of war, to die, for General Villa, I am told, considers
that a treasonable act. Some of the funds upon which his government
depends for munitions of war were there--they were stolen and turned
over to the enemies of Mexico."
"And if we interfere we'll turn Villa against us," interposed Grayson.
"He ain't any too keen for Americans as it is. Why, if this fellow was
my brother I'd hev to turn him over to the authorities."
"Well, I thank God," exclaimed Bridge fervently, "that in addition to
being shot by Villa I don't have to endure the added disgrace of being
related to you, and I'm not so sure that I shall be hanged by Villa,"
and with that he wiped the oil lamp from the table against which he had
been leaning, and leaped across the room for the doorway.
Barbara and her father had been standing nearest the exit, and as the
girl realized the bold break for liberty the man was making, she pushed
her father to one side and threw open the door.
Bridge was through it in an instant, with a parting, "God bless you,
little girl!" as he passed her. Then the door was closed with a bang.
Barbara turned the key, withdrew it from the lock and threw it across
the darkened room.
Grayson and the unwounded Mexicans leaped after the fugitive only to
find their way barred by the locked door. Outside Bridge ran to the
horses standing patiently with lowered heads awaiting the return of
their masters. In an instant he was astride one of them, and lashing the
others ahead of him with a quirt he spurred away into the night.
By the time Grayson and the Mexicans had wormed their way through one of
the small windows of the office the new bookkeeper was beyond sight and
As the ranch foreman was saddling up with several of his men in the
corral to give chase to the fugitive the boss strolled in and touched
him on the arm.
"Mr. Grayson," he said, "I have made it a point never to interfere with
you; but I am going to ask you now not to pursue Mr. Bridge. I shall
be glad if he makes good his escape. Barbara was right--he is a
fellow-American. We cannot turn him over to Villa, or any other Mexican
to be murdered."
Grumblingly Grayson unsaddled. "Ef you'd seen what I've seen around
here," he said, "I guess you wouldn't be so keen to save this feller's
"What do you mean?" asked the boss.
"I mean that he's ben tryin' to make
Leave the room, please; you have no right here.Page 23
The officer who had remained in the street swore that no one had leaped from the window or left the building from the time they entered until they had come out.Page 47
"To lie abed because of a pin prick! Why, when Bolgani, the king gorilla, tore me almost to pieces, while I was still but a little boy, did I have a nice soft bed to lie on? No, only the damp, rotting vegetation of the jungle.Page 55
which led to their respective rooms, the only light in the courtyard coming from the sickly candles which each girl had stuck with its own grease to the woodwork of her door-frame, the better to display her charms to those who might happen to traverse the dark inclosure.Page 81
For a few minutes they had been silent.Page 92
drive his machine back to New York.Page 110
had no intention to remain there inactive--a prey to hunger and thirst.Page 112
The grasses where Numa lay were very still now--ominously still.Page 115
For three days he continued his quest, until he had come to a part of the jungle in which he never before had been.Page 124
Tarzan stalked, after his own fashion, along the leafy way of the middle terrace.Page 129
There was a sudden twang as the brown fingers released their hold, and without a sound the raider sank forward upon his face, a wooden shaft transfixing his heart and protruding a foot from his black chest.Page 147
"The oldest date is eighteen-seventy-five, and there is only one of that year.Page 169
" Jane Porter laughed.Page 176
Instantly the nature of the shaft became apparent to Tarzan,.Page 179
"We ran away and left you to your fate; but when our panic was over we swore to return and save you, or at least take revenge upon your murderers.Page 180
Here, instead of continuing on toward the northwest and their village, Tarzan guided them almost directly west, until on the morning of the thirty-third day he bade them break camp and return to their own village, leaving the gold where they had stacked it the previous night.Page 192
He would have killed the sick man before he left had it not occurred to him that it would really have been a kindness to do so.Page 196
Through this he passed, then on and on until at last he came to the well-like shaft upon the opposite side of which lay the dungeon with the false wall.Page 197
He realized that to retrace his steps and enter the city from above ground would mean that he would be too late to save the girl, if it were indeed she who lay upon the sacrificial altar above him.Page 207
It was a man with a shiny silk hat, who walked slowly with bent head, and hands clasped behind him underneath the tails of his long, black coat.