his headquarters in the
stone building that was called the palace. That night came a lull in
the hostilities--a truce had been arranged.
Colonel Belik summoned me about seven o'clock to dress him for a
function at the palace. In the midst of death and defeat the emperor
was about to give a great banquet to his officers. I was to accompany
my master and wait upon him--I, Jefferson Turck, lieutenant in the
In the privacy of the colonel's quarters I had become accustomed to my
menial duties, lightened as they were by the natural kindliness of my
master, but the thought of appearing in public as a common slave
revolted every fine instinct within me. Yet there was nothing for it
but to obey.
I cannot, even now, bring myself to a narration of the humiliation
which I experienced that night as I stood behind my black master in
silent servility, now pouring his wine, now cutting up his meats for
him, now fanning him with a large, plumed fan of feathers.
As fond as I had grown of him, I could have thrust a knife into him, so
keenly did I feel the affront that had been put upon me. But at last
the long banquet was concluded. The tables were removed. The emperor
ascended a dais at one end of the room and seated himself upon a
throne, and the entertainment commenced. It was only what ancient
history might have led me to expect--musicians, dancing girls,
jugglers, and the like.
Near midnight, the master of ceremonies announced that the slave women
who had been presented to the emperor since his arrival in New Gondar
would be exhibited, that the royal host would select such as he wished,
after which he would present the balance of them to his guests. Ah,
what royal generosity!
A small door at one side of the room opened, and the poor creatures
filed in and were ranged in a long line before the throne. Their backs
were toward me. I saw only an occasional profile as now and then a
bolder spirit among them turned to survey the apartment and the
gorgeous assemblage of officers in their brilliant dress uniforms.
They were profiles of young girls, and pretty, but horror was indelibly
stamped upon them all. I shuddered as I contemplated their sad fate,
and turned my eyes away.
I heard the master of ceremonies command them to prostrate themselves
before the emperor, and the sounds as they went upon their knees before
him, touching their foreheads
Across the baby grand piano lay the corpse of another black warrior, while before the door of Lady Jane's boudoir were the dead bodies of three more of the faithful Greystoke servants.Page 9
detour among the branches? You or I could have seen nothing--not even the little platform that an instant before had been just above him and which now was immediately below--but as he swung above it we should have heard an ominous growl; and then as the moon was momentarily uncovered, we should have seen both the platform, dimly, and a dark mass that lay stretched upon it--a dark mass that presently, as our eyes became accustomed to the lesser darkness, would take the form of Sheeta, the panther.Page 45
At present he was prompted by a specific desire.Page 49
the center and here she decided to camp.Page 71
Slowly and with many rests he dragged his weakening body upwards.Page 84
He had entered the trees again and was outside the palisade when there came faintly to his ears from far beyond the village an old, familiar sound.Page 94
he asked.Page 97
Long years of semi-solitude among creatures whose powers of oral expression are extremely limited had thrown him almost entirely upon his own resources for entertainment.Page 104
It is really not half as bad as it sounds.Page 119
As she worked some little way apart from them, the lieutenant and the ape-man watched her.Page 124
When Bertha Kircher had repeated Usanga's proposition to the aviator, the latter shrugged his shoulders and with a wry face finally agreed.Page 132
"What does Zu-tag want?" asked the ape-man.Page 152
A child might walk into a lion's den, but it would take a very brave man to go to its rescue.Page 167
And so, as he craved meat, he turned his attention to the birds above him.Page 182
But if their captors were indifferent, Bertha Kircher was not.Page 199
prepare it, it is very palatable.Page 209
For an instant a wild shriek re-echoed through the city from the lungs of the victor and then, without an instant's hesitation, the fellow leaped headfirst to the street beside the body of his victim.Page 211
"I can't see that it will make any difference in the long run whether I infuriate him or not.Page 243
The lions don't bother me so much.