Tarzan again made his way toward the treasure vault, knowing that in a few hours his blacks would be with him, ready to bear away another fortune in the strangely shaped, golden ingots of Opar.
Before he extinguished the single candle he had brought with him for the purpose, and the flickering light of which had cast the first alleviating rays into the impenetrable darkness of the buried chamber, that it had known for the countless ages since it had lain forgotten of man, Tarzan's mind reverted to that first occasion upon which he had entered the treasure vault, coming upon it by chance as he fled from the pits beneath the temple, where he had been hidden by La, the High Priestess of the Sun Worshipers.
He had learned the secret for which he had come, and now he could return at his leisure to his waiting followers, bring them to the treasure vault and carry away all the gold that they could stagger under.
When the ash was cut and fashioned into the shape of a lever, the three men penetrated into the vault.
Do you not observe that this vault has already been broken into," continued he, "and that several statues have been knocked down?
Decidedly," said Monk, "he wishes to have me alone in this vault.
The fisherman appeared to appreciate the counsel; he laid down the light, and disappeared under the vault of the stairs.
He dabbled in chemistry, down in the horrid under-water vaults
of the palace; and he wanted to show me some of his experiments.
in which we placed it (and which had been so long unopened that our torches, half smothered in its oppressive atmosphere, gave us little opportunity for investigation) was small, damp, and entirely without means of admission for light; lying, at great depth, immediately beneath that portion of the building in which was my own sleeping apartment.
He took the arm of Chateau-Renaud, and turned towards the vault, where the attendants had already placed the two coffins.
The Villefort vault formed a square of white stones, about twenty feet high; an interior partition separated the two families, and each apartment had its entrance door.
They drove out of the vault
into a clear space and stopped before an immensely long but low-built house which seemed to ramble round a stone court.
Except where a brick-paved drive drops to the garage and front door by it, all that is visible from the road behind the house are the low-set white vaults
of its roof and a tall sculptural chimney rising beyond.
At left, Crystal Sullivan, 16, throws up a ball to hone her technique of pushing off from the pole when she vaults
were unearthed 10 years ago only by accident, even though they exist by the thousands in the cells of rats, humans, chickens, sea urchins, and even slime molds.