Tarzan of the Apes

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 5

ship for desiring to go back in the direction from which
he had just come!

What if he told them that two insubordinate seamen had been roughly
handled by their officers? They would but laugh in their sleeves and
attribute his reason for wishing to leave the ship to but one
thing--cowardice.

John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, did not ask to be transferred to the
British man-of-war. Late in the afternoon he saw her upper works fade
below the far horizon, but not before he learned that which confirmed
his greatest fears, and caused him to curse the false pride which had
restrained him from seeking safety for his young wife a few short hours
before, when safety was within reach--a safety which was now gone
forever.

It was mid-afternoon that brought the little old sailor, who had been
felled by the captain a few days before, to where Clayton and his wife
stood by the ship's side watching the ever diminishing outlines of the
great battleship. The old fellow was polishing brasses, and as he came
edging along until close to Clayton he said, in an undertone:

"'Ell's to pay, sir, on this 'ere craft, an' mark my word for it, sir.
'Ell's to pay."

"What do you mean, my good fellow?" asked Clayton.

"Wy, hasn't ye seen wats goin' on? Hasn't ye 'eard that devil's spawn
of a capting an' is mates knockin' the bloomin' lights outen 'arf the
crew?

"Two busted 'eads yeste'day, an' three to-day. Black Michael's as good
as new agin an' 'e's not the bully to stand fer it, not 'e; an' mark my
word for it, sir."

"You mean, my man, that the crew contemplates mutiny?" asked Clayton.

"Mutiny!" exclaimed the old fellow. "Mutiny! They means murder, sir,
an' mark my word for it, sir."

"When?"

"Hit's comin', sir; hit's comin' but I'm not a-sayin' wen, an' I've
said too damned much now, but ye was a good sort t'other day an' I
thought it no more'n right to warn ye. But keep a still tongue in yer
'ead an' when ye 'ear shootin' git below an' stay there.

"That's all, only keep a still tongue in yer 'ead, or they'll put a
pill between yer ribs, an' mark my word for it, sir," and the old
fellow went on with his polishing, which carried him away from where
the Claytons were standing.

"Deuced cheerful outlook, Alice," said Clayton.

"You should warn the captain at once, John. Possibly the trouble may
yet be averted," she said.

"I suppose I should, but yet from purely selfish motives I

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Oakdale Affair

Page 2
"Sam Benham is old enough to be the girl's father," he growled.
Page 5
"'Hello, tramps'!" mimicked a third.
Page 6
Yuh can't fool an old bird like The Sky Pilot--eh, boys?" and he turned to his comrades for confirmation.
Page 12
The second Mrs.
Page 20
"Is someone following you? You.
Page 22
The two had reached the verandah when Bridge, turning, saw a brilliant light flaring through the night above the crest of the hill they had just topped in their descent into the ravine, or, to be more explicit, the small valley, where stood the crumbling house of Squibbs.
Page 33
"Be careful!" he cried.
Page 41
" He wheeled and placed a foot upon the cellar stairs.
Page 44
" The girl pointed to an adjacent field.
Page 47
"Yes," said the Kid in a low voice, and bending close toward the other; "it had bloody froth on its lips!" The Case boy shrank back.
Page 60
"I wouldn't have lost it for anything.
Page 68
it was a bear?" asked the Kid.
Page 69
If she's with them she's being held by force.
Page 74
" The girl made no comment upon the use of the name which he had applied to her, and in the darkness he could not see her features, nor did he see the odd expression upon the boy's face as he heard the name addressed to her.
Page 80
but the man persisted, beating down the slim hands and striking viciously at body and head until, at last, the boy, half stunned though still struggling, was dragged from the room.
Page 85
You took the word of an ignorant little farmer's boy and I did not deny it when I found that you intended bringing me to Mr.
Page 89
The great crowd which had now gathered fought to get a close view of them, to get hold of them, to strike them, to revile them; but the leaders kept the others back lest all be robbed of the treat which they had planned.
Page 95
39 2 6 Squibbs farm.
Page 97
78 2 1 Squibbs place!" Squibbs' place!" 80 6 4 Squibbs gateway Squibbs' gateway 84 6 1 Squibb's summer Squibbs' summer 85 6 1 thet aint thet ain't 85 7 5 on em on 'em 85 8 1 An' thet aint An' thet ain't 85 10 1 But thet aint But thet ain't 85 10 3 of em of 'em 85 10 3 of em of 'em 86 2 2 there aint there ain't 87 5 others' mask other's mask 88 6 1 Squibbs woods Squibbs' woods .
Page 100
Squibbs' place.