both made a rush for the
Thurid was the first to reach it, and with the agility of a monkey
clambered swiftly to the boat's deck, where a touch of the button
controlling the buoyancy tanks sent the craft slowly upward, though
not with the speed that marks the well-conditioned flier.
I was still some hundred yards away as I saw them rising from my
Back by the city of Kadabra lay a great fleet of mighty fliers--the
ships of Helium and Ptarth that I had saved from destruction earlier
in the day; but before ever I could reach them Thurid could easily
make good his escape.
As I ran I saw Matai Shang clambering up the swaying, swinging
ladder toward the deck, while above him leaned the evil face of the
First Born. A trailing rope from the vessel's stern put new hope
in me, for if I could but reach it before it whipped too high above
my head there was yet a chance to gain the deck by its slender aid.
That there was something radically wrong with the flier was evident
from its lack of buoyancy, and the further fact that though Thurid
had turned twice to the starting lever the boat still hung motionless
in the air, except for a slight drifting with a low breeze from
Now Matai Shang was close to the gunwale. A long, claw-like hand
was reaching up to grasp the metal rail.
Thurid leaned farther down toward his co-conspirator.
Suddenly a raised dagger gleamed in the upflung hand of the black.
Down it drove toward the white face of the Father of Therns. With
a loud shriek of fear the Holy Hekkador grasped frantically at that
I was almost to the trailing rope by now. The craft was still
rising slowly, the while it drifted from me. Then I stumbled on
the icy way, striking my head upon a rock as I fell sprawling but
an arm's length from the rope, the end of which was now just leaving
With the blow upon my head came unconsciousness.
It could not have been more than a few seconds that I lay senseless
there upon the northern ice, while all that was dearest to me
drifted farther from my reach in the clutches of that black fiend,
for when I opened my eyes Thurid and Matai Shang yet battled at the
ladder's top, and the flier drifted but a hundred yards farther to
the south--but the end of the trailing rope was now a good thirty
feet above the ground.
On the night that things really began to happen in the life of Billy Byrne that estimable gentleman was lolling in front of a saloon at the corner of Lake and Robey.Page 6
"This Frisco booze must be something fierce," thought Billy.Page 16
Only absolute necessity, I assure you, could prevent me being with you as long as possible," and though he spoke to the girl's father he looked directly into the eyes of Barbara Harding.Page 40
Yeh acted like yeh meant it.Page 75
Blanco and Wison alone made any attempt to repel the assault.Page 85
THE FIGHT IN THE PALACE BARBARA HARDING heard the samurai in the room beyond.Page 130
He was being counted out! Nine! Like a flash he was on his feet.Page 135
She halted lamely.Page 156
" Bridge cleared his throat, and recited: Silver are the ripples, Solemn are the dunes, Happy are the fishes, For they are full of prunes.Page 167
With a little cry of alarm the woman rushed forward to gather up the Holy Book, in her haste forgetting the shotgun and leaving it behind her leaning against the arm of a chair.Page 169
He sat up and looked about him.Page 174
Bridge lay back, luxuriously, on the red plush of the smoker seat.Page 179
One of the men, glancing up at the distant hut, broke into verse: Yet then the sun was shining down, a-blazing on the little town, A mile or so 'way down the track a-dancing in the sun.Page 207
Billy, acting as a professional, was a careful and methodical man.Page 215
Doggone it!" "I'm the one who should be peeved," spoke up the girl with a wry smile.Page 216
"The place we're in is always here.Page 241
Two, three steps she took, and with each one her confidence and hope arose, and then the fourth step--and there was no footing.Page 248
I'm tipped off that a bunch o' siwashes was down here last night to swipe Miss Harding.Page 256
Once in the hills the two could no longer see their friends or be seen by them.Page 273
All morning he hovered around the rear of the escaping Americans; but neither side did much damage to the other, and during the afternoon Billy noticed that Rozales merely followed within sight of them, after having dispatched one of his men back in the direction from which they had come.