long dead day did
little Tarzan give but passing heed. His wild jungle life had inured
him to the sight of dead and dying animals, and had he known that he
was looking upon the remains of his own father and mother he would have
been no more greatly moved.
The furnishings and other contents of the room it was which riveted his
attention. He examined many things minutely--strange tools and
weapons, books, paper, clothing--what little had withstood the ravages
of time in the humid atmosphere of the jungle coast.
He opened chests and cupboards, such as did not baffle his small
experience, and in these he found the contents much better preserved.
Among other things he found a sharp hunting knife, on the keen blade of
which he immediately proceeded to cut his finger. Undaunted he
continued his experiments, finding that he could hack and hew splinters
of wood from the table and chairs with this new toy.
For a long time this amused him, but finally tiring he continued his
explorations. In a cupboard filled with books he came across one with
brightly colored pictures--it was a child's illustrated alphabet--
A is for Archer
Who shoots with a bow.
B is for Boy,
His first name is Joe.
The pictures interested him greatly.
There were many apes with faces similar to his own, and further over in
the book he found, under "M," some little monkeys such as he saw daily
flitting through the trees of his primeval forest. But nowhere was
pictured any of his own people; in all the book was none that resembled
Kerchak, or Tublat, or Kala.
At first he tried to pick the little figures from the leaves, but he
soon saw that they were not real, though he knew not what they might
be, nor had he any words to describe them.
The boats, and trains, and cows and horses were quite meaningless to
him, but not quite so baffling as the odd little figures which appeared
beneath and between the colored pictures--some strange kind of bug he
thought they might be, for many of them had legs though nowhere could
he find one with eyes and a mouth. It was his first introduction to
The Sky Pilot sighed a sigh that was more than half gasp.Page 24
Come! buck up.Page 25
" With trembling hands The Oskaloosa Kid directed the lens over the edge of the swaying and rotting bannister.Page 26
Bridge slammed-to the door and with a shoulder against it drew a match from his pocket and lighted it.Page 27
What are doors to such.Page 29
The darkness hid the expression upon Bridge's face, but his conviction that the girl was pretty was unaltered.Page 32
"It's The Oskaloosa Kid," came a voice from below.Page 38
"Don't go!" she begged.Page 39
The youth coughed.Page 42
It took Bridge but a moment to have a roaring fire started in the old stove in the kitchen, and as the warmth rolled in comforting waves about them the five felt for the first time in hours something akin to relief and well being.Page 46
"I might let ye have some milk an' eggs an' butter an' a leetle bacon an' mebby my ol' woman's got a loaf left from her last bakin'; but we ain't been figgerin' on supplyin' grub fer the United States army ef that's what yew be buyin' fer.Page 49
" The youth and the girl forced wan smiles; but neither spoke.Page 54
his eyes with theirs.Page 55
I reckon he means bus, they's only one on 'em in Oakdale 'n'if they waz forty I'd like to know how in hek I'd hire one when I ain't got no money.Page 75
A quick side glance that required all his will power to consummate showed him that no one appeared to have noticed his faux pas and Willie was again slowly returning to normal when the proprietor of the restaurant came up from behind and asked him to remove his hat.Page 81
Beppo he got evil-eye.Page 82
There were two reports in close succession.Page 83
"The bunch from Oakdale has come," he said.Page 88
I'm going to Payson," and dashed from the house.Page 95
39 2 6 Squibbs farm.