to renew the encounter. Bulan was weakening rapidly under
the terrific strain to which he had been subjected, and from loss of
the blood which flowed from his wounds; yet he was slowly mastering the
foaming brutes, who themselves were torn and bleeding and exhausted.
Weaker and weaker became the struggles of them all, when a sudden
misstep sent Bulan stumbling headforemost against the stem of a tree,
where, stunned, he sank unconscious, at the mercy of the relentless
They had already sprung upon the prostrate form of their victim to
finish what the accident had commenced, when the loud report of Sing's
revolver smote upon their startled ears as the Chinaman's bullet buried
itself in the heart of Number Ten. Never had the ourang outangs heard
the sound of a firearm, and the noise, seemingly in such close
proximity, filled them with such terror that on the instant they forgot
all else than this new and startling fear, and with headlong haste
leaped away into the jungle, leaving Bulan lying where he had fallen.
So it was that though Sing passed within a few paces of the unconscious
man he neither saw nor heard aught of him or his antagonists.
When Bulan returned to consciousness the day was drawing to a close.
He was stiff and sore and weak. His head ached horribly. He thought
that he must indeed be dying, for how could one who suffered so revive?
But at last he managed to stagger to his feet, and finally to reach the
stream along which he had been travelling earlier in the day. Here he
quenched his thirst and bathed his wounds, and as darkness came he lay
down to sleep upon a bed of matted grasses.
The next morning found him refreshed and in considerably less pain, for
the powers of recuperation which belonged to his perfect health and
mighty physique had already worked an almost miraculous transformation
in him. While he was hunting in the jungle for his breakfast he came
suddenly upon Number Three and Number Twelve similarly employed.
At sight of him the two creatures started to run away, but he called to
them reassuringly and they returned. On closer inspection Bulan saw
that both were covered with terrible wounds, and after questioning them
learned that they had fared almost as badly at the hands of the ourang
outangs as had he.
"Even the beasts loathe us," exclaimed Number Twelve. "What are we to
"Leave the beasts alone, as I told you," replied Bulan.
"Human beings hate us also," persisted Number
One of the lifeboats, frightfully overcrowded, swung at a dangerous angle from its davits.Page 3
We were caught in the suction only enough to be drawn backward a few yards, neither of us being carried beneath the surface.Page 10
"I thought you were an American," she said.Page 16
none came.Page 20
"The Germans would be crazy to do it, for their lives are as much at stake as ours.Page 22
It showed that we were holding steadily upon our westward course.Page 24
Then one day came the word that we were about to round the Horn and that von Schoenvorts had taken it into his fool head to cruise up along the Pacific coast of North America and prey upon all sorts and conditions of merchantmen.Page 25
Then other footsteps sounded, approaching me.Page 31
After that I felt better.Page 39
We submerged very slowly and without headway more than sufficient to keep her nose in the right direction, and as we went down, I saw outlined ahead of us.Page 49
The line was made fast to a small tree, and at the same time I had the stern anchor dropped.Page 53
"They are in trouble," I answered for all, "and it's up to us to get back to them.Page 54
At sight of us they turned with bared fangs and low growls to confront us.Page 68
On the other hand the quantity of ruminants and the variety and frequency of carnivorous animals increased.Page 70
A shuddering sob ran through Lys' figure.Page 74
This tribe lived largely upon the smaller animals which they bowled over with their stone hatchets after making a wide circle about their quarry and driving it so that it had to pass close to one of their number.Page 76
As I fell, a warm body fell on top of me, and hands grasped my arms and legs.Page 82
"They have remained longer," I thought; but when I was quite close to the base of the cliffs, I saw that which dashed my hopes and my happiness to earth.Page 83
It was cold up there.Page 86
And I doubt not but that Kho would easily have bested me in an encounter of that sort had not Lys' voice awakened within my momentarily reverted brain the skill and cunning of reasoning man.