followed the teachings
of your religion. I cannot blame YOU for that, no matter what I may
think of your creed. But who are you--what people have I fallen among?"
"I am La, high priestess of the Temple of the Sun, in the city of Opar.
We are descendants of a people who came to this savage world more than
ten thousand years ago in search of gold. Their cities stretched from
a great sea under the rising sun to a great sea into which the sun
descends at night to cool his flaming brow. They were very rich and
very powerful, but they lived only a few months of the year in their
magnificent palaces here; the rest of the time they spent in their
native land, far, far to the north.
"Many ships went back and forth between this new world and the old.
During the rainy season there were but few of the inhabitants remained
here, only those who superintended the working of the mines by the
black slaves, and the merchants who had to stay to supply their wants,
and the soldiers who guarded the cities and the mines.
"It was at one of these times that the great calamity occurred. When
the time came for the teeming thousands to return none came. For weeks
the people waited. Then they sent out a great galley to learn why no
one came from the mother country, but though they sailed about for many
months, they were unable to find any trace of the mighty land that had
for countless ages borne their ancient civilization--it had sunk into
"From that day dated the downfall of my people. Disheartened and
unhappy, they soon became a prey to the black hordes of the north and
the black hordes of the south. One by one the cities were deserted or
overcome. The last remnant was finally forced to take shelter within
this mighty mountain fortress. Slowly we have dwindled in power, in
civilization, in intellect, in numbers, until now we are no more than a
small tribe of savage apes.
"In fact, the apes live with us, and have for many ages. We call them
the first men--we speak their language quite as much as we do our own;
only in the rituals of the temple do we make any attempt to retain our
mother tongue. In time it will be forgotten, and we will speak only
the language of the apes; in time we will no longer banish those
Then Billy saw a harness bull strolling toward him from the east.Page 17
Nor was he an instant too soon, for as he emerged from below he saw.Page 20
It was this proposition that was occupying his attention when he caught sight of "Bony" Sawyer and "Red" Sanders emerging from the forecastle.Page 47
We are not more than a league from shore, and with the jury mast and sail that the men are setting under Mr.Page 86
Turning to face this new danger, she was startled into a little cry of surprise to see the head and shoulders of the mucker framed in the broken square of the half-demolished window.Page 92
nodded her head, affirmatively.Page 99
Then they turned to their flight again up the wild face of the savage mountain.Page 116
"Then we set out with a company of marines to find you.Page 121
There were times when it seemed that it would be impossible for him to continue another yard; but then the thought that Barbara Harding was somewhere ahead of them, and that in a short time now they must be with her once more kept him doggedly at his painful task.Page 136
"Once youse was strong on de sob stuff wit me, tellin' me how noble I was, an' all de different tings youse would do fer me to repay all I done fer youse.Page 160
Bridge motioned Billy to climb through the window while he shot the bolt upon the inside of the door leading back into the restaurant.Page 178
Beat it, before I come out an' spread your beezer acrost your map.Page 195
"General Pesita wishes Senor Capitan Byrne to report to him at once," said the man.Page 222
"You're the kind o' girl I ben lookin' fer all my life--one with nerve an' grit, an' you got 'em both.Page 235
I'll tell you what, we'll lock him up in there an' then you won't hev to worry none an' neither will we.Page 240
A glance through the window satisfied her that he was alone with the prisoner.Page 249
Quick, though, Byrne, tell me all you know about Barbara.Page 253
"Senor Harding, two Mexican house servants, and a Chinaman," and the vaquero laughed.Page 267
Bridge waited until they were within a few yards of the house, then he cried: "Now! Let 'em have it!" A rattle of rifle fire broke from the upper windows into the ranks of the Pesitistas.Page 275
Bullets were pattering thick about them.