An examination of the wreckage showed that their greatest danger, now, lay in fire, for the flames were licking hungrily at the splintered wood of the wrecked cabin, and had already found a foothold upon the lower deck through a great jagged hole which the explosion had opened.
As the flames gained headway it became apparent to Tarzan that whatever had caused the explosion had scattered some highly inflammable substance upon the surrounding woodwork, for the water which they poured in from the pump seemed rather to spread than to extinguish the blaze.
of last night have blown off the outside of the cliffs-- that which we see is the vast bed of china clay through which the Worm originally found its way down to its lair.
But there was no explosion
. Yet, in the early morning Peter Winn learned by telephone that his sister's home in Alameda had been burned to the ground.
They were all that were required, for almost immediately after the third explosion
a stream of Mahars broke from the exits furthest from us, rose upon their wings, and soared northward.
They were in time to see the flash of the exploding gun, and then they were first flattened against the window and then rolled head over heels across the floor of the cabin by the air wave of the explosion
. The Vaterland bounded like a football some one has kicked and when they looked out again, Union Square was small and remote and shattered, as though some cosmically vast giant had rolled over it.
This day was the very day of the explosion
. Wherefore the Capitol had been packed with troops in anticipation.
"Tell her the explosion
will take place at nine to-morrow morning."
I was just preparing to signal her, when a flame flashed from her bows, and an instant later the water in front of us was thrown high by the explosion
of a shell.
In that explosion
all our noble civilization-factories went up in the air and disappeared from the earth.
I never felt such a disappointment as I did in waiting five, ten, fifteen minutes for an explosion
that never came.
The air for a second or two was filled with piteous shrieks from somewhere towards Charing-Cross, shrieks drowned almost immediately by another tremendous explosion
from further north.
Jerry, in the doorway, caught in the out-draught of the explosion
, was flung a score of feet away.
The turf and gravel about it seemed charred as if by a sudden explosion
. No doubt its impact had caused a flash of fire.
Gazing over the edge, they looked down upon the horrible destruction which had been caused by the explosion
. For forty yards round the portal the ground was black with writhing, screaming figures, who struggled up and hurled themselves down again, tossing this way and that, sightless, scorched, with fire bursting from their tattered clothing.