bank appeared almost
impregnable to silent assault.
Inside everything was primitive and Billy found himself wondering how
a week passed without seeing a bank robbery in the town. Possibly the
strong rear defenses and the armed guard in front accounted for it.
Satisfied with what he had learned he passed out onto the sidewalk and
crossed the street to a saloon. Some soldiers and citizens were drinking
at little tables in front of the bar. A couple of card games were in
progress, and through the open rear doorway Billy saw a little gathering
encircling a cock fight.
In none of these things was Billy interested. What he had wished in
entering the saloon was merely an excuse to place himself upon the
opposite side of the street from the bank that he might inspect the
front from the outside without arousing suspicion.
Having purchased and drunk a bottle of poor beer, the temperature of
which had probably never been below eighty since it left the bottling
department of the Texas brewery which inflicted it upon the ignorant, he
sauntered to the front window and looked out.
There he saw that the bank building was a two-story affair, the entrance
to the second story being at the left side of the first floor, opening
directly onto the sidewalk in full view of the sentry who paced to and
fro before the structure.
Billy wondered what the second floor was utilized for. He saw soiled
hangings at the windows which aroused a hope and a sudden inspiration.
There was a sign above the entrance to the second floor; but Billy's
knowledge of the language had not progressed sufficiently to permit him
to translate it, although he had his suspicions as to its meaning. He
would learn if his guess was correct.
Returning to the bar he ordered another bottle of beer, and as he drank
it he practiced upon the bartender some of his recently acquired Spanish
and learned, though not without considerable difficulty, that he might
find lodgings for the night upon the second floor of the bank building.
Much elated, Billy left the saloon and walked along the street until he
came to the one general store of the town. After another heart rending
scrimmage with the language of Ferdinand and Isabella he succeeded in
making several purchases--two heavy sacks, a brace, two bits, and a
keyhole saw. Placing the tools in one of the sacks he wrapped the whole
in the second sack and made his way back to the bank building.
Upon the second floor he found the proprietor of the rooming-house and
engaged a room
Could it be? O Jad-ben-Otho! had she but known a moment before.Page 47
It had a tail, though, and in other respects it did not seem a true ape.Page 51
"Where is the shaggy one?" Pan-at-lee pointed downward.Page 59
The creature had warned its master of their presence.Page 62
Finally, just before dawn, he relinquished his immediate effort and sought rest in a friendly tree crotch in the safety of the middle terrace.Page 68
Whether or not its gleaming walls held the secret of his lost mate he could not even guess but if she lived at all within the precincts of Pal-ul-don it must be among the Ho-don, since the hairy black men of this forgotten world took no prisoners.Page 69
The country through which he passed was resplendent with the riotous beauties of tropical verdure.Page 85
"I have worked in the temple," replied his companion.Page 86
sign of any of the inmates of the palace other than slaves, or at least he saw no others at first, though presently he stumbled upon an enclosure which lay almost within the center of the palace grounds surrounded by a wall that piqued the ape-man's curiosity, since he had determined to investigate as fully as possible every part of the palace and its environs.Page 103
"This releases the fastenings of a trapdoor in the floor beyond the partition.Page 124
"Only the high priest may perform the marriage ceremony for a king," he explained.Page 133
Swimming close in, he skirted the wall searching diligently for some foothold, however slight, upon its smooth, forbidding surface.Page 152
"Receive him graciously and when he is quite convinced of your friendship he will be off his guard, and then you may do with him as you will.Page 162
Never had she trusted him; but now there was a strange light in his eye that had not been there when last she saw him.Page 171
Again and again during the day following their unexpected meeting the woman reproached herself for not having killed him as she would JA or JATO or any other predatory beast that menaced her existence or her safety.Page 184
Where is my high priest?" "I am the high priest," replied Lu-don.Page 192
In the carrying out of these plans it was necessary to leave Jane behind in Ja-don's palace at Ja-lur, but O-lo-a and her women were with her and there were many warriors to guard them, so Tarzan bid his mate good-bye with no feelings of apprehension as to her safety, and again seated upon the GRYF made his way out of the city with Ja-don and his warriors.Page 198
In the exact center, directly beneath the opening in the roof, was a trap, but otherwise the floor was solid.Page 210
The chance had come.