who, like all good rulers, had circled
in the safety of the background, called to one to work his way in and
spear the victim. Gradually, through the milling, battling men, the
warrior approached the object of his quest.
He stood with poised spear above his head waiting for the instant that
would expose a vulnerable part of the ape-man's body and still not
endanger one of the blacks. Closer and closer he edged about,
following the movements of the twisting, scuffling combatants. The
growls of the ape-man sent cold chills up the warrior's spine, causing
him to go carefully lest he miss at the first cast and lay himself open
to an attack from those merciless teeth and mighty hands.
At last he found an opening. Higher he raised his spear, tensing his
muscles, rolling beneath his glistening, ebon hide, and then from the
jungle just beyond the palisade came a thunderous crashing. The
spear-hand paused, the black cast a quick glance in the direction of
the disturbance, as did the others of the blacks who were not occupied
with the subjugation of the ape-man.
In the glare of the fires they saw a huge bulk topping the barrier.
They saw the palisade belly and sway inward. They saw it burst as
though built of straws, and an instant later Tantor, the elephant,
thundered down upon them.
To right and left the blacks fled, screaming in terror. Some who
hovered upon the verge of the strife with Tarzan heard and made good
their escape, but a half dozen there were so wrapt in the blood-madness
of battle that they failed to note the approach of the giant tusker.
Upon these Tantor charged, trumpeting furiously. Above them he
stopped, his sensitive trunk weaving among them, and there, at the
bottom, he found Tarzan, bloody, but still battling.
A warrior turned his eyes upward from the melee. Above him towered the
gigantic bulk of the pachyderm, the little eyes flashing with the
reflected light of the fires--wicked, frightful, terrifying. The
warrior screamed, and as he screamed, the sinuous trunk encircled him,
lifted him high above the ground, and hurled him far after the fleeing
Another and another Tantor wrenched from the body of the ape-man,
throwing them to right and to left, where they lay either moaning or
very quiet, as death came slowly or at once.
At a distance Mbonga rallied his warriors. His greedy eyes had noted
the great ivory tusks of the bull. The first panic of terror relieved,
he urged his men forward
When does he want me?" "Now.Page 7
And so Jimmy, having had plenty of opportunity to commune with himself during the journey from New York, was confident that there were many opportunities awaiting him in Chicago.Page 13
" At noon he returned, only to be again disappointed, and then at two o'clock, and when he came in at four the same clerk looked up wearily and shook his head.Page 19
Elizabeth Compton was about to protest, but there was something about the way in which the stranger went at the job that indicated that he would probably finish it if he wished to, in spite of any arguments she could advance to the contrary.Page 20
Possibly it was the simple little act of refusing the tip she had proffered him.Page 31
"What you doin'?" asked the Lizard.Page 42
You won't cop off anything better in this joint than Steve Murray.Page 53
"You've heard him speak scarcely a dozen words.Page 61
On the letter-heads of half a dozen large out-of-town manufacturers in various lines were brief but eulogistic comments upon the work done in their plants by Mr.Page 67
These dicks never forget a face.Page 68
Compton," said Jimmy, "that I was to have full access to all records.Page 76
"Where," she thought after he had gone, "have I seen that fellow before?" Jimmy was in the shop applying "How to Get More Out of Your Factory" to the problems of the International Machine Company when he was called.Page 78
One is apt to meet us in any place that nice people are supposed to go.Page 81
He was putting on his overcoat when Elizabeth Compton emerged from the music-room and approached him.Page 87
At first he was inclined to be frightened, but finally a crooked smile twisted his lips.Page 92
" But when Edith told him that the C.Page 104
He realized that he knew more about the Compton murder case than any one else.Page 106
I might as well be living at a hotel.Page 114
She was standing very close to him, looking up in his face.