sign of him.
"Lord Greystoke," commenced the Russian, "by your continued and wanton
interference with M. Rokoff and his plans you have at last brought
yourself and your family to this unfortunate extremity. You have only
yourself to thank. As you may imagine, it has cost M. Rokoff a large
amount of money to finance this expedition, and, as you are the sole
cause of it, he naturally looks to you for reimbursement.
"Further, I may say that only by meeting M. Rokoff's just demands may
you avert the most unpleasant consequences to your wife and child, and
at the same time retain your own life and regain your liberty."
"What is the amount?" asked Tarzan. "And what assurance have I that
you will live up to your end of the agreement? I have little reason to
trust two such scoundrels as you and Rokoff, you know."
The Russian flushed.
"You are in no position to deliver insults," he said. "You have no
assurance that we will live up to our agreement other than my word, but
you have before you the assurance that we can make short work of you if
you do not write out the cheque we demand.
"Unless you are a greater fool than I imagine, you should know that
there is nothing that would give us greater pleasure than to order
these men to fire. That we do not is because we have other plans for
punishing you that would be entirely upset by your death."
"Answer one question," said Tarzan. "Is my son on board this ship?"
"No," replied Alexis Paulvitch, "your son is quite safe elsewhere; nor
will he be killed until you refuse to accede to our fair demands. If
it becomes necessary to kill you, there will be no reason for not
killing the child, since with you gone the one whom we wish to punish
through the boy will be gone, and he will then be to us only a constant
source of danger and embarrassment. You see, therefore, that you may
only save the life of your son by saving your own, and you can only
save your own by giving us the cheque we ask."
"Very well," replied Tarzan, for he knew that he could trust them to
carry out any sinister threat that Paulvitch had made, and there was a
bare chance that by conceding their demands he might save the boy.
That they would permit him to live after he had appended his name to
"We are friends," he called in the tongue of Ahm, the Bo-lu, who had been held a prisoner at the fort; "permit us to pass in peace.Page 7
"My grandaddy used to live down Coppington wy," said Tippet.Page 13
Bradley fired at the vanishing menacer of their peace and safety; but whether he scored a hit or not, none could tell, though, following the shot, there was wafted back to them the same piercing wail that had on other occasions frozen their marrow.Page 15
A few feet away lay Bradley's rifle.Page 18
When danger threatened, he was prepared; but he was not forever courting disaster, and so it was that when about one o'clock in the morning of the fifteenth, he heard the dismal flapping of giant wings overhead, he was neither surprised nor frightened but idly prepared for an attack he had known might reasonably be expected.Page 20
It was now evident that the mat upon the floor was intended for sleeping purposes and that the rough shove that had sent him to it had been a rude invitation to repose.Page 21
He saw, too, that except for their wings the pair bore a strong resemblance to human beings, though fashioned in a most grotesque mold.Page 23
Sometimes the columns were at one corner of the roof, sometimes at another, or again they rose from the center or near the center, and the columns were of varying heights, from that of a man to those which rose twenty feet above their roofs.Page 33
It is one of those strange creatures that Fosh-bal-soj discovered first above the Band-lu country and followed back toward the beginning.Page 34
The colors were varied and startling, the architecture amazing.Page 41
At the mouth of the river await many large reptiles.Page 42
"I have searched for it all these moons," he said.Page 46
He saw a Wieroo flap dismally above him;.Page 51
The creature's back was toward him as, with his left hand, he seized it by the neck.Page 59
Then he opened the panel and looked into the room.Page 62
of falling water, which increased in volume as they moved forward until at last it filled the corridor with a deafening sound.Page 70
Together they went to the edge of the wood and looked up to see five red-robed creatures dropping slowly in ever-lessening spirals toward their little amphitheater.Page 77
You murdered Schwerke--you drove him insane by your cruelty until he took his own life.Page 78
And so they started, cruising slowly up the coast and firing an occasional shot from the gun.Page 79
So belligerent were the natives that it became necessary to fire into them in order to escape their persistent and ferocious attentions.