might or might
not prove a clew to her whereabouts; but each must be run down in the
process of elimination before Burton could feel safe in abandoning it.
Already he had solved one of them to his satisfaction; and Dopey Charlie
and The General were, all unknown to themselves, on the way to the
gallows for the murder of Old John Baggs. When Burton had found them
simulating sleep behind the bushes beside the road his observant eyes
had noticed something that resembled a hurried cache. The excuse of a
lost note book had taken him back to investigate and to find the loot
of the Baggs's crime wrapped in a bloody rag and hastily buried in a
When Burton and Jonas Prim arrived at the Case farm they were met by a
new Willie. A puffed and important young man swaggered before them as
he retold his tale and led them through the woods toward the spot where
they were to bag their prey. The last hundred yards was made on hands
and knees; but when the party arrived at the clearing there was no one
in sight, only the hovel stood mute and hollow-eyed before them.
"They must be inside," whispered Willie to the detective.
Burton passed a whispered word to his followers. Stealthily they crept
through the underbrush until the cabin was surrounded; then, at a signal
from their leader they rose and advanced upon the structure.
No evidence of life indicated their presence had been noted, and Burton
came to the very door of the cabin unchallenged. The others saw him
pause an instant upon the threshold and then pass in. They closed behind
him. Three minutes later he emerged, shaking his head.
"There is no one here," he announced.
Willie Case was crestfallen. "But they must be," he pleaded. "They must
be. I saw 'em here just a leetle while back."
Burton turned and eyed the boy sternly. Willie quailed. "I seen 'em," he
cried. "Hones' I seen 'em. They was here just a few minutes ago. Here's
where they burrit the dead man," and he pointed to the little mound of
earth near the center of the clearing.
"We'll see," commented Burton, tersely, and he sent two of his men back
to the Case farm for spades. When they returned a few minutes' labor
revealed that so much of Willie's story was true, for a quilt wrapped
corpse was presently unearthed and lying upon the ground beside its
violated grave. Willie's stock rose once more to par.
In an improvised litter they carried the dead man back to
Its mention in fiction, even, was forbidden.Page 6
He stood at my side on the bridge as the ship glided.Page 10
" He flushed, hesitated a moment, and then, saluting, turned upon his heel and left the bridge.Page 12
A gentle west wind was blowing.Page 19
Both Taylor and Snider gave little gasps of astonishment and dismay.Page 21
At the sight of us, they came charging down like infuriated demons.Page 24
" "England?" he asked.Page 42
"What is it?" I asked.Page 43
They were carried to keep off the huge Carnivora that moaned and coughed and roared about us.Page 46
Then I shall try to return to my comrades.Page 52
I owed my life to her, and, all other considerations aside, that was sufficient demand upon my gratitude and my honor to necessitate my suffering every inconvenience in her service.Page 56
Victory, animated by a bravery no less ferocious than that of the dumb beast assailing us, swam straight for me.Page 58
For an instant I was dumbfounded.Page 60
He did not want to make it worse by going to the continent.Page 65
He was not dead, but that he was badly injured was all too evident.Page 69
But which way had she gone since she stopped here? Would she go on down the river, that she might thus bring herself nearer her own Grabritin, or would she have sought to search for us upstream, where she had seen us last? I had hailed Taylor, and sent him across the river to take in Delcarte, that the two might join me and discuss my discovery and our future plans.Page 74
little white colonies, and a black who marries a white is socially ostracized.Page 79
I myself am sovereign in my own country.Page 82
He staggered back, dropping Victory to the floor, and then he cried aloud for the guard, and came at me.Page 84
We could not escape the way that we had entered the apartment, for not only was the corridor now choked with debris, but beyond the corridor there were doubtless many members of the emperor's household who would stop us.