"What makes me think that?--Why these footprints, which I expected to find!" he cried, pointing to the sharply outlined imprint of a neat boot.
"Monsieur Fred, these neat footprints seem to have been made since the discovery of the crime."
Here, after looking at the marks of the bicycle, which followed, going and coming, the neat footprints, I thought I might intervene.
But, another Crusoe chancing upon the footprint of another man Friday, his nose, not his eyes, shocked him electrically alert as he smelled the fresh contact of a living man's foot with the ground.
Had he had the necessary knowledge and the wit of eye-observance, he would have noted that the footprint was smaller than a man's and that the toeprints were different from a Mary's in that they were close together and did not press deeply into the earth.
It was Whitely who discovered the first clue--a huge human-like footprint
in the soft earth beside the spring, and indications of a struggle in the mud.
And well it might; for if the chain that bound a saint, and the footprints
a saint has left upon a stone he chanced to stand upon, be holy, surely the spot where a man gave up his life for his faith is holy.
In the mud along the bank the ape-man saw the footprints
of the two he sought, but there was neither boat nor people there when he arrived, nor, at first glance, any sign of their whereabouts.
Holmes, they were the footprints
of a gigantic hound!"
As he examined the newer spoor a tiny particle of earth toppled from the outer edge of one of the footprints
to the bottom of its shallow depression--ah, the trail was very fresh, his prey must have but scarcely passed.
But these others are not the footprints of man or woman or grey wolves or bears or lions, nor do I think they are the tracks of a rough- maned Centaur -- whoever it be that with swift feet makes such monstrous footprints; wonderful are the tracks on this side of the way, but yet more wonderfully are those on that.'
There were double tracks, and wonderful they were, such as one might marvel at, the doing of a clever sprite; for as for the cows, the dark dust kept and showed their footprints leading towards the flowery meadow; but he himself -- bewildering creature -- crossed the sandy ground outside the path, not on his feet nor yet on his hands; but, furnished with some other means he trudged his way -- wonder of wonders!