The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert

The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV The Secret of the Mountain IT was well into the afternoon before their grewsome task was accomplished, and the sun shone far down in the Western sky when they returned to the camp. They had carried the deceased warriors out into the sandy tracts beyond the boiling springs. It cannot be said that they were unduly sympathetic with the slain, and certainly they were anything but enamored of their self-imposed contract, but the alternative would have been extremely disagreeable. "I have no doubt their brethren would have come for them to-night," said Bob, "and saved us a good deal of trouble--if we could only have depended on them going peaceably away again." "Ay, if," agreed Mackay, dryly. "But their coming would only mean more funerals, Bob, and as for that, I believe they've been trying to force that patent door of theirs before now." He turned and gazed toward the fissure at the base of the mountain, and at that moment there distinctly came a sound therefrom as of the jarring of rocks under pressure. They all kept perfect silence for a minute or two, and again the sound was repeated, but this time it was succeeded by the sharp rattle of falling bowlders. "That's the top o' our barricade down, I reckon," whispered the Shadow, reaching gingerly for his rifle. "They would see us go out into the plains," hazarded Bob, calmly, "but the smoke of these very convenient boilers has kept them from noticing our return." Mackay nodded. "They've got about a solid ton to shift before the door will swing," he said, musingly. "Now I wonder if we should go an' help them wi' the job or no?" "I reckon we has had enough for one day, Mac," answered Emu Bill, wearily. "Let the skunks work their own passage." Another rattle, louder than the first, ...

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