their place at the wheel.
Unassisted he could do little with the heavy helm. Barbara saw that
he alone of all the officers and men of the brigantine was making an
attempt to save the vessel. However futile the effort might be, it at
least bespoke the coolness and courage of the man. With the sight of him
there wrestling with death in a hopeless struggle a little wave of pride
surged through the girl. Here indeed was a man! And he loved her--that
she knew. Whether or no she returned his love her place was beside him
now, to give what encouragement and physical aid lay in her power.
Quickly she ran to the wheelhouse. Theriere saw her and smiled.
"There's no hope, I'm afraid," he said; "but, by George, I intend to go
down fighting, and not like those miserable yellow curs."
Barbara did not reply, but she grasped the spokes of the heavy wheel and
tugged as he tugged. Theriere made no effort to dissuade her from the
strenuous labor--every ounce of weight would help so much, and the man
had a wild, mad idea that he was attempting to put into effect.
"What do you hope to do?" asked the girl. "Make that opening in the
"Do you think me crazy?" he asked.
"It is such a chance as only a brave man would dare to take," she
replied. "Do you think that we can get her to take it?"
"I doubt it," he answered. "With another man at the wheel we might,
Below them the crew of the Halfmoon ran hither and thither along the
deck on the side away from the breakers. They fought with one another
for useless bits of planking and cordage. The giant figure of the black
cook, Blanco, rose above the others. In his hand was a huge butcher
knife. When he saw a piece of wood he coveted in the hands of another he
rushed upon his helpless victim with wild, bestial howls, menacing him
with his gleaming weapon. Thus he was rapidly accumulating the material
for a life raft.
But there was a single figure upon the deck that did not seem mad with
terror. A huge fellow he was who stood leaning against the capstan
watching the wild antics of his fellows with a certain wondering
expression of incredulity, the while a contemptuous smile curled his
lips. As Barbara Harding chanced to look in his direction he also
chanced to turn his eyes toward the wheelhouse. It was the mucker.
The girl was surprised that he, the greatest coward of them
And while he was thus occupied there came suddenly to him the vibration of machinery and the throbbing of the propeller.Page 13
"You were born an ape.Page 18
It was the same question that he had whispered to Kerchak, and in the language of the apes it means, broadly, "Do you surrender?" Akut thought of the creaking sound he had heard just before Molak's thick neck had snapped, and he shuddered.Page 19
could fashion from the materials at hand.Page 50
It was dusk when it approached the palisade that surrounded a large native village.Page 53
Full upon the breast of the painted savage the great beast struck, burying sharp talons in the black flesh and sinking great yellow fangs in the ebon throat.Page 58
I love you, Jane.Page 66
To his infinite relief and delight he saw the stalwart form of Mugambi racing toward him.Page 67
Upon no conditions would he consent to returning even within sight of the village.Page 68
The ape-man's face went white as he looked upon the pasty, vice-marked countenance of the Swede.Page 83
She had seen but little of him, as the women had taken her in hand almost as soon as she had entered the village.Page 91
Instantly confusion reigned within the encircling boma.Page 108
And yet, as far as he could see, there was no ship there--nor might there be one within a thousand miles.Page 116
The bridge of the Kincaid was slippery with blood.Page 126
Ah! just as I feared," he ejaculated an instant later as he withdrew a roll of bank-notes from Paulvitch's inside coat pocket.Page 127
Yet the vessel made progress even when she seemed to be standing still, and presently the low hills of Jungle Island became distinctly visible upon the western horizon ahead.Page 132
Some day there would come a moment when Kai Shang, Momulla, and three or four of the others would be absent from camp, exploring or hunting.Page 134
Momulla was puzzled; but still he wished to leave the island, and was willing to take his chances on the open sea rather than to remain longer in the monotony of the camp.Page 136
"I am a friend," he said.Page 137
The Swede would have felt far from comfortable could he have seen this significant action, or read what was passing amid the convolutions of the brown man's cruel brain.