Several of the craft were limping perceptibly, and seemed but barely under the control of their depleted crews.
One by one, however, the ships managed to dip below the crests of the outlying hills until only one barely moving craft was in sight.
The next breaker rolled them over and over, but eventually they all succeeded in crawling to safety, and in a moment more their ungainly craft had been washed up beside them.
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.
Scarcely waiting for their craft
to touch, the creatures manning them leaped among the therns with the fury of demons.
The third brother met a huntsman, who took him with him, and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting, that he became very clever in the craft
of the woods; and when he left his master he gave him a bow, and said, 'Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit.'
On into the Stygian darkness beyond he urged his craft
Should this enveloping force be interrupted in any direction a delicate instrument immediately apprehends the irregularity, at the same time imparting an impulse to a magnetic device which in turn actuates the steering mechanism, diverting the bow of the flier away from the obstacle until the craft
's radio-activity sphere is no longer in contact with the obstruction, then she falls once more into her normal course.
To her surprise she discovered that she could not even turn against the high wind, which rocked and buffeted the frail craft
. Then she dropped swiftly to the dark and wind-swept zone between the hurtling clouds and the gloomy surface of the shadowed ground.
Now and then some lonely Indian hut could be seen, and occasionally a craft
propelled by a man who was trying to gain a meager living from the rubber forest which hemmed in the stream on either side.
A brisk breeze arose about ten o'clock; but, though it might have been prudent to take in a reef, the pilot, after carefully examining the heavens, let the craft
remain rigged as before.
As Hooja's canoe reached a point some twenty yards from us a great puff of smoke broke from the bow of the leading felucca, followed almost simultaneously by a terrific explosion, and a solid shot screamed close over the heads of the men in Hooja's craft
, raising a great splash where it clove the water just beyond them.