Along the bed of the old watercourse that once ran through the gorge they made their way, and as the first faint lightening of the eastern horizon presaged the coming dawn, they paused for a moment upon the edge of a declivity, which appeared to the girl in the strange light of the waning night as a vast, bottomless pit; but, as their captors
resumed their way and the light of the new day became stronger, she saw that they were moving downward toward a dense forest.
was Burton Duff, the jailer, as white as death and bearing upon his brow the livid mark of the iron bar.
, whose name was Tars Tarkas, was virtually the vice-chieftain of the community, and a man of great ability as a statesman and warrior.
The girl was given but brief opportunity for further observation of the pitiful creatures in the enclosure as her captor
, after having directed the others to return to the fields, led her toward the tower, which they entered, passing into an apartment about ten feet wide and twenty long, in one end of which was a stairway leading to an upper level and in the other an opening to a similar stairway leading downward.
could not fight to advantage upon the swaying bough, burdened as he was by a squirming, struggling captive, so he dropped quickly to the ground beneath.
Then his captor
did that which proved beyond doubt to Bradley that he was in the hands of human beings who had devised an almost perfect scheme of duplicating, mechanically, the wings of a bird--the thing spoke to its companion and in a language that Bradley partially understood, since he recognized words that he had learned from the savage races of Caspak.
"Your wife might be among them," suggested the Belgian, for since he had again come into possession of the pouch he had become fearful and suspicious of the ape-man, and in his mind had constantly revolved many plans for eluding this giant Englishman, who was at once his savior and his captor
To one of these houses which had neither doors nor windows, but only one broad opening far up underneath the roof, the prisoners were brought by their captors
. The Gargoyles roughly pushed them into the opening, where there was a platform, and then flew away and left them.
Being a boy, and a native African, he had, of course, climbed into trees many times before this; but the idea of racing off through the forest, leaping from one branch to another, as his captor
, to his horror, had done when he had carried Tibo away from his mother, filled his childish heart with terror.
THESEUS Enough of words; the captors
speed amain, While we the victims stand debating here.
had been as inquisitive as to his strange clothing as had mine, with the same result.
The instant the shock of this sudden misfortune had abated, Duncan began to make his observations on the appearance and proceedings of their captors
. Contrary to the usages of the natives in the wantonness of their success they had respected, not only the persons of the trembling sisters, but his own.