men of the Cowrie.
But Momulla was even more curious than he was superstitious, and so he
quelled his natural desire to flee from the supernatural. Motioning
his companions to follow his example, he dropped to his hands and
knees, crawling forward stealthily and with quakings of heart through
the jungle in the direction from which came the voices of the unseen
Presently, at the edge of a little clearing, he halted, and there he
breathed a deep sigh of relief, for plainly before him he saw two
flesh-and-blood men sitting upon a fallen log and talking earnestly
One was Schneider, mate of the Kincaid, and the other was a seaman
"I think we can do it, Schmidt," Schneider was saying. "A good canoe
wouldn't be hard to build, and three of us could paddle it to the
mainland in a day if the wind was right and the sea reasonably calm.
There ain't no use waiting for the men to build a big enough boat to
take the whole party, for they're sore now and sick of working like
slaves all day long. It ain't none of our business anyway to save the
Englishman. Let him look out for himself, says I." He paused for a
moment, and then eyeing the other to note the effect of his next words,
he continued, "But we might take the woman. It would be a shame to
leave a nice-lookin' piece like she is in such a Gott-forsaken hole as
this here island."
Schmidt looked up and grinned.
"So that's how she's blowin', is it?" he asked. "Why didn't you say so
in the first place? Wot's in it for me if I help you?"
"She ought to pay us well to get her back to civilization," explained
Schneider, "an' I tell you what I'll do. I'll just whack up with the
two men that helps me. I'll take half an' they can divide the other
half--you an' whoever the other bloke is. I'm sick of this place, an'
the sooner I get out of it the better I'll like it. What do you say?"
"Suits me," replied Schmidt. "I wouldn't know how to reach the
mainland myself, an' know that none o' the other fellows would, so's
you're the only one that knows anything of navigation you're the fellow
I'll tie to."
Momulla the Maori pricked up his ears. He had a smattering of every
tongue that is spoken upon the seas, and more than a few
Presently one that filled him with longing rewarded his careful watch.Page 49
Then, of a sudden, the second officer of the Halfmoon straightened to his full height.Page 53
Skipper Simms, seeing the grim rocks rising close beside his vessel, realized that naught could keep her from them now.Page 61
" Ward detailed two of his men, and the party of five began the difficult ascent of the cliffs, while far above them a little brown man with beady, black eyes set in narrow fleshy slits watched them from behind a clump of bushes.Page 68
"Here!" answered the girl in a low, tense voice, and at the instant that she spoke Oda Yorimoto, Lord of Yoka, felt a quick tug at his belt, and before he guessed what was to happen his own short sword had pierced his breast.Page 87
The mucker won to the girl's side first, and snatching Oda Yorimoto's long sword from the floor he threw his great weight against the door, and commanded the girl to make for the window and escape to the forest as quickly as she could.Page 124
At last, however, he decided to cross quietly, and lie down near HER hut until morning.Page 129
"Stan' up an' fight, yeh big stiff!" and "Back to de farm fer youse!" and then, high above the others a shrill voice cried "Coward! Coward!" The word penetrated Billy's hopeless, muddled brain.Page 145
When they had come deep enough into the concealment of the foliage to make discovery from the outside improbable Byrne halted.Page 166
"I dunno," said the chief.Page 168
With these he lifted one of the hot stove-hole covers and returned to the parlor, grinning.Page 175
"We'll feed up together tonight, fer the last time.Page 201
"'Nitials," snapped.Page 203
"Clothes are but an incident with me," replied Bridge.Page 210
The distance which it took his feet to catch up with his head was equal to the distance between the doorway and the foot of the bed, and when Tony reached that spot, with Benito meandering after him, the latter, much to his astonishment, saw in the diffused moonlight which pervaded the room, the miraculous disappearance of his former enemy and erstwhile friend.Page 215
The truth of Bridge's statement of fact was so apparent that Billy was forced to accept the plan.Page 225
Why should the boss's daughter come to Jose? Jose was hand in glove with every cutthroat in Chihuahua, or at least within a radius of two hundred miles of his abode.Page 226
Then, if you want to, you can shoot up the town.Page 252
Through the river and the cut in the barbed-wire fence, then up the face of the bluff and out across the low mesa beyond the trail led.Page 273
Fortunately for the Americans Rozales had but a handful of men with him and Rozales himself was never keen for a fight in the open.