and fountain and tree-shaded benches, its
vine-covered walls and artistically arranged shrubs, and it recalled to
Jimmy with an accompanying sigh the homes in which he had visited in
what seemed now a remote past, and also of his own home in the West.
On the alley in one corner of the property stood a garage and stable, in
which Jimmy could see men working upon the owner's cars and about the
box-stalls of his saddle horses. At the sight of the horses Jimmy heaved
another sigh as he continued his way to the rear entrance. As he stood
waiting for a reply to his summons he glanced back at the stable to see
that horses had just entered and that their riders were dismounting,
evidently two of the women of the household, and then a houseman opened
the door and Jimmy made his delivery and started to retrace his steps to
Approaching him along the walk from the stable were the riders--two
young women, laughing and talking as they approached the house, and
suddenly Jimmy, in his neat white suit, carrying his little tray of
milk-bottles, recognized them, and instantly there flashed into
recollection the address that Harriet Holden had given him that night at
"What infernal luck," he groaned inwardly; "I suppose the next time I
see that girl I'll be collecting garbage from her back door." And then,
with his eyes straight to the front, he stepped aside to let the two
It was Harriet Holden who recognized him first, and stopped with a
little exclamation of surprise. Jimmy stopped, too. There was nothing
else that a gentleman might do, although he would have given his right
hand to have been out of the yard.
"You never came to the house as I asked you to," said Miss Holden
reproachfully. "We wanted so much to do something to repay you for your
protection that night."
"There was no use in my coming," said Jimmy, "for, you see, I couldn't
have accepted anything for what I did--I couldn't very well have done
anything else, could I, under the circumstances?"
"There were many other men in the place," replied Harriet, "but you were
the only one who came to our help."
"But the others were not---" Jimmy been upon the point of saying
gentlemen, but then he happened to think that in the eyes of these two
girls, and according to their standard, he might not be a gentleman,
either. "Well, you see," he continued lamely, "they probably didn't know
who you were."
"Did you?" asked Elizabeth.
"No," Jimmy admitted, "of course, I didn't know who
They were steaming up the China Sea when the idea first suggested itself, and as he sat idly during the long, hot days the thought grew upon him, expanding into a thousand wonderful possibilities, until it became crystalized into what was a little short of an obsession.Page 4
Do you think that your bravery is equal to the demands that will be made upon it?" Virginia laughed, nor was there the slightest tremor in its note.Page 12
The center enclosure contained Professor Maxon's workshop.Page 30
He wondered which one it was, but not once did it occur to him that the latest result of Professor Maxon's experiments could be the rescuer of Virginia Maxon.Page 37
The world, and Miss Maxon is of the world, will look upon you as a terrible creature to be shunned--a horrible monstrosity far lower in the scale of creation than the lowest order of brutes.Page 43
Perhaps she loved him and would be unhappy were he taken away from her.Page 44
Bududreen had discovered a rich treasure, and having stolen that had dispatched two of his men to bring him the girl also.Page 52
The dim light in the living room drew him to one of the windows which overlooked the verandah.Page 55
Here he rummaged about in the dark until he had found the two phials he sought.Page 60
Her curiosity became more and more keenly aroused.Page 72
"Not a board broken, and the doors both apparently opened intentionally by someone familiar with locks and bolts.Page 77
So it was that while Rajah Muda Saffir moved leisurely up the river toward his distant stronghold waiting for the other boats of his fleet to overtake him, Barunda, the headman, guided the white enemy swiftly after him.Page 83
Each stroke of those slender paddles was driving her farther and farther from friends, or the possibility of rescue.Page 89
He imparted the information to von Horn and both men were delighted that thus their most formidable enemy had been disposed of.Page 93
And while you, Bulan, are beautiful, yet you are as much a soulless thing as we--that much von.Page 104
"Then let us live by ourselves," suggested Number Three.Page 112
Here were others of the rajah's party--stragglers who had come just in time to thwart her plans.Page 127
Linee always good to old Sing.Page 130
" Slowly the little party wound along the jungle trail, and in less than a mile, to Virginia's infinite surprise, came out upon the river and the long-house that she and Bulan had searched for in vain.Page 134
It was a long and tedious hunt and we followed many blind leads, but at last we came off an island upon which natives had told us such a party as yours was living.