their way to liberty.
That they had surprised him even more than he had them was evidenced by
the wildness of his shot which passed harmlessly above their heads as
well as by the fact that he had permitted them to come so close before
To the latter event was attributable his undoing, for it permitted Billy
Byrne to close with him before the Indian could reload his antiquated
weapon. Down the two men went, the American on top, each striving for
a death-hold; but in weight and strength and skill the Piman was far
outclassed by the trained fighter, a part of whose daily workouts had
consisted in wrestling with proficient artists of the mat.
Barbara Harding ran forward to assist her champion but as the men rolled
and tumbled over the ground she could find no opening for a blow that
might not endanger Billy Byrne quite as much as it endangered his
antagonist; but presently she discovered that the American required no
assistance. She saw the Indian's head bending slowly forward beneath the
resistless force of the other's huge muscles, she heard the crack that
announced the parting of the vertebrae and saw the limp thing which
had but a moment before been a man, pulsing with life and vigor, roll
helplessly aside--a harmless and inanimate lump of clay.
Billy Byrne leaped to his feet, shaking himself as a great mastiff might
whose coat had been ruffled in a fight.
"Come!" he whispered. "We gotta beat it now for sure. That guy's shot'll
lead 'em right down to us," and once more they took up their flight down
toward the valley, along an unknown trail through the darkness of the
For the most part they moved in silence, Billy holding the girl's arm
or hand to steady her over the rough and dangerous portions of the path.
And as they went there grew in Billy's breast a love so deep and so
resistless that he found himself wondering that he had ever imagined
that his former passion for this girl was love.
This new thing surged through him and over him with all the blind,
brutal, compelling force of a mighty tidal wave. It battered down and
swept away the frail barriers of his new-found gentleness. Again he was
the Mucker--hating the artificial wall of social caste which separated
him from this girl; but now he was ready to climb the wall, or, better
still, to batter it down with his huge fists. But the time was not
yet--first he must get Barbara to a place of safety.
On and on they
Some were torn and mangled; others lay rolling quietly to the motion of the sea, their countenances composed and peaceful; others were set in hideous lines of agony or horror.Page 7
And as I gazed down at her, so small and delicate and helpless, there was born slowly within my breast a new emotion.Page 8
Hers went very wide at first, and then slowly comprehension came to her, and she smiled.Page 11
With a quick side-step and ducking low beneath his outstretched arms, I eluded him; and as he turned to come back at me, I landed a blow upon his chin which sent him spinning toward the edge of the deck.Page 19
Lys, followed by Nobs, appeared as I entered the centrale.Page 20
Seeing an opening and an advantage, I sought to follow it up.Page 21
There was a slight haze upon the ocean which had cut off our view of the stars; but conditions all pointed toward a clear morrow, and I was on deck anxiously awaiting the rising of the sun.Page 24
After that it had been comparatively simple to stand at the foot of the ladder and arrest each individual as he descended.Page 28
I took our position every morning with my crude sextant; but the results were always most unsatisfactory.Page 29
I was greatly relieved to find that nothing was wrong, for the girl's words had caused me considerable apprehension.Page 34
As close in as we dared cruise, we found fathomless depths, and always the same undented coastline of bald cliffs.Page 39
They all looked, and all saw what I had seen--the top of a dark opening in the rock, through which water was pouring out into the sea.Page 42
"Would you look at the giraffe comin' up out o' the bottom of the say?" We looked in the direction he pointed and saw a long, glossy neck surmounted by a small head rising above the surface of the river.Page 44
We proceeded up the river for some forty miles before darkness overtook us.Page 58
Life seems a joke, a cruel, grim joke.Page 61
Now when we are attacked by large flying reptiles we run beneath spreading trees;.Page 70
It was the night-life of this jungle world coming into its own--the huge, carnivorous nocturnal beasts which make the nights of Caspak hideous.Page 74
The fourth day Lys told me that she thought she felt equal to attempting the return journey on the morrow, and so I set out for the hunt in high spirits, for I was anxious to return to the fort and learn if Bradley and his party had returned and what had been the result of his expedition.Page 78
Below these in the scale of evolution came the Bo-lu, or club-men, and then the Alus, who had no weapons and no language.Page 82
Closely I examined the ghastly remains fearful each instant that I should find the dainty skull that would shatter my happiness for life; but though I searched diligently, picking up every one of the twenty-odd skulls, I found none that was the skull of a creature but slightly removed from the ape.