respite from their attentions which she had gained, and
with the conviction came a determination to make a bold and final
stroke for freedom from the menacing threat of Rokoff's evil purpose.
With this idea in view she opened negotiations with the two sailors she
had imprisoned in the forecastle, and having forced their consent to
her plans, upon pain of death should they attempt disloyalty, she
released them just as darkness closed about the ship.
With ready revolver to compel obedience, she let them up one by one,
searching them carefully for concealed weapons as they stood with hands
elevated above their heads. Once satisfied that they were unarmed, she
set them to work cutting the cable which held the Kincaid to her
anchorage, for her bold plan was nothing less than to set the steamer
adrift and float with her out into the open sea, there to trust to the
mercy of the elements, which she was confident would be no more
merciless than Nikolas Rokoff should he again capture her.
There was, too, the chance that the Kincaid might be sighted by some
passing ship, and as she was well stocked with provisions and
water--the men had assured her of this fact--and as the season of storm
was well over, she had every reason to hope for the eventual success of
The night was deeply overcast, heavy clouds riding low above the jungle
and the water--only to the west, where the broad ocean spread beyond
the river's mouth, was there a suggestion of lessening gloom.
It was a perfect night for the purposes of the work in hand.
Her enemies could not see the activity aboard the ship nor mark her
course as the swift current bore her outward into the ocean. Before
daylight broke the ebb-tide would have carried the Kincaid well into
the Benguela current which flows northward along the coast of Africa,
and, as a south wind was prevailing, Jane hoped to be out of sight of
the mouth of the Ugambi before Rokoff could become aware of the
departure of the steamer.
Standing over the labouring seamen, the young woman breathed a sigh of
relief as the last strand of the cable parted and she knew that the
vessel was on its way out of the maw of the savage Ugambi.
With her two prisoners still beneath the coercing influence of her
rifle, she ordered them upon deck with the intention of again
imprisoning them in the forecastle; but at length she permitted herself
to be influenced by their promises of loyalty and the arguments which
" "The child is not old enough to judge wisely for herself," replied Mrs.Page 11
He did not raise his hand and strike a sudden, haphazard blow.Page 12
Nagged, scolded, reproached, pestered, threatened, Abigail had at last given a seeming assent to her stepmother's ambition; and had forthwith been packed off on a two weeks visit to the sister of the bride-groom elect.Page 13
A moment's investigation revealed the startling fact that the safe was unlocked and practically empty.Page 14
" "Impossible!" ejaculated Mrs.Page 16
Find Abigail Prim, whispered some, and the mystery will be solved.Page 19
The stranger halted.Page 23
rose above the rain, the light rose, fell, swerved to the right and to the left.Page 24
It's just as I told you it was; just as I always heard.Page 34
The Oskaloosa Kid gasped once more for the thousandth time that night.Page 39
The youth coughed.Page 47
to stare at him.Page 49
Bridge made no reply, but his eyes wandered to the right hand side pocket of the boy's coat.Page 57
" "Did you know that he told your son that he was The Oskaloosa Kid and that he had robbed a house and killed a man last night?" "Huh?" exclaimed Jeb.Page 70
"We'll see," commented Burton, tersely, and he sent two of his men back to the Case farm for spades.Page 71
"Mos' anything," replied the girl.Page 82
The two men raised their rifles.Page 89
I believe there is 'another side,' don't you, Bridge?" "I've never thought much about it," said Bridge; "but at a time like this I rather hope so--I'd like to come back and haunt this bunch of rat brained rubes.Page 95
tin ear.Page 97
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