week ago I thought you were
a coward--I ask your forgiveness."
"Ferget it," whispered Byrne, "fer a week ago I guess I was a coward.
Dere seems to be more'n one kind o' nerve--I'm jest a-learnin' of the
right kind, I guess."
"And, Byrne," continued Theriere, "don't forget what I asked of you
before we tossed up to see which should enter Oda Yorimoto's house."
"I'll not ferget," said Billy.
"Good-bye, Byrne," whispered Theriere. "Take good care of Miss Harding."
"Good-bye, old pal," said the mucker. His voice broke, and two big tears
rolled down the cheeks of "de toughest guy on de Wes' Side."
Barbara Harding stepped to Theriere's side.
"Good-bye, my friend," she said. "God will reward you for your
friendship, your bravery, and your devotion. There must be a special
honor roll in heaven for such noble men as you." Theriere smiled sadly.
"Byrne will tell you all," he said, "except who I am--he does not know
"Is there any message, my friend," asked the girl, "that you would like
to have me deliver?"
Theriere remained silent for a moment as though thinking.
"My name," he said, "is Henri Theriere. I am the Count de Cadenet of
France. There is no message, Miss Harding, other than you see fit
to deliver to my relatives. They lived in Paris the last I heard of
them--my brother, Jacques, was a deputy."
His voice had become so low and weak that the girl could scarce
distinguish his words. He gasped once or twice, and then tried to speak
again. Barbara leaned closer, her ear almost against his lips.
"Good-bye--dear." The words were almost inaudible, and then the body
stiffened with a little convulsive tremor, and Henri Theriere, Count de
Cadenet, passed over into the keeping of his noble ancestors.
"He's gone!" whispered the girl, dry-eyed but suffering. She had not
loved this man, she realized, but she had learned to think of him as her
one true friend in their little world of scoundrels and murderers. She
had cared for him very much--it was entirely possible that some day
she might have come to return his evident affection for her. She knew
nothing of the seamy side of his hard life. She had guessed nothing of
the scoundrelly duplicity that had marked his first advances toward her.
She thought of him only as a true, brave gentleman, and in that she was
right, for whatever Henri Theriere might have been in the past the last
few days of his life had revealed him in the true colors that birth and
nature had intended him to wear through a brilliant
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" The ape-man rose, and Akut came slowly to his feet.Page 23
The great cat lay crouched upon a thick limb, hidden from the ape's view by dense foliage, waiting patiently until the anthropoid should come within range of his spring.Page 25
Rokoff had set him ashore upon an island.Page 28
Almost immediately there was a crashing of the underbrush close at hand, and the long, lithe body of his strange companion broke into view.Page 34
The education of Sheeta progressed so well that in a short time Mugambi ceased to be the object of his hungry attention, and the black felt a degree more of safety in his society.Page 35
a revolting fact; but had we learned in childhood to eat these things, and had we seen all those about us eat them, they would seem no more sickening to us now than do many of our greatest dainties, at which a savage African cannibal would look with repugnance and turn up his nose.Page 42
Kaviri's warriors plied the paddles in the three canoes, casting sidelong, terrified glances at their hideous passengers.Page 44
"Your people have returned, my brother," he said, "and now you may select those who are to accompany me and paddle my canoe.Page 46
" The ape-man returned quickly to the tree, and this time he made a great noise as he entered the branches, at the same time growling ominously after the manner of the panther, so that those below would believe that the great beast was still there.Page 47
What he was most interested in knowing was that he was upon the right trail, and that it led toward the interior.Page 75
Had Tarzan chanced to recall the fact that a princely reward had been offered the blacks if they should succeed in killing him, he might have more quickly interpreted M'ganwazam's sudden change in front.Page 79
At the close of each day's march Anderssen saw to the erection of a comfortable shelter for Jane and the child.Page 86
She must find some way to take her own life before the.Page 87
" Rokoff was anxious to have the thing over and get back to his camp with his victim.Page 99
One hand upstretched grasped the gunwale.Page 105
The slim knife had found a vulnerable spot in the scaly armour.Page 117
Through the man's brain passed plan after plan whereby he might thwart the escape of the Englishman and his wife, for so long as the vital spark remained within the vindictive brain of Alexander Paulvitch none who had aroused the enmity of the Russian might be entirely safe.Page 134
"If we only had someone else who could navigate a ship!" wailed Kai Shang.Page 145
Sheeta, in the meanwhile, had felt his great fangs sink into but a single jugular.