pull the three
shafts from him.
"What are we to do?" cried the older man. "They will get us again as
sure as fate."
"They haven't got us yet," said Billy. "Wait, I got a scheme. Can you
Mallory staggered to his feet.
"I'll see," he said, and then: "Yes, I can make it."
"Good," exclaimed Byrne. "Now listen. Almost due north, across this
range of hills behind us is a valley. In the center of the valley is
a river. It is a good fifteen-hour march for a well man--it will take
Mallory and you longer. Follow down the river till you come to a little
island--it should be the first one from where you strike the river. On
that island you will find Miss Harding, Norris, and Foster. Now hurry."
"But you, man!" exclaimed Mallory. "We can't leave you."
"Never!" said Anthony Harding.
"You'll have to, though," replied Billy. "That's part of the scheme.
It won't work any other way." He raised his revolver and fired a single
shot in the direction of the howling savages. "That's to let 'em know
we're still here," he said. "I'll keep that up, off and on, as long as
I can. It'll fool 'em into thinking that we're all here, and cover your
"I won't do it," said Mallory.
"Yes you will," replied the mucker. "It's not any of us that
counts--it's Miss Harding. As many as can have got to get back to her
just as quick as the Lord'll let us. I can't, so you two'll have to. I'm
done for--a blind man could see that. It wouldn't do a bit of good for
you two to hang around here and get killed, waitin' for me to die; but
it would do a lot of harm, for it might mean that Miss Harding would be
"You say my daughter is on this island you speak of, with Norris and
Foster--is she quite safe and well?" asked Harding.
"Perfectly," said Byrne; "and now beat it--you're wasting a lot of
"For Barbara's sake it looks like the only way," said Anthony Harding,
"but it seems wicked and cowardly to desert a noble fellow like you,
"It is wicked," said Billy Mallory. "There must be some other way.
By the way, old man, who are you anyhow, and how did you happen to be
Byrne turned his face upward so that the full moon lighted his features
"There is no other way, Mallory," he said. "Now take a good look at
me--don't you recognize me?"
Mallory gazed intently at the strong face looking into his.
"And to a protracted residence on one of the Pamarung Islands?" continued von Horn.Page 5
Such time as he could find from the many duties which had devolved upon him in the matter of obtaining and outfitting the schooner, and signing her two mates and crew of fifteen, had been spent with his employer's daughter.Page 18
" Muda Saffir knew perfectly well that Bududreen had but diplomatically expressed a fear as to his own royal trustworthiness, but it did not anger him, since the charge was not a direct one; but what he did not know was of the heavy chest and Bududreen's desire to win the price of the girl and yet be able to save for himself a chance at the far greater fortune which he knew lay beneath that heavy oaken lid.Page 28
The scream that had startled von Horn and Professor Maxon led them along the trail toward the east coast of the island, and about halfway of the distance they stumbled upon the dazed and bloody Sing just as he was on the point of regaining consciousness.Page 34
" "Where could we wed?" asked Virginia.Page 38
Sing, hanging clothes in the north end of the clearing saw them depart, and wondered a little.Page 68
Two prahus lay directly beneath them, and into these the head hunters were scrambling.Page 71
"My hands were tied.Page 74
At the same instant a Dyak warrior caught sight of the approaching boat as it sped into the full glare of the light.Page 76
So accustomed had his pack now become to receiving and acting upon his orders that they changed their tactics immediately, and one by one the remaining Dyaks were overpowered, disarmed and held.Page 78
And now, when she suddenly found herself in need of protection, here was the same young man turning up in a most miraculous fashion, and at the head of the terrible creatures of the inner campong.Page 79
Evidently then she was of some value.Page 89
"He killed many of my men, and the last I saw of him he was pushing up the river after the girl and the treasure," replied the Malay.Page 96
As they came into a natural clearing in the jungle the fleeing bull glanced back to see his pursuer almost upon him, and with an angry roar turned to meet the charge.Page 99
Say that you will be my wife, Virginia, and we need have no more fears that the strange vagaries of your father's mind can ever again jeopardize your life or your happiness as they have in the past.Page 107
say you?" The two natives consulted together in low tones.Page 114
The man who carried her was now forced to turn and fight off the enemy that pressed forward past Number Twelve.Page 118
I have seen one who was cruel to those within his power, yet they were all men with souls.Page 127
Whoop! "Anyway, you heap better for Linee than one Mlaxon's fleaks," he concluded, turning toward Bulan.Page 130
"Hornee, him vamoose long time 'go," replied the Chinaman.