aided the boy whole
heartedly in the consummation of the lad's, which would have been
better for Paulvitch, could he have but read the future but a few short
That afternoon Lord and Lady Greystoke bid their son good-bye and saw
him safely settled in a first-class compartment of the railway carriage
that would set him down at school in a few hours. No sooner had they
left him, however, than he gathered his bags together, descended from
the compartment and sought a cab stand outside the station. Here he
engaged a cabby to take him to the Russian's address. It was dusk when
he arrived. He found Paulvitch awaiting him. The man was pacing the
floor nervously. The ape was tied with a stout cord to the bed. It
was the first time that Jack had ever seen Ajax thus secured. He
looked questioningly at Paulvitch. The man, mumbling, explained that
he believed the animal had guessed that he was to be sent away and he
feared he would attempt to escape.
Paulvitch carried another piece of cord in his hand. There was a noose
in one end of it which he was continually playing with. He walked back
and forth, up and down the room. His pock-marked features were working
horribly as he talked silent to himself. The boy had never seen him
thus--it made him uneasy. At last Paulvitch stopped on the opposite
side of the room, far from the ape.
"Come here," he said to the lad. "I will show you how to secure the
ape should he show signs of rebellion during the trip."
The lad laughed. "It will not be necessary," he replied. "Ajax will
do whatever I tell him to do."
The old man stamped his foot angrily. "Come here, as I tell you," he
repeated. "If you do not do as I say you shall not accompany the ape
to Dover--I will take no chances upon his escaping."
Still smiling, the lad crossed the room and stood before the Russ.
"Turn around, with your back toward me," directed the latter, "that I
may show you how to bind him quickly."
The boy did as he was bid, placing his hands behind him when Paulvitch
told him to do so. Instantly the old man slipped the running noose
over one of the lad's wrists, took a couple of half hitches about his
other wrist, and knotted the cord.
The moment that the boy was secured the attitude
The weird flora and fauna of Caspak were as possible under the thick, warm atmospheric conditions of the super-heated crater as they were in the Mesozoic era under almost exactly similar conditions, which were then probably world-wide.Page 5
He said that he considered the principles underlying all volunteer service fundamentally wrong, and that it seemed to him that calling for volunteers reflected upon the courage and loyalty of the entire command.Page 8
Almost instantaneously a huge bulk swooped down upon me, and as I looked up, I realized that there were flying.Page 13
I had some advantage in that the beast was not charging; its head was held low and its back exposed; and so at forty yards I took careful aim at its spine at the junction of neck and shoulders.Page 14
Her figure beggars description, and equally so, her face.Page 23
However, we had not long to wait before we could at least guess at the cause of the diversion, for from without came mingled growls and roars and the sound of great bodies thrashing about until the earth shook.Page 24
I recall that it was then I first regretted that she was only a little untutored savage and so far beneath me in the scale of evolution.Page 28
The word is derived from two others: _Lua_, meaning sun, and _ata_, meaning variously _eggs_, _life_, _young_, and _reproduction_.Page 31
I have no desire that the general public should ever have access to these pages; but it is possible that my friends may, and also certain savants who.Page 32
I craned my neck about, and stared through the inky darkness for the twin spots of blazing hate which I knew would herald the coming of my executioner.Page 36
I had matches, and in some of the more difficult places I struck one; but we couldn't afford to waste them, and so we groped our way slowly along, doing the best we could to keep to one general direction in the hope that it would eventually lead us to an opening into the outer world.Page 43
It was difficult to bring myself to take a human life.Page 58
conclusion that he is batu.Page 59
It was the mention of the hydroaeroplane which precipitated the first outspoken skepticism, and then Ajor came to my defense.Page 65
The dogs about the plaza were as thick as fleas, and those I approached closely evinced a strong desire to devour me, their noses evidently apprising them of the fact that I was of an alien race, since they paid no attention whatever to my companion.Page 75
To find Ajor in the unknown country to the north seemed rather hopeless; yet I could do no less than try, praying in the meanwhile that she would come through unscathed and in safety to her father.Page 76
Now, as my legs were naked and Nobs' jaws are much more powerful than he realizes, I gave in and followed him, for I knew that I might as well go west as east, as far as any knowledge I had of the correct direction went.Page 77
Deer, antelope, bison, horses, sheep, and goats were all in sight at the same time, and at a little distance a great megatherium reared up on its huge tail and massive hind feet to tear the leaves from a tall tree.Page 80
On the second day of my experience of the Galu country I came upon a bunch of as magnificent horses as it has ever been my lot to see.Page 81
Here we could see directly through the bush, and pointing the animals out to Nobs I whispered: "Fetch 'em, boy!" In an instant he was gone, circling wide toward the rear of the quarry.