fallen bandit. "You?"
Bridge was off his horse the instant that the familiar voice sounded in
"Billy!" he exclaimed. "Why--Billy--was it you who robbed the bank?"
Even as he spoke Bridge was busy easing the weight of the dead pony from
"Anything broken?" he asked as the bandit struggled to free himself.
"Not so you could notice it," replied Billy, and a moment later he was
on his feet. "Say, bo," he added, "it's a mighty good thing you dropped
little pinto here, for I'd a sure got you my next shot. Gee! it makes
me sweat to think of it. But about this bank robbin' business. You can't
exactly say that I robbed a bank. That money was the enemy's resources,
an' I just nicked their resources. That's war. That ain't robbery.
I ain't takin' it for myself--it's for the cause--the cause o' poor,
bleedin' Mexico," and Billy grinned a large grin.
"You took it for Pesita?" asked Bridge.
"Of course," replied Billy. "I won't get a jitney of it. I wouldn't take
none of it, Bridge, honest. I'm on the square now."
"I know you are, Billy," replied the other; "but if you're caught
you might find it difficult to convince the authorities of your
highmindedness and your disinterestedness."
"Authorities!" scoffed Billy. "There ain't no authorities in Mexico. One
bandit is just as good as another, and from Pesita to Carranza they're
all bandits at heart. They ain't a one of 'em that gives two whoops
in hell for poor, bleedin' Mexico--unless they can do the bleedin'
themselves. It's dog eat dog here. If they caught me they'd shoot me
whether I'd robbed their bank or not. What's that?" Billy was suddenly
alert, straining his eyes back in the direction of Cuivaca.
"They're coming, Billy," said Bridge. "Take my horse--quick! You must
get out of here in a hurry. The whole post is searching for you. I
thought that they went toward the south, though. Some of them must have
"What'll you do if I take your horse?" asked Billy.
"I can walk back," said Bridge, "it isn't far to town. I'll tell them
that I had come only a short distance when my horse threw me and ran
away. They'll believe it for they think I'm a rotten horseman--the two
vaqueros who escorted me to town I mean."
Billy hesitated. "I hate to do it, Bridge," he said.
"You must, Billy," urged the other.
"If they find us here together it'll merely mean that the two of us will
get it, for I'll stick with you, Billy, and we can't fight off
"Let's be about it, then," he said.Page 18
It was but a return to the old existence of constant bloodshed and danger--to the hunting and the being hunted.Page 22
A sheath and handle for his hunting-knife he fashioned, and a quiver for arrows, and from the hide of Bara a belt and loin-cloth.Page 28
When one made a kill he called the other, and thus they fed well and often.Page 30
the panther, though doubtless some subconscious suggestion, superinduced by this primary reason and aided and abetted by the habit of the past few days, did much to compel the beast to tolerate treatment at his hands that would have sent it at the throat of any other creature.Page 42
As he talked to Kaviri the canoes had been moving steadily up-river toward the chief's village.Page 52
Instantly every faculty of his mind was upon the alert.Page 54
Two in advance held lighted torches in their left hands and ready spears in their right.Page 55
For an hour Tarzan heard only the murmur of excited voices from the far end of the village.Page 56
danger was not present.Page 68
One day as he was thus engaged, tracking an unsuspecting savage, he came upon the fellow in the act of hurling a spear at a wounded white man who crouched in a clump of bush at the trail's side.Page 89
Outside the tent she again heard the noise that had distracted Rokoff's attention.Page 116
In fact, even now one of the brutes was leaping to seize the bridge-rail and draw himself up to the Russian's side.Page 119
Stifling his anger, Paulvitch slunk into the jungle; but once beyond the sight of the warriors he paused and listened intently.Page 130
second explosion was less a mystery than that of the first, the mate attributing it to the bursting of the boilers when the flames had finally reached them; but what had caused the first explosion was a subject of considerable speculation among the stranded company.Page 131
He had even gone so far as to appropriate and wear certain articles belonging to the murdered captain of the Cowrie--articles of apparel which bore upon them the badges and insignia of authority.Page 134
" So Momulla went to Kai Shang and asked him if there was such an apparatus as a wireless by means of which ships could talk with each other at great distances, and Kai Shang told him that there was.Page 137
Now it happened that Gust was at that moment in the tent occupied by the cook, and this tent stood but a few feet from his own.Page 140
He did not know what to do, and then Jane Clayton, who had heard Schneider's story, added her pleas to those of the mate.Page 142
And when at last the little party did break through the last of the screening foliage, and the harbour and the ocean lay before them, they realized that fate had been most cruelly unkind, for the Cowrie was already under sail and moving slowly out of the mouth of the harbour into the open sea.