had evidently attracted him to them. A dozen times he
scrambled up the trunks like a huge cat only to fall back to the ground
once more, and with each failure he cast a horrified glance over his
shoulder at the oncoming brute, simultaneously emitting terror-stricken
shrieks that awoke the echoes of the grim forest.
At length he spied a dangling creeper about the bigness of one's wrist,
and when I reached the trees he was racing madly up it, hand over hand.
He had almost reached the lowest branch of the tree from which the
creeper depended when the thing parted beneath his weight and he fell
sprawling at my feet.
The misfortune now was no longer amusing, for the beast was already too
close to us for comfort. Seizing Perry by the shoulder I dragged him
to his feet, and rushing to a smaller tree--one that he could easily
encircle with his arms and legs--I boosted him as far up as I could,
and then left him to his fate, for a glance over my shoulder revealed
the awful beast almost upon me.
It was the great size of the thing alone that saved me. Its enormous
bulk rendered it too slow upon its feet to cope with the agility of my
young muscles, and so I was enabled to dodge out of its way and run
completely behind it before its slow wits could direct it in pursuit.
The few seconds of grace that this gave me found me safely lodged in
the branches of a tree a few paces from that in which Perry had at last
found a haven.
Did I say safely lodged? At the time I thought we were quite safe, and
so did Perry. He was praying--raising his voice in thanksgiving at our
deliverance--and had just completed a sort of paeon of gratitude that
the thing couldn't climb a tree when without warning it reared up
beneath him on its enormous tail and hind feet, and reached those
fearfully armed paws quite to the branch upon which he crouched.
The accompanying roar was all but drowned in Perry's scream of fright,
and he came near tumbling headlong into the gaping jaws beneath him, so
precipitate was his impetuous haste to vacate the dangerous limb. It
was with a deep sigh of relief that I saw him gain a higher branch in
And then the brute did that which froze us both anew with horror.
Grasping the tree's stem with his powerful paws he dragged down with
all the great weight of
There followed almost immediately a feeling of content, for, where before his future at best seemed but a void, now it was filled with possibilities the contemplation of which brought him, if not happiness, at least a surcease of absolute grief, for before him lay a great work that would occupy his time.Page 10
The wind had risen to the proportions of a gale so that even the greatest giants of the forest swayed, groaning, to its force and the branch upon which the two faced each other rose and fell like the deck of a storm-tossed ship.Page 23
While in the German camp in the Pare Mountains,.Page 48
Later she had been warned from this road by word that a strong British patrol had come down the west bank of the Pangani, effected a crossing south of her, and was even then marching on the railway at Tonda.Page 50
She could scarce believe the testimony of her senses.Page 53
All his other senses may be fallible, but not his sense of smell, and so he makes assurance positive by the final test.Page 57
What passed within those savage brains? Who may say? The panther seemed debating the wisdom of defending his find, for he growled horribly as though warning Numa away from the prey.Page 67
He moved slowly, hunting and fishing, or again fraternizing or quarreling with the other savage denizens of the jungle.Page 84
She had no sooner reached a safe and comfortable branch when she discovered that the tree stood upon the edge of a small clearing that had been hidden from her by the heavy undergrowth upon the ground below, and simultaneously she discovered the identity of the beasts she had heard.Page 99
Go-lat, the king ape, hunting a little apart from his tribe, had seen the woman go to the river for water, and it was he who confronted her when she turned back with her filled gourds.Page 101
" "I will try," said the girl, "but I am afraid that it will be difficult.Page 113
He only wondered what had brought them and what the purpose of the attack, for he could not believe that they had come to rescue him.Page 129
Tell him this and tell him that if he will spare you I give him my word that I will fetch it all to him.Page 156
"We want to reach the coast," she said, "but it seems impossible now.Page 163
With an angry toss of his head, the ape-man turned upon the two lions who had continued to pace back and forth a few yards from him.Page 184
She realized that there might be little hope of their ever returning to civilization.Page 209
from a residence district into that portion occupied by shops and bazaars.Page 210
There are some things than which death is to be preferred; and there came at last to the Englishman the realization that it would be better to die swiftly than to lie in this horrible predicament until his mind broke beneath the strain and he went mad.Page 217
Through many chambers the prince fled, bearing his prize.Page 231
Gradually the girl noticed a change in the tone of the creature's screams that was also reflected in the changing expression upon his hideous countenance.