a long time Tarzan could not tell whether the beast was following
out of friendly feelings or merely stalking him against the time he
should be hungry; but finally he was forced to believe that the former
incentive it was that prompted the animal's action.
Later in the day the scent of a deer sent Tarzan into the trees, and
when he had dropped his noose about the animal's neck he called to
Sheeta, using a purr similar to that which he had utilized to pacify
the brute's suspicions earlier in the day, but a trifle louder and more
It was similar to that which he had heard panthers use after a kill
when they had been hunting in pairs.
Almost immediately there was a crashing of the underbrush close at
hand, and the long, lithe body of his strange companion broke into view.
At sight of the body of Bara and the smell of blood the panther gave
forth a shrill scream, and a moment later two beasts were feeding side
by side upon the tender meat of the deer.
For several days this strangely assorted pair roamed the jungle
When one made a kill he called the other, and thus they fed well and
On one occasion as they were dining upon the carcass of a boar that
Sheeta had dispatched, Numa, the lion, grim and terrible, broke through
the tangled grasses close beside them.
With an angry, warning roar he sprang forward to chase them from their
kill. Sheeta bounded into a near-by thicket, while Tarzan took to the
low branches of an overhanging tree.
Here the ape-man unloosed his grass rope from about his neck, and as
Numa stood above the body of the boar, challenging head erect, he
dropped the sinuous noose about the maned neck, drawing the stout
strands taut with a sudden jerk. At the same time he called shrilly
to Sheeta, as he drew the struggling lion upward until only his hind
feet touched the ground.
Quickly he made the rope fast to a stout branch, and as the panther, in
answer to his summons, leaped into sight, Tarzan dropped to the earth
beside the struggling and infuriated Numa, and with a long sharp knife
sprang upon him at one side even as Sheeta did upon the other.
The panther tore and rent Numa upon the right, while the ape-man struck
home with his stone knife upon the other, so that before the mighty
clawing of the king of beasts had succeeded in parting the rope he hung
quite dead and harmless in the noose.
The boy was fighting as a cat might play with a mouse.Page 35
Through all the length and breadth of the country that witnessed his activities, his very name was worshipped by poor and lowly and oppressed.Page 44
Who are you then, Sir Knight, who has bared your steel and faced death for Bertrade, daughter of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester?" "Be you De Montfort's daughter, niece of King Henry?" queried Norman of Torn, his eyes narrowing to mere slits and face hardening.Page 50
helm, he was for the first time anxious himself to hide his face from the sight of men.Page 52
Of late I have noted that he rides upon the highway with less enthusiasm than was his wont, but he has gone too far ever to go back now; nor is there where to go back to.Page 68
Our old friends Red Shandy, and John and James Flory led the first three companies, the remaining seven being under command of other seasoned veterans of a thousand fights.Page 78
" "But," said the girl, "I do love--" "Stop," he cried, "not yet, not yet.Page 86
"For I have heard tales, and I see a great ring upon the gentleman's hand--a ring which I have seen before.Page 87
Do not think though that, because thy heart glows in his presence, mine is equally susceptible.Page 88
" And when Roger de Conde attempted to dissuade her, she taunted him with being afraid of meeting with the Devil of Torn, and told him that he might remain at home and lock himself safely in her mother's pantry.Page 92
" The Earl paled with rage, and pressed forward as though to strike the girl, but thinking better of it, he turned to one of the soldiers, saying: "Bring the prisoner with you.Page 99
"There is nothing to fear, Joan," reassured Norman of Torn.Page 102
A dozen voices asked a dozen questions only to cry out still others without waiting for replies.Page 113
"I am tired, Father," said the outlaw as he threw himself upon his accustomed bench.Page 114
I may be wrong, for I am ill-versed in religious matters, but my conception of God and scapegoat be not that they are synonymous.Page 120
" A search of the cottage revealed the fact that it had been ransacked thoroughly by the assassin.Page 129
It shall be returned, or a mightier one in its stead.Page 131
It had been my intention to ride to Torn for that purpose so soon as we reached Leicester, but the Earl changed all our plans by his victory and only yesterday, on his orders, the Princess Eleanor, his wife, with the Lady Bertrade, rode to Battel, where Simon de Montfort and the King are to be today.Page 134
"A dozen courts have already passed sentence upon him, it only remains to catch him, Leicester," said the King.Page 143
of sadness and finality in her voice; but her eyes met his squarely and bravely.