I really never LOVED him
as--as--" Again she stumbled, but the mucker made no attempt to grasp
the opportunity opened before him.
Instead he crossed the library to the telephone. Running through the
book he came presently upon the number he sought. A moment later he had
"Is this Mallory?" he asked.
"I'm Byrne--Billy Byrne. De guy dat cracked your puss fer youse on de
"Dead, hell! Not me. Say, I'm up here at Barbara's."
"Yes, dat's wot I said. She wants youse to beat it up here's swift as
youse kin beat it."
Barbara Harding stepped forward. Her eyes were blazing.
"How dare you?" she cried, attempting to seize the telephone from
He turned his huge frame between her and the instrument. "Git a move!"
he shouted into the mouthpiece. "Good-bye!" and he hung up.
Then he turned back toward the angry girl.
"Look here," he said. "Once youse was strong on de sob stuff wit me,
tellin' me how noble I was, an' all de different tings youse would do
fer me to repay all I done fer youse. Now youse got de chanct."
"What do you mean?" asked the girl, puzzled. "What can I do for you?"
"Youse kin do dis fer me. When Mallory gits here youse kin tell him dat
de engagement is all on again--see!"
In the wide eyes of the girl Billy read a deeper hurt than he had
dreamed of. He had thought that it would not be difficult for her to
turn back from the vulgar mucker to the polished gentleman. And when he
saw that she was suffering, and guessed that it was because he had tried
to crush her love by brute force he could carry the game no further.
"O Barbara," he cried, "can't you see that Mallory is your kind--that HE
is a fit mate for you. I have learned since I came into this house a few
minutes ago the unbridgeable chasm that stretches between Billy Byrne,
the mucker, and such as you. Once I aspired; but now I know just as you
must have always known, that a single lifetime is far too short for a
man to cover the distance from Grand Avenue to Riverside Drive.
"I want you to be happy, Barbara, just as I intend to be. Back there in
Chicago there are plenty of girls on Grand Avenue as straight and clean
and fine as they make 'em on Riverside Drive. Girls of my own kind, they
are, and I'm going back there to find the one that God intended for me.
You've taught me
Here it was that the Ithaca came to anchor in a little harbor, while her crew under von Horn, and the Malay first mate, Bududreen, accompanied Professor Maxon in search of a suitable location for a permanent camp.Page 9
At sight of the emblem of peace Virginia ceased firing.Page 23
The day was sultry, and the heat, even in the dense shade of the jungle, oppressive.Page 30
Von Horn, possibly intentionally, misinterpreted the other's motive, and raising his bull whip struck Number Thirteen a vicious cut across the face, at the same time levelling his revolver point blank at the broad breast.Page 35
There was but one escape from the horrors of such a curse--the death of its author; and when Bududreen discovered that they had reached this point, and were even discussing the method of procedure, he added all that was needed to the dangerously smouldering embers of bloody mutiny by explaining that should anything happen to the white men he would become sole owner of their belongings, including the heavy chest, and that the reward of each member of the crew would be generous.Page 42
The interior of the apartment beyond was in inky darkness, but Number Thirteen's greatest fear was that he might have stumbled upon the sleeping room of Virginia Maxon, and that if she were to discover him there, not only would she be frightened, but her cries would alarm the other inmates of the dwelling.Page 43
Feeling before him with hands and feet he made the circuit of the room before he reached the bed.Page 52
All about him lay the eleven terrible men whom he had driven from the bungalow the previous night.Page 67
Turning to one of his headmen he ordered two more boatloads of warriors to the Ithaca's deck.Page 70
Presently a half dozen of them leaped overboard and swam to the mass of tangled spars and rigging which littered the beach.Page 84
Behind her she saw the prahu turn back up stream, but now her mind was suddenly engaged with a new danger, for the girl realized that the strong current was bearing her down stream more rapidly than she had imagined.Page 87
The brief experience he had had with Number Thirteen during the fight in the bungalow had rather warmed his wrinkled old heart toward the friendless young giant, and he was a sufficiently good judge of human nature to be confident that the girl would be comparatively safe in his keeping.Page 95
Always just far enough behind to be out of sight, he kept pace with the little column as it marched through the torrid heat of the morning, until a little after noon he was startled by the sudden cry of a woman in distress, and the answering shout of a man.Page 103
"Human beings hate us also," persisted Number.Page 106
When they had given their names he seemed relieved.Page 126
" The silence which followed was broken by Sing who had kneeled opposite Virginia upon the other side of Bulan, where he was feeling the giant's wrists and pressing his ear close above his heart.Page 127
" "Never, Bulan!" cried the girl, determinedly.Page 130
"He hear all he likee.Page 133
"Thank heaven," exclaimed the girl fervently, "that we are leaving it behind us forever.