arternoon than I ever tole before in
all my life. I told 'em that they was two of you, an' that the biggest
one hed red hair, an' the little one was all pock-marked. Then they said
you prob'ly wasn't the man at all, an' my! how they did swear at them
two tramps fer gettin' 'em way out here on a wild-goose chase; but
they're goin' to look fer you jes' the same in Olathe, only they won't
find you there," and she laughed, a bit nervously though.
It was dusk when Mr. Shorter returned from Holliday, but after he had
heard his wife's story he said that he'd drive "them two byes" all the
way to Mexico, if there wasn't any better plan.
"Dodson's far enough," Bridge assured him, and late that night the
grateful farmer set them down at their destination.
An hour later they were speeding south on the Missouri Pacific.
Bridge lay back, luxuriously, on the red plush of the smoker seat.
"Some class to us, eh, bo?" asked Billy.
The tide-hounds race far up the shore--the hunt is on! The breakers roar!
Her spars are tipped with gold, and o'er her deck the spray is flung,
The buoys that frolic in the bay, they nod the way, they nod the way!
The hunt is up! I am the prey! The hunter's bow is strung!
CHAPTER VI. "BABY BANDITS"
IT WAS twenty-four hours before Detective Sergeant Flannagan awoke to
the fact that something had been put over on him, and that a Kansas
farmer's wife had done the putting.
He managed to piece it out finally from the narratives of the two
tramps, and when he had returned to the Shorter home and listened to the
contradictory and whole-souled improvisations of Shorter pere and mere
he was convinced.
Whereupon he immediately telegraphed Chicago headquarters and obtained
the necessary authority to proceed upon the trail of the fugitive,
And so it was that Sergeant Flannagan landed in El Paso a few days
later, drawn thither by various pieces of intelligence he had gathered
en route, though with much delay and consequent vexation.
Even after he had quitted the train he was none too sure that he was
upon the right trail though he at once repaired to a telegraph office
and wired his chief that he was hot on the trail of the fugitive.
As a matter of fact he was much hotter than he imagined, for Billy and
Bridge were that very minute not two squares from him, debating
I recovered--recovered to lie in bed because of a tiny scratch that one of the jungle folk would scarce realize unless it were upon the end of his nose.Page 56
"We?" questioned Tarzan.Page 64
It was to the bar that Tarzan repaired after speeding Kadour ben Saden and his party on their way.Page 69
" Tarzan had learned enough about Arab character since he had been in Algeria to know that this was no real motive, for the Arab is never overfond of the companionship of strangers, and especially of French soldiers.Page 85
It was he who insisted on carrying on the search himself.Page 97
But there will be the deuce to pay when he discovers his loss.Page 127
Calling his warriors about him, he commanded them to charge, and, with brandishing spears and savage yells, the little force of scarcely more than a hundred dashed madly toward the village gates.Page 139
"You may trust me," said Tarzan.Page 140
to our village, or shall we follow along your trail toward the north as we have followed for the past three days?" The recollection of the horrid days that had just passed was the thing that finally decided the Manyuema, and so, after a short conference, they took up their burdens and set off to retrace their steps toward the village of the Waziri.Page 145
"Wot do you want to throw 'im over for?" questioned the sailor, in a querulous voice.Page 152
Clayton dared not leave her alone with him for an instant.Page 176
It was a matter of but a few minutes to remove enough of the wall to permit his body to pass through the aperture.Page 179
" "Have you seen fifty frightful men pass down from the cliffs into this forest, my children?" asked Tarzan.Page 183
It is no fault of yours that you are not a superman.Page 194
"They are all dead," replied Thuran.Page 196
His quick ears caught and translated it--it was the dance of death that preceded a sacrifice, and the singsong ritual of the high priestess.Page 203
"Nor am I longer promised in marriage.Page 205
"He left me after the fever got bad.Page 206
It was there that I received it.