thoroughly frightened at the mere sight of the white giant of whom
they had heard such terrible stories, turned and hastened back in the
direction from which they had come, leaving the man to what seemed must
be a speedy and horrible death.
Sing Lee was astounded at the perfidy of the act. To Bulan alone was
due the entire credit of having rescued Professor Maxon's daughter, and
yet in the very presence of his self-sacrificing loyalty and devotion
von Horn had deserted him without making the least attempt to aid him.
But the wrinkled old Chinaman was made of different metal, and had
started forward to assist Bulan when a heavy hand suddenly fell upon
his shoulder. Looking around he saw the hideous face of Number Ten
snarling into his. The bloodshot eyes of the monster were flaming with
rage. He had been torn and chewed by the bull with which he had
fought, and though he had finally overcome and killed the beast, a
female which he had pursued had eluded him. In a frenzy of passion and
blood lust aroused by his wounds, disappointment and the taste of warm
blood which still smeared his lips and face, he had been seeking the
female when he suddenly stumbled upon the hapless Sing.
With a roar he grasped the Chinaman as though to break him in two, but
Sing was not at all inclined to give up his life without a struggle,
and Number Ten was quick to learn that no mean muscles moved beneath
that wrinkled, yellow hide.
There could, however, have been but one outcome to the unequal struggle
had Sing not been armed with a revolver, though it was several seconds
before he could bring it into play upon the great thing that shook and
tossed him about as though he had been a rat in the mouth of a terrier.
But suddenly there was the sharp report of a firearm, and another of
Professor Maxon's unhappy experiments sank back into the nothingness
from which he had conjured it.
Then Sing turned his attention to Bulan and his three savage
assailants, but, except for the dead body of a bull ourang outang upon
the spot where he had last seen the four struggling, there was no sign
either of the white man or his antagonists; nor, though he listened
attentively, could he catch the slightest sound within the jungle other
than the rustling of the leaves and the raucous cries of the brilliant
birds that flitted among the gorgeous blooms about him.
For half an hour he
Also, he was surprised to discover that he liked to work, that he took keen pride in striving to outdo the men who worked with him, and this spirit, despite the suspicion which the captain entertained of Billy since the episode of the forecastle, went far to making his life more endurable on board the Halfmoon, for workers such as the mucker developed into are not to be sneezed at, and though he had little idea of subordination it was worth putting up with something to keep him in condition to work.Page 14
The man was cold, cruel, of a moody disposition, and quick to anger.Page 28
Her extra masts and spare sails followed the way of the coal and the rudder, so that when Skipper Simms and First Officer Ward left her with their own men that had been aboard her she was little better than a drifting derelict.Page 33
He could not remember ever having seen a more beautiful girl.Page 44
Had one been watching him he might reasonably have thought that the man's mind was in a muddle of confused thoughts and fears; but such was far from the case.Page 54
"Make that opening in the cliffs?" Theriere nodded.Page 65
All had been accomplished in safety and without detection.Page 73
"Malaysian head-hunters, unquestionably," replied Theriere.Page 92
Again the natives conferred in whispers.Page 127
"He's got such a wallop dat I can't keep no sparrin' partners for him.Page 134
"O Billy, we thought you were dead.Page 177
"Dere's a bunch o' dicks out dere--de joint's been pinched.Page 178
The door flew open and Sergeant Flannagan dove headlong into the darkened room.Page 194
The afternoon was far gone when Billy drew rein in the camp of the outlaw band.Page 218
Barbara saw the flush and noted the man's silence.Page 234
to see ef I could catch 'em at it," he explained.Page 243
In his lap lay his six-shooter ready for any emergency.Page 252
They got her up there in the hills somewheres.Page 261
"Like'll they got me," he said, and staggered to his knees.Page 268
From every side rang the reports of carbines and the yells of the bandits.