doubt if I do now. It seems incredible that you could have reviled me
so, and yet have cared for me all the time."
"You might have known," she said, "when I did not run away from you
that it was not hate which chained me to you. While you were battling
with Jubal, I could have run to the edge of the forest, and when I
learned the outcome of the combat it would have been a simple thing to
have eluded you and returned to my own people."
"But Jubal's brothers--and cousins--" I reminded her, "how about them?"
She smiled, and hid her face on my shoulder.
"I had to tell you SOMETHING, David," she whispered. "I must needs
have SOME excuse for remaining near you."
"You little sinner!" I exclaimed. "And you have caused me all this
anguish for nothing!"
"I have suffered even more," she answered simply, "for I thought that
you did not love me, and I was helpless. I couldn't come to you and
demand that my love be returned, as you have just come to me. Just now
when you went away hope went with you. I was wretched, terrified,
miserable, and my heart was breaking. I wept, and I have not done that
before since my mother died," and now I saw that there was the moisture
of tears about her eyes. It was near to making me cry myself when I
thought of all that poor child had been through. Motherless and
unprotected; hunted across a savage, primeval world by that hideous
brute of a man; exposed to the attacks of the countless fearsome
denizens of its mountains, its plains, and its jungles--it was a
miracle that she had survived it all.
To me it was a revelation of the things my early forebears must have
endured that the human race of the outer crust might survive. It made
me very proud to think that I had won the love of such a woman. Of
course she couldn't read or write; there was nothing cultured or
refined about her as you judge culture and refinement; but she was the
essence of all that is best in woman, for she was good, and brave, and
noble, and virtuous. And she was all these things in spite of the fact
that their observance entailed suffering and danger and possible death.
How much easier it would have been to have gone to Jubal in the first
place! She would have been his lawful
The boxing contest, as the faculty members of the athletic committee preferred to call it, was, from the tap of the gong, as pretty a two-fisted scrap as ever any aggregation of low-browed fight fans witnessed.Page 9
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He worries about conditions here which really do not exist.Page 27
"I'm glad she didn't recognize me.Page 36
" "Fine!" exclaimed Jimmy.Page 45
"Come over the day after Christmas," he was told, "and we'll give you a trial.Page 46
As it finally revealed itself to Jimmy it was very simple indeed.Page 48
As this mental attitude grew within him and took hold of Jimmy it more and more irked him to take the punishment which he inwardly felt he could easily inflict upon Brophy instead, but, as Jimmy had learned through lean and hungry months, a job is a job, and no job is to be sneezed at or lightly thrown aside.Page 50
" "You don't think," said Jimmy, "that I would have put any money on that crooked scrap.Page 53
Driving up the alley Jimmy stopped in the rear of a large and pretentious home, and entering through a gateway in a high stone wall he saw that the walk to the rear entrance bordered a very delightful garden.Page 59
" The girl looked at him and flushed.Page 80
's go until they have completed their work.Page 83
"Suppose we do something exciting, like going.Page 92
That evening Harold Bince met Murray at Feinheimer's, and still later the Lizard received word that Murray wanted to see him.Page 93
Although the Lizard knew that there was no danger of detection, yet from long habit he moved through the plant of the International Machine Company with the noiselessness of a disembodied spirit.Page 103
" It was after two o'clock in.Page 107
Murray, burly and swaggering, took the witness.Page 108
"Just a moment, Mr.Page 110
I was waiting, though, hopin' that something would turn up so that he would be acquitted, but I been watchin' the papers close, and I seen yesterday that there wasn't much chance, so here I am.Page 112
I wish you would come back and take charge for me.