last the swimmer beneath
her forged steadily and persistently toward the sandy beach to flounder
out at last with an unconscious burden in his mighty arms.
As the man staggered up out of reach of the water Barbara Harding opened
her eyes to look in astonishment into the face of the mucker.
CHAPTER IX. ODA YORIMOTO
ONLY four men of the Halfmoon's crew were lost in the wreck of the
vessel. All had been crowded in the bow when the ship broke in two,
and being far-flung by the forward part of the brigantine as it lunged
toward the cove on the wave following the one which had dropped the
craft upon the reef, with the exception of the four who had perished
beneath the wreckage they had been able to swim safely to the beach.
Larry Divine, who had sat weeping upon the deck of the doomed ship
during the time that hope had been at its lowest, had recovered his
poise. Skipper Simms, subdued for the moment, soon commenced to regain
his bluster. He took Theriere to task for the loss of the Halfmoon.
"An' ever we make a civilized port," he shouted, "I'll prefer charges
ag'in' you, you swab you; a-losin' of the finest bark as ever weathered
a storm. Ef it hadn't o' been fer you a-mutinyin' agin' me I'd a-brought
her through in safety an' never lost a bloomin' soul."
"Stow it!" admonished Theriere at last; "your foolish bluster can't
hide the bald fact that you deserted your post in time of danger. We're
ashore now, remember, and there is no more ship for you to command, so
were I you I'd be mighty careful how I talked to my betters."
"What's that!" screamed the skipper. "My betters! You frog-eatin'
greaser you, I'll teach you. Here, some of you, clap this swab into
irons. I'll learn him that I'm still captain of this here bunch."
Theriere laughed in the man's face; but Ward and a couple of hands
who had been shown favoritism by the skipper and first mate closed
menacingly toward the second officer.
The Frenchman took in the situation at a glance. They were ashore now,
where they didn't think that they needed him further and the process of
elimination had commenced. Well, it might as well come to a showdown now
"Just a moment," said Theriere, raising his hand. "You're not going to
take me alive, and I have no idea that you want to anyhow, and if you
start anything in the killing line some of you are going to Davy Jones'
locker along with me.
The Coldwater was one of the first of the air and underwater craft which have been so greatly improved since its launching, and was possessed of innumerable weaknesses which, fortunately, have been eliminated in more recent vessels of similar type.Page 4
"The gravitation-screen generators, sir," he said.Page 6
He stood at my side on the bridge as the ship glided.Page 12
A gentle west wind was blowing.Page 14
Usually I bring several of these books with me upon a.Page 16
As we approached the mouth of the bay I looked for the fishing craft which I expected to see emerging thus early in the day for their labors.Page 32
"What is that?" I pointed toward the west.Page 34
He is more inclined to believe that the expulsion of the foe from England was synchronous with widespread victories by the allies upon the continent, and that the people of England merely emigrated from their ruined cities and their devastated, blood-drenched fields to the mainland, in the hope of finding, in the domain of the conquered enemy, cities and farms which would replace those they had lost.Page 38
All wore necklaces of the teeth or claws of wild beasts, and there were numerous metal wristlets and anklets among them.Page 39
The people greeted her with every mark of respect as she hastened to a large hut near the center of the camp.Page 50
A quick glance showed me that this was the only door to the small apartment in which we had found sanctuary, and, with a sigh of relief, I leaned for a moment against the panels of the stout barrier that separated us from the ramping demons without.Page 57
thing you call rifle stunned her," she explained, "and then I swam in close enough to get my knife into her heart.Page 62
We aimed to land near the site of ancient Ostend.Page 71
A couple of long chains were brought, with rings in the links every few feet.Page 72
He was a colonel in the cavalry of Abyssinia, a country of which I do not remember ever hearing, but which Colonel Belik assured me is the oldest civilized country in the world.Page 73
He considered whites inferior beings, creatures of a lower order, and assuring me that even the few white freemen of Abyssinia were never accorded anything approximating a position of social equality with the blacks.Page 74
They are of extraordinary length, even those of the cavalry, and are of extreme accuracy.Page 75
It stands, I am convinced, upon the ruins of ancient Berlin, the one time capital of the old German empire, but except for the old building material used in the new town there is no sign of the former city.Page 80
"I like your spirit, for the breaking of it will add to my pleasure in you, and never fear but that it shall be broken--this very night.Page 84
"But I do love a barbarian, Victory!" I cried, "the dearest barbarian in the world.