one query before launching
the next. "What do ye want to buy, eh? How much money ye got? Looks
suspicious. That's a sight o' money yew got there, eh? Where'dje get
"It's mine," said The Oskaloosa Kid, "and I want to buy some eggs and
milk and ham and bacon and flour and onions and sugar and cream and
strawberries and tea and coffee and a frying pan and a little oil stove,
if you have one to spare, and--"
Jeb Case's jaw dropped and his eyes widened. "You're in the wrong
pasture, bub," he remarked feelingly. "What yer lookin' fer is Sears,
Roebuck & Company."
The Oskaloosa Kid flushed up to the tips of his ears. "But can't you
sell me something?" he begged.
"I might let ye have some milk an' eggs an' butter an' a leetle bacon
an' mebby my ol' woman's got a loaf left from her last bakin'; but we
ain't been figgerin' on supplyin' grub fer the United States army ef
that's what yew be buyin' fer."
A frowsy, rat-faced woman and a gawky youth of fourteen stuck their
heads out the doorway at either side of the man. "I ain't got nothin'
to sell," snapped the woman; but as she spoke her eyes fell upon the fat
bank roll in the youth's hand. "Or, leastwise," she amended, "I ain't
got much more'n we need an' the price o' stuff's gone up so lately that
I'll hev to ask ye more'n I would of last fall. 'Bout what did ye figger
"Anything you can spare," said the youth. "There are three of us and
we're awful hungry."
"Where yew stoppin'?" asked the woman.
"We're at the old Squibbs' place," replied The Kid. "We got caught by
the storm last night and had to put up there."
"The Squibbs' place!" ejaculated the woman. "Yew didn't stop there over
"Yes we did," replied the youth.
"See anything funny?" asked Mrs. Case.
"We didn't SEE anything," replied The Oskaloosa Kid; "but we heard
things. At least we didn't see what we heard; but we saw a dead man on
the floor when we went in and this morning he was gone."
The Cases shuddered. "A dead man!" ejaculated Jeb Case. "Yew seen him?"
The Kid nodded.
"I never tuk much stock in them stories," said Jeb, with a shake of his
head; "but ef you SEEN it! Gosh! Thet beats me. Come on M'randy, les see
what we got to spare," and he turned into the kitchen with his wife.
The lanky boy stepped out, and planting himself in front of The
Oskaloosa Kid proceeded
The torpedoing of the liner upon which Bowen J.Page 10
Between me and my friends lay an inland sea fully sixty miles wide at this point and an estimated land-distance of some three hundred miles around the northern end of the sea, through such hideous dangers as I am perfectly free to admit had me pretty well buffaloed.Page 25
The effect upon the Bo-lu was electrical.Page 27
" And the child shuddered as she voiced the word.Page 28
Ajor spoke in tones of reverence of Luata, the god of heat and life.Page 30
The figures of all, both men and women, were symmetrical though heavy, and though there were some who verged strongly upon the Sto-lu type, there were.Page 32
Already I had traversed several hundred yards of it, from many points of which other corridors diverged.Page 34
For long moments no sound broke the sepulchral silence of the cave.Page 44
I do not care to kill men with whom I have no quarrel.Page 46
I can see it in your eyes, To-mar, my To-mar! We shall go on together!" And she threw herself into his arms.Page 47
It would have been very helpful to us could we have made friends with them, as their country abutted directly upon that of the Galus.Page 48
The Wieroo get most of us; but my mother hid me until I had attained such size that the Wieroo could not readily distinguish me from one who had come up from the beginning.Page 53
toward the Kro-lu village.Page 56
"My Tom!" she said, and took my hand in hers.Page 58
Yet I was still at sea; nor, seemingly, could Ajor enlighten me, since she was compelled to use words which I could not understand and which it was impossible for her to explain the meanings of.Page 61
Al-tan will not hinder him.Page 67
Du-seen called to him; but the terrier never even so much as looked in his direction.Page 71
"You saved my life; and I am no ingrate as is the batu Al-tan.Page 76
It never occurred to me that Nobs had made the crossing at least once, possibly a greater number of times, and that he might lead me to the pass; and so it was with no idea of assistance that I appealed to him as a man alone with a dumb brute so often does.Page 77
Into the defile formed by this overlapping the party filed.