threatening them with instant death if they did not
surrender--promising them their freedom if they did his bidding.
"As you have seen," he cried, "I can kill you when I wish and at a
distance. You cannot escape me. Your only hope of life lies in
obedience. Quick, or I kill!"
The Wieroos stopped and faced him. "What do you want of us?" asked one.
"Throw aside your weapons," Bradley commanded. After a moment's
hesitation they obeyed.
"Now approach!" A great plan--the only plan--had suddenly come to him
like an inspiration.
The Wieroos came closer and halted at his command. Bradley turned to
the girl. "There is rope in the shelter," he said. "Fetch it!"
She did as he bid, and then he directed her to fasten one end of a
fifty-foot length to the ankle of one of the Wieroos and the opposite
end to the second. The creatures gave evidence of great fear, but they
dared not attempt to prevent the act.
"Now go out into the clearing," said Bradley, "and remember that I am
walking close behind and that I will shoot the nearer one should either
attempt to escape--that will hold the other until I can kill him as
In the open he halted them. "The girl will get upon the back of the
one in front," announced the Englishman. "I will mount the other. She
carries a sharp blade, and I carry this weapon that you know kills
easily at a distance. If you disobey in the slightest, the
instructions that I am about to give you, you shall both die. That we
must die with you, will not deter us. If you obey, I promise to set
you free without harming you.
"You will carry us due west, depositing us upon the shore of the
mainland--that is all. It is the price of your lives. Do you agree?"
Sullenly the Wieroos acquiesced. Bradley examined the knots that held
the rope to their ankles, and feeling them secure directed the girl to
mount the back of the leading Wieroo, himself upon the other. Then he
gave the signal for the two to rise together. With loud flapping of
the powerful wings the creatures took to the air, circling once before
they topped the trees upon the hill and then taking a course due west
out over the waters of the sea.
Nowhere about them could Bradley see signs of other Wieroos, nor of
those other menaces which he had
Werper had no desire to die.Page 3
Even now their soldiers are searching for me, to kill me.Page 7
"They will not do it again," he answered.Page 8
Now, give me six porters and six askaris--the strongest and bravest of the safari--and I will march after the Englishman and discover where his gold is hidden.Page 21
He listened fearfully, but the cry was not repeated, and at last spurred to desperate means, he gathered himself for the leap across the chasm.Page 27
A dozen of them fell to the arrows of the defenders; but the majority reached the door.Page 43
At last, convinced that he slept, Tarzan withdrew his hunting knife and commenced to dig a hole in the ground before him.Page 54
In the distance, Basuli halted as the faint notes of the hideous scream broke upon his ears.Page 56
It was purely an exhibition of jungle bluff.Page 61
The first intimation of danger that came to Tarzan was the impact of three bodies as the three apes leaped upon him and hurled him to the ground, where he alighted half stunned beneath their combined weight and was immediately set upon by the fifty hairy men or as many of them as could swarm upon his person.Page 65
overpowered her and she lapsed into unconsciousness beside the man she had sworn to torture and to slay.Page 68
The nearest he gored and threw high among the branches of a tree.Page 96
The eaves of the hut were just above the heads of the sentries--from them he could leap upon the Tarmangani, unseen.Page 100
The jungle was wide; but wide too were the experience and cunning of Tarzan.Page 103
"They are come for the gold.Page 110
Bloodshot, wicked eyes they were, set in a fierce and hairy face.Page 122
from the shoulders of Achmet Zek's assassin; but his demand for a share of the jewels boded ill for Werper when Mohammed Beyd should have learned that the precious stones were no longer in the Belgian's possession.Page 133
Excited Arabs and blacks were running from all parts of the camp toward the silken tent of Mohammed Beyd, and when Werper entered he found a number of the raiders crowded about the corpse, now cold and stiff.Page 144
A trooper, braver than his fellows, leaped among the kicking, plunging, fear-maddened beasts in a futile attempt to quiet them.Page 149
For a moment Werper stood where the ape-man had left him.