catch us. Ay fight, but my
men they all run away. Then they get me when Ay ban vounded. Rokoff
he say leave me here for the hyenas. That vas vorse than to kill. He
tak your vife and kid."
"What were you doing with them--where were you taking them?" asked
Tarzan, and then fiercely, leaping close to the fellow with fierce eyes
blazing with the passion of hate and vengeance that he had with
difficulty controlled, "What harm did you do to my wife or child?
Speak quick before I kill you! Make your peace with God! Tell me the
worst, or I will tear you to pieces with my hands and teeth. You have
seen that I can do it!"
A look of wide-eyed surprise overspread Anderssen's face.
"Why," he whispered, "Ay did not hurt them. Ay tried to save them from
that Russian. Your vife was kind to me on the Kincaid, and Ay hear
that little baby cry sometimes. Ay got a vife an' kid for my own by
Christiania an' Ay couldn't bear for to see them separated an' in
Rokoff's hands any more. That vas all. Do Ay look like Ay ban here
to hurt them?" he continued after a pause, pointing to the arrow
protruding from his breast.
There was something in the man's tone and expression that convinced
Tarzan of the truth of his assertions. More weighty than anything else
was the fact that Anderssen evidently seemed more hurt than frightened.
He knew he was going to die, so Tarzan's threats had little effect upon
him; but it was quite apparent that he wished the Englishman to know
the truth and not to wrong him by harbouring the belief that his words
and manner indicated that he had entertained.
The ape-man instantly dropped to his knees beside the Swede.
"I am sorry," he said very simply. "I had looked for none but knaves
in company with Rokoff. I see that I was wrong. That is past now,
and we will drop it for the more important matter of getting you to a
place of comfort and looking after your wounds. We must have you on
your feet again as soon as possible."
The Swede, smiling, shook his head.
"You go on an' look for the vife an' kid," he said. "Ay ban as gude
as dead already; but"--he hesitated--"Ay hate to think of the hyenas.
Von't you finish up this job?"
It was an intermittent ticking! No reptile or insect with which I am familiar reproduces any such notes.Page 7
What thoughts were passing through the convolutions of her reptilian brain? I do not know.Page 8
There could have been but a single deduction in the mind of the Mahar--there were other worlds than Pellucidar, and the gilak was a rational being.Page 12
I have never seen such an expression upon any man's face as that upon Perry's when he recognized me.Page 14
To me she was worth forty empires.Page 16
I recall almost his exact words: "'You need merely come to the foot of the highest peak of the Mountains of the Clouds.Page 21
I thought of the poor old fellow's peril.Page 39
I was jerked roughly to my feet and with little consideration hustled upward toward the higher levels.Page 40
Be that as it may, the chances were that the tarag alone would profit by the law of the arena.Page 45
I hoped to find the little valley I became more and more confident of success.Page 66
I wondered if he had left me to return to his fierce pack.Page 77
Whether I should find Dian at the end of my journey or no I could not even surmise; but I was none the less impatient to be off, for if only the worst lay in store for me I wished to know even the worst at once.Page 90
least so I thought at the moment.Page 94
It is always a foolish thing to contemplate suicide; for no matter how dark the future may appear today, tomorrow may hold for us that which will alter our whole life in an instant, revealing to us nothing but sunshine and happiness.Page 99
And so it was arranged that he was to do this and await me there for a reasonable time.Page 109
We thought it time to be going.Page 120
When Ja kneeled at my feet, and first to do me homage, I drew from its scabbard at his side the sword of hammered iron that Perry had taught him to fashion.Page 123
You have done precisely what I should have done, only you've done it better.Page 129
Perry saw the look of astonishment in my eyes and smiled.Page 132
Our people are happy because they are always working at something which they enjoy.