months to the two prisoners the little steamer
forged on they knew not where. Once the Kincaid stopped to coal, only
immediately to take up the seemingly interminable voyage.
Rokoff had visited Jane Clayton but once since he had locked her in the
tiny cabin. He had come gaunt and hollow-eyed from a long siege of
sea-sickness. The object of his visit was to obtain from her her
personal cheque for a large sum in return for a guarantee of her
personal safety and return to England.
"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."
"You will give me the cheque I ask," he replied with a snarl, "or
neither you nor your child nor your husband will ever again set foot
within any port, civilized or otherwise."
"I would not trust you," she replied. "What guarantee have I that you
would not take my money and then do as you pleased with me and mine
regardless of your promise?"
"I think you will do as I bid," he said, turning to leave the cabin.
"Remember that I have your son--if you chance to hear the agonized wail
of a tortured child it may console you to reflect that it is because of
your stubbornness that the baby suffers--and that it is your baby."
"You would not do it!" cried the girl. "You would not--could not be so
"It is not I that am cruel, but you," he returned, "for you permit a
paltry sum of money to stand between your baby and immunity from
The end of it was that Jane Clayton wrote out a cheque of large
denomination and handed it to Nikolas Rokoff, who left her cabin with a
grin of satisfaction upon his lips.
The following day the hatch was removed from Tarzan's cell, and as he
looked up he saw Paulvitch's head framed in the square of light above
"Come up," commanded the Russian. "But bear in mind that you will be
shot if you make a single move to attack me or any other aboard the
The ape-man swung himself lightly to the deck. About him, but at a
respectful distance, stood a half-dozen sailors armed with rifles and
revolvers. Facing him was Paulvitch.
Tarzan looked about for Rokoff, who he felt sure must be aboard, but
there was no
It'll help you remember that you ain't nothin' but a dirty damn landlubber, an' when your betters come around you'll--" But what Billy would have done in the presence of his betters remained stillborn in the mate's imagination in the face of what Billy really did do to his better as that worthy swung a sudden, vicious blow at the mucker's face.Page 18
"Come to my quarters a moment, I want to speak with you," and so saying he wheeled about and retraced his way below, the seaman at his heels.Page 21
" "Don't be horrid, Billy," returned Miss Harding.Page 28
Now the Halfmoon was brought up into the wind where she lay with flapping canvas while Skipper Simms returned to the Lotus with the six men of the yacht's crew that he had brought aboard the brigantine with him two days before, and as many more of his own men.Page 39
Once below Theriere found himself covered by his own revolver in the hands of a very desperate and a very unprincipled man.Page 52
Some two hundred yards from the shore it became evident that there was no landing to be made directly before them, and so the course of the ship was altered to carry them along parallel to the shore in an effort to locate a cove, or beach where a landing might safely be effected.Page 78
Cortwrite Divine went with them as a prisoner, charged with a crime the punishment for which has been death since men sailed the seas.Page 98
"I'll have to bury him close by," replied the mucker.Page 150
"Ferget it," admonished Billy, "an' hit the trail.Page 152
You see I was frisked.Page 167
"I hope they get him," she said, when the tramp had concluded his talk with Kansas City.Page 196
"Either he's a mighty good loser or else he's a deep one who'll wait a year to get me the way he wants to get me.Page 201
He's probably one of the great army of down-and-outers.Page 202
"I ain't sayin' nothin' of course, but I jest want to tell you that we ain't got no use for horse thieves here.Page 212
"Why did I take it?" he asked himself.Page 220
Bridge be shot without making an effort to save him?" she demanded.Page 225
" She raised her hand for silence as the Indian would have protested.Page 233
The moment Grayson saw the latter he gave an exclamation of understanding.Page 235
" Shawnee, Kansas! Eddie Shorter! The whole puzzle was cleared in Billy's mind in an instant.Page 244
There was nothing Mexican about it, nor anything beautiful.