It seemed the forest now or nothing, and I was just on the point of motioning Tars Tarkas to follow me in that direction when the sun passed the cliff's zenith, and as the bright rays touched the dull surface it burst out into a million scintillant lights of burnished gold, of flaming red, of soft greens, and gleaming whites--a more gorgeous and inspiring spectacle human eye has never rested upon.
The face of the entire cliff was, as later inspection conclusively proved, so shot with veins and patches of solid gold as to quite present the appearance of a solid wall of that precious metal except where it was broken by outcroppings of ruby, emerald, and diamond boulders--a faint and alluring indication of the vast and unguessable riches which lay deeply buried behind the magnificent surface.
Bowen Tyler's manuscript had made it perfectly evident to all that the subterranean outlet of the Caspakian River was the only means of ingress or egress to the crater world beyond the impregnable cliffs
. Tyler's party had been able to navigate this channel because their craft had been a submarine; but the Toreador could as easily have flown over the cliffs
as sailed under them.
An officer of the Federal force, who, in a spirit of adventure or in quest of knowledge, had left the hidden bivouac in the valley, and, with aimless feet, had made his way to the lower edge of a small open space near the foot of the cliff
, was considering what he had to gain by pushing his exploration further.
itself offered me nothing, so I swam toward the mouth of the fiord.
Occasionally, when one of them drew in close to the base of the cliff
, one or another of the Folk would smash a rock down.
The thin cord dangling down the face of the brown cliff
seemed from above to reach little more than half-way down it.
This water coming out of the cliff
is not salt; but neither is it fit to drink, though each of us has drunk.
Folks as believe in Cliff
's Holiday aren't agoing to ventur near it for a matter o' ten pound."
The point of view is situated as if at the head of a bay, the line of cliff
diverging on each side, and showing headland behind headland, as on a bold sea-coast.
"If you have explored the east, we should travel along the base of the cliff
to the west, and seek for a practicable point for our ascent."
On the summit of the East Cliff
the new searchlight was ready for experiment, but had not yet been tried.
The tides in most cases reach the cliffs
only for a short time twice a day, and the waves eat into them only when they are charged with sand or pebbles; for there is reason to believe that pure water can effect little or nothing in wearing away rock.
I looked and could have shouted in delight at the sight that met my eyes, for there stood Ja, waving frantically to me, and urging me to run for it to the cliff
Wide prairies Vegetable productions Tabular hills Slabs of sandstone Nebraska or Platte River Scanty fare Buffalo skulls Wagons turned into boats Herds of buffalo Cliffs
resembling castles The chimney Scott's Bluffs Story connected with them The bighorn or ahsahta Its nature and habits Difference between that and the "woolly sheep," or goat of the mountains