after me an' old man Villa'll be
sore as a pup."
"You know my maw?" asked Eddie, and there was a wistful note in his
voice. "Aw shucks! you don't know her--that's jest some o' your funny,
slicker business. You wanna git me in there an' then you'll try an'
git aroun' me some sort o' way to let you escape; but I'm too slick for
"On the level Eddie, I know your maw," persisted Billy. "I ben in your
maw's house jest a few weeks ago. 'Member the horsehair sofa between the
windows? 'Member the Bible on the little marble-topped table? Eh? An'
Tige? Well, Tige's croaked; but your maw an' your paw ain't an' they
want you back, Eddie. I don't care ef you believe me, son, or not; but
your maw was mighty good to me, an' you promise me you'll write her an'
then go back home as fast as you can. It ain't everybody's got a swell
maw like that, an' them as has ought to be good to 'em."
Beyond the closed door Eddie's jaw was commencing to tremble. Memory
was flooding his heart and his eyes with sweet recollections of an ample
breast where he used to pillow his head, of a big capable hand that was
wont to smooth his brow and stroke back his red hair. Eddie gulped.
"You ain't joshin' me?" he asked. Billy Byrne caught the tremor in the
"I ain't kiddin' you son," he said. "Wotinell do you take me fer--one o'
these greasy Dagos? You an' I're Americans--I wouldn't string a home guy
down here in this here Godforsaken neck o' the woods."
Billy heard the lock turn, and a moment later the door was cautiously
opened revealing Eddie safely ensconced behind two six-shooters.
"That's right, Eddie," said Billy, with a laugh. "Don't you take no
chances, no matter how much sob stuff I hand you, fer, I'll give it to
you straight, ef I get the chanct I'll make my get-away; but I can't do
it wit my flippers trussed, an' you wit a brace of gats sittin' on me.
Let's have a light, Eddie. That won't do nobody any harm, an' it may
discourage the rats."
Eddie backed across the office to a table where stood a small lamp.
Keeping an eye through the door on his prisoner he lighted the lamp and
carried it into the back room, setting it upon a commode which stood in
"You really seen maw?" he asked. "Is she well?"
"Looked well when I seen her," said Billy; "but she wants her
"I feel that I must tell some one, and I do not know another who so deserves an explanation as you.Page 57
I have not remained because I.Page 69
Tarzan saw a dull red creep up from beneath Gernois' collar.Page 79
"Yes, it is I," he whispers in reply.Page 86
Have I not protected your honor as though it were my own?" Gernois sneered, and spat out an oath.Page 93
But once in London Jane Porter was no more tractable than she had been in Baltimore.Page 112
Here was delicious meat--and Tarzan's mouth watered.Page 164
Disheartened and unhappy, they soon became a prey to the black hordes of the north and the black hordes of the south.Page 168
Still further invigorated by the food Clayton had brought, the three were able to reach the half shade of the small tree to which their boat was moored.Page 169
"The only real man, I think, that I have ever known.Page 171
" Lord Tennington's great-hearted good nature never deserted him for a moment.Page 174
Tarzan, crouching in the shadows at the far side of the room as the first sound of approaching footsteps reached him, came forth to meet the girl as he recognized that it was she.Page 175
We must therefore depend entirely upon ourselves, and the sooner we act the better it will be.Page 183
"Let us not speak of it again--at least until we are back in civilization.Page 184
They were gnawing, like beasts, upon unclean food.Page 187
Tarzan walked to the end of an overhanging limb in plain view of them.Page 191
Thuran watched him on these occasions with an expression of malignant pleasure--he seemed really to enjoy the suffering of the man who, despite the just contempt in which he held him, had ministered to him to the best of his ability while he lay suffering the same agonies.Page 196
At least he could be revenged, and in his wrath it seemed to him that he was equal to the task of wiping out the entire population of that terrible city.Page 202
" The girl rose slowly to her feet and came toward him.Page 204
As Tarzan saw them he gave a cry of delight--it was a band of his own Waziri.