After the last load had been removed the warriors made lines fast to the craft and towed her far out into the valley in a southwesterly direction.
The cavalcade was returning to the plaza, the homeward march having been given up for that day; nor, in fact, was it recommenced for more than a week, owing to the fear of a return attack by the air craft.
Making the craft fast to an overhanging bough, the two made their way into the jungle, presently coming upon some of the apes feeding upon fruit a little beyond the reeds where the buffalo had fallen.
So close were the two canoes to one another that the black had only an opportunity to note the white face in the bow of the oncoming craft before the two touched and his own men were upon their feet, yelling like mad devils and thrusting their long spears at the occupants of the other canoe.
All about us in the garden lay their sinister craft
, which the therns for some reason, then unaccountable to me, made no effort to injure.
'Oh!' answered the man, 'that is not my sort of tailoring; come with me, and you will learn quite another kind of craft
from that.' Not knowing what better to do, he came into the plan, and learnt tailoring from the beginning; and when he left his master, he gave him a needle, and said, 'You can sew anything with this, be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel; and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen.'
He continued up the river for perhaps a mile; and then, crossing over to the left bank, drew his craft
up on a low ledge that lay almost on a level with the water.
"In aggravated cases, that is when the obstructions are many, or of such a nature as to deflect the bow more than forty-five degrees in any direction, or when the craft
has reached its destination and dropped to within a hundred yards of the ground, the mechanism brings her to a full stop, at the same time sounding a loud alarm which will instantly awaken the pilot.
She sought gradually to check the swift flight of her craft
, but though she finally succeeded in reversing her motor the wind but carried her on as it would.
The song, if song it was, passed from one boat to the other, and as the chant boomed forth the craft
shot ahead more swiftly.
The night was really terrible; it would be a miracle if the craft
did not founder.
Even now, in the face of what must have been a withering catastrophe to them, they kept bravely on toward the strange and terrible craft