for the north side of the house; but when Bridge
dropped the first of them before he had taken ten steps from the office
building and wounded a second the others retreated for shelter.
Time and again as the afternoon wore away Pesita made attempts to get
men close up to the house; but in each instance they were driven back,
until at last they desisted from their efforts to fire the house or rush
it, and contented themselves with firing an occasional shot through the
windows opposite them.
"They're waiting for dark," said Bridge to Mr. Harding during a
temporary lull in the hostilities, "and then we're goners, unless the
boys come back from across the river in time."
"Couldn't we get away after dark?" asked the Easterner.
"It's our only hope if help don't reach us," replied Bridge.
But when night finally fell and the five men made an attempt to leave
the house upon the side away from the office building they were met
with the flash of carbines and the ping of bullets. One of the Mexican
defenders fell, mortally wounded, and the others were barely able to
drag him within and replace the barricade before the door when five
of Pesita's men charged close up to their defenses. These were finally
driven off and again there came a lull; but all hope of escape was gone,
and Bridge reposted the defenders at the upper windows where they might
watch every approach to the house.
As the hours dragged on the hopelessness of their position grew upon the
minds of all. Their ammunition was almost gone--each man had but a few
rounds remaining--and it was evident that Pesita, through an inordinate
desire for revenge, would persist until he had reduced their fortress
and claimed the last of them as his victim.
It was with such cheerful expectations that they awaited the final
assault which would see them without ammunition and defenseless in the
face of a cruel and implacable foe.
It was just before daylight that the anticipated rush occurred. From
every side rang the reports of carbines and the yells of the bandits.
There were scarcely more than a dozen of the original twenty left; but
they made up for their depleted numbers by the rapidity with which they
worked their firearms and the loudness and ferocity of their savage
And this time they reached the shelter of the veranda and commenced
battering at the door.
At the report of the rifle so close to them Billy Byrne shoved Barbara
quickly to one side and leaped forward to close with the man who
"Have you no clue as to the whereabouts of Dian?" I asked.Page 17
I thought my time had come.Page 18
With our hut as a base we sallied forth in search of a pass across the range.Page 32
In the leisure afforded we took turns working on our map, and by means of the compass and a little guesswork we set down the shoreline we had left and the three islands with fair accuracy.Page 34
He quickly indicated the position of the inland sea and close beside it, the city of Phutra, where one of the powerful Mahar nations had its seat.Page 43
Without the great secret this maleless race must eventually become extinct.Page 45
Evidently he was explaining the nature of our expedition to the leader of the warriors.Page 46
The Mahars listened to the report of the Sagoth chieftain, and so difficult is it to judge their emotions from their almost expressionless countenance, that I was at a loss to know how terrible might be their wrath as they learned that their great secret, upon which rested the fate of.Page 50
Well does he deserve his appellation of the Sly One.Page 53
And so, armed with my credentials and my small arsenal, I set out alone upon my quest for the dearest girl in this world or yours.Page 56
I carried bow and arrows to conserve my ammunition-supply, but so quick was the little animal that I had no time to draw and fit a shaft.Page 70
In other words, it is my belief that the first man was a freak of nature--nor would one have to draw overstrongly upon his credulity to be.Page 81
CHAPTER X THE RAID ON THE CAVE-PRISON His head was turned over his shoulder as I first saw him--he was looking back toward the village.Page 83
" The speaker pointed toward the northeast.Page 95
Then we set out away from the sea.Page 97
These Pellucidarians are almost as fleet as deer; because I am not is one reason that I am always chosen for the close-in work of the thag-hunt.Page 106
Quite suddenly a thought occurred to me.Page 110
How long this nerve-racking experience lasted I cannot guess, though we had pretty nearly finished our meager supply of provisions when the wind picked up a bit and we commenced to draw away.Page 112
We were not far from.Page 130
The Luana group lies just beyond the range of vision from the mainland.