or brave man; but the other night as
we lay in the jungle there after poor D'Arnot was taken, and those
jungle noises rose and fell around us I began to think that I was a
coward indeed. It was not the roaring and growling of the big beasts
that affected me so much as it was the stealthy noises--the ones that
you heard suddenly close by and then listened vainly for a repetition
of--the unaccountable sounds as of a great body moving almost
noiselessly, and the knowledge that you didn't KNOW how close it was,
or whether it were creeping closer after you ceased to hear it? It was
those noises--and the eyes.
"MON DIEU! I shall see them in the dark forever--the eyes that you
see, and those that you don't see, but feel--ah, they are the worst."
All were silent for a moment, and then Jane spoke.
"And he is out there," she said, in an awe-hushed whisper. "Those eyes
will be glaring at him to-night, and at your comrade Lieutenant
D'Arnot. Can you leave them, gentlemen, without at least rendering
them the passive succor which remaining here a few days longer might
"Tut, tut, child," said Professor Porter. "Captain Dufranne is willing
to remain, and for my part I am perfectly willing, perfectly
willing--as I always have been to humor your childish whims."
"We can utilize the morrow in recovering the chest, Professor,"
suggested Mr. Philander.
"Quite so, quite so, Mr. Philander, I had almost forgotten the
treasure," exclaimed Professor Porter. "Possibly we can borrow some
men from Captain Dufranne to assist us, and one of the prisoners to
point out the location of the chest."
"Most assuredly, my dear Professor, we are all yours to command," said
And so it was arranged that on the next day Lieutenant Charpentier was
to take a detail of ten men, and one of the mutineers of the Arrow as a
guide, and unearth the treasure; and that the cruiser would remain for
a full week in the little harbor. At the end of that time it was to be
assumed that D'Arnot was truly dead, and that the forest man would not
return while they remained. Then the two vessels were to leave with
all the party.
Professor Porter did not accompany the treasure-seekers on the
following day, but when he saw them returning empty-handed toward noon,
he hastened forward to meet them--his usual preoccupied indifference
entirely vanished, and in its place a nervous and excited manner.
"Where is the treasure?" he cried to Clayton,
At a farm house the youth hesitated and was almost upon the verge of entering and asking for a night's lodging when a savage voiced dog shattered the peace of the universe and sent the burglar along the road at a rapid run.Page 12
It was nothing to her that Abigail did not wish to marry anyone, or that the man of Mrs.Page 13
Prim scowled suspiciously upon the servants.Page 14
"I certainly saw her aboard the train myself.Page 23
rose above the rain, the light rose, fell, swerved to the right and to the left.Page 33
Sighs of relief escaped more than a single pair of lips.Page 38
"Please! Please!" he cried.Page 40
The front room lay entirely within his range of vision, and as his eyes swept it he gave voice to a short exclamation of surprise.Page 53
"He's the best operative west of New York City," replied Bridge, as he moved rapidly toward an outhouse directly in rear of the main building.Page 57
"Sure," replied Jeb; "but he didn't 'mount to nothin'.Page 58
When they came abreast of the spot he ordered the driver to stop; but though he scanned the open field carefully he saw no sign of living thing.Page 59
" "Put 'em up!" snapped Burton, and when the four grimy fists had been elevated he signalled to his companions to search the two men.Page 65
"Well," said the man, "let's take one another at face value for a while, without digging too deep into the past; and now for our plans.Page 72
Bridge shook his head wearily.Page 74
That mak him better nature.Page 79
***** It was after midnight when four men cautiously approached the old mill.Page 87
"It will go hard with you if you don't.Page 88
Once in the car he leaned forward urging the driver to greater speed.Page 90
Men were adjusting ropes about their necks.Page 97
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