his chief disappear beneath the swift waters of the river,
but the word of command that would have sent the boat hurriedly back to
pick up the swimmer was not given. Instead a lusty cry for greater
speed ahead urged the sinuous muscles gliding beneath the sleek brown
hides; and when Muda Saffir rose to the surface with a cry for help
upon his lips Ninaka shouted back to him in derision, consigning his
carcass to the belly of the nearest crocodile.
In futile rage Muda Saffir called down the most terrible curses of
Allah and his Prophet upon the head of Ninaka and his progeny to the
fifth generation, and upon the shades of his forefathers, and upon the
grim skulls which hung from the rafters of his long-house. Then he
turned and swam rapidly toward the shore.
Ninaka, now in possession of both the chest and the girl, was rich
indeed, but with Muda Saffir dead he scarce knew to whom he could
dispose of the white girl for a price that would make it worth while to
be burdened with the danger and responsibility of retaining her. He
had had some experience of white men in the past and knew that dire
were the punishments meted to those who wronged the white man's women.
All through the remainder of the long night Ninaka pondered the
question deeply. At last he turned to Virginia.
"Why does the big white man who leads the ourang outangs follow us?" he
asked. "Is it the chest he desires, or you?"
"It is certainly not the chest," replied the girl. "He wishes to take
me back to my father, that is all. If you will return me to him you
may keep the chest, if that is what you wish."
Ninaka looked at her quizzically for a moment. Evidently then she was
of some value. Possibly should he retain her he could wring a handsome
ransom from the white man. He would wait and see, it were always an
easy matter to rid himself of her should circumstances require. The
river was there, deep, dark and silent, and he could place the
responsibility for her loss upon Muda Saffir.
Shortly after day break Ninaka beached his prahu before the long-house
of a peaceful river tribe. The chest he hid in the underbrush close by
his boat, and with the girl ascended the notched log that led to the
verandah of the structure, which, stretching away for three hundred
yards upon its tall piles, resembled a
He was loitering about the deck for this purpose one evening when he overheard part of a low-voiced conversation between the object of his wrath and.Page 15
He read it, and then passed it to a young woman who stood near-by talking with other young people.Page 27
Again the mucker struck his victim--quick choppy hooks that rocked Mallory's head from side to side, and again the brutal blow below the belt; but with the tenacity of a bulldog the man fought for a hold upon his foe, and at last, notwithstanding Byrne's best efforts, he succeeded in closing with the mucker and dragging him to the deck.Page 34
At sight of her a sneer curled his lip.Page 36
Barbara Harding stood speechless with shock at the brutality and ferocity of the unexpected attack upon Theriere.Page 44
Billy was waiting to see if the mate would revive sufficiently to return across the deck before the next wave swept the ship.Page 73
Where are the others?" "They're all murdered, and their.Page 76
Then his face went black with an angry scowl.Page 85
THE FIGHT IN THE PALACE BARBARA HARDING heard the samurai in the room beyond.Page 87
The mucker won to the girl's side first, and snatching Oda Yorimoto's long sword from the floor he threw his great weight against the door, and commanded the girl to make for the window and escape to the forest as quickly as she could.Page 104
She was waiting there, her great eyes upon his filled with fear and questioning, like a prisoner before the bar awaiting the sentence of her judge.Page 108
Good-bye," and he picked his way down the bank into the river, while from behind a bush upon the mainland two wicked, black eyes watched his movements and those of the girl on the shore behind him while a long, sinewy, brown hand closed more tightly upon a heavy war spear, and steel muscles tensed for the savage spring and the swift throw.Page 143
A thousand juries pronouncing him so could not make it true that he had killed Schneider.Page 144
The train bearing Billy Byrne and the deputy sheriff toward Joliet had covered perhaps half the distance between Chicago and Billy's permanent destination when it occurred to the deputy sheriff that he should like to go into the smoker and enjoy a cigar.Page 166
There was a freshness and vigor in his appearance and carriage that inspired confidence rather than suspicion.Page 183
"It is he then that is the bird.Page 185
" "I'll go an' tell 'em," said Billy.Page 209
He saw the man mount, and he saw him wheel his horse around about and ride away toward the north.Page 235
As he sat puzzling his brain over the inconsequential matter something stirred upon the floor close to his feet, and presently he jerked back a booted foot that a rat had commenced to gnaw upon.Page 267
Wait until they are close up, then give them a few rounds; but go easy on the ammunition--we haven't any too much.