had been married to the Hon. Alice Rutherford for scarce a three
months, and it was the thought of taking this fair young girl into the
dangers and isolation of tropical Africa that appalled him.
For her sake he would have refused the appointment, but she would not
have it so. Instead she insisted that he accept, and, indeed, take her
There were mothers and brothers and sisters, and aunts and cousins to
express various opinions on the subject, but as to what they severally
advised history is silent.
We know only that on a bright May morning in 1888, John, Lord
Greystoke, and Lady Alice sailed from Dover on their way to Africa.
A month later they arrived at Freetown where they chartered a small
sailing vessel, the Fuwalda, which was to bear them to their final
And here John, Lord Greystoke, and Lady Alice, his wife, vanished from
the eyes and from the knowledge of men.
Two months after they weighed anchor and cleared from the port of
Freetown a half dozen British war vessels were scouring the south
Atlantic for trace of them or their little vessel, and it was almost
immediately that the wreckage was found upon the shores of St. Helena
which convinced the world that the Fuwalda had gone down with all on
board, and hence the search was stopped ere it had scarce begun; though
hope lingered in longing hearts for many years.
The Fuwalda, a barkentine of about one hundred tons, was a vessel of
the type often seen in coastwise trade in the far southern Atlantic,
their crews composed of the offscourings of the sea--unhanged murderers
and cutthroats of every race and every nation.
The Fuwalda was no exception to the rule. Her officers were swarthy
bullies, hating and hated by their crew. The captain, while a
competent seaman, was a brute in his treatment of his men. He knew, or
at least he used, but two arguments in his dealings with them--a
belaying pin and a revolver--nor is it likely that the motley
aggregation he signed would have understood aught else.
So it was that from the second day out from Freetown John Clayton and
his young wife witnessed scenes upon the deck of the Fuwalda such as
they had believed were never enacted outside the covers of printed
stories of the sea.
It was on the morning of the second day that the first link was forged
in what was destined to form a chain of circumstances ending in a life
for one then unborn such as has never been paralleled
With the light he found it easier to regain control of his nerves, and presently he was again making his way along the tunnel in search of an avenue of escape.Page 30
Nothing spurred his hurt memory to a recollection of past familiarity with his surroundings.Page 36
He heard the same bestial barkings and growlings issue from the human throat that were coming from the mouth of the brute.Page 39
Achmet Zek should know nothing of these--these would be for Werper alone, and so soon as he could encompass his design he would reach the coast and take passage for America, where he could conceal himself beneath the veil of a new identity and enjoy to some measure the fruits of his theft.Page 41
He saw the game animals, and his mouth watered; but he did not look in the direction of his bungalow.Page 47
The Belgian had no wish to take the slightest chance of recapture.Page 53
They were of Terkoz, Tublat, Kerchak, and a smaller, less ferocious figure, that was Neeta, the little playmate of his boyhood.Page 60
Three great apes accompanied them and to these was delegated the business of tracking the quarry, a feat beyond the senses of the Oparians.Page 62
"We shall stop here tonight and tomorrow in the face of the Flaming God, La will offer up the heart of this defiler of the temple.Page 65
"Come, Priests of the Flaming God!" she cried, "and make ready the sacrifice.Page 74
Doggedly he followed the faint spoor, pausing by day only to kill and eat, and at night only to sleep and refresh himself.Page 76
With the cognizance of it there rose in the breast of the ape-man a strange uneasiness--the result of an irresistible force which he was destined to become acquainted with anew--the instinct which draws the male to his mate.Page 79
He remained silent, almost paralyzed by fear.Page 93
Chulk and Taglat, their hairy faces pressed close to that of the patrician, sniffed with him.Page 106
there are no others to carry it away.Page 111
What could have become of it? It had been at his side when he lay down to sleep--of that he was certain, for had he not pushed it from beneath him when its bulging bulk, pressing against his ribs, caused him discomfort? Yes, it had been there when he lay down to sleep.Page 132
Raising the lower edge of the rear wall, Werper crept within and approached the corpse.Page 137
It was not long before he came upon a solitary horseman riding toward the east.Page 140
Where is your authority for this invasion? Where are the extradition papers which warrant the arrest of this man? And what assurance have you that I cannot bring an armed force about you that will prevent your return to the Congo Free State?" The Belgian lost his temper.Page 145
Several about it broke their tethers and plunged madly about the camp.