ranchhouse. We may be able to
stand 'em off. Have you heard anything of Miss Barbara?"
Anthony Harding shook his head sadly.
"Then we'll have to stay right here and do the best we can," said
Bridge. "I was thinking we might make a run for it if Miss Barbara was
here; but as she's not we must wait for those who went out after her."
Mr. Harding summoned the two Mexicans while Bridge ran to the cookhouse
and ordered the Chinaman to the ranchhouse. Then the erstwhile
bookkeeper ransacked the bunkhouse for arms and ammunition. What little
he found he carried to the ranchhouse, and with the help of the others
barricaded the doors and windows of the first floor.
"We'll have to make our fight from the upper windows," he explained to
the ranch owner. "If Pesita doesn't bring too large a force we may be
able to stand them off until you can get help from Cuivaca. Call up
there now and see if you can get Villa to send help--he ought to protect
you from Pesita. I understand that there is no love lost between the
Anthony Harding went at once to the telephone and rang for the central
"Tell it to the operator," shouted Bridge who stood peering through an
opening in the barricade before a front window; "they are coming now,
and the chances are that the first thing they'll do is cut the telephone
The Easterner poured his story and appeal for help into the ears of the
girl at the other end of the line, and then for a few moments there was
silence in the room as he listened to her reply.
"Impossible!" and "My God! it can't be true," Bridge heard the older man
ejaculate, and then he saw him hang up the receiver and turn from the
instrument, his face drawn and pinched with an expression of utter
"What's wrong?" asked Bridge.
"Villa has turned against the Americans," replied Harding, dully. "The
operator evidently feels friendly toward us, for she warned me not to
appeal to Villa and told me why. Even now, this minute, the man has a
force of twenty-five hundred ready to march on Columbus, New Mexico.
Three Americans were hanged in Cuivaca this afternoon. It's horrible,
sir! It's horrible! We are as good as dead this very minute. Even if
we stand off Pesita we can never escape to the border through Villa's
"It looks bad," admitted Bridge. "In fact it couldn't look much worse;
but here we are, and while our ammunition holds out about all we can
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Here he listened, and not without result, for almost the first words he overheard filled him with excitement.Page 18
The Waziri had reached the outer end of the tunnel, and were winding upward toward the fresh air and the welcome starlight of the kopje's summit, before Tarzan shook off the detaining hand of reverie and started slowly after them.Page 29
There was place for but a single thought in his savage mind--revenge! revenge! revenge! 7 The Jewel-Room of Opar For some time Tarzan lay where he had fallen upon the floor of the treasure chamber beneath the ruined walls of Opar.Page 39
He even found himself regretting that America was so provincial, and that nowhere in the new world.Page 40
"They are black," explained Tarzan.Page 44
Already he could almost feel those strong, white fangs burying themselves in his neck.Page 49
He dreamed of joys and luxuries and power which always had been beyond his grasp, and as he dreamed his gaze lifted from the table, as the gaze of a dreamer will, to a far distant goal above the mean horizon of terrestrial commonplaceness.Page 61
"Bring him to the place at which we stopped," she commanded and they carried Tarzan back.Page 62
Gather wood well filled with pitch, lay it in the form and size of the altar at Opar in the center of the clearing that the Flaming God may look down upon our handiwork and be pleased.Page 65
His hands were cupped to receive the life blood of the victim--the red nectar that at Opar would have filled the golden sacrificial goblets.Page 70
From near and far came answering shouts in the barking tones of the Oparian priests: "We come! We come!" Again and again, La repeated her summons until singly and in pairs the greater portion of her following approached and halted a short distance away from the High Priestess and her savior.Page 71
"Cadj, the High Priest," he announced, "would sacrifice you both to the Flaming God; but all of us except Cadj would gladly return to Opar with our queen.Page 72
But a few marches to the north Lady Greystoke looked forward to the day when her mighty lord and master should discover the crime of Achmet Zek, and be speeding to rescue and avenge, and even as she pictured the coming of John Clayton, the object of her thoughts squatted almost naked, beside a fallen log, beneath which he was searching with grimy fingers for a chance beetle or a luscious grub.Page 87
"Where is she?" he asked.Page 128
If you have a God pray to him now--in a minute more you shall be dead," and with that he rushed viciously upon the Belgian, his knife raised high above his head.Page 131
A couple of sentries paced to and fro in the light of a fire which they kept burning brightly.Page 142
"Oh, I thought it was Greek," replied the officer; "but it has been so many years since I studied it that I was not sure.Page 145
Amidst the cracking of the rifles and the growls of the carnivora rose the death screams of stricken men and horses as they were dragged down by the blood-mad cats.Page 154
for an explanation of the animal's action.