be denied. Suddenly an inspiration came to her. It was a forlorn hope,
but well worth putting to the test.
"Hush!" she hissed through the closed door. "Oda Yorimoto sleeps. It is
his wish that he be not disturbed."
For a moment there was silence beyond the door, and then the woman
grunted, and Barbara heard her turn back, muttering to herself. The girl
breathed a deep sigh of relief--she had received a brief reprieve from
Again she turned to the window, where, with the short sword, she
commenced her labor of enlarging it to permit the passage of her body.
The work was necessarily slow because of the fact that it must proceed
with utter noiselessness.
For an hour she worked, and then again came an interruption at the door.
This time it was a man.
"Oda Yorimoto still sleeps," whispered the girl. "Go away and do not
disturb him. He will be very angry if you awaken him."
But the man would not be put off so easily as had the woman. He still
"The daimio has ordered that there shall be a great hunt today for the
heads of the sei-yo-jin who have landed upon Yoka," persisted the man.
"He will be angry indeed if we do not call him in time to accomplish
the task today. Let me speak with him, woman. I do not believe that Oda
Yorimoto still sleeps. Why should I believe one of the sei-yo-jin? It
may be that you have bewitched the daimio," and with that he pushed
against the door.
The corpse gave a little, and the man glued his eyes to the aperture.
Barbara held the sword behind her, and with her shoulder against the
door attempted to reclose it.
"Go away!" she cried. "I shall be killed if you awaken Oda Yorimoto,
and, if you enter, you, too, shall be killed."
The man stepped back from the door, and Barbara could hear him in low
converse with some of the women of the household. A moment later he
returned, and without a word of warning threw his whole weight against
the portal. The corpse slipped back enough to permit the entrance of the
man's body, and as he stumbled into the room the long sword of the Lord
of Yoka fell full and keen across the back of his brown neck.
Without a sound he lunged to the floor, dead; but the women without
had caught a fleeting glimpse of what had taken place within the little
chamber, even before Barbara Harding could slam the door again, and
with shrieks of rage and fright they
At last the truth dawned upon me--I was following a subterranean river which emptied into the Iss at the very point where I had hidden.Page 20
thus adorned, was a lesser thern, though from his harness I gleaned that he had reached the Ninth Cycle, which is but one below that of the Holy Therns.Page 22
Again and again I went carefully over every square inch of its surface, but the most that I could find was a tiny pinhole a little above and to the right of the door's center--a pinhole that seemed only an accident of manufacture or an imperfection of material.Page 25
Presently he stopped and released me, standing between me and the way we had come, looking up into my face as though to ask if I would now follow him voluntarily or if he must still resort to force.Page 29
" As he ceased speaking he awaited in silence evidently for some outbreak of rage upon my part--something that would have added to the spice of his revenge.Page 37
Presently I heard the diminishing sound of whirring propellers and realized that again I was safe.Page 41
Then, like a battering-ram, one of the powerful hind legs caught me full in the chest and hurled me, half stunned and wholly winded, clear across the broad highway and into the underbrush of the jungle that fringes it.Page 55
"I heard that thousands of prisoners had been released, few of whom dared to return to their own countries owing to the mandate of terrible death which rests against all who return from the Valley Dor.Page 58
" "None shall leave the palace tonight," replied the Jeddak of Kaol, "and Matai Shang will give us assurance that no harm will come to the two women?" The thern assented with a nod.Page 62
He but shook his head dejectedly.Page 70
WITH THE YELLOW MEN Thuvan Dihn was not long in joining me; and, though we found the hooked weapon a strange and savage thing with which to deal, the three of us soon despatched the five black-bearded warriors who opposed us.Page 79
In fact, I had forgotten my disguise upon discovering a red man pacing before my sleeping platform; but his growing expression of surprise warned me in time, for I had no mind to reveal my identity to any unless some good could come of it, and I did not see how this poor fellow could serve me yet, though I had it in my mind that later I might be the means of serving him and all the other thousands of prisoners who do the bidding of their stern masters in Kadabra.Page 92
There were four separate and distinct combinations of raised lines.Page 96
" "And myself into the bargain," said Solan, with a shudder.Page 97
"Think you that for your happiness Solan will give up his life? If you escaped, Salensus Oll would know that only through my connivance could you have succeeded.Page 102
With a resounding bang I slammed it shut.Page 103
"Cut his chains," I cried to two of the red men, "while the balance of us hold off the foe.Page 123
It is love--love of you," and when I darkened my brows in disapproval of her words she raised an appealing hand.Page 124
Through the tunnel that had led me in pursuit of them we passed, walking slowly, for we had much to say to each other.Page 130
There was Kulan Tith, Jeddak of Kaol, whom we had but just left within his own palace a few days since; there was Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak of Ptarth--how came he to Helium as soon as we? There was Tars Tarkas, Jeddak of Thark, and Xodar, Jeddak of the First Born; there was Talu, Jeddak of Jeddaks of the North, whom I could have sworn was still in his ice-bound hothouse city beyond the northern barrier, and among them sat Tardos Mors and Mors Kajak, with enough lesser jeds and jeddaks to make up the thirty-one who must sit in judgment upon their fellow-man.