nodded her head, affirmatively.
"Youse savvy deyre lingo den, eh?"
"Tell dis gazimbat to wise his pals to de fact dat I'll croak 'im, if
dey don't beat it, an' let us make our get-away. Theriere says as how
he's kink when his ole man croaks, an' his ole man was de guy youse
put to sleep in de chicken coop," explained the mucker lucidly; "so dis
slob's kink hisself now."
Barbara Harding was quick to see the strength of the man's suggestion.
Stepping to the edge of the clearing in full view of the advancing
enemy, with the mucker at her side, revolver in hand, she called to them
in the language of their forbears to listen to her message. Then she
explained that they held the son of Oda Yorimoto prisoner, and that his
life would be the price of any further attack upon them.
The samurai conferred together for a moment, then one of them called out
that they did not believe her, that Oda Iseka, son of Oda Yorimoto, was
safe in the village.
"Wait!" replied the girl. "We will show him to you," and turning to
Byrne she asked him to fetch the youth.
When the white man returned with the boy in his arms, a wail of mingled
anguish and rage rose from the natives.
"If you molest us no further we shall not harm him," cried Barbara, "and
when we leave your island we shall set him free; but renew your attack
upon us and this white man who holds him says that he will cut out his
heart and feed it to the fox," which was rather a bloodthirsty statement
for so gentle a character as Barbara Harding; but she knew enough of the
superstitious fears of the ancient Japanese to feel confident that this
threat would have considerable weight with the subjects of the young
Lord of Yoka.
Again the natives conferred in whispers. Finally he who had acted as
spokesman before turned toward the strangers.
"We shall not harm you," he said, "so long as you do not harm Oda Iseka;
but we shall watch you always until you leave the island, and if harm
befalls him then shall you never leave, for we shall kill you all."
Barbara translated the man's words to the mucker.
"Do youse fall fer dat?" he asked.
"I think they will be careful to make no open assault upon us," replied
the girl; "but never for an instant must we cease our watchfulness for
at the first opportunity I am sure that they will murder us."
They turned back to Theriere
Gahan read the concern upon the face of The Warlord.Page 20
" "Then cut away!" Word was passed across the deck and over the side to the Heliumetic warriors below that at the third gun they were to cut away.Page 50
Ghek always detached his body then and sank into what seemed a semi-comatose condition.Page 60
The warriors had cast off their deck lashings and the officers were taking account of losses and damage when a weak cry was heard from oversides, attracting their attention to the man hanging in the cordage beneath the keel.Page 67
Gahan leaped in with his naked sword; the great beast caught itself and reared upon its hind legs to reach forth and seize this presumptuous mortal that dared question its right to the flesh it craved; and then the man sprang to the opposite side of the deck.Page 83
Following the ravine upward they finally topped the summit of the ridge, from which they had an excellent view of that part of the city which lay nearest them, though themselves hidden by the brush behind which they crouched.Page 86
He spoke a few quick words to the warrior and then entered the building only to return almost immediately to the street, followed by fully forty warriors.Page 90
It was spiral and he could see no farther than the first turn.Page 92
He would have risen to fight off the creeping lethargy, but his legs seemed weak, so that he sank again to the bench.Page 98
If he cannot, he is weak, and his people must fall into the hands of the strong.Page 102
for kind is the heart of A-Kor.Page 138
Flinging aside the arras he stood ready, sword in hand, to fight his way to the side of Tara of Helium--but she was not there.Page 149
Know Princess," he whispered, "that upon this side is no man of Manator, but each and every is an enemy of Manator.Page 151
The Orange Odwar, forced upon the defensive, was fighting madly for his life.Page 168
Quietly closing the door the fugitives moved silently to the next, which they found locked.Page 169
"We have nothing to fear from these.Page 176
" "But U-Thor!" exclaimed Gahan.Page 179
"The ceremony will occur at the beginning of the seventh zode* in the throne room.Page 181
"Even those who were your friends fear the power of those who speak against you.Page 201
She is entitled to one ten-space move at any time during the game.