The man was greeted with shouts of welcome from his
fellows, to whom he imparted all that he knew and guessed of the
actions of their master, so that the entire safari was aware of matters
before Baynes, who marched close to the head of the column, was reached
and acquainted with the facts and the imaginings of the black boy whom
Malbihn had deserted in the clearing the night before.
When the Hon. Morison had listened to all that the boy had to say and
realized that the trader had used him as a tool whereby he himself
might get Meriem into his possession, his blood ran hot with rage and
he trembled with apprehension for the girl's safety.
That another contemplated no worse a deed than he had contemplated in
no way palliated the hideousness of the other's offense. At first it
did not occur to him that he would have wronged Meriem no less than he
believed "Hanson" contemplated wronging her. Now his rage was more the
rage of a man beaten at his own game and robbed of the prize that he
had thought already his.
"Do you know where your master has gone?" he asked the black.
"Yes, Bwana," replied the boy. "He has gone to the other camp beside
the big afi that flows far toward the setting sun.
"Can you take me to him?" demanded Baynes.
The boy nodded affirmatively. Here he saw a method of revenging
himself upon his hated Bwana and at the same time of escaping the wrath
of the Big Bwana whom all were positive would first follow after the
"Can you and I, alone, reach his camp?" asked the Hon. Morison.
"Yes, Bwana," assured the black.
Baynes turned toward the head-man. He was conversant with "Hanson's"
plans now. He understood why he had wished to move the northern camp
as far as possible toward the northern boundary of the Big Bwana's
country--it would give him far more time to make his escape toward the
West Coast while the Big Bwana was chasing the northern contingent.
Well, he would utilize the man's plans to his own end. He, too, must
keep out of the clutches of his host.
"You may take the men north as fast as possible," he said to the
head-man. "I shall return and attempt to lead the Big Bwana to the
The Negro assented with a grunt. He had no desire to follow this
strange white man who was afraid at night; he had less to remain at the
We were entirely defenseless; yet without warning, we were being torpedoed.Page 5
"Do you know," she said after a moment of silence, "I have been awake for a long time! But I did not dare open my eyes.Page 9
It proved itself such that morning, for I had scarce gotten into my dry clothes and taken the girl's apparel to the captain's cabin when an order was shouted down into the engine-room for full speed ahead, and an instant later I heard the dull boom of a gun.Page 23
Most of them, though, were only too glad to obey me.Page 26
A chorus of hoarse yells arose from the deck of our own craft: I saw the officers stand suddenly erect in the boat that was approaching us, and I heard loud cries and curses from the raider.Page 35
At its foot, half buried in the sand, lay great boulders, mute evidence that in a bygone age some mighty natural force had crumpled Caprona's barrier at this point.Page 37
We can't afford to give up heart now, when we need heart most.Page 45
He looked at me sheepishly all the time, for he knew that no well-bred dog should eat at table; but the poor fellow was so wasted from improper food that I couldn't enjoy my own meal had he been denied an immediate share in it; and anyway Lys wanted to feed him.Page 47
There were still a few reptiles; but there were fish by the thousands, by the millions.Page 51
"Blime!" he said.Page 54
I did not wish to fire among them unless it became absolutely necessary, and so I started to lead my party around them; but the instant that the Neanderthal man guessed my intention, he evidently attributed it to cowardice upon our part, and with a wild cry he leaped toward us, waving.Page 56
"Pig!" roared the Baron, and struck the fellow across the face, breaking his nose.Page 60
We have been living upon the fat of the land, Ahm having shown us the edible fruits, tubers and herbs, and twice a week we go out after fresh meat.Page 62
Though I may pray that it reaches the haunts of civilized man, my better judgment tells me that it will never be perused by other eyes than mine, and that even though it should, it would be too late to avail me.Page 67
A dozen times that day was my life threatened by fearsome creatures of the earth or sky, though I could not but note that the farther north I traveled, the fewer were the great dinosaurs, though.Page 74
They never brought in more than sufficient food for their immediate needs; but why bother? The food problem of Caspak is not one to cause worry to her inhabitants.Page 77
I refused to give him my rifle, but promised to show him the trick he wished to learn if he would guide me in the right direction.Page 79
For example, among the Band-lu were such types as So-ta, who seemed to me to be the highest in the scale of evolution, and To-jo, who was just a shade nearer the ape, while there were others who had flatter noses, more prognathous faces and hairier bodies.Page 82
For a week--a week filled with the terrors and dangers of a primeval world--I pushed on in the direction I thought was south.Page 86
All the fears and sorrows of the past were wiped away, and once again I was the happiest of men.