to believe that
I was not among my own. It was only when I took into consideration
their mode of living, their scant apparel, the lack of every least
luxury among them, that I was forced to admit that they were, in truth,
but ignorant savages.
Buckingham had relieved me of my weapons, though he had not the
slightest idea of their purpose or uses, and when we reached the camp
he exhibited both me and my arms with every indication of pride in this
The inhabitants flocked around me, examining my clothing, and
exclaiming in wonderment at each new discovery of button, buckle,
pocket, and flap. It seemed incredible that such a thing could be,
almost within a stone's throw of the spot where but a brief two
centuries before had stood the greatest city of the world.
They bound me to a small tree that grew in the middle of one of their
crooked streets, but the girl they released as soon as we had entered
the enclosure. The people greeted her with every mark of respect as
she hastened to a large hut near the center of the camp.
Presently she returned with a fine looking, white-haired woman, who
proved to be her mother. The older woman carried herself with a regal
dignity that seemed quite remarkable in a place of such primitive
The people fell aside as she approached, making a wide way for her and
her daughter. When they had come near and stopped before me the older
woman addressed me.
"My daughter has told me," she said, "of the manner in which you
rescued her from the men of the elephant country. If Wettin lived you
would be well treated, but Buckingham has taken me now, and is king.
You can hope for nothing from such a beast as Buckingham."
The fact that Buckingham stood within a pace of us and was an
interested listener appeared not to temper her expressions in the
"Buckingham is a pig," she continued. "He is a coward. He came upon
Wettin from behind and ran his spear through him. He will not be king
for long. Some one will make a face at him, and he will run away and
jump into the river."
The people began to titter and clap their hands. Buckingham became red
in the face. It was evident that he was far from popular.
"If he dared," went on the old lady, "he would kill me now, but he does
not dare. He is too great
The ape, however, proved no easy victim to the superior numbers that seemed fated to overwhelm him.Page 4
"Please don't shoot him.Page 21
The boy had never seen him thus--it made him uneasy.Page 45
"It is a lesson," he resumed.Page 48
Thinking that the boy followed he had gone on further ahead.Page 80
Presently Meriem heard the sound of approaching bodies swinging through the trees.Page 97
Flattened against the side of the hut, yet not arousing a single warning rustle from its dried thatching, The Killer came closer and closer to the watcher.Page 101
It was to the feet of Meriem that he brought the fruits of his labors.Page 107
Why not?" "Because I say not," growled Jenssen.Page 113
They did many things that their boys knew not the meanings of.Page 117
When first he came upon them they were moving slowly but steadily southward in one of those periodic migrations the reasons for which the baboon himself is best able to explain.Page 128
What would these strangers be like? Would they be as nice to her as had Bwana and My Dear, or would they be like the other white folk she had known--cruel and relentless.Page 139
Morison was driving at.Page 162
He stood erect and stretched his great frame, the muscles of his arms gliding sinuously beneath his tanned skin as he bent his clenched fists behind his head.Page 178
He turned and spoke hurriedly to the head man who had followed him out of the jungle and with whom were several other blacks.Page 195
"I'm an Englishman by the name of Baynes; but who the devil are you?" asked the Hon.Page 196
For a moment he thought, then wheeled and sped away into the jungle, uttering a peculiar cry, shrill and piercing.Page 201
The abductor wounded me and I drifted down river in a canoe--I was on my way back to his camp when your men seized me.Page 216
"No!" he announced.Page 221
"Wait!" she cried over her shoulder.