and thus, taking an awful toll with each
few feet gained, I came to the spacious glass-walled watchtower of
Here my companions clustered ready to take my place, and for a
moment's respite I stepped to one side while they held the enemy
From the lofty perch a view could be had for miles in every direction.
Toward the south stretched the rugged, ice-clad waste to the edge
of the mighty barrier. Toward the east and west, and dimly toward
the north I descried other Okarian cities, while in the immediate
foreground, just beyond the walls of Kadabra, the grim guardian
shaft reared its somber head.
Then I cast my eyes down into the streets of Kadabra, from which
a sudden tumult had arisen, and there I saw a battle raging, and
beyond the city's walls I saw armed men marching in great columns
toward a near-by gate.
Eagerly I pressed forward against the glass wall of the observatory,
scarce daring to credit the testimony of my own eyes. But at
last I could doubt no longer, and with a shout of joy that rose
strangely in the midst of the cursing and groaning of the battling
men at the entrance to the chamber, I called to Tardos Mors.
As he joined me I pointed down into the streets of Kadabra and to
the advancing columns beyond, above which floated bravely in the
arctic air the flags and banners of Helium.
An instant later every red man in the lofty chamber had seen the
inspiring sight, and such a shout of thanksgiving arose as I warrant
never before echoed through that age-old pile of stone.
But still we must fight on, for though our troops had entered
Kadabra, the city was yet far from capitulation, nor had the palace
been even assaulted. Turn and turn about we held the top of the
runway while the others feasted their eyes upon the sight of our
valiant countrymen battling far beneath us.
Now they have rushed the palace gate! Great battering-rams are
dashed against its formidable surface. Now they are repulsed by
a deadly shower of javelins from the wall's top!
Once again they charge, but a sortie by a large force of Okarians
from an intersecting avenue crumples the head of the column, and
the men of Helium go down, fighting, beneath an overwhelming force.
The palace gate flies open and a force of the jeddak's own guard,
picked men from the flower of the Okarian army, sallies forth
to shatter the broken regiments. For a moment it looks as though
In the same instant The Oskaloosa Kid wheeled and vanished into the night.Page 23
Just as the machine came opposite the Squibbs' gate a woman's scream mingled with the report of a pistol from the tonneau and the watchers upon the verandah saw a dark bulk hurled from the car, which sped on with undiminished speed, climbed the hill beyond and disappeared from view.Page 30
" Bridge heard the boy at his side gulp.Page 31
" The girl did not reply; but that the man's words had impressed her seemed evident.Page 33
"I believe I shall," replied Bridge and pulled the bed away from the door.Page 39
"We're a nice aggregation of mollycoddles--five of us sitting half frozen up here with a stove on the floor below, and just because we heard a noise which we couldn't explain and hadn't the nerve to investigate.Page 41
It was uninjured and with it in his hand he continued toward the cellar door.Page 42
With the physical relaxation which the heat induced came a like relaxation of their tongues and temporary forgetfulness of their antagonisms and individual apprehensions.Page 46
"Yew seen him?" The Kid nodded.Page 47
"What mought yer name be?" he asked.Page 49
"In these parlous times," he spoke as though to himself,.Page 56
man of sufficient importance, having cataloged him mentally as an unusually early specimen of the summer camper with which he was more or less familiar.Page 61
Her bare arms were encircled by bracelets--some cheap and gaudy, others well wrought from gold and silver.Page 62
" For the first time the watchers saw a faint smile touch the girl's lips.Page 72
Bridge could hear the complaining brakes a mile away.Page 77
"The objection to remaining here," said Bridge, "is that we can't make a fire to cook by--it would be too plainly visible from the road.Page 82
At his feet lay a copy of that day's Oakdale Tribune.Page 91
I guessed her secret a few minutes ago and was convinced when she cried that the jewels and money were her own.Page 96
Squibbs' farm 40 2 2 his absence, his absence," 47 5 1 sudden, clanking sudden clanking 47 8 3 its the thing it's the thing 48 5 2 was moment's was a moment's 59 9 4 bird aint bird ain't 60 8 3 dum misery dumb misery 71 2 dead Squibbs dead Squibb 74 1 2 tend during tent during 75 7 3 Squibbs house Squibbs' house 76 1 6 Squibbs home.Page 99
he ain't 98 7 1 Squibbs place Squibbs' place 98 8 2 you aint you ain't 107 4 3 wont tell won't tell 113 3 5 its measles it's measles 113 3 6 cough aint cough ain't 113 3 6 its 'it,' it's 'it,' 113 4 1 I aint I ain't 114 2 6 Squibb's place Squibbs' place 114 2 13 simply wont simply won't 116 6 3 few minutes few minutes' 116 7 5 Squibb's farm Squibbs' farm 121 4 she wont she won't .