black cook of
a bundle of oily rags in an iron boiler.
"By Jove!" exclaimed Mr. Harding. "This is terrible. The poor devils
are panic-stricken. Look at 'em making for the boats!" and with that he
dashed back to the bridge to confer with his captain.
"Yes," said that officer, "I noticed the smoke about the same time you
did--funny it wasn't apparent before. I've already signaled full speed
ahead, and I've instructed Mr. Foster to have the boats in readiness to
lower away if we find that they're short of boats on the brigantine.
"What I can't understand," he added after a moment's silence, "is why
they didn't show any signs of excitement about that fire until we came
within easy sight of them--it looks funny."
"Well, we'll know in a few minutes more," returned Mr. Harding.
"The chances are that the fire is just a recent addition to their
predicament, whatever it may be, and that they have only just discovered
"Then it can't have gained enough headway," insisted the captain, "to
cause them any such immediate terror as would be indicated by the haste
with which the whole ship's crew is tumbling into those boats; but as
you say, sir, we'll have their story out of them in a few minutes now,
so it's idle speculating beforehand."
The officers and men of the Halfmoon, in so far as those on board the
Lotus could guess, had all entered the boats at last, and were pulling
frantically away from their own ship toward the rapidly nearing yacht;
but what they did not guess and could not know was that Mr. Divine paced
nervously to and fro in his cabin, while Second Officer Theriere tended
the smoking rags that Ward and Blanco had resigned to him that they
might take their places in the boats.
Theriere had been greatly disgusted with the turn events had taken for
he had determined upon a line of action that he felt sure would prove
highly remunerative to himself. It had been nothing less than a bold
resolve to call Blanco, Byrne, "Bony," and "Red" to his side the moment
Simms and Ward revealed the true purpose of their ruse to those on board
the Lotus, and with his henchmen take sides with the men of the yacht
against his former companions.
As he had explained it to Billy Byrne the idea was to permit Mr. Harding
to believe that Theriere and his companions had been duped by Skipper
Simms--that they had had no idea of the work that they were to be called
upon to perform until the
He felt that his charge was not making the progress that his parents had a right to expect, and he was now conscientiously explaining this fact to the boy's mother.Page 16
"The ape knew you," he said, "and you spoke together in the ape's tongue.Page 27
His act seemed to unloose a thousand devils in the hairy creature clinging to his throat.Page 42
The sooner you learn to know it the better; but keep close to the trees, as we go around him, for Numa often does that which he is least expected to do.Page 44
The boy, patterning his conduct after that of his preceptor, unstoppered the vials of his invective upon the head of the enemy, until in realization of the futility of words as weapons he bethought himself of something heavier to hurl.Page 64
The sleek, brown, hairless body of the lad spelled "man," and man he feared and hated.Page 71
The metal anklets and armlets adorning him aroused her envy.Page 94
Again Korak shouted.Page 99
He was handicapped in his flight by the weight of the girl whose legs would but scarce bear her weight, to say nothing of maintaining her in rapid flight, for the tightly drawn bonds that had been about her ankles for so long had stopped circulation and partially paralyzed her extremities.Page 101
She had no doubt but that he would come back and less still that he would easily free her from her captivity.Page 104
It was Malbihn who, quite casually, near the close of their talk, mentioned the fact that The Sheik was dead.Page 121
"Yes," said one, "we of the hill country are mighty fighters.Page 124
In the distance Kovudoo was gathering his scattered tribesmen, and taking account of injuries and losses.Page 126
She commenced at once to teach the girl English without forcing it upon her as a task.Page 148
Out upon the plain a lone horseman muttered a low curse as he saw the two disappear from sight.Page 152
Chapter 19 Behind them Korak emerged from the jungle and recovered his spear from Numa's side.Page 153
Tonight I fell asleep behind a bush, and was awakened by them two spooning.Page 179
At the same instant she saw them, and redoubled her efforts to reach the opposite shore before they should overtake her.Page 187
She tried to picture herself admired and honored in the midst of the gayest society of the great capital.Page 213
The girl had assured Baynes that Korak was safe in the jungle with Tantor.