searched in every direction, but finally, fearing
that he might become lost in the mazes of the unfamiliar forest he
reluctantly turned his face toward the river and the long-house that
sheltered his party.
Here he found Professor Maxon much improved--the safe return of
Virginia having acted as a tonic upon him. The girl and her father sat
with von Horn upon the verandah of the long-house as Sing clambered up
the notched log that led to it from the ground. At sight of Sing's
wrinkled old face Virginia Maxon sprang to her feet and ran forward to
greet him, for she had been very fond of the shrewd and kindly Chinaman
of whom she had seen so much during the dreary months of her
imprisonment within the campong.
"Oh, Sing," she cried, "where have you been? We were all so worried to
think that no sooner was one of us rescued than another became lost."
"Sing takee walk, Linee, las all," said the grinning Chinaman. "Velly
glad see Linee black 'gain," and that was all that Sing Lee had to say
of the adventures through which he had just passed, and the strange
sights that he had seen.
Again and again the girl and von Horn narrated the stirring scenes of
the day, the latter being compelled to repeat all that had transpired
from the moment that he had heard Virginia's cry, though it was
apparent that he only consented to speak of his part in her rescue
under the most considerable urging. Very pretty modesty, thought Sing
when he had heard the doctor's version of the affair.
"You see," said von Horn, "when I reached the spot Number Three, the
brute that you thought was an ape, had just turned you over to Number
Thirteen, or, as the natives now call him, Bulan. You were then in a
faint, and when I attacked Bulan he dropped you to defend himself. I
had expected a bitter fight from him after the wild tales the natives
have been telling of his ferocity, but it was soon evident that he is
an arrant coward, for I did not even have to fire my revolver--a few
thumps with the butt of it upon his brainless skull sent him howling
into the jungle with his pack at his heels."
"How fortunate it is, my dear doctor," said Professor Maxon, "that you
were bright enough to think of trailing the miscreant into the jungle.
But for that Virginia would still be in his clutches and by this time
he would have been beyond
A half mile further on a straw stack loomed large within a fenced enclosure.Page 5
None of them had noticed him.Page 12
It was nothing to her that Abigail did not wish to marry anyone, or that the man of Mrs.Page 21
I have known Charles for years.Page 33
The girl noted the latter and the open window.Page 39
The other vagabond fumbled with his hypodermic needle and the narcotic which would quickly give his fluttering nerves the quiet they craved.Page 40
Both the boy and the girl insisted upon accompanying him.Page 42
The girl was awaiting them at the head of the stairs while the two tramps whispered together at the opposite side of the room.Page 45
"I don't know," he said; "but I am inclined to believe that he is more imaginative than criminal.Page 47
"If you tell," he whispered, and he bent close toward the other's ear and spoke in a menacing tone; "If you tell, I'll kill you!" "Gosh!" said Willie Case.Page 50
"You're not going to leave us, are you?" "Oh, please don't!" pleaded the girl.Page 56
"If I tell you where the murderer is," he whispered hoarsely, "do I git the $50.Page 65
" "No," said Bridge, "you don't go until we're safely out of here.Page 66
It was The Oskaloosa Kid who first thought of him.Page 67
"You have done nothing.Page 69
I simply won't believe it until I see it with my own eyes.Page 73
There is no question but that I am the soft mark, and I wonder why it is--why a kid I never saw before last night has a strangle hold on my heart that I can't shake loose--and don't want to.Page 83
A guard came to the grating of the cell door.Page 89
" "Eh?" ejaculated Jeb Case; but his sallow face turned white, and after that he was less rough with his prisoner.Page 91
With a sudden wrench Bridge tore himself loose from his captors and leaped toward the farmer, his right flew straight out from the shoulder and Jeb Case went down with a broken jaw.