beasts depart or are killed. Thus it has
happened that several mighty warriors from far distant lands, whom we
have captured on our slave raids, have battled the brutes turned in
upon them and slain them, thereby winning their freedom. In the
instance which you witnessed the beasts killed each other, but the
result was the same--the man and woman were liberated, furnished with
weapons, and started on their homeward journey. Upon the left shoulder
of each a mark was burned--the mark of the Mahars--which will forever
protect these two from slaving parties."
"There is a slender chance for me then if I be sent to the arena, and
none at all if the learned ones drag me to the pits?"
"You are quite right," he replied; "but do not felicitate yourself too
quickly should you be sent to the arena, for there is scarce one in a
thousand who comes out alive."
To my surprise they returned me to the same building in which I had
been confined with Perry and Ghak before my escape. At the doorway I
was turned over to the guards there.
"He will doubtless be called before the investigators shortly," said he
who had brought me back, "so have him in readiness."
The guards in whose hands I now found myself, upon hearing that I had
returned of my own volition to Phutra evidently felt that it would be
safe to give me liberty within the building as had been the custom
before I had escaped, and so I was told to return to whatever duty had
been mine formerly.
My first act was to hunt up Perry; whom I found poring as usual over
the great tomes that he was supposed to be merely dusting and
rearranging upon new shelves.
As I entered the room he glanced up and nodded pleasantly to me, only
to resume his work as though I had never been away at all. I was both
astonished and hurt at his indifference. And to think that I was
risking death to return to him purely from a sense of duty and
"Why, Perry!" I exclaimed, "haven't you a word for me after my long
"Long absence!" he repeated in evident astonishment. "What do you
"Are you crazy, Perry? Do you mean to say that you have not missed me
since that time we were separated by the charging thag within the
"'That time'," he repeated. "Why man, I have but just returned from
the arena! You reached here almost as soon as I. Had you
Smallpox laid its hideous clutches upon him; leaving him unspeakably branded with its repulsive marks.Page 2
Dense jungle ran down almost to the beach.Page 17
They knew one another in the jungle.Page 22
I will throw your body upon the bed after I have choked the life from you, and when I bring your father he will see the ape squatting over it," and the twisted fiend cackled in gloating laughter.Page 28
Then he dropped upon his hands and knees and examined the floor.Page 33
Now the sheik, having returned all the gold pieces, held the bulging purse outward upon his open palm toward Captain Jacot.Page 37
What she saw was two strangers--white.Page 67
He signed to Akut to remain where he was while he advanced to reconnoiter.Page 87
The beast halted at sight of them.Page 92
Heretofore the Swedes had always watched near-by their trap, for as a rule only the stronger bulls are thus caught, since in.Page 111
The other, whom he had just killed, tried to stop him.Page 113
"Find out where they got this girl," he commanded.Page 128
My Dear assured her that they all were gentle folk and that she would find them kind, considerate and honorable.Page 137
I dwelt among the branches of the trees.Page 155
The other was attempting to formulate an opening that would lead naturally to the proposition he had in mind.Page 160
Korak started as though pierced through the heart with an arrow.Page 173
During the long hours of marching the Hon.Page 190
I stole it from Malbihn, the Swede--it had printing on the back cut from an old newspaper.Page 211
" "We will go together," replied Meriem.Page 212
I will bring them and the bridles," and before he could stop her she was gone.