ever to be passed up--and if she's followed she
won't come here. At least I hope she won't."
"What's that?" exclaimed The Oskaloosa Kid. Each stood in silence,
The girl shuddered. "Even now that I know what it is it makes me creep,"
she whispered, as the faint clanking of a distant chain came to their
"We ought to be used to it by this time, Miss Prim," said Bridge. "We
heard it all last night and a good part of to-day."
The girl made no comment upon the use of the name which he had applied
to her, and in the darkness he could not see her features, nor did
he see the odd expression upon the boy's face as he heard the name
addressed to her. Was he thinking of the nocturnal raid he so recently
had made upon the boudoir of Miss Abigail Prim? Was he pondering the
fact that his pockets bulged to the stolen belongings of that young
lady? But whatever was passing in his mind he permitted none of it to
pass his lips.
As the three stood waiting in silence Giova came presently among them,
the beast Beppo lumbering awkwardly at her side.
"Did he find anything to eat?" asked the man.
"Oh, yes," exclaimed Giova. "He fill up now. That mak him better nature.
Beppo not so ugly now."
"Well, I'm glad of that," said Bridge. "I haven't been looking forward
much to his company through the woods to-night--especially while he was
Giova laughed a low, musical little laugh. "I don' think he no hurt you
anyway," she said. "Now he know you my frien'."
"I hope you are quite correct in your surmise," replied Bridge. "But
even so I'm not taking any chances."
Willie Case had been taken to Payson to testify before the coroner's
jury investigating the death of Giova's father, and with the dollar
which The Oskaloosa Kid had given him in the morning burning in his
pocket had proceeded to indulge in an orgy of dissipation the moment
that he had been freed from the inquest. Ice cream, red pop, peanuts,
candy, and soda water may have diminished his appetite but not his pride
and self-satisfaction as he sat alone and by night for the first time in
a public eating place. Willie was now a man of the world, a bon vivant,
as he ordered ham and eggs from the pretty waitress of The Elite
My eyes were directed toward the point at which the liner had disappeared when there came from the depths of the ocean the muffled reverberation of an explosion, and almost simultaneously a geyser of water in which were shattered lifeboats, human bodies, steam, coal, oil, and the flotsam of a liner's deck leaped high above the surface of the sea--a watery column momentarily marking the grave of another ship in this greatest cemetery of the seas.Page 9
But peace upon the Channel has been but a transitory thing since August, 1914.Page 13
Bradley and Olson were delighted.Page 17
It was after this that our troubles commenced.Page 23
Most of them, though, were only too glad to obey me.Page 24
We cruised for a long time, sinking many vessels, all but one by gunfire, but we did not come across a German raider.Page 25
I have given you a chance to do something--now do it!" The last was a peremptory command that made me jump.Page 39
"It's the subterranean channel of an inland river," I cried.Page 46
We had an easy time getting away--as we learned later, because the saurians do not commence to feed until late in the morning.Page 47
The water was quite free from reptiles, and the vegetation upon the banks of the river had altered to more open and parklike forest, with eucalyptus and acacia mingled with a scattering of tree ferns, as though two distinct periods of geologic time had overlapped and merged.Page 56
He spent the afternoon shaping a swagger-stick from the branch of jarrah and talking with Miss La Rue, who had sufficiently unbent toward him to notice his existence.Page 57
" Then he saluted and marched stiffly off toward the U-33.Page 63
In the evening Lys and I went up into one of the bastion towers and listened to the grim and terrible nightlife of the frightful ages of the past.Page 64
I felt her head nod an affirmative against my breast.Page 66
Then we began to speculate as to whether it had been an ape-man or a Prussian that had abducted Lys.Page 69
"I kill! I kill! I kill!" "The she is mine," I replied, "and I have come to claim her.Page 70
I seized a brand from the fire and hurled it out into the night, and there came back an answering chorus of savage and rageful protest; but the eyes vanished for a short time.Page 75
It was a grave, and it meant for me that I had at last stumbled into a country inhabited by human beings.Page 81
I was to escort her as far as the country of the Kro-lu and then I was to go back after my own people and lead them north into a land where the dangers were fewer and the people less murderous.Page 83
It is the abode of some mighty winged creature of the Triassic--or rather it was.