letters of the alphabet, and he was over ten years old.
Of course he had never before seen print, or ever had spoken with any
living thing which had the remotest idea that such a thing as a written
language existed, nor ever had he seen anyone reading.
So what wonder that the little boy was quite at a loss to guess the
meaning of these strange figures.
Near the middle of the book he found his old enemy, Sabor, the lioness,
and further on, coiled Histah, the snake.
Oh, it was most engrossing! Never before in all his ten years had he
enjoyed anything so much. So absorbed was he that he did not note the
approaching dusk, until it was quite upon him and the figures were
He put the book back in the cupboard and closed the door, for he did
not wish anyone else to find and destroy his treasure, and as he went
out into the gathering darkness he closed the great door of the cabin
behind him as it had been before he discovered the secret of its lock,
but before he left he had noticed the hunting knife lying where he had
thrown it upon the floor, and this he picked up and took with him to
show to his fellows.
He had taken scarce a dozen steps toward the jungle when a great form
rose up before him from the shadows of a low bush. At first he thought
it was one of his own people but in another instant he realized that it
was Bolgani, the huge gorilla.
So close was he that there was no chance for flight and little Tarzan
knew that he must stand and fight for his life; for these great beasts
were the deadly enemies of his tribe, and neither one nor the other
ever asked or gave quarter.
Had Tarzan been a full-grown bull ape of the species of his tribe he
would have been more than a match for the gorilla, but being only a
little English boy, though enormously muscular for such, he stood no
chance against his cruel antagonist. In his veins, though, flowed the
blood of the best of a race of mighty fighters, and back of this was
the training of his short lifetime among the fierce brutes of the
He knew no fear, as we know it; his little heart beat the faster but
from the excitement and exhilaration of adventure. Had the opportunity
presented itself he would have escaped, but solely because his judgment
told him he was
None of them had noticed him.Page 6
The youth did as he was bid, smiling into the sullen, chalk-white face and taking the clammy hand.Page 16
We must leave her to bury her own dead.Page 22
Talking together the two moved on along the dark road.Page 25
In his frantic effort to find the button and relight the lamp the worst occurred--he fumbled the button and the lamp slipped through his fingers, falling over the bannister to the floor below.Page 26
a hand had been laid upon it below them.Page 32
They had remained too long and now, their retreat cut off, they scrambled, cursing and screaming, to the second floor.Page 37
The man did not attempt to fathom the evident appeal of the other's tacitly acknowledged cowardice; he merely knew that he would not have had the youth otherwise if he could have changed him.Page 38
" The girl also ran to the man's side and clutched him by the sleeve.Page 41
The man did not like cowardice and his eyes were stern as he turned them on the lad from whom during the few hours of their acquaintance he had received so many evidences of cowardice; but as the clear brown eyes of the boy met his the man's softened and he shook his head perplexedly.Page 57
"'N' thet ain't all he had neither," he said.Page 62
He told of the coming of The Oskaloosa Kid to his father's farm that morning and of seeing some of the loot and hearing the confession of robbery and killing in Oakdale the night before.Page 64
Who care? Mak lot trouble for Giova whose heart already ache plenty.Page 71
"I think," said Bridge, "that we will just stay where we are until after dark.Page 76
This in itself was bad enough; but what lay at the end of the long walk was infinitely worse, as Willie's father had warned him to return immediately after the inquest, in time for milking, preferably.Page 77
His quarry would remain where it was over night, and a moment later Willie was racing toward Payson and a telephone as fast as his legs would carry him.Page 80
He discovered Bridge lying upon the floor and sniffed at him.Page 89
"They've made up their minds, or what they think are minds, that we're guilty; but principally they're out for a sensation.Page 92
" The man stepped toward the car, shaking his head.Page 99
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