the cabin door. He was very nervous. Even brave men,
and D'Arnot was a brave man, are sometimes frightened by solitude.
He loaded one of the rifles and placed it within easy reach. Then he
went to the desk and took up the unsealed letter addressed to Tarzan.
Possibly it contained word that his people had but left the beach
temporarily. He felt that it would be no breach of ethics to read this
letter, so he took the enclosure from the envelope and read:
TO TARZAN OF THE APES:
We thank you for the use of your cabin, and are sorry that you did not
permit us the pleasure of seeing and thanking you in person.
We have harmed nothing, but have left many things for you which may add
to your comfort and safety here in your lonely home.
If you know the strange white man who saved our lives so many times,
and brought us food, and if you can converse with him, thank him, also,
for his kindness.
We sail within the hour, never to return; but we wish you and that
other jungle friend to know that we shall always thank you for what you
did for strangers on your shore, and that we should have done
infinitely more to reward you both had you given us the opportunity.
WM. CECIL CLAYTON.
"'Never to return,'" muttered D'Arnot, and threw himself face downward
upon the cot.
An hour later he started up listening. Something was at the door
trying to enter.
D'Arnot reached for the loaded rifle and placed it to his shoulder.
Dusk was falling, and the interior of the cabin was very dark; but the
man could see the latch moving from its place.
He felt his hair rising upon his scalp.
Gently the door opened until a thin crack showed something standing
D'Arnot sighted along the blue barrel at the crack of the door--and
then he pulled the trigger.
When the expedition returned, following their fruitless endeavor to
succor D'Arnot, Captain Dufranne was anxious to steam away as quickly
as possible, and all save Jane had acquiesced.
"No," she said, determinedly, "I shall not go, nor should you, for
there are two friends in that jungle who will come out of it some day
expecting to find us awaiting them.
"Your officer, Captain Dufranne, is one of them, and the forest man who
average of your academic standing.Page 16
I am a very busy man--and don't forget to close the door after you as you go out.Page 20
" And he did.Page 24
" "I am sure of it, my boy," said Compton heartily.Page 26
"I will try and persuade him to see Dr.Page 29
" And so his watch went, and two weeks later his cigarette-case and ring followed.Page 31
"It's what I'm offerin' you," replied the lizard.Page 41
If Jimmy was schooled in self-control, Elizabeth Compton was equally so.Page 43
Murray went backward and would have fallen but.Page 45
"What is there in it?" They named a figure that was entirely satisfactory to Jimmy.Page 66
I don't know what your game was, but you and the Lizard played it pretty slick when you could pull the wool over Patrick O'Donnell's eyes the way ye done.Page 78
" Elizabeth felt the color rising slowly to her cheek.Page 81
"The boor," she exclaimed; "he dared to order me about and threaten me.Page 84
He had always thought her that, but somehow to-night she seemed to be different, even more beautiful than in the past.Page 90
"Yes," replied the nurse.Page 93
Compton's office--" The message ceased as though central had disconnected them.Page 95
A moment later he found an automatic behind the door across the room from where Compton's body lay.Page 109
the court-room which was broken by the defense's perfunctory "Take the witness" to the prosecuting attorney, but again cross-examination was waived.Page 110
I do not want to go back to mine yet.Page 111
" "That's just where I am going now," said Jimmy.