went down again just before you regained
consciousness. I imagine we shall hear some interesting developments
"It's The Sky Pilot and his gang," whispered The Oskaloosa Kid.
"It's The Oskaloosa Kid," came a voice from below.
"But wot was that light upstairs then?" queried another.
"An' wot croaked this guy here?" asked a third. "It wasn't nothin'
nice--did you get the expression on his mug an' the red foam on his
lips? I tell youse there's something in this house beside human bein's.
I know the joint--it's hanted--they's spooks in it. Gawd! there it is
now," as the clanking rose to the head of the cellar stairs; and those
above heard a sudden rush of footsteps as the men broke for the open
air--all but the two upon the stairway. They had remained too long and
now, their retreat cut off, they scrambled, cursing and screaming, to
the second floor.
Along the hallway they rushed to the closed door at the end--the door
of the room in which the three listened breathlessly--hurling themselves
against it in violent effort to gain admission.
"Who are you and what do you want?" cried Bridge.
"Let us in! Let us in!" screamed two voices. "Fer God's sake let us in.
Can't you hear IT? It'll be comin' up here in a minute."
The sound of the dragging chain could be heard at intervals upon the
floor below. It seemed to the tense listeners above to pause beside the
dead man as though hovering in gloating exultation above its gruesome
prey and then it moved again, this time toward the stairway where
they all heard it ascending with a creepy slowness which wrought more
terribly upon tense nerves than would a sudden rush.
"The mills of the Gods grind slowly," quoted Bridge.
"Oh, don't!" pleaded The Oskaloosa Kid.
"Let us in," screamed the men without. "Fer the luv o' Mike have a
heart! Don't leave us out here! IT's comin'! IT's comin'!"
"Oh, let the poor things in," pleaded the girl on the bed. She was,
herself, trembling with terror.
"No funny business, now, if I let you in," commanded Bridge.
"On the square," came the quick and earnest reply.
The THING had reached the head of the stairs when Bridge dragged the bed
aside and drew the bolt. Instantly two figures hurled themselves into
the room but turned immediately to help Bridge resecure the doorway.
Just as it had done before, when Bridge and The Oskaloosa Kid had taken
refuge there with the girl, the THING moved down the hallway to the
closed door. The dragging chain marked each foot of its
I rescued it, but I was soaked above the knees doing it; and then I sat.Page 13
I was to learn for myself that this slender and seemingly delicate creature possessed the heart and courage of a warrior.Page 14
"Lys!" he cried, and took a step toward her.Page 18
It was daylight when I awoke.Page 25
"Quick!" And she slipped something into my hand.Page 30
was a traitor, how could I know that there were not other traitors among us? I cursed myself for my folly in going out upon the deck, and then this thought suggested another--a hideous one: who was it that had really been responsible for my being here? Thinking to attract attention from inside the craft, I again ran down the ladder and onto the small deck only to find that the steel covers of the conning-tower windows were shut, and then I leaned with my back against the tower and cursed myself for a gullible idiot.Page 31
After that I felt better.Page 33
It would have been worse, though, had land not been in sight.Page 36
A little later he sat down upon his haunches, raised his muzzle to the heavens and bayed forth a most dismal howl.Page 38
The water was very warm, and it was fresh, but there was a most unpleasant taste to it.Page 44
We also dipped up some of the river water and found it, though quite warm, a little sweeter than before.Page 51
We got within a hundred yards of the deer when he suddenly raised his antlered head and pricked up his great ears.Page 54
We ran for the better part of a mile without hearing anything more from the direction of the harbor, and then I reduced the speed to a walk, for the exercise was telling on us who had been cooped up for so long in the confined interior of the U-33.Page 61
The mind of man can scarce conceive the plethora of carnivorous life in this lost world; and their prey, of course, is even more abundant.Page 67
I made over twenty miles that day, for I was now hardened to fatigue and accustomed to long hikes, having spent considerable time hunting and exploring in the immediate vicinity of camp.Page 76
It was the fact that this silent grave gave evidence that Bradley had come this far upon his expedition and that he too probably was lost, for it was not our intention that he should be long gone.Page 77
This is the farthest north I have been.Page 78
The two dead men they left where they had fallen, nor gave them a second glance--thus cheap is life upon Caspak.Page 82
For a week--a week filled with the terrors and dangers of a primeval world--I pushed on in the direction I thought was south.Page 86
Like a squirrel she clambered swiftly aloft, so that I was forced to exert myself to keep pace with her.