to search them; and when he
drew his hands out of Bridge's side pockets his eyes went wide, and he
gave a cry of elation which drew excited inquiries from all sides.
"By gum!" he cried, "I reckon we ain't made no mistake here, boys. Look
ahere!" and he displayed two handsful of money and jewelry.
"Thet's Abbie Prim's stuff," cried one.
The boy beside Bridge turned wide eyes upon the man. "Where did you get
it?" he cried. "Oh, Bridge, why did you do it? Now they will kill you,"
and he turned to the crowd. "Oh, please listen to me," he begged. "He
didn't steal those things. Nobody stole them. They are mine. They have
always belonged to me. He took them out of my pocket at the jail because
he thought that I had stolen them and he wanted to take the guilt upon
himself; but they were not stolen, I tell you--they are mine! they are
mine! they are mine!"
Another new expression came into Bridge's eyes as he listened to the
boy's words; but he only shook his head. It was too late, and Bridge
Men were adjusting ropes about their necks. "Before you hang us," said
Bridge quietly, "would you mind explaining just what we're being hanged
for--it's sort of comforting to know, you see."
"Thet's right," spoke up one of the crowd. "Thet's fair. We want to do
things fair and square. Tell 'em the charges, an' then ask 'em ef they
got anything to say afore they're hung."
This appealed to the crowd--the last statements of the doomed men might
add another thrill to the evening's entertainment.
"Well," said the man who had searched them. "There might o' been some
doubts about you before, but they aint none now. You're bein' hung fer
abductin' of an' most likely murderin' Miss Abigail Prim."
The boy screamed and tried to interrupt; but Jeb Case placed a heavy
and soiled hand over his mouth. The spokesman continued. "This slicker
admitted he was The Oskaloosa Kid, 'n' thet he robbed a house an' shot
a man las' night; 'n' they ain't no tellin' what more he's ben up to. He
tole Jeb Case's Willie 'bout it; an' bragged on it, by gum. 'Nenny way
we know Paynter and Abigail Prim was last seed with this here Oskaloosa
Kid, durn him."
"Thanks," said Bridge politely, "and now may I make my final statement
before going to meet my maker?"
"Go on," growled the man.
"You won't interrupt me?"
"Naw, go on."
"All right! You damn fools have made up your minds to hang us. I
"We are friends," he called in the tongue of Ahm, the Bo-lu, who had been held a prisoner at the fort; "permit us to pass in peace.Page 7
The following forenoon the party reached the base of the barrier cliffs and for two days marched northward in an effort to discover a break in the frowning abutment that raised its rocky face almost perpendicularly above them, yet nowhere was there the slightest indication that the cliffs were scalable.Page 18
So great was the force of the impact when the thing struck Bradley between the shoulders that the man was half stunned.Page 19
Thus Bradley reasoned--thus most of us reason; not by what might be possible; but by what has fallen within the range of our experience.Page 24
"Are you cos-ata-lu?" demanded the Wieroo.Page 27
Loud wails arose, great wings opened and closed with a loud, beating noise and many clawlike hands reached forth to clutch him.Page 31
" "No," she replied, "I am no Wieroo.Page 33
"I may only guess from what I have heard since I was brought here," she answered; "but by reports and chance remarks I take it to be a beautiful land in which there are but few wild beasts and no men, for only the Wieroos live upon this island and they dwell always in cities of which there are three, this being the largest.Page 41
I shall eat though," he mumbled.Page 45
His fingers feeling through the darkness came in contact with something cold and clammy--they passed to and fro over the thing until Bradley knew that it was the face of a dead man floating upon the surface of the stream.Page 51
--Here! You're mussing up the floor something awful, you.Page 54
he had at any time since he had been captured by the Wieroo, for there appeared not the slightest cause for hope in his present predicament.Page 57
" He moved forward and stepped upon the dais.Page 63
It was the Wieroo of the yellow slashing whose abode was the place of the yellow door in which Bradley had first seen the girl.Page 66
He told the girl that she should remain in hiding; but she refused to be left, saying that whatever fate was to be his, she.Page 70
Together they went to the edge of the wood and looked up to see five red-robed creatures dropping slowly in ever-lessening spirals toward their little amphitheater.Page 71
The Wieroos came closer and halted at his command.Page 74
Von Schoenvorts walked in the rear of the column, encouraging Schwartz and laughing at the discomfiture of the Britishers.Page 78
The boat has fuel, provisions and water for a month, I believe you said, Plesser; there are ten of us to man it.Page 82
" Ajor, quick to understand, turned toward Co-Tan.