They said their ammunition was finished, and it was
Zeid stuck tohis word that the money was all gone.
We also grew shortwith one another, for the foul wind gave us no rest.
After the fall she rose to her feetwhimpering and
stood still, in a tremble. This face of the hill, sheltered from the wind and open
to the sun allafternoon, had thawed.
Rasim pushedforward an attack of his five automatic
guns, each with its two-mancrew.
That was the end of our comfort, and we must have
been off twenty timesbefore sunset.
The enemy felt the day no longer favourable.
Afterwardsthe going was easier, the last two miles to the head of Shtar beingfrozen
I askedhow they could look with pleasure on
children, embodied proofs of theirconsummated lust?
We saw it, and cried advance tothe camel men and
levies about us.
Yet the pleasure was not vivid, as we hadhoped.
Upon their slopes the limestone ribs of this very old earth stoodwearily
This face of the hill, sheltered from the wind and
open to the sun allafternoon, had thawed.
This was magnificent,and I woke up to welcome
It was passing, and sunsetoften gave victory to
defenders yet in place. When the ridge served no more we did further heavy work, and
at lastWodheiha baulked again. To push farther, on thewrong road, through such a
night was folly. We fell together some eighteen feet down the hill-side into
ayard-deep drift of frozen snow. CHAPTER LXXXVIIHesas sole profit lay, then, in its
lesson to myself. Our menleft them alone, being contented with a free exhibition of
themselves. Afterwards I went off to learnthe truth from Nasir, who was in bed with
The excellent Wodheihastruggled gamely forward
under the weight of the extra gold.
Two men were found to ride with me, though all said
we should not reachTafileh that night. They would soon outflankus at our end of the
western ridge. In losing this Motalgaridge we would probably win the
I told themto hurry back, refill their belts and
hold on to it for good.
So five of us started offon a day which promised to
be a little more open than usual. I disliked being outdone, so replied with a dozen
as solemnly. CHAPTER XCMorning found me nearly snow-blind, but glad and vigorous.
This face of the hill, sheltered from the wind and open to the sun allafternoon, had
thawed. Zeid stuck tohis word that the money was all gone. Never again werewe
combative, whether in jest, or betting on a certainty. The horsemen held on for
almosttheir ten minutes, and then galloped off without hurt.
Only for a defensive was such expenditure