gifts brought in from the far outlying districts by
the commanding officers of the frontier posts. The majority of them
were women, destined, I was told, for the harems of the emperor and his
favorites. It made my old companion clench his fists to see those poor
white women marching past to their horrid fates, and, though I shared
his sentiments, I was as powerless to alter their destinies as he.
For a week the troops kept pouring in and out of New Gondar--in,
always, from the south and west, but always toward the east. Each new
contingent brought its gifts to the emperor. From the south they
brought rugs and ornaments and jewels; from the west, slaves; for the
commanding officers of the western frontier posts had naught else to
From the number of women they brought, I judged that they knew the
weakness of their imperial master.
And then soldiers commenced coming in from the east, but not with the
gay assurance of those who came from the south and west--no, these
others came in covered wagons, blood-soaked and suffering. They came
at first in little parties of eight or ten, and then they came in
fifties, in hundreds, and one day a thousand maimed and dying men were
carted into New Gondar.
It was then that Menelek XIV became uneasy. For fifty years his armies
had conquered wherever they had marched. At first he had led them in
person, lately his presence within a hundred miles of the battle line
had been sufficient for large engagements--for minor ones only the
knowledge that they were fighting for the glory of their sovereign was
necessary to win victories.
One morning, New Gondar was awakened by the booming of cannon. It was
the first intimation that the townspeople had received that the enemy
was forcing the imperial troops back upon the city. Dust covered
couriers galloped in from the front. Fresh troops hastened from the
city, and about noon Menelek rode out surrounded by his staff.
For three days thereafter we could hear the cannonading and the
spitting of the small arms, for the battle line was scarce two leagues
from New Gondar. The city was filled with wounded. Just outside,
soldiers were engaged in throwing up earthworks. It was evident to the
least enlightened that Menelek expected further reverses.
And then the imperial troops fell back upon these new defenses, or,
rather, they were forced back by the enemy. Shells commenced to fall
within the city. Menelek returned and took up
They took him aboard the Marjorie W.Page 26
The American sought only the bank roll.Page 31
A week before, he had come upon them.Page 45
The old ape scolded the lad for his carelessness.Page 47
Moving slowly through the trees he kept his eyes over his shoulder, though he.Page 65
Close upon their heels swarmed the hideous mob; but Akut, old though he was and burdened by the weight of the struggling Korak, was still fleeter than his pursuers.Page 78
In their stamping grounds in the jungle the three were familiar figures.Page 80
Sometimes he takes the she with him and high among the branches divests her of the things he wishes to bring home to Meriem.Page 96
Korak determined to await the coming of darkness.Page 118
My nose is never wrong.Page 126
And so the days flew by while Meriem waited the return of the head man and his party from the country of Kovudoo.Page 140
in most all manly sports.Page 154
Presently he looked up.Page 163
Now he held a single coil of the long rope in his right hand, and the balance in his left.Page 169
Would he not guess the truth and possibly be already on the march to overtake and punish him? Baynes had heard much of his host's summary method of dealing out punishment to malefactors great and small who transgressed the laws or customs of his savage little world which lay beyond the outer ramparts of what men are pleased to call frontiers.Page 180
A mile away toward the east, fighting his way through the jungle along the trail taken by Malbihn when he had brought Meriem to his camp, a man in torn khaki--filthy, haggard, unkempt--came to a sudden stop as the report of Malbihn's rifle resounded faintly through the tangled forest.Page 181
Beneath him, wedged among the branches of a tree, lay.Page 193
Lions can't climb trees, and if I get into this one I shall be safe enough from him.Page 201
"So you are the dog of a Christian who stole my daughter from me?" "Your daughter?" ejaculated Baynes.Page 207
The three Negresses leaped from their sleeping mats, screaming.