go up the river and fill our casks with
fresh water, search for food and fuel, and then tomorrow be in
readiness to push on toward the east. I am going to London."
The report of a gun blasted the silence of a dead Devonport with
It came from the direction of the launch, and in an instant we three
were running for the boat as fast as our legs would carry us. As we
came in sight of it we saw Delcarte a hundred yards inland from the
launch, leaning over something which lay upon the ground. As we called
to him he waved his cap, and stooping, lifted a small deer for our
I was about to congratulate him on his trophy when we were startled by
a horrid, half-human, half-bestial scream a little ahead and to the
right of us. It seemed to come from a clump of rank and tangled bush
not far from where Delcarte stood. It was a horrid, fearsome sound,
the like of which never had fallen upon my ears before.
We looked in the direction from which it came. The smile had died from
Delcarte's lips. Even at the distance we were from him I saw his face
go suddenly white, and he quickly threw his rifle to his shoulder. At
the same moment the thing that had given tongue to the cry moved from
the concealing brushwood far enough for us, too, to see it.
Both Taylor and Snider gave little gasps of astonishment and dismay.
"What is it, sir?" asked the latter.
The creature stood about the height of a tall man's waist, and was long
and gaunt and sinuous, with a tawny coat striped with black, and with
white throat and belly. In conformation it was similar to a cat--a
huge cat, exaggerated colossal cat, with fiendish eyes and the most
devilish cast of countenance, as it wrinkled its bristling snout and
bared its great yellow fangs.
It was pacing, or rather, slinking, straight for Delcarte, who had now
leveled his rifle upon it.
"What is it, sir?" mumbled Snider again, and then a half-forgotten
picture from an old natural history sprang to my mind, and I recognized
in the frightful beast the Felis tigris of ancient Asia, specimens of
which had, in former centuries, been exhibited in the Western
Snider and Taylor were armed with rifles and revolvers, while I carried
only a revolver. Seizing Snider's rifle from his trembling hands, I
called to Taylor to follow me, and together we ran
And so he decided the wisest plan would be to insert an ad in the "Situations Wanted" column, and then from the replies select those which most appealed to him; in other words, he would choose from the cream of those who desired the services of such a man as himself rather than risk the chance of obtaining a less profitable position through undue haste in seizing upon the first opening advertised.Page 21
What leisure time he had he devoted to what he now had.Page 24
" "Do you think Elizabeth guessed what was in your mind?" asked Bince.Page 30
He was so hungry that it actually hurt, and he was weak from physical fatigue and from disappointment and worry.Page 32
"But don't mistake the motives which prompt me to refuse your glittering offer.Page 39
"We room at the same place, but I knew him before that.Page 42
It is too bad that some of these poor creatures couldn't have the advantages of higher education.Page 45
"Got anything else in view?" "No," said Jimmy.Page 46
It seemed that one of the principal requisites of the position was a willingness to take punishment without attempting to inflict too much upon Young Brophy.Page 48
For some time past there had been insidiously working its way into his mind a vast contempt for the pugilistic prowess of Young Brophy.Page 62
" Two hundred and fifty dollars a month! Jimmy tried to look bored, but not too bored.Page 66
" "Naw," said O'Donnell, "they ain't, but you want to watch your step or they will.Page 76
What do you want?" "I want all the records of the certified public accountants who are working here," said Bince after a moment's pause.Page 87
A moment later Jimmy entered, and Compton showed him the note.Page 88
Bince's office, and see if it is on his desk.Page 90
He had felt utterly alone and uncared for, and in this mental state he had brooded over his failures to such an.Page 96
"Well, we can, and have.Page 100
I have been instructed by one of my clients to take your case.Page 101
I was being shadowed, but I got away from them.Page 113
" "She believed so in you," said the girl.