that he was with you when you
planned it. That you wanted to git rid o' as many of us as you could
so that you'd have more of the ransom to divide. So all we done was in
self-defense, as it were.
"Why not let bygones be bygones, an' all of us join forces ag'in' these
murderin' heathen? There won't be any too many of us at best--Red
an' Wison seen more'n two thousan' of the man-eatin' devils. They're
a-creepin' up on us from behin' right this minute, an' you can lay to
that; an' the chances are that they got some special kind o' route into
that there cove, an' maybe they're a-watchin' of you right now!"
Ward turned an apprehensive glance to either side. There was logic in
Bony's proposal. They couldn't spare a man now. Later he could punish
the offenders at his leisure--when he didn't need them any further.
"Will you swear on the Book to do your duty by Skipper Simms an' me if
we take you back?" asked Ward.
"You bet," answered Bony Sawyer.
The others nodded their heads, and Divine sprang up and started down
"Hol' on you!" commanded the mate. "This here arrangement don' include
you--it's jes' between Skipper Simms an' his sailors. You're a rank
outsider, an' you butts in an' starts a mutiny. Ef you come back you
gotta stand trial fer that--see?"
"You better duck, mister," advised Red Sanders; "they'll hang
Divine went white. To face trial before two such men as Simms and Ward
meant death, of that he was positive. To flee into the forest meant
death, almost equally certain, and much more horrible. The man went to
his knees, lifting supplicating hands to the mate.
"For God's sake, Mr. Ward," he cried, "be merciful. I was led into this
by Theriere. He lied to me just as he did to the men. You can't kill
me--it would be murder--they'd hang you for it."
"We'll hang for this muss you got us into anyway, if we're ever caught,"
growled the mate. "Ef you hadn't a-carried the girl off to be murdered
we might have had enough ransom money to have got clear some way, but
now you gone and cooked the whole goose fer the lot of us."
"You can collect ransom on me," cried Divine, clutching at a straw.
"I'll pay a hundred thousand myself the day you set me down in a
civilized port, safe and free."
Ward laughed in his face.
"You ain't got a cent, you four-flusher," he cried. "Clinker put
His wife and the servant hurried after him.Page 15
"It cannot be, Akut," he said; "but if you would return, I shall see that it is done.Page 26
The American sought only the bank roll.Page 28
The youth commenced to remove the American's clothing piece by piece, and, piece by piece, he examined each garment minutely.Page 40
None would guess that he had been connected with the killing of the stranger in the little out-of-the-way trading post upon a remote shore.Page 60
or slunk, or flew, or wriggled through the dark mazes of the forest.Page 71
The girl came to his side again and stood there trembling.Page 74
He was evidently much disturbed by her refusal to eat, and when, a moment later, he scampered away into the forest to return with fruit for her she was once more forced to alter her estimation of him.Page 88
Again the stubborn bull essayed to scramble to his feet.Page 90
The return journey led them straight up wind.Page 102
These had not been long in retailing the matter to their masters, and the result was that when the runner left their camp to continue his journey he had scarce passed from sight before there came the report of a rifle and he rolled lifeless into the underbrush with a bullet in his back.Page 122
Mothers gathered their babies in their arms and fled toward the gates as they saw the horrid horde pouring into the village street.Page 123
To the mind of the ape-man, knowing as he did the proclivities of the savages, there was but a single explanation--Meriem had been killed and eaten.Page 159
Chapter 20 It was still dark when the Hon.Page 163
An antelope was entering the clearing.Page 178
The landing place was in full view of the guard at the camp.Page 196
Not even he would dare the perils of the river--almost certain death.Page 215
He crouched and leaped to a lower limb and was away through the trees toward the southeast, bearing away from the river.Page 217
Tried to order him away, that the girl might approach and release him; but Tantor would not go.