in the evening he had flaunted the evidence of his crime in the
faces of the six hobos; but now he suddenly felt a great shame that his
new found friend should believe him a house-breaker.
But Bridge did not ask for any substantiation of Charlie's charges,
he merely warned the two yeggmen that they would have to leave the boy
alone and in the morning, when the storm had passed and daylight had
lessened the unknown danger which lurked below-stairs, betake themselves
upon their way.
"And while we're here together in this room you two must sit over near
the window," he concluded. "You've tried to kill the boy once to-night;
but you're not going to try it again--I'm taking care of him now."
"You gotta crust, bo," observed Dopey Charlie, belligerently. "I guess
me an' The General'll sit where we damn please, an' youse can take it
from me on the side that we're goin' to have ours out of The Kid's haul.
If you tink you're goin' to cop the whole cheese you got another tink
"You are banking," replied Bridge, "on the well known fact that I never
carry a gun; but you fail to perceive, owing to the Stygian gloom which
surrounds us, that I have the Kid's automatic in my gun hand and that
the business end of it is carefully aiming in your direction."
"Cheese it," The General advised his companion; and the two removed
themselves to the opposite side of the apartment, where they whispered,
grumblingly, to one another.
The girl, the boy, and Bridge waited as patiently as they could for
the coming of the dawn, talking of the events of the night and planning
against the future. Bridge advised the girl to return at once to her
father; but this she resolutely refused to do, admitting with utmost
candor that she lacked the courage to face her friends even though her
father might still believe in her.
The youth begged that he might accompany Bridge upon the road, pleading
that his mother was dead and that he could not return home after his
escapade. And Bridge could not find it in his heart to refuse him, for
the man realized that the boyish waif possessed a subtile attraction, as
forceful as it was inexplicable. Not since he had followed the open road
in company with Billy Byrne had Bridge met one with whom he might care
to 'Pal' before The Kid crossed his path on the dark and storm swept
pike south of Oakdale.
In Byrne, mucker, pugilist, and MAN, Bridge had found a physical and
Neither Taug nor Teeka saw him as he swung through the trees into the glade.Page 14
Tarzan sprang from his prey and ran to the door of the cage.Page 39
The ape-man, upright upon a slender, swaying limb, raised his bronzed face to the.Page 53
It was God who held my knife from the throat of the old Gomangani.Page 54
This would be the strongest, the heaviest rope that Tarzan of the Apes ever had fashioned.Page 59
Tarzan stepped from the jungle behind them; his noose lay open upon the ground beside him.Page 63
The small ape, guided by instinct, drew back toward its mother, baring its small fangs and screaming in mingled fear and rage.Page 65
Momaya, being of a short temper and of another people, had little respect for the witch-doctor of her husband's tribe, and so, when he suggested that a further payment of two more fat goats would doubtless enable him to make stronger medicine, she promptly loosed her shrewish tongue upon him, and with such good effect that he was glad to take himself off with his zebra's tail and his pot of magic.Page 66
Mother love, however, is one of the human passions which closely approximates to the dignity of an irresistible force.Page 82
Tibo struggled futilely.Page 94
Then Tarzan started to climb the rope to remove it from the branch.Page 114
Numa turned to flee, but his way was barred by a fusilade of sharp-cornered missiles, and then, upon the edge of the clearing, great Taug met him with a huge fragment of rock as large as a man's head, and down went the Lord of the Jungle beneath the stunning blow.Page 117
Then he would roll over on his back with a loud groan and lie there while he slowly forced the food between his teeth and down into his gorged stomach.Page 138
Come!" He turned again to the spoor of the stranger bull, which showed plainly to his trained senses, nor did he glance back to note if Taug followed.Page 142
There were no preliminaries, no formalities, no introductions--the five bulls merely charged and clinched.Page 145
There is a spice to such an existence; but even this Tarzan of the Apes varied in activities of his own invention.Page 147
Noiselessly he moved through the lush grasses of the open spaces, and where the forest was dense, swung from one swaying branch to another, or leaped lightly over tangled masses of fallen trees where there was no way through the lower terraces, and the ground was choked and impassable.Page 151
Rabba Kega saw that the bait was gone, though there was no lion within the cage, nor was the door dropped.Page 152
Tarzan grinned sleepily, changed his position and fell asleep again.Page 173
He knew that the apes would not follow.