the skyline of the low bluffs beyond. The
others looked. A horseman was just visible urging his mount upward to
the crest, the two stood in silhouette against the morning sky pink with
the new sun.
"That's him," said Eddie.
"Let him go," said Billy Byrne. "He won't never come back and he ain't
worth chasin'. Not while we got Miss Barbara to look after. My horse
is down there with yours. I'm goin' down to get him. Will you come,
Shorter? I may need help--I ain't much with a rope yet."
He started off without waiting for a reply, and all the Americans
followed. Together they circled the horses and drove them back to the
corral. When Billy had saddled and mounted he saw that the others had
"We're goin' with you," said one of the men. "Miss Barbara b'longs to
Billy nodded and moved off in the direction of the ranchhouse. Here he
dismounted and with Eddie Shorter and Mr. Harding commenced circling
the house in search of some manner of clue to the direction taken by
the abductors. It was not long before they came upon the spot where the
Indians' horses had stood the night before. From there the trail led
plainly down toward the river. In a moment ten Americans were following
it, after Mr. Harding had supplied Billy Byrne with a carbine, another
six-shooter, and ammunition.
Through the river and the cut in the barbed-wire fence, then up the face
of the bluff and out across the low mesa beyond the trail led. For a
mile it was distinct, and then disappeared as though the riders had
"Well," said Billy, as the others drew around him for consultation,
"they'd be goin' to the hills there. They was Pimans--Esteban's tribe.
They got her up there in the hills somewheres. Let's split up an'
search the hills for her. Whoever comes on 'em first'll have to do
some shootin' and the rest of us can close in an' help. We can go in
pairs--then if one's killed the other can ride out an' lead the way back
to where it happened."
The men seemed satisfied with the plan and broke up into parties of two.
Eddie Shorter paired off with Billy Byrne.
"Spread out," said the latter to his companions. "Eddie an' I'll ride
straight ahead--the rest of you can fan out a few miles on either side
of us. S'long an' good luck," and he started off toward the hills, Eddie
Shorter at his side.
Back at the ranch the Mexican vaqueros lounged about, grumbling. With no
foreman there was nothing to
The bear took a couple of steps forward, still growling menacingly.Page 1
Tippet attempted to scramble to his feet.Page 7
"They were a hold ruined castle on a 'ill near by, hand at midnight they used to see pale blue lights through the windows an 'ear--" "Will you close your hatch!" demanded Bradley.Page 22
The Wieroo motioned him to one of the doors which he threw open, permitting Bradley to pass out onto another roof on.Page 25
When he had finished, his trough was empty, and then he commenced to wonder who was to settle for his meal.Page 27
sanctuary for him, since the stern laws of the Wieroos forbade altercations within such walls.Page 34
The houses were piled in indescribable heaps, sometimes to a height of a hundred feet.Page 38
Bradley bethought himself.Page 43
Feeling his way along the narrow ledge, Bradley came presently to a blank wall that stretched out over the water swirling beneath him, as far as he could reach.Page 45
His fingers feeling through the darkness came in contact with something cold and clammy--they passed to and fro over the thing until Bradley knew that it was the face of a dead man floating upon the surface of the stream.Page 46
Through the weave of the cloth he could distinguish large objects.Page 49
Here he discovered a door already ajar opening into a large, circular chamber, the walls and floors of which were covered with the skins of wild beasts and with rugs of many colors; but what interested him most was the occupants of the room--a Wieroo, and a girl of human proportions.Page 54
One of the party accompanying the Englishman spoke to a Wieroo that stood beside a door leading from the room.Page 56
"No," was the response.Page 64
One pair of the wings he adjusted to the girl's shoulders by means of the rope.Page 67
She cast her eyes upon the ground and half turned away.Page 75
"Come and take him, quick!" Schwartz and three others leaped forward; but Plesser and Hindle held back, looking questioningly toward the English prisoners.Page 77
All our lives we have known nothing but to obey his class.Page 82
" And then turning to the girl who had accompanied him he called her by name.Page 83
Late in the second day, after running through swarms of hideous reptiles, they submerged at the point where the river entered beneath the cliffs and shortly after rose to the sunlit surface of the Pacific; but nowhere as far as they could see was sign of another craft.