 38
much as to say "I told you so!" "This water is warm," he announced, "and fresh!" I grabbed the bucket and tasted its contents.Page 40
I gave the command full speed ahead and went charging toward the menace.Page 50
There were countless brook-trout here, and deep holes that invited us to bathe, and along the bank of the stream were trees bearing a close resemblance to ash and beech and oak, their characteristics evidently induced by the lower temperature of the air above the cold water and by the fact that their roots were watered by the water from the stream rather than from the warm springs which we afterward found in such abundance elsewhere.Page 54
Puffing and panting, we plodded on until within about a mile of the harbor we came upon a sight that brought us all up standing.Page 63
Bradley did not return; nor did we have any word from von Schoenvorts.Page 66
When we clambered to our feet, we saw a large section of the west wall torn and shattered.Page 67
These creatures fed together in perfect amity; nor did they show any great indications of terror when Nobs and I approached.Page 71
A man might scale them if unhampered and unhindered, but to clamber upward in the face of a belligerent tribe of half-men and with a girl to assist was beyond my capability.Page 75
Once more was this repeated before I was able to reach him and cut his throat; then I looked around for my companions, as I wanted them to come and carry the meat home; but I could see nothing of them.Page 84
I did not take conscious aim; and yet at each report.Page 87
And so we say good-bye in this, our last message to the world beyond the barrier cliffs.