alive. None of the missiles struck
us, for Hooja's archers were not nearly the marksmen that are my
Sarians and Amozites.
We had now gained sufficient headway to hold our own on about even
terms with Hooja's paddlers. We did not seem to be gaining, though;
and neither did they. How long this nerve-racking experience lasted I
cannot guess, though we had pretty nearly finished our meager supply of
provisions when the wind picked up a bit and we commenced to draw away.
Not once yet had we sighted land, nor could I understand it, since so
many of the seas I had seen before were thickly dotted with islands.
Our plight was anything but pleasant, yet I think that Hooja and his
forces were even worse off than we, for they had no food nor water at
Far out behind us in a long line that curved upward in the distance, to
be lost in the haze, strung Hooja's two hundred boats. But one would
have been enough to have taken us could it have come alongside. We had
drawn some fifty yards ahead of Hooja--there had been times when we
were scarce ten yards in advance-and were feeling considerably safer
from capture. Hooja's men, working in relays, were commencing to show
the effects of the strain under which they had been forced to work
without food or water, and I think their weakening aided us almost as
much as the slight freshening of the wind.
Hooja must have commenced to realize that he was going to lose us, for
he again gave orders that we be fired upon. Volley after volley of
arrows struck about us. The distance was so great by this time that
most of the arrows fell short, while those that reached us were
sufficiently spent to allow us to ward them off with our paddles.
However, it was a most exciting ordeal.
Hooja stood in the bow of his boat, alternately urging his men to
greater speed and shouting epithets at me. But we continued to draw
away from him. At last the wind rose to a fair gale, and we simply
raced away from our pursuers as if they were standing still. Juag was
so tickled that he forgot all about his hunger and thirst. I think
that he had never been entirely reconciled to the heathenish invention
which I called a sail, and that down in the bottom of his heart he
believed that the paddlers would eventually overhaul us; but now he
couldn't praise it
He was endeavoring to make it plain to the old lady that she might remain in Africa if she wished but that for his part his conscience demanded that he return to his father and mother, who doubtless were even now suffering untold sorrow because of his absence; from which it may be assumed that his parents had not been acquainted with the plans that he and the old lady had made for their adventure into.Page 30
They must have disappeared through the window for the door had been locked from the inside.Page 36
Only when The Sheik was near was she quiet and subdued.Page 43
His face lighted with a smile.Page 44
With body half-merging from a clump of bushes in which she must have lain hidden stood a sleek and beautiful lioness.Page 50
And so he held tight to his determination to find a port upon the coast where he might communicate with them and receive funds for his return to London.Page 51
To them he would be a welcome visitor.Page 64
Now he shouted excitedly for Korak to come back,.Page 66
When he came suddenly upon another beast his quick crouch bore a strange resemblance to the arching of a cat's back.Page 101
It was for Meriem more than for himself that he squatted beside his flesh and growled ominously at whosoever dared sniff too closely to it.Page 104
Yet he knew they cared for women.Page 110
but Jenssen knew Malbihn well, and so, having secured meat, he turned immediately back toward camp, while his boys brought in his kill.Page 115
You would be lost.Page 124
Nothing could prevail upon them to remain longer in this country.Page 132
Ah! Now she saw him.Page 180
His face and hands were scratched and smeared with dried blood from the wounds he had come by in thorn and thicket.Page 186
been for her clothing and the fact that she had grown in stature she might well have believed it so.Page 205
Then he commenced his stealthy search of the village.Page 207
Korak turned toward Meriem and at the same moment a bloody and disheveled apparition leaped into the apartment.Page 223
"That is why we thought best to consult you before organizing an expedition.