the lascar came from his hiding place, and dancing up and down
upon the shore screamed warlike challenges and taunts at the retreating
Von Horn also came forth, much to the sailor's surprise, and in silence
the two stood watching the disappearing ship. At length they turned
and made their way up the stream toward camp--there was no longer aught
to fear there. Von Horn wondered if the creatures he had loosed upon
Professor Maxon had done their work before they left, or if they had
all turned to mush as had Number Thirteen.
Once at the encampment his questions were answered, for he saw a light
in the bungalow, and as he mounted the steps there were Sing and
Professor Maxon just coming from the living room.
"Von Horn!" exclaimed the professor. "You, then, are not dead; but
where is Virginia? Tell me that she is safe."
"She has been carried away," was the startling answer. "Your creatures,
under the thing you wished to marry her to, have taken her to Borneo
with a band of Malay and Dyak pirates. I was alone and could do
nothing to prevent them."
"God!" moaned the old man. "Why did I not kill the thing when it stood
within my power to do so. Only last night he was here beside me, and
now it is too late."
"I warned you," said von Horn, coldly.
"I was mad," retorted the professor. "Could you not see that I was
mad? Oh, why did you not stop me? You were sane enough. You at least
might have forced me to abandon the insane obsession which has
overpowered my reason for all these terrible months. I am sane now,
but it is too late--too late."
"Both you and your daughter could only have interpreted any such action
on my part as instigated by self-interest, for you both knew that I
wanted to make her my wife," replied the other. "My hands were tied.
I am sorry now that I did not act, but you can readily see the position
in which I was placed."
"Can nothing be done to get her back?" cried the father. "There must
be some way to save her. Do it von Horn, and not only is my daughter
yours but my wealth as well--every thing that I possess shall be yours
if you will but save her from those frightful creatures."
"The Ithaca is gone, too," replied the doctor. "There is only a small
boat that I hid in
If I fail I'll come home anyway, and then neither one of us will have any doubt but what you will have to support me for the rest of my life.Page 15
" Mr.Page 26
" The girl rose slowly from the chair.Page 30
BREAD FROM THE WATERS.Page 36
Its patrons were from all classes of society.Page 47
boast, that you're a pickpocket and a safe-blower and yet I'd trust you, Lizard, with anything that I had.Page 56
"Once in a while," said the girl, "but not so often now.Page 59
Enough to get you a decent-looking outfit, such an outfit as you ought to have to land a good job.Page 60
"It is getting late, Harold," he said, "and this is pay-day.Page 62
"But be sure yourself that I am the man you want.Page 64
" "Is that all?" asked Mr.Page 66
"I had an appointment to meet her here.Page 67
That's what being a policeman does to a man.Page 76
He's interfering with our accounting system and I don't want it interfered with just now.Page 90
I think I can hold things off, though, at this end, all right.Page 101
It was one of those small affairs, the width of a city block, with a narrow aisle running down either side and an emergency exit upon the alley at the far end of each aisle.Page 105
Receiving a negative reply she asked that she be called the moment it was brought in.Page 109
"When I gets in Compton's office where the safe is I flashes my light and the first thing I sees is Compton's body on the floor beside his desk.Page 114
She was standing very close to him, looking up in his face.