to make myself so agreeable heretofore that you'd finally
consent to say 'yes' for a change."
"Now you are going to make it all the worse by being stupid," cried the
girl petulantly. "Why can't you be nice, as you used to be before you
got this silly notion into your head?"
"I don't think it's a silly notion to be head over heels in love with
the sweetest girl on earth," cried Billy.
"Hush! Someone will hear you."
"I don't care if they do. I'd like to advertise it to the whole world.
I'm proud of the fact that I love you; and you don't care enough about
it to realize how really hard I'm hit--why I'd die for you, Barbara, and
welcome the chance; why--My God! What's that?"
"O Billy! What are those men doing?" cried the girl. "They're shooting.
They're shooting at papa! Quick, Billy! Do something. For heaven's sake
On the deck below them the "rescued" crew of the "Clarinda" had
surrounded Mr. Harding, Captain Norris, and most of the crew of the
Lotus, flashing quick-drawn revolvers from beneath shirts and coats, and
firing at two of the yacht's men who showed fight.
"Keep quiet," commanded Skipper Simms, "an' there won't none of you get
"What do you want of us?" cried Mr. Harding. "If it's money, take what
you can find aboard us, and go on your way. No one will hinder you."
Skipper Simms paid no attention to him. His eyes swept aloft to the
upper deck. There he saw a wide-eyed girl and a man looking down upon
them. He wondered if she was the one they sought. There were other women
aboard. He could see them, huddled frightened behind Harding and Norris.
Some of them were young and beautiful; but there was something about
the girl above him that assured him she could be none other than Barbara
Harding. To discover the truth Simms resorted to a ruse, for he knew
that were he to ask Harding outright if the girl were his daughter the
chances were more than even that the old man would suspect something of
the nature of their visit and deny her identity.
"Who is that woman you have on board here?" he cried in an accusing tone
of voice. "That's what we're a-here to find out."
"Why she's my daughter, man!" blurted Harding. "Who did you--"
"Thanks," said Skipper Simms, with a self-satisfied grin. "That's what
I wanted to be sure of. Hey, you, Byrne! You're nearest the
companionway--fetch the girl."
At the command the mucker turned and leaped up the stairway to
" I wormed my way to the old man's side with never a doubt but that the great wheel would yield on the instant to the power of my young and vigorous muscles.Page 10
Nevertheless I am going to have a look at the blessed sky that I had given up all hope of ever seeing again," and so saying I lifted the bars from the inner door, and swung it open.Page 13
At length he spied a dangling creeper about the bigness of one's wrist, and when I reached the trees he was racing madly up it, hand over hand.Page 21
At my movement the beast veered off a bit and commenced circling us.Page 27
And Perry! He was absolutely flabbergasted.Page 34
I often wondered if the little party of fugitives had been overtaken by the guards who had returned to search for them.Page 43
The man seized the spears, handing one of them to the woman.Page 48
Then I grasped the paddle, and with feverish haste urged the awkward, wobbly thing out upon the surface of the sea.Page 53
Each ball-like house was surmounted by some manner of carven image, which Ja told me indicated the identity of the owner.Page 56
The water rose to the girl's knees, and still she advanced, chained by that clammy eye.Page 57
The slaves were motionless in terror.Page 60
When I awoke I was very hungry, and after busying myself searching for fruit for a while, I set off through the jungle to find the beach.Page 80
Down to the main floor we encountered many Mahars, Sagoths, and slaves; but no attention was paid to us as we had become a part of the domestic life of the building.Page 87
The hard wood of the bow was extremely.Page 88
I sighted as carefully and deliberately as though at a straw target.Page 95
"But at last one of Jubal's hunters saw me as I was creeping toward my father's cave to see if my brother had yet returned and he gave the alarm and Jubal set out after me.Page 100
For the first time he had seen a bow and arrows, never before that duel had he beheld a sword, and now he learned what a man who knows may do with his bare fists.Page 101
Occasionally I glanced at her, thinking that the sight of her tearing at raw flesh with her hands and teeth like some wild animal would cause a revulsion of my sentiments toward her; but to my surprise I found that she ate quite as daintily.Page 102
as the most civilized woman of my acquaintance, and finally I found myself gazing in foolish rapture at the beauties of her strong, white teeth.