dismay I found that, unlike the ornamentation upon most
Heliumetic structures, the edges of the carvings were quite generally
rounded, so that at best my every hold was most precarious.
Fifty feet above me commenced a series of projecting cylindrical
stones some six inches in diameter. These apparently circled the
tower at six-foot intervals, in bands six feet apart; and as each
stone cylinder protruded some four or five inches beyond the surface
of the other ornamentation, they presented a comparatively easy
mode of ascent could I but reach them.
Laboriously I climbed toward them by way of some windows which
lay below them, for I hoped that I might find ingress to the tower
through one of these, and thence an easier avenue along which to
prosecute my search.
At times so slight was my hold upon the rounded surfaces of the
carving's edges that a sneeze, a cough, or even a slight gust of
wind would have dislodged me and sent me hurtling to the depths
But finally I reached a point where my fingers could just clutch
the sill of the lowest window, and I was on the point of breathing
a sigh of relief when the sound of voices came to me from above
through the open window.
"He can never solve the secret of that lock." The voice was Matai
Shang's. "Let us proceed to the hangar above that we may be far
to the south before he finds another way--should that be possible."
"All things seem possible to that vile calot," replied another
voice, which I recognized as Thurid's.
"Then let us haste," said Matai Shang. "But to be doubly sure, I
will leave two who shall patrol this runway. Later they may follow
us upon another flier--overtaking us at Kaol."
My upstretched fingers never reached the window's sill. At the
first sound of the voices I drew back my hand and clung there to
my perilous perch, flattened against the perpendicular wall, scarce
daring to breathe.
What a horrible position, indeed, in which to be discovered by
Thurid! He had but to lean from the window to push me with his
sword's point into eternity.
Presently the sound of the voices became fainter, and once again
I took up my hazardous ascent, now more difficult, since more
circuitous, for I must climb so as to avoid the windows.
Matai Shang's reference to the hangar and the fliers indicated
that my destination lay nothing short of the roof of the tower,
and toward this seemingly distant goal I set my face.
The most difficult and dangerous part of
The Land that Time Forgot By Edgar Rice Burroughs Chapter 1 It must have been a little after three o'clock in the afternoon that it happened--the afternoon of June 3rd, 1916.Page 2
The officer in command ordered us to lower our flag, but this the captain of the liner refused to do.Page 6
But he took to it as a duck takes to water.Page 11
With a loud-yelled command, he leaped to the slippery deck of the submersible, and at his heels came his hardy crew.Page 14
"If she's friendly," he said, "we'll speak her.Page 16
If you wish, I will take you there, and I can promise that you will be treated well.Page 18
Bradley shook his head.Page 22
Either the sun was rising in the south, or the compass had been tampered with.Page 25
"Quick!" I whispered to the big Irishman,.Page 27
"I want to thank you," I said, "for your bravery and loyalty--you were magnificent.Page 33
Bradley swung the helm hard to starboard.Page 37
Of this he took a taste, and straightening up, looked into my eyes with an expression of elation--as.Page 38
much as to say "I told you so!" "This water is warm," he announced, "and fresh!" I grabbed the bucket and tasted its contents.Page 51
To the west the country was flat and sparsely wooded, and here it was that we saw our first game--a large red deer.Page 58
She did not withdraw her hand, and she looked up into my face.Page 62
When this is done, I shall be through.Page 72
He was the first to fall asleep; but I imagine we must have followed suit soon, for we were both tired.Page 77
In the instant that the others of the party stood in mute and inactive surprise, I unslung my rifle--which, carelessly, I had been carrying across my back; and when they charged, as I felt they would, I put a bullet in the forehead of one of them.Page 85
From rock to rock, chamoislike, I leaped downward toward the valley, in pursuit of Lys and her hideous abductor.Page 86
Kho voiced a single horrid scream, stiffened spasmodically and sank to the earth.