"My little girl," she said, "in the midst of our happiness a great
sorrow awaits you--Mr. Baynes did not survive his wound."
The expression of sorrow in Meriem's eyes expressed only what she
sincerely felt; but it was not the sorrow of a woman bereft of her best
"I am sorry," she said, quite simply. "He would have done me a great
wrong; but he amply atoned before he died. Once I thought that I loved
him. At first it was only fascination for a type that was new to
me--then it was respect for a brave man who had the moral courage to
admit a sin and the physical courage to face death to right the wrong
he had committed. But it was not love. I did not know what love was
until I knew that Korak lived," and she turned toward The Killer with a
Lady Greystoke looked quickly up into the eyes of her son--the son who
one day would be Lord Greystoke. No thought of the difference in the
stations of the girl and her boy entered her mind. To her Meriem was
fit for a king. She only wanted to know that Jack loved the little
Arab waif. The look in his eyes answered the question in her heart,
and she threw her arms about them both and kissed them each a dozen
"Now," she cried, "I shall really have a daughter!"
It was several weary marches to the nearest mission; but they only
waited at the farm a few days for rest and preparation for the great
event before setting out upon the journey, and after the marriage
ceremony had been performed they kept on to the coast to take passage
for England. Those days were the most wonderful of Meriem's life. She
had not dreamed even vaguely of the marvels that civilization held in
store for her. The great ocean and the commodious steamship filled her
with awe. The noise, and bustle and confusion of the English railway
station frightened her.
"If there was a good-sized tree at hand," she confided to Korak, "I
know that I should run to the very top of it in terror of my life."
"And make faces and throw twigs at the engine?" he laughed back.
"Poor old Numa," sighed the girl. "What will he do without us?"
"Oh, there are others to tease him, my little Mangani," assured Korak.
The Greystoke town house quite took Meriem's breath away; but when
strangers were about none might
"The gravitation-screen generators, sir," he said.Page 6
With our buoyancy generators in commission it would have been a simple thing to enter the water, since then it would have been but a trifling matter of a forty-five degree dive into the base of a huge wave.Page 9
I knew that I was right.Page 22
A moment later, he was followed by another and another, and it is needless to state that we beat a hasty retreat to the launch.Page 23
Before landing, I had the men substitute soft bullets for the steel-jacketed projectiles with which their belts and magazines were filled.Page 25
These people living at the very seat of the Great War knew nothing of it, though but two centuries had passed since, to our knowledge, it had been running in the height of its titanic frightfulness all about them, and to us upon the far side of the Atlantic still was a subject of keen interest.Page 36
"I have seen it from a great distance, but I have never been there.Page 37
"He is.Page 38
All about the camp they had erected a wall of saplings pointed at the tops and fire hardened.Page 41
My captors brought me neither food nor water.Page 45
The great cat stopped in his tracks.Page 47
5 As we entered deeper into what had once been the city, the evidences of man's past occupancy became more frequent.Page 56
She was swimming silently, her chin just touching the water, but blood was streaming from between her lips.Page 67
I fell to wondering what charm Victory had found in such a man as Snider, and why I insisted upon finding excuses for her and trying to defend her indefensible act.Page 69
8 Delcarte and Taylor were now in mid-stream, coming toward us, and I called to them to keep aloof until I knew whether the intentions of my captors were friendly or otherwise.Page 70
He listened to the report of his junior, and then turned to question me, but with no better results than the former had accomplished.Page 71
A couple of long chains were brought, with rings in the links every few feet.Page 77
From the south they brought rugs and ornaments and jewels; from the west, slaves; for the commanding officers of the western frontier posts had naught else to bring.Page 80
Another thing puzzled me--it was my incomprehensible feeling of elation since I had again seen her.Page 83
But when she saw that I was uninjured she stopped, and stood there in the center of the demolished apartment looking at me.