it was safely in place she
breathed a deep sigh of relief and throwing her arms about his neck
pressed her cheek to his.
"You dear old Brazos," she whispered.
The horse stood quietly while the girl wriggled herself to his back,
and then at a word and a touch from her heels moved off at a walk in the
direction of the ford. The crossing this time was one of infinite ease,
for Barbara let the rope lie loose and Brazos take his own way.
Through the willows upon the opposite bank he shouldered his path,
across the meadow still at a walk, lest they arouse attention, and
through a gate which led directly from the meadow into the ranchyard.
Here she tied him to the outside of the corral, while she went in search
of saddle and bridle. Whose she took she did not know, nor care, but
that the saddle was enormously heavy she was perfectly aware long before
she had dragged it halfway to where Brazos stood.
Three times she essayed to lift it to his back before she succeeded in
accomplishing the Herculean task, and had it been any other horse upon
the ranch than Brazos the thing could never have been done; but the
kindly little pony stood in statuesque resignation while the heavy
Mexican tree was banged and thumped against his legs and ribs, until a
lucky swing carried it to his withers.
Saddled and bridled Barbara led him to the rear of the building and
thus, by a roundabout way, to the back of the office building. Here she
could see a light in the room in which Billy was confined, and after
dropping the bridle reins to the ground she made her way to the front of
Creeping stealthily to the porch she peered in at the window. Eddie was
stretched out in cramped though seeming luxury in an office chair.
His feet were cocked up on the desk before him. In his lap lay his
six-shooter ready for any emergency. Another reposed in its holster at
Barbara tiptoed to the door. Holding her breath she turned the knob
gently. The door swung open without a sound, and an instant later she
stood within the room. Again her eyes were fixed upon Eddie Shorter.
She saw his nerveless fingers relax their hold upon the grip of his
revolver. She saw the weapon slip farther down into his lap. He did not
move, other than to the deep and regular breathing of profound slumber.
Barbara crossed the room to his side.
Behind the ranchhouse three figures
The interior of the apartment was shrouded in gloom.Page 27
It was the last thing that the American ever heard in this life.Page 29
He could not, nor, could he, would he have been able to account for its disappearance, for he had been entirely unconscious of the falling of the little package from his pocket into the sea as he clambered over the ship's side into the waiting canoe that bore him to shore.Page 44
Akut, from a near-by tree, jabbered and scolded, calling the lioness all manner of foul names.Page 47
At sight of the consternation he had wrought the boy halted.Page 51
Somewhere along the coast or even in the depths of the jungle itself there were white men.Page 60
And at last they found them.Page 64
Then he had turned to the white men--to those of his own kind--only to hear the ping of bullets where he had expected words of cordial welcome.Page 77
After the construction of the shelter the activities of the three became localized.Page 87
"There is none greater in all the jungle than Korak, son of Tarzan.Page 98
Presently he relaxed once more--this time in the final dissolution from which there is no quickening.Page 107
"You'd better be," rejoined Jenssen, "at least until we have delivered her over in safety and collected what will be coming to us.Page 114
"Where are we?" she asked, pointing.Page 117
She no longer feared her, and when her brief story had been narrated and the woman came and put her arms about her and kissed her and called her "poor little darling" something snapped in Meriem's little heart.Page 138
The more he thought upon the matter the more evident it became to him that he had given her his love--that he had been upon the verge of offering her his honorable name.Page 139
"My husband!" she cried.Page 145
A moment later the Hon.Page 172
He saw him come and he set rigid and frozen and suffering above him.Page 183
Very feebly the man essayed to turn over.Page 190
Then it was that he realized that he was floating.