If he could
but reach the shelter of the bowlders before the Pimans discovered them!
The minutes that were consumed in covering the hundred yards seemed as
many hours to Billy Byrne; but at last he dragged the fainting cowboy
between two large bowlders close under the edge of the bluff and found
himself in a little, natural fortress, well adapted to defense.
From above they were protected from the fire of the Indians upon the
bluff by the height of the bowlder at the foot of which they lay, while
another just in front hid them from possible marksmen across the canyon.
Smaller rocks scattered about gave promise of shelter from flank fire,
and as soon as he had deposited Eddie in the comparative safety of their
retreat Byrne commenced forming a low breastwork upon the side facing
the village--the direction from which they might naturally expect
attack. This done he turned his attention to the opening upon the
opposite side and soon had a similar defense constructed there, then he
turned his attention to Eddie, though keeping a watchful eye upon both
approaches to their stronghold.
The Kansan lay upon his side, moaning. Blood stained his lips and
nostrils, and when Billy Byrne opened his shirt and found a gaping wound
in his right breast he knew how serious was his companion's injury. As
he felt Billy working over him the boy opened his eyes.
"Do you think I'm done for?" he asked in a tortured whisper.
"Nothin' doin'," lied Billy cheerfully. "Just a scratch. You'll be all
right in a day or two."
Eddie shook his head wearily. "I wish I could believe you," he said. "I
ben figgerin' on goin' back to see maw. I ain't thought o' nothin' else
since you told me 'bout how she missed me. I ken see her right now just
like I was there. I'll bet she's scrubbin' the kitchen floor. Maw was
always a-scrubbin' somethin'. Gee! but it's tough to cash in like this
just when I was figgerin' on goin' home."
Billy couldn't think of anything to say. He turned to look up and down
the canyon in search of the enemy.
"Home!" whispered Eddie. "Home!"
"Aw, shucks!" said Billy kindly. "You'll get home all right, kid. The
boys must a-heard the shootin' an' they'll be along in no time now. Then
we'll clean up this bunch o' coons an' have you back to El Orobo an'
nursed into shape in no time."
Eddie tried to smile as he looked up into the other's face. He reached a
hand out and laid it on Billy's arm.
I did my best to fulfil the last wishes of my parent--not because of the inheritance, but because I loved and honored my father.Page 6
And then--but what was the use, I was about to die and atone for all these things and several more.Page 15
an instant's advantage, for climbing upon it I leaped to another a few paces farther on, and in this way was able to keep clear of the mush that carpeted the surrounding ground.Page 16
Apelike, they essayed to don the apparel themselves, but their ingenuity was not sufficient to the task and so they gave it up.Page 20
A short distance before us rose a few low, rocky hills.Page 21
The stone caught the hyaenodon full upon the end of the nose, and sent him bowling over upon his back.Page 24
IV DIAN THE BEAUTIFUL When our guards aroused us from sleep we were much refreshed.Page 32
A more hideous thing it would be impossible to imagine.Page 40
For the first time I beheld their queen.Page 45
Cautiously I crept up the stairway to the tunnel's end, and peering out saw the broad plain of Phutra before me.Page 52
No sooner had we hidden the canoe than Ja plunged into the jungle, presently emerging into a narrow but well-defined trail which wound hither and thither much after the manner of the highways of all primitive folk, but there was one peculiarity about this Mezop trail which I was later to find distinguished them from all other trails that I ever have seen within or without the earth.Page 59
and all my weight upon it proved too much for it.Page 72
Then it questioned me through one of the Sagoths.Page 86
On either side rose precipitous cliffs of gorgeous, parti-colored rock, while beneath our feet a thick mountain grass formed a soft and noiseless carpet.Page 89
They were on a level that was over two feet above my head.Page 94
The long-extinct pterodactyl of the outer world.Page 99
Each time my sword found his body--once penetrating to his lung.Page 101
"May be that I saved you from a worse fate, old man," I said, but I guess it was lost on Dian, for she never seemed to notice it at all.Page 110
The Mahars had offered fabulous rewards for the capture of any one of us alive, and at the same time had threatened to inflict the direst punishment upon whomever should harm us.Page 115
That is if the Arabs don't get me.