gone in fear to do more than huddle
closer together and moan more loudly than before.
Seizing a blazing branch the man cast it straight into the face of the
lion. There was an angry roar, followed by a swift charge. With a
single bound the savage beast cleared the boma wall as, with almost
equal agility, the warrior cleared it upon the opposite side and,
chancing the dangers lurking in the darkness, bolted for the nearest
Numa was out of the boma almost as soon as he was inside it; but as he
went back over the low thorn wall, he took a screaming negro with him.
Dragging his victim along the ground he walked back toward Sabor, the
lioness, who joined him, and the two continued into the blackness,
their savage growls mingling with the piercing shrieks of the doomed
and terrified man.
At a little distance from the blaze the lions halted, there ensued a
short succession of unusually vicious growls and roars, during which
the cries and moans of the black man ceased--forever.
Presently Numa reappeared in the firelight. He made a second trip into
the boma and the former grisly tragedy was reenacted with another
Tarzan rose and stretched lazily. The entertainment was beginning to
bore him. He yawned and turned upon his way toward the clearing where
the tribe would be sleeping in the encircling trees.
Yet even when he had found his familiar crotch and curled himself for
slumber, he felt no desire to sleep. For a long time he lay awake
thinking and dreaming. He looked up into the heavens and watched the
moon and the stars. He wondered what they were and what power kept
them from falling. His was an inquisitive mind. Always he had been
full of questions concerning all that passed around him; but there
never had been one to answer his questions. In childhood he had wanted
to KNOW, and, denied almost all knowledge, he still, in manhood, was
filled with the great, unsatisfied curiosity of a child.
He was never quite content merely to perceive that things happened--he
desired to know WHY they happened. He wanted to know what made things
go. The secret of life interested him immensely. The miracle of death
he could not quite fathom. Upon innumerable occasions he had
investigated the internal mechanism of his kills, and once or twice he
had opened the chest cavity of victims in time to see the heart still
He had learned from experience that a
If you wish I'll call upon him and invite him to dinner tonight.Page 58
"Just a moment," said Theriere, raising his hand.Page 61
more likely to work out to Skipper Simms' interests than some unadvised act of Skipper Simms himself.Page 71
Occasionally Theriere would return to the trail to search for further indications of the spoor they sought.Page 73
" Before he had the words half out of his mouth the mucker was forging ahead through the jungle along the well-marked spoor of the samurai.Page 75
"What's the use of fighting them?" he whimpered.Page 111
"I believe," Miss Harding had said, "that you do not wish to be.Page 114
Barbara Harding threw herself beside Byrne.Page 120
"That's to let 'em know we're still here," he said.Page 135
"I couldn't rid myself of the feeling that they had murdered you, by leaving you back there alone and wounded.Page 142
The result was a foregone conclusion.Page 149
"Gee!" thought Billy Byrne; "but that's great stuff.Page 158
Here the next man he met might be looking for him, or if not then the very first policeman they encountered could arrest him.Page 205
Returning to the bar he ordered another bottle of beer, and as he drank it he practiced upon the bartender some of his recently acquired Spanish and learned, though not without considerable difficulty, that he might find lodgings for the night upon the second floor of the bank building.Page 214
I'm on the square now.Page 226
"I have been sent, Senor Capitan," explained Jose, "by the beautiful senorita of El Orobo Rancho to tell you that your friend, Senor Bridge, has been captured by General Villa, and is being held at Cuivaca, where he will doubtless be shot--if help does not reach him before tomorrow morning.Page 228
The general had been exceedingly wroth--the sting of the theft of his funds still irritated him; but he had given Bridge no inkling as to his fate.Page 254
Let us go together--I know where the shooting is best.Page 261
" "It was worth it," whispered Eddie.Page 268
These were finally driven off and again there came a lull; but all hope of escape was gone, and Bridge reposted the defenders at the upper windows where they might watch every approach to the house.