the most powerful chief; but he wished to
verify his deductions if possible. He knew that a direct question as to
the whereabouts of the girl would call forth either a clever oriental
evasion or an equally clever oriental lie.
"Does Oda Yorimoto intend slaying the white woman that was brought to
his house last night?" asked Theriere.
"How should the son know the intentions of his father?" replied the boy.
"Is she still alive?" continued Theriere.
"How should I know, who was asleep when she was brought, and only heard
the womenfolk this morning whispering that Oda Yorimoto had brought home
a new woman the night before."
"Could you not see her with your own eyes?" asked Theriere.
"My eyes cannot pass through the door of the little room behind, in
which they still were when I left to gather firewood a half hour since,"
retorted the youth.
"Wot's de Chink sayin'?" asked Billy Byrne, impatient of the
conversation, no word of which was intelligible to him.
"He says, in substance," replied Theriere, with a grin, "that Miss
Harding is still alive, and in the back room of that largest hut in the
center of the village street; but," and his face clouded, "Oda Yorimoto,
the chief of the tribe, is with her."
The mucker sprang to his feet with an oath, and would have bolted for
the village had not Theriere laid a detaining hand upon his shoulder.
"It is too late, my friend," he said sadly, "to make haste now. We
may, if we are cautious, be able to save her life, and later, possibly,
avenge her wrong. Let us act coolly, and after some manner of plan, so
that we may work together, and not throw our lives away uselessly. The
chance is that neither of us will come out of that village alive, but
we must minimize that chance to the utmost if we are to serve Miss
"Well, wot's de word?" asked the mucker, for he saw that Theriere was
"The jungle approaches the village most closely on the opposite
side--the side in rear of the chief's hut," pointed out Theriere. "We
must circle about until we can reach that point undetected, then we may
formulate further plans from what our observations there develop."
"An' dis?" Byrne shoved a thumb at Oda Iseka.
"We'll take him with us--it wouldn't be safe to let him go now."
"Why not croak him?" suggested Byrne.
"Not unless we have to," replied Theriere; "he's just a boy--we'll
doubtless have all the killing we want among the men before we get out
"I never did have no
The youth wormed his way between the barbed wires determined at last to let nothing prevent him from making a cozy bed in the deep straw beside the stack.Page 8
As the blow was struck The Sky Pilot had risen; and now he sprang forward, for all his age and bulk as nimble as a cat, and seized Soup Face by the wrist.Page 10
"I'm goin' to cut out de Hop an' buy a farm an' a ottymobeel and--" "Come out of it," admonished The General.Page 11
A qualm of disgust sent a sudden shudder through his slight frame.Page 20
"Now I know where I am.Page 21
The flash of lightning had revealed, upon the contrary, a slender boy with smooth skin, an oval face, and large dark eyes.Page 23
"Gad!" cried Bridge, as the car topped the hill and plunged downward toward them, "I'd hate to ride behind that fellow on a night like this, and over a dirt road at that!" As the car swung onto the straight road before the house a flash of lightning revealed dimly the outlines of a rapidly moving touring car with lowered top.Page 26
"Straight down the hall and into the room at the end.Page 32
Gawd! there it is now," as the clanking rose to the head of the cellar stairs; and those above heard a sudden rush of footsteps as the men broke for the open air--all but the two upon the stairway.Page 39
The youth coughed.Page 45
"You two stay here--I'll be back in a minute.Page 48
"I wisht I'd asked six bits more--I mought jest as well o' got it as not.Page 52
Fifty dollars!! Willie gasped.Page 56
man of sufficient importance, having cataloged him mentally as an unusually early specimen of the summer camper with which he was more or less familiar.Page 57
It was worth the dollar to escape a thrashing.Page 71
" The others acquiesced in his suggestion; but there were queries about food to be answered.Page 72
It was difficult for the man to bring himself to believe that either the youth or the girl was in any way actually responsible for either of the murders; yet it appeared that the latter had been present when a murder was committed and now by attempting to elude the police had become an accessory after the fact, since she possessed knowledge of the identity of the actual murderer; while the boy, by his own admission, had committed a burglary.Page 82
He stooped and took up the paper.Page 97
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