neck in a
parting hug. He rubbed his cheek against mine in a final caress,
and a moment later was speeding through the Carrion Caves toward
the outer world.
In my note to Carthoris I had given explicit directions for locating
the Carrion Caves, impressing upon him the necessity for making
entrance to the country beyond through this avenue, and not to attempt
under any circumstances to cross the ice-barrier with a fleet. I
told him that what lay beyond the eighth cave I could not even
guess; but I was sure that somewhere upon the other side of the
ice-barrier his mother lay in the power of Matai Shang, and that
possibly his grandfather and great-grandfather as well, if they
Further, I advised him to call upon Kulan Tith and the son of
Thuvan Dihn for warriors and ships that the expedition might be
sufficiently strong to insure success at the first blow.
"And," I concluded, "if there be time bring Tars Tarkas with you,
for if I live until you reach me I can think of few greater pleasures
than to fight once more, shoulder to shoulder, with my old friend."
When Woola had left us Thuvan Dihn and I, hiding in the seventh
cave, discussed and discarded many plans for crossing the eighth
chamber. From where we stood we saw that the fighting among the
apts was growing less, and that many that had been feeding had
ceased and lain down to sleep.
Presently it became apparent that in a short time all the ferocious
monsters might be peacefully slumbering, and thus a hazardous
opportunity be presented to us to cross through their lair.
One by one the remaining brutes stretched themselves upon the
bubbling decomposition that covered the mass of bones upon the
floor of their den, until but a single apt remained awake. This
huge fellow roamed restlessly about, nosing among his companions
and the abhorrent litter of the cave.
Occasionally he would stop to peer intently toward first one of
the exits from the chamber and then the other. His whole demeanor
was as of one who acts as sentry.
We were at last forced to the belief that he would not sleep
while the other occupants of the lair slept, and so cast about in
our minds for some scheme whereby we might trick him. Finally I
suggested a plan to Thuvan Dihn, and as it seemed as good as any
that we had discussed we decided to put it to the test.
To this end Thuvan Dihn placed himself close against the cave's
wall, beside the
He made his friends among them, and his enemies.Page 25
No one will hinder you.Page 33
Theriere was upon her, and then, quickly, he mastered himself, for he recalled his coolly thought-out plan based on what Divine had told him of that clause in the will of the girl's departed grandparent which stipulated that the man who shared the bequest with her must be the choice of both herself and her father.Page 35
"Has he offered you harm?" "I do not think that he would have dared strike me," replied the girl, "though he threatened to do so.Page 69
There was a time when I fully intended to 'double-cross' you, as you say--that was before you saved my life.Page 74
Ward and his men were halfway up the cliff, yet Divine had made no move to repel them.Page 82
For a moment they crouched, breathless and expectant, and then the slim figure of an almost nude boy emerged from the foliage close beside and entered the trail toward the village.Page 101
It was an ideal spot, one whose beauties appealed to her even under the harrowing conditions which had forced her to seek its precarious safety.Page 120
" He raised his revolver and fired a single shot in the direction of the howling savages.Page 139
Law, order, and justice appeared to Billy in a new light since he had rubbed elbows with the cultured and refined.Page 146
If he could have a start he might escape.Page 149
" With which apparently irrelevant remark he seized the matted beard of the larger tramp and struck the fellow a quick, sharp blow in the face.Page 155
"There was one I wrote about a lake where I camped once," said Bridge, reminiscently; "but I can only recall one stanza.Page 200
"Well, I hain't got none," he snapped.Page 202
" Grayson made a gesture which said: "See, I told you so.Page 215
I wisht I'd given him Santa Anna instid--I wouldn't a-minded losin' him.Page 226
We will take Cuivaca by storm.Page 247
"Eh!" exclaimed Jose as he saw who his early morning visitor was, "you got away from them.Page 271
How easy it would have been to have hesitated a moment in the window before he made his presence known--just.Page 275
" "They gotta," snapped Billy Byrne, "an' they will when they know there's an American.