were two and they were great apes--Korak and Akut. To her Korak was an
ape--a Mangani, for as such the three always described themselves. Man
was an enemy, so they did not think of themselves as belonging any
longer to the same genus. Tarmangani, or great white ape, which
described the white man in their language, did not fit them all.
Gomangani--great black ape, or Negro--described none of them so they
called themselves plain Mangani.
Meriem decided that she would feign slumber and play a joke on Korak.
So she lay very still with eyes tightly closed. She heard the two
approaching closer and closer. They were in the adjoining tree now and
must have discovered her, for they had halted. Why were they so quiet?
Why did not Korak call out his customary greeting? The quietness was
ominous. It was followed presently by a very stealthy sound--one of
them was creeping upon her. Was Korak planning a joke upon his own
account? Well, she would fool him. Cautiously she opened her eyes the
tiniest bit, and as she did so her heart stood still. Creeping
silently toward her was a huge bull ape that she never before had seen.
Behind him was another like him.
With the agility of a squirrel Meriem was upon her feet and at the same
instant the great bull lunged for her. Leaping from limb to limb the
girl fled through the jungle while close behind her came the two great
apes. Above them raced a bevy of screaming, chattering monkeys,
hurling taunts and insults at the Mangani, and encouragement and advice
to the girl.
From tree to tree swung Meriem working ever upward toward the smaller
branches which would not bear the weight of her pursuers. Faster and
faster came the bull apes after her. The clutching fingers of the
foremost were almost upon her again and again, but she eluded them by
sudden bursts of speed or reckless chances as she threw herself across
Slowly she was gaining her way to the greater heights where safety lay,
when, after a particularly daring leap, the swaying branch she grasped
bent low beneath her weight, nor whipped upward again as it should have
done. Even before the rending sound which followed Meriem knew that
she had misjudged the strength of the limb. It gave slowly at first.
Then there was a ripping as it parted from the trunk. Releasing her
hold Meriem dropped among the foliage beneath,
They were large men with features closely resembling those of the African Negro though their skins were white.Page 7
" But there was no note of censure in his tone.Page 9
"Buck up! Can't play cry-baby.Page 14
Brady's own footsteps showed as plainly as black ink upon white paper; but his was the only foot that had marred the smooth, windswept surface--there was no sign that Bradley had crossed the spot upon the surface of the ground, and yet his cap lay well toward the center of it.Page 17
They told them of the infamous act of Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts and his German crew who had stolen the U-33, breaking their parole, and steaming away toward the subterranean opening through the barrier cliffs that carried the waters of the inland sea into the open Pacific beyond; and of the cowardly shelling of the fort.Page 22
Caspak is ours.Page 26
He had heard of the Krolus and the Galus--reputed to be still higher in the plane of evolution--and now he had indisputable evidence of a race possessing refinements of civilization eons in advance of the spear-men.Page 32
"Shall I kill it?" he asked, half drawing his pistol.Page 34
The houses were piled in indescribable heaps, sometimes to a height of a hundred feet.Page 38
I am cos-ata-lu--that is why they have not killed me.Page 40
No Wieroos come up from the beginning--all are born of the Wieroo fathers and Galu mothers who are cos-ata-lo, and there are very few of the latter owing to the long and precarious stages of development.Page 52
" "What's that go to do with it?" demanded the Englishman.Page 54
"Tell Him Who Speaks for Luata," he said, "that Fosh-bal-soj we could not find; but that in returning we found this creature within the temple, hiding.Page 55
Upon either side of it lay an enormous, curved sword, similar to those with which some of the other Wieroos had been armed, but larger and heavier.Page 65
Two more stood near a door a few yards distant.Page 71
Do you agree?" Sullenly the Wieroos acquiesced.Page 72
Nearer and nearer loomed the mainland--a broad, parklike expanse stretching inland to the foot of a low plateau spread out before them.Page 75
Bradley had now succeeded in wrestling his arm free from von Schoenvorts' grip and in dropping the latter with a blow from the butt of his pistol.Page 79
"The Galu country! The Galu country! It is my country that I never thought to see again.