criminal the Lizard had
no wish to be discovered. He wondered what had gone wrong with Murray's
plans, and, suddenly imbued with the natural suspicion of the criminal,
it occurred to him that the whole thing might be a frame-up to get him;
and yet why Murray should wish to get him he could not imagine. He ran
over in his mind a list of all those who might feel enmity toward him, but
among them all the Lizard could cast upon none who might have sufficient
against him to warrant such an elaborate scheme of revenge.
The footsteps passed him and continued on toward the foot of the stairs
where was the main entrance which opened upon the street. At the door
the footsteps halted, and as the Lizard's eyes bored through the
darkness in the direction of the other prowler the latter struck a match
upon the panel of the door and lighted a cigarette, revealing his
features momentarily but distinctly to the watcher in the shadow of the
stairway. Then he opened the door and passed out into the night.
The Lizard, listening intently for a few moments to assure himself that
there was no one else above, and that the man who had just departed was
not returning, at last continued his way to the foot of the stairs,
which he ascended to the second floor. Passing through the outer office,
he paused a moment before the door to Compton's private office, and then
silently turning the knob he gently pushed the door open and stepped
into the room.
Beyond the threshold he halted and pressed the button of his flash-lamp.
For just an instant its faint rays illumined the interior of the room,
and then darkness blotted out the scene. But whatever it was that the
little flash-lamp had revealed was evidently in the nature of a
surprise, and perhaps something of a shock, to the Lizard, for he drew
back with a muttered oath, backed quietly out of the room, closed the
door after him, and, moving much more swiftly than he had entered,
retraced his steps to the fifth window on the alley, and was gone from
the scene with whatever job he had contemplated unexecuted.
A half-hour later detective headquarters at the Central Station received
an anonymous tip: "Send some one to the office of the International
Machine Company, on the second floor of West Superior Street."
It was ten thirty when Jimmy reached the plant. He entered the front
door with his own latchkey, pressed the button which lighted the
stairway and the landing above, and,
A week passed, and Werper was no nearer the fulfillment of his plan, in so far as he could judge, than upon the day of his arrival, but at that very moment something occurred which gave him renewed hope and set his mind upon an even greater reward than a woman's ransom.Page 15
It was very late when the ape-man re-entered the boma and lay down among his black warriors.Page 17
Once again came the ape-man, and this time there came with him fifty fighting men, turning porters for love of the only creature in the world who might command of their fierce and haughty natures such menial service.Page 28
The floor was covered by the bodies of those who already had given up their lives in her defense.Page 31
Up this he made his way.Page 46
"What has happened?" he asked.Page 52
No two lions have identical characteristics, nor does the same lion invariably act similarly under like circumstances.Page 64
The knife arm stiffened ready for the downward plunge, and then La, the woman, collapsed weakly upon the body of the man she loved.Page 67
No, I cannot love you but I cannot see you die beneath the goring tusks of mad Tantor.Page 76
He was on the point of stepping without to question the sentry, when his eyes, becoming accustomed to the dark, discovered a blotch of lesser blackness near the base.Page 85
Presently the foliage parted and a woman's face appeared, glancing fearfully from side to side.Page 94
"And if we do not find it where you say it is, do you realize what your punishment will be?" "If it is not there I will forfeit my life," replied the Belgian.Page 95
" "You will stake your life against the finding of the gold?" asked Abdul.Page 102
They were digging for the things the blacks had buried here! Presently he saw them uncover a dirty, yellow object, and he witnessed the joy of Werper and of Abdul Mourak as the grimy object was exposed to view.Page 137
He would go back into the jungle and look for Chulk, and so he turned his steps once more toward the forest.Page 138
suddenly in the gray eyes as the ape-man dropped lower among the branches until he moved almost directly above the unconscious Werper.Page 143
Abdul Mourak, bereft of his guides by the battle he had waged against the raiders, and himself unfamiliar with the country, had wandered far from the trail he should have followed, and as a result had made but little progress toward the north since the beginning of his flight.Page 146
Wide-eyed the girl stood watching.Page 147
He, too, saw the savage faces of the approaching anthropoids and scarcely knew whether to be relieved or terror-stricken.Page 148
Then he rose and approached Tarzan.