Grayson covered as he replied to the request of Harding.
"This guy hires a bunch of Pimans to steal Miss Barbara," he said. "I
got it straight from the fellow he paid the money to for gettin' him the
right men to pull off the job. He wants her it seems," and Billy shot
a look at the ranch foreman that would have killed if looks could. "She
can't have been gone long. I seen her after midnight, just before I made
my getaway, so they can't have taken her very far. This thing here can't
help us none neither, for he don't know where she is any more'n we do.
He thinks he does; but he don't. The siwashes framed it on him, an'
they've doubled-crossed him. I got that straight too; but, Gawd! I don't
know where they've taken her or what they're goin' to do with her."
As he spoke he turned his eyes for the first time away from Grayson and
looked full in Anthony Harding's face. The latter saw beneath the strong
character lines of the other's countenance the agony of fear and doubt
that lay heavy upon his heart.
In the brief instant that Billy's watchful gaze left the figure of the
ranch foreman the latter saw the opportunity he craved. He was standing
directly in the doorway--a single step would carry him out of range of
Byrne's gun, placing a wall between it and him, and Grayson was not slow
in taking that step.
When Billy turned his eyes back the Texan had disappeared, and by the
time the former reached the doorway Grayson was halfway to the office
building on the veranda of which stood the four soldiers of Villa
grumbling and muttering over the absence of their prisoner of the
Billy Byrne stepped out into the open. The ranch foreman called aloud to
the four Mexicans that their prisoner was at the ranchhouse and as they
looked in that direction they saw him, revolver in hand, coming slowly
toward them. There was a smile upon his lips which they could not see
because of the distance, and which, not knowing Billy Byrne, they would
not have interpreted correctly; but the revolver they did understand,
and at sight of it one of them threw his carbine to his shoulder. His
finger, however, never closed upon the trigger, for there came the sound
of a shot from beyond Billy Byrne and the Mexican staggered forward,
pitching over the edge of the porch to the ground.
Billy turned his head in the direction from which the shot
Presently the count put down his book.Page 3
Suddenly Tarzan's attention was riveted upon the picture in the glass.Page 6
Otherwise--but I am sure that you will see the wisdom of adopting the course I suggest.Page 12
"No, Nikolas," she was saying, "it is useless.Page 13
But scarcely had the cry ceased before the ape-man had leaped from his hiding-place.Page 30
"They are worse than that, my friend," she said.Page 31
"I was with him just three hours.Page 34
He could understand her, she felt.Page 56
"Come!" cried the Ouled-Nail.Page 57
Tarzan spoke to the girl, thanking her for the sacrifice she had made for him, a total stranger.Page 60
She, however, was the most anxious to undertake it, for it seemed to her that she could not quickly enough reach the family and friends from whom she had been separated for two years.Page 61
We shall remain hidden here and give an account of ourselves to these gentlemen when they appear.Page 72
After this preliminary precaution he scanned the surrounding heights and the mouths of the several gorges--he was determined that he should not be caught napping.Page 88
"You left Bou Saada early?" questioned the officer.Page 94
"Do you mean to tell me that you know Jane Porter? Why, she is the very best friend I have in the world.Page 104
"It certainly IS a corking idea--I never should have suspected you of it.Page 121
they cooked in vessels made all of solid metal like my armlet.Page 197
Turning back to the tumbled wall, he seized one of the large, flat slabs that had composed it.Page 205
Tears came to the girl's eyes as she saw the poor, sunken cheeks and hollow eyes, and the lines of suffering upon the once young and handsome face.Page 207
Porter folded his daughter in his arms tears streamed down his seamed old face, and it was several minutes before he could control himself sufficiently to speak.