never occurred to him as being within the realms of
probability. But he was determined to give them such a battle as they
would never forget, and possibly to take Paulvitch with him into
eternity. He was only sorry that it was not Rokoff.
He took his pocket cheque-book and fountain-pen from his pocket.
"What is the amount?" he asked.
Paulvitch named an enormous sum. Tarzan could scarce restrain a smile.
Their very cupidity was to prove the means of their undoing, in the
matter of the ransom at least. Purposely he hesitated and haggled over
the amount, but Paulvitch was obdurate. Finally the ape-man wrote out
his cheque for a larger sum than stood to his credit at the bank.
As he turned to hand the worthless slip of paper to the Russian his
glance chanced to pass across the starboard bow of the Kincaid. To his
surprise he saw that the ship lay within a few hundred yards of land.
Almost down to the water's edge ran a dense tropical jungle, and behind
was higher land clothed in forest.
Paulvitch noted the direction of his gaze.
"You are to be set at liberty here," he said.
Tarzan's plan for immediate physical revenge upon the Russian vanished.
He thought the land before him the mainland of Africa, and he knew that
should they liberate him here he could doubtless find his way to
civilization with comparative ease.
Paulvitch took the cheque.
"Remove your clothing," he said to the ape-man. "Here you will not
Paulvitch pointed to the armed sailors. Then the Englishman slowly
divested himself of his clothing.
A boat was lowered, and, still heavily guarded, the ape-man was rowed
ashore. Half an hour later the sailors had returned to the Kincaid,
and the steamer was slowly getting under way.
As Tarzan stood upon the narrow strip of beach watching the departure
of the vessel he saw a figure appear at the rail and call aloud to
attract his attention.
The ape-man had been about to read a note that one of the sailors had
handed him as the small boat that bore him to the shore was on the
point of returning to the steamer, but at the hail from the vessel's
deck he looked up.
He saw a black-bearded man who laughed at him in derision as he held
high above his head the figure of a little child. Tarzan half started
as though to rush through the surf and strike out for the already
moving steamer; but realizing the futility of
, President and General Manager," and this is what he read: Dear Jim You have graduated--I didn't think you would--with honors in football, baseball, prize-fighting, and five thousand dollars in debt.Page 5
But every line of that letter breathes disappointment in me; and yet, God bless him, he tells me to come home and spend his money there.Page 6
, alighted from the Twentieth Century Limited at the La Salle Street Station, and, entering a cab, directed that he be driven to a small hotel; "for," he soliloquized, "I might as well start economizing at once, as it might be several days before I land a job such as I want," in voicing which sentiments he spoke with the tongues of the prophets.Page 15
He finished it quickly, slapped it into a tray, and wheeled in his chair toward his caller.Page 30
He was so hungry that it actually hurt, and he was weak from physical fatigue and from disappointment and worry.Page 31
"Oh!" he exclaimed as recognition of the other dawned slowly upon him.Page 39
What I get I earn, and I don't steal it.Page 41
One of his tables had been vacated for a few minutes when, upon his return from the bar with a round of drinks for Steve Murray and his party he saw that two women had entered and were occupying his fourth table.Page 42
There was a smirk on his face, and as Harriet caught his eye she saw him rise and, to her horror, realized that he was advancing toward their table.Page 45
"How'd you like a job as one of Brophy's sparring partners?" "I wouldn't mind," said Jimmy.Page 49
He was merely angry at the unnecessary punishment that had been inflicted.Page 66
He's the original Buttinsky Kid.Page 73
" Bince's eyes narrowed.Page 74
"Oh, I should think it ought to be worth a hundred dollars," replied Bince.Page 78
It was just like suggesting to a man that his son was robbing him.Page 95
" "Put up your hands," snapped O'Donnell for the second time, "and be quick about it!" It was then for the first time that Jimmy realized the meaning that might be put upon his presence alone in the office with his dead employer.Page 102
"Well," inquired the Lizard, "What's on your mind?" "Jimmy," replied the girl.Page 103
The girl had guessed at the first glance that the man on the motorcycle was a police officer.Page 106
"I wish, Elizabeth," he went on, "that we might be married immediately.