to attract the attention of the natives.
After some ten shots had been fired at considerable intervals a body of
copper-colored warriors appeared upon the shore. They watched us for a
moment and then I hailed them, asking the whereabouts of my old friend
They did not reply at once, but stood with their heads together in
serious and animated discussion. Continually they turned their eyes
toward our strange craft. It was evident that they were greatly
puzzled by our appearance as well as unable to explain the source of
the loud noises that had attracted their attention to us. At last one
of the warriors addressed us.
"Who are you who seek Ja?" he asked. "What would you of our chief?"
"We are friends," I replied. "I am David. Tell Ja that David, whose
life he once saved from a sithic, has come again to visit him.
"If you will send out a canoe we will come ashore. We cannot bring our
great warship closer in."
Again they talked for a considerable time. Then two of them entered a
canoe that several dragged from its hiding-place in the jungle and
paddled swiftly toward us.
They were magnificent specimens of manhood. Perry had never seen a
member of this red race close to before. In fact, the dead men in the
canoe we had left astern after the battle and the survivors who were
paddling rapidly toward their shore were the first he ever had seen.
He had been greatly impressed by their physical beauty and the promise
of superior intelligence which their well-shaped skulls gave.
The two who now paddled out received us into their canoe with dignified
courtesy. To my inquiries relative to Ja they explained that he had
not been in the village when our signals were heard, but that runners
had been sent out after him and that doubtless he was already upon his
way to the coast.
One of the men remembered me from the occasion of my former visit to
the island; he was extremely agree-able the moment that he came close
enough to recognize me. He said that Ja would be delighted to welcome
me, and that all the tribe of Anoroc knew of me by repute, and had
received explicit instructions from their chieftain that if any of
them should ever come upon me to show me every kindness and attention.
Upon shore we were received with equal honor. While we stood
conversing with our bronze friends a tall warrior leaped suddenly from
his recent triumph with feelings of renewed hope and anticipation.Page 10
She had been shocked at his apathy at the time of the pirate attack, and chagrined that it should have been necessary for von Horn to have insisted upon a proper guard being left with her thereafter.Page 13
Bududreen often accompanied these expeditions, and on several occasions the lynx-eyed Sing had seen him returning to camp long after the others had retired for the night.Page 15
"Well?" he asked.Page 22
The creature glanced fearfully toward the workshop.Page 41
All he knew was that his life would be complete could he be near her always--see her and speak with her daily.Page 49
"Can it be that our men have mutinied?" He thought the six with Bududreen were carrying out their part in a most realistic manner, and a grim smile tinged his hard face.Page 61
Eyes cannot see it--fingers cannot feel it, but he who possess it knows that it is there for it fills his whole breast with a great, wonderful love and worship for something infinitely finer than man's dull senses can gauge--something that guides him into paths far above the plain of soulless beasts and bestial men.Page 74
The frightful aspect of the enemy turned their savage hearts to water, leaving no fight in their ordinarily warlike souls.Page 76
The sharp parangs of the head hunters were no match for the superhuman muscles of the creatures that battered them about; now lifting one high above his fellows and using the body as a club to beat down those nearby; again snapping an arm or leg as one might break a pipe stem; or hurling a living antagonist headlong above the heads of his fellows to the dark waters of the river.Page 79
Possibly should he retain her he could wring a handsome ransom from the white man.Page 86
For a minute or two her sail would belly with the wind and the vessel make headway, then she would come suddenly about, only to repeat the same tactics a moment later.Page 94
"Let us take them by force then," and he started after Number Three.Page 97
He had been torn and chewed by the bull with which he had fought, and though he had finally overcome and killed the beast, a female which he had pursued had eluded him.Page 100
Let us wait until I know myself better.Page 101
13 BURIED TREASURE After the escape of the girl Barunda and Ninaka had fallen out over that affair and the division of the treasure, with the result that the panglima had slipped a knife between the ribs of his companion and dropped the body overboard.Page 103
to renew the encounter.Page 124
"Oh, Bulan," she cried, "you must not say that.Page 125
" At the words Virginia turned back toward Bulan with a little scream of warning and of horror.Page 131
As they looked in the direction he indicated all saw a graceful, white cutter gliding around a nearby turn.