For awhile the girl sat in silence, and presently her father arose and
entered the house. Shortly after she followed him, reappearing soon
in riding togs and walking rapidly to the corrals. Here she found an
American cowboy busily engaged in whittling a stick as he sat upon an
upturned cracker box and shot accurate streams of tobacco juice at a
couple of industrious tumble bugs that had had the great impudence to
roll their little ball of provender within the whittler's range.
"O Eddie!" she cried.
The man looked up, and was at once electrified into action. He sprang
to his feet and whipped off his sombrero. A broad smile illumined his
"Yes, miss," he answered. "What can I do for you?"
"Saddle a pony for me, Eddie," she explained. "I want to take a little
"Sure!" he assured her cheerily. "Have it ready in a jiffy," and away
he went, uncoiling his riata, toward the little group of saddle ponies
which stood in the corral against necessity for instant use.
In a couple of minutes he came back leading one, which he tied to the
"But I can't ride that horse," exclaimed the girl. "He bucks."
"Sure," said Eddie. "I'm a-goin' to ride him."
"Oh, are you going somewhere?" she asked.
"I'm goin' with you, miss," announced Eddie, sheepishly.
"But I didn't ask you, Eddie, and I don't want you--today," she urged.
"Sorry, miss," he threw back over his shoulder as he walked back to rope
a second pony; "but them's orders. You're not to be allowed to ride no
place without a escort. 'Twouldn't be safe neither, miss," he almost
pleaded, "an' I won't hinder you none. I'll ride behind far enough to be
there ef I'm needed."
Directly he came back with another pony, a sad-eyed, gentle-appearing
little beast, and commenced saddling and bridling the two.
"Will you promise," she asked, after watching him in silence for a time,
"that you will tell no one where I go or whom I see?"
"Cross my heart hope to die," he assured her.
"All right, Eddie, then I'll let you come with me, and you can ride
beside me, instead of behind."
Across the flat they rode, following the windings of the river road,
one mile, two, five, ten. Eddie had long since been wondering what the
purpose of so steady a pace could be. This was no pleasure ride which
took the boss's daughter--"heifer," Eddie would have called her--ten
miles up river at a hard trot. Eddie was worried, too. They had passed
the danger line, and were well within the stamping ground
hold and repeatedly the long knife plunged rapidly into his side.Page 25
On such occasions Mugambi, mounted upon a wiry Arab, had ridden close at her horse's heels.Page 30
There was something missing.Page 57
They see them often; but always they enjoy them for no two are precisely alike.Page 74
These parties were of the collecting hordes of the Waziri and their allies which Basuli had scattered his messengers broadcast to summon.Page 77
The first was that by saving her he would win the gratitude of the English, and thus lessen the chance of his extradition should his identity and his crime against his superior officer be charged against him.Page 84
learned a very surprising thing, by accident.Page 95
And as he delivered his instructions to those within, a silent listener crouched without his tent, waiting for the time when he might enter in safety and prosecute his search for the missing pouch and the pretty pebbles that had caught his fancy.Page 96
Taglat withdrew a few paces to the rear of the hut, gathered himself for the effort, ran quickly forward and leaped high into the air.Page 103
They would not give up the gold without a battle, of that he was certain, and with a wild whoop and a command to his followers, Achmet Zek put spurs to his horse and dashed down upon the Abyssinians, and after him, waving their long guns above their heads, yelling and cursing, came his motley horde of cut-throat followers.Page 111
Pausing beside the man, the ape bent over and examined his belongings.Page 115
Silently she rolled over in the direction of the nearest tree, and away from the lion, until she lay again in the same position in which Numa had left her, but a few feet farther from him.Page 116
Yet fear can work wonders, and though the upward spring of the lion as he neared the tree into which she was scrambling brought his talons in contact with her boots she eluded his raking grasp, and as he hurtled against the bole of her sanctuary, the girl drew herself into the safety of the branches above his reach.Page 117
spot where once her happy home had stood, she hoped that by coming to the broad plain she might eventually reach one of the numerous Waziri villages that were scattered over the surrounding country, or chance upon a roving band of these indefatigable huntsmen.Page 126
And while she slept a figure stole from the tent that stood to the right of hers.Page 132
"Tomorrow," he whispered, "as soon as I can elude them, I will return for you.Page 137
It was not long before he came upon a solitary horseman riding toward the east.Page 143
Abdul Mourak, bereft of his guides by the battle he had waged against the raiders, and himself unfamiliar with the country, had wandered far from the trail he should have followed, and as a result had made but little progress toward the north since the beginning of his flight.Page 146
The muscles knotted beneath the smooth, brown skin of his arms and shoulders, the veins stood out upon his temples from the force of his exertions--a strand parted, another and another, and one hand was free.Page 151
At the ape-man's feet lay the discarded rifle of the dead Abyssinian whose mutilated corpse sprawled where Numa had abandoned it.