It disappointed me when he sent word that a rising mountain gale made early aerial travel impossible. I hope I have said enough already to let me glide briefly over the rest; the rest, that is, of the horror at the camp.
All these tubes, cilia, and points of starfish head, found folded tightly down; tubes and points clinging to bulbous neck and torso. By six o'clock our fears had become intense and definite, and after a wireless consultation with Douglas and Thorfinnssen I resolved to take steps toward investigation.
After snowstorm, have spied mountain range ahead higher than any hitherto seen. We came here under one banner, united in a host of thousands, to claim the Moon. We could not afford to waste drilling the depth of any considerable amount of mere glaciation, though Pabodie had worked out a plan for sinking copper electrodes in thick clusters of borings and melting off limited areas of ice with current from a gasoline-driven dynamo.
Whether all could have lived through it, even without the other thing, is gravely open to doubt. I had felt it in October when we first caught sight of Victoria Land, and I felt it afresh now.
Sherman, Pabodie, and McTighe made an exhaustive aeroplane cruise over all the surrounding territory in the afternoon, sweeping the horizon with field glasses in quest of Gedney and of the various missing things; but nothing came to light. Flexibility surprising despite vast toughness.
Douglas, commanding the brig Arkham, and serving as commander of the sea vault of midnight speed dating, and Georg Thorfinnssen, commanding the barque Miskatonic—both veteran whalers in antarctic waters. I think you're only feeding it. At the moment I felt sorry that I had ever read the abhorred Necronomicon, or talked so much with that unpleasantly erudite folklorist Wilmarth at the university.
Early apprehensions about sudden antarctic winds were revived, and under Atwood's supervision precautions were taken to bank the tents, new dog corral, and crude aeroplane shelters with snow on the mountainward side.
Reflecting that he had four planes, each provided with an excellent short-wave outfit, we could not imagine any ordinary accident capable of crippling all his wireless equipment at once.
He kills them one by one with a sword that eats their Light.
To each point is attached small end of a greenish five-veined membranous triangle eight inches long and six wide at farther end. We turned in at two o'clock for a brief rest after some preliminary loading of the plane, but were up again in four hours to finish the loading and packing.
I kept with me one sledge and nine dogs, since it is unwise to be at any time without possible transportation in an utterly tenantless world of aeon-long death. Dark gray, flexible, and infinitely tough. Shall transfer essentials to other three for return or further moves if necessary, but no more heavy plane travel needed just now.
Even young Danforth, with his nervous breakdown, has not flinched or babbled to his doctors—indeed, as I have said, there is one thing he thinks he alone saw which he will not tell even me, though I think it would help his psychological state if he would consent to do so. At length we resolved to carry out our original plan of flying five hundred miles eastward with all four exploring planes and establishing a fresh sub-base at a point which would probably be on the smaller continental division, as we mistakenly conceived it.
It was not blood, but a thick, dark-green fluid apparently answering the same purpose. Arouses much curiosity as to source and weathering. I'd never tried to show off before. Examining certain skeletal fragments of large land and marine saurians and primitive mammals, find singular local wounds or injuries to bony structure not attributable to any known predatory or carnivorous animal of any period, of two sorts—straight, penetrant bores, and apparently hacking incisions.
Though excessively primitive and archaic in some respects, the thing had a set of ganglial centers and connectives arguing the very extremes of specialized development. Our good luck and efficiency had indeed been almost uncanny. He had not known about the wind, for very little was blowing at McMurdo Sound, despite its persistent rage where we were.
These markings, however, were of very primitive life forms involving no great paradox except that any life forms should occur in rock as definitely pre-Cambrian as this seemed to be; hence I still failed to see the good sense of Lake's demand for an interlude in our time-saving program—an interlude requiring the use of all four planes, many men, and the whole of the expedition's mechanical apparatus.
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