Camp of the
Lions has places of stone where the beasts lair, but there are no
people in the Camp of the Lions. Who would dare go there!" And she
"The Camp of the Lions," I repeated. "And where is that, and what?"
"It is there," she said, pointing up the river toward the west. "I
have seen it from a great distance, but I have never been there. We
are much afraid of the lions, for this is their country, and they are
angry that man has come to live here.
"Far away there," and she pointed toward the south-west, "is the land
of tigers, which is even worse than this, the land of the lions, for
the tigers are more numerous than the lions and hungrier for human
flesh. There were tigers here long ago, but both the lions and the men
set upon them and drove them off."
"Where did these savage beasts come from?" I asked.
"Oh," she replied, "they have been here always. It is their country."
"Do they not kill and eat your people?" I asked.
"Often, when we meet them by accident, and we are too few to slay them,
or when one goes too close to their camp. But seldom do they hunt us,
for they find what food they need among the deer and wild cattle, and,
too, we make them gifts, for are we not intruders in their country?
Really we live upon good terms with them, though I should not care to
meet one were there not many spears in my party."
"I should like to visit this Camp of the Lions," I said.
"Oh, no, you must not!" cried the girl. "That would be terrible. They
would eat you." For a moment, then, she seemed lost in thought, but
presently she turned upon me with: "You must go now, for any minute
Buckingham may come in search of me. Long since should they have
learned that I am gone from the camp--they watch over me very
closely--and they will set out after me. Go! I shall wait here until
they come in search of me."
"No," I told her. "I'll not leave you alone in a land infested by
lions and other wild beasts. If you won't let me go as far as your
camp with you, then I'll wait here until they come in search of you."
"Please go!" she begged. "You have saved me, and I would save you, but
nothing will save
It is doubtful that they thought of the matter in just this way, but the effect was the same.Page 22
"What I can't understand," he added after a moment's silence, "is why they didn't show any signs of excitement about that fire until we came within easy sight of them--it looks funny.Page 23
" As a matter of fact Theriere had had no intention of carrying the matter as far as he had intimated to Billy except as a last resort.Page 32
"Have no fear, Miss Harding," Theriere reassured her.Page 38
"Now if you'll go away, sir," said Theriere, "and order the men away I'll see what I can do.Page 54
"Do you think me crazy?" he asked.Page 79
Theriere's words came back to her now as they had when she was struggling in the water after the wreck of the Halfmoon: "but, by George, I intend to go down fighting.Page 90
"You're pretty badly hurt, old man," said Theriere.Page 110
"It would be silly to tell you that I ever can forget that terrible affair," she said; "but somehow I feel that the man who did that was an entirely different man from the man who has been so brave and chivalrous in his treatment of me during the past few weeks.Page 139
Billy, knowing his own innocence, realizing his own integrity, assumed that others must immediately appreciate both.Page 140
Then Maggie Shane gasped and clutched the handrail at her side.Page 164
He would have said as much himself.Page 186
He should make a good fighter and we have none too many.Page 194
"We were lucky to get off as well as we did," said an officer.Page 202
" "It was like this," went on Bridge.Page 212
"Was I crackin' a safe, or was I pullin' off something fine fer poor, bleedin' Mexico? If I was a-doin' that they ain't nothin' criminal in what I done--except to the guy that owned the coin.Page 230
"Penelope!" queried Bridge.Page 231
They recognized the pony, and one of them had seen you in Cuivaca the night of the robbery.Page 250
Billy turned his head in the direction from which the shot.Page 251
Billy and Eddie stood their ground, a few paces apart.