alternative open but to accompany his captor, and thus they traveled
slowly through the jungle while the sable mantle of the impenetrable
forest night fell about them, and the stealthy footfalls of padded paws
mingled with the breaking of twigs and the wild calls of the savage
life that Clayton felt closing in upon him.
Suddenly Clayton heard the faint report of a firearm--a single shot,
and then silence.
In the cabin by the beach two thoroughly terrified women clung to each
other as they crouched upon the low bench in the gathering darkness.
The Negress sobbed hysterically, bemoaning the evil day that had
witnessed her departure from her dear Maryland, while the white girl,
dry eyed and outwardly calm, was torn by inward fears and forebodings.
She feared not more for herself than for the three men whom she knew to
be wandering in the abysmal depths of the savage jungle, from which she
now heard issuing the almost incessant shrieks and roars, barkings and
growlings of its terrifying and fearsome denizens as they sought their
And now there came the sound of a heavy body brushing against the side
of the cabin. She could hear the great padded paws upon the ground
outside. For an instant, all was silence; even the bedlam of the
forest died to a faint murmur. Then she distinctly heard the beast
outside sniffing at the door, not two feet from where she crouched.
Instinctively the girl shuddered, and shrank closer to the black woman.
"Hush!" she whispered. "Hush, Esmeralda," for the woman's sobs and
groans seemed to have attracted the thing that stalked there just
beyond the thin wall.
A gentle scratching sound was heard on the door. The brute tried to
force an entrance; but presently this ceased, and again she heard the
great pads creeping stealthily around the cabin. Again they
stopped--beneath the window on which the terrified eyes of the girl now
"God!" she murmured, for now, silhouetted against the moonlit sky
beyond, she saw framed in the tiny square of the latticed window the
head of a huge lioness. The gleaming eyes were fixed upon her in
"Look, Esmeralda!" she whispered. "For God's sake, what shall we do?
Look! Quick! The window!"
Esmeralda, cowering still closer to her mistress, took one frightened
glance toward the little square of moonlight, just as the lioness
emitted a low, savage snarl.
The sight that met the poor woman's eyes was too much for the already
"Oh, Gaberelle!" she shrieked, and slid to the floor an inert and
"When you set me down safely in any civilized port, together with my son and my husband," she replied, "I will pay you in gold twice the amount you ask; but until then you shall not have a cent, nor the promise of a cent under any other conditions.Page 13
"I might have killed you, but that would have curtailed the full measure of the punishment you have earned at my hands.Page 22
So he was quite at a loss to know where he might be.Page 27
Unhesitatingly, he stepped into the tangle of branches close to the panther's side, still voicing his friendly and conciliatory purr.Page 41
A great panther sat upon its haunches, looking down upon him.Page 44
Quickly Kaviri designated a dozen warriors to accompany Tarzan.Page 45
"Now I go ahead to learn what has become of the very bad white man whom I seek.Page 68
Nowhere along the way, however, could he gain definite information that might assure him positively that the child was ahead of him.Page 85
"Again I thank you for bringing him here for me, and now I must ask you to surrender him to me, that I may turn him over to his foster parents.Page 89
Her palm itched to grasp the huge butt.Page 93
Arrived at the boma, he circled carefully about the outside of the enclosure until, opposite a break in the thorny wall, he came to indications that something had recently passed into the jungle.Page 94
With bated breath she groped beneath the little mound, scarce daring to hope that the treasure remained where she had left it; but, to her infinite relief and joy, her hand came at once upon the barrel of the heavy weapon and then upon the bandoleer of cartridges.Page 98
To follow him it was necessary for the heavy, cumbersome apes to make a wide detour, and Sheeta, too, who hated water.Page 99
The ape-man's fingers slipped from their hold upon the gunwale.Page 102
Thus only did she gain rest upon the voyage; at other times she continually sought to augment the movement of the craft by wielding the heavy paddle.Page 103
Beyond her she saw a monkey-ladder dangling over the steamer's side.Page 108
Wounded though he was, and with the memory of his recent horrible experience still strong upon him, Tarzan of the Apes did not hesitate as the notes of that frightened cry rose shrill and piercing upon the still night air.Page 111
It was to obtain a dugout wherewith to transport the beasts of Tarzan to the side of the Kincaid.Page 117
Chapter 18 Paulvitch Plots Revenge As Jane and Tarzan stood upon the vessel's deck recounting to one another the details of the various adventures through which each had passed since they had parted in their London home, there glared at them from beneath scowling brows a hidden watcher upon the shore.Page 133
They decided, however, that it would do no harm to attempt to frighten Gust into acceding to their demands, and with this purpose in mind the Maori sought out the self-constituted commander of the party.