loss of blood, strode
sturdily upward while the marveling girl followed close behind him. A
hundred yards above the spring they came upon a little level spot, and
here with the two swords of Oda Yorimoto which they still carried they
scooped a shallow grave in which they placed all that was mortal of the
Count de Cadenet.
Barbara Harding whispered a short prayer above the new-made grave, while
the mucker stood with bowed head beside her. Then they turned to their
flight again up the wild face of the savage mountain. The moon came up
at last to lighten the way for them, but it was a rough and dangerous
climb at best. In many places they were forced to walk hand in hand for
considerable distances, and twice the mucker had lifted the girl bodily
in his arms to bear her across particularly dangerous or difficult
Shortly after midnight they struck a small mountain stream up which they
followed until in a natural cul-de-sac they came upon its source and
found their farther progress barred by precipitous cliffs which rose
above them, sheer and unscalable.
They had entered the little amphitheater through a narrow, rocky pass in
the bottom of which the tiny stream flowed, and now, weak and tired, the
mucker was forced to admit that he could go no farther.
"Who'd o' t'ought dat I was such a sissy?" he exclaimed disgustedly.
"I think that you are very wonderful, Mr. Byrne," replied the girl. "Few
men could have gone through what you have today and been alive now."
The mucker made a deprecatory gesture.
"I suppose we gotta make de best of it," he said. "Anyhow, dis ought to
make a swell joint to defend."
Weak as he was he searched about for some soft grasses which he threw in
a pile beneath a stunted tree that grew well back in the hollow.
"Here's yer downy," he said, with an attempt at jocularity. "Now you'd
better hit de hay, fer youse must be dead fagged."
"Thanks!" replied the girl. "I AM nearly dead."
So tired was she that she was asleep almost as soon as she had found
a comfortable position in the thick mat of grass, so that she gave no
thought to the strange position in which circumstance had placed her.
The sun was well up the following morning before the girl awakened, and
it was several minutes before she could readjust herself to her strange
surroundings. At first she thought that she was alone, but finally she
discerned a giant figure standing at the opening which led from their
Being an indifferent fisherman, my enthusiasm for this form of sport soon waned; yet in the absence of other forms of recreation I was now risking my life in an entirely inadequate boat off Cape Farewell at the southernmost extremity of Greenland.Page 2
The silence which followed the detonation of the exploding torpedo was almost equally horrifying.Page 5
She lived! She was not dead! I leaned over the boat's side and drew her quickly in to the comparative safety which God had given me.Page 10
At first the boches didn't seem to grasp his intention.Page 13
"Not a bad day's work," said Bradley, the mate, when he had completed his roll.Page 20
For twenty-four hours I did not leave my post in the conning tower, as both Olson and Bradley were sick.Page 24
The very first day we entered the South Pacific we had an adventure.Page 27
"I could not believe it," I said; "and yet two of my men reported having seen you.Page 33
I know that I was; but my interest was quickly dissipated by the sudden illness of three of the Germans.Page 36
Therefore I deduced that it was native to Caprona--that it lived inland, and that it had fallen or been hurled from the cliffs above.Page 40
Where were we going? What lay at the end of this great sewer? Had we bidden farewell forever to the sunlight and life, or were there before us dangers even greater than those which we now faced? I tried to keep my mind from vain imagining by calling everything which I observed to the eager ears below.Page 41
All about us was a flora and fauna as strange and wonderful to us as might have been those upon a distant planet had we suddenly been miraculously transported through ether to an unknown world.Page 45
Then the two men went on deck through the main hatch, and while one kept watch, the other cut a hind quarter off Plesiosaurus Olsoni, as Bradley dubbed the thing.Page 46
she threw upon the floor to me.Page 63
The next day Plesser and two other Germans came down overland for ammunition.Page 64
"Tell me, Lys," I begged, "tell me in words how much you love me.Page 65
Her bed had been occupied, and her clothing lay where she had placed it the previous night upon retiring; but Lys was gone.Page 66
It seemed incredible that man could be so perfidious--that we had really seen with our own eyes the thing that we had seen; but when we returned to the fort, the shattered wall gave us ample evidence that there was no mistake.Page 82
It was raining most of the time now, and the weather was as near cold as it ever seems to get on Caprona.Page 84
I had paused to put a new point on my quill and stir the crude ink (which I made by crushing a black variety of berry and mixing it with water) before attaching my signature, when faintly from the valley far below came an unmistakable sound which brought me to my feet, trembling with excitement, to peer eagerly downward from my dizzy ledge.