well make the best of it here for the rest of the day. I think we're
reasonably safe for the time being--if we keep Willie with us."
Willie had been an interested auditor of all that passed between his
captors. He was obviously terrified; but his terror did not prevent him
from absorbing all that he heard, nor from planning how he might utilize
the information. He saw not only one reward but several and a glorious
publicity which far transcended the most sanguine of his former dreams.
He saw his picture not only in the Oakdale Tribune but in the newspapers
of every city of the country. Assuming a stern and arrogant expression,
or rather what he thought to be such, he posed, mentally, for the
newspaper cameramen; and such is the power of association of ideas
that he was presently strolling nonchalantly before a battery of motion
picture machines. "Gee!" he murmured, "won't the other fellers be sore!
I s'ppose Pinkerton'll send for me 'bout the first thing 'n' offer me
twenty fi' dollars a week, er mebbie more 'n thet. Gol durn, ef I don't
hold out fer thirty! Gee!" Words, thoughts even, failed him.
As the others planned they rather neglected Willie and when they came to
assisting Giova in lowering her father into the grave and covering him
over with earth they quite forgot Willie entirely. It was The Oskaloosa
Kid who first thought of him. "Where's the boy?" he cried suddenly. The
others looked quickly about the clearing, but no Willie was to be seen.
Bridge shook his head ruefully. "We'll have to get out of this in
a hurry now," he said. "That little defective will have the whole
neighborhood on us in an hour."
"Oh, what can we do?" cried the girl. "They mustn't find us! I should
rather die than be found here with--" She stopped abruptly, flushed
scarlet as the other three looked at her in silence, and then: "I am
sorry," she said. "I didn't know what I was saying. I am so frightened.
You have all been good to me."
"I tell you what we do." It was Giova speaking in the masterful voice of
one who has perfect confidence in his own powers. "I know fine way out.
This wood circle back south through swamp mile, mile an' a half. The
road past Squeebs an' Case's go right through it. I know path there I
fin' myself. We on'y have to cross road, that only danger. Then we reach
leetle stream south of woods, stream wind down through Payson. We all
"I was but weighing the chances of success," lied Werper, "and my reward.Page 8
His Waziri, at marrow, were more civilized than he.Page 9
Sloughed from him was the last vestige of artificial caste--once again he was the primeval hunter--the first.Page 26
He knew the futility of charging mounted men armed with muskets.Page 31
Tarzan viewed the vine-covered columns in mild wonderment.Page 38
He bared his fighting fangs, and growled.Page 53
He gathered his spear firmly in his grasp.Page 58
When Atlantis, with all her mighty cities and her cultivated fields and her great commerce and culture and riches sank into the sea long ages since, she took with her all but a handful of her colonists working the vast gold mines of Central Africa.Page 59
To Werper she gave little thought.Page 74
Perched in the branches of a great tree he gazed down upon the life within the enclosure.Page 86
woman below him.Page 103
Someone had forestalled him--another had come for the treasure ahead of him.Page 105
Instantly every man of them sprang to his mount.Page 107
His reply was influenced by the fact that he had expended his last shot.Page 113
She did not feel the heat of the fetid breath upon her face, nor the dripping of the saliva from the frightful jaws half opened so close above her.Page 122
"And if I ride north with you," he asked, "half the jewels and half the ransom of the woman shall be mine?" "Yes," replied Werper.Page 143
Angered by recent defeat, and by the loss of the gold, the jewels, and his prisoners, Abdul Mourak was in no mood to be influenced by any appeal to those softer sentiments to which, as a matter of fact, he was almost a stranger even under the most favourable conditions.Page 144
A sense of impending danger seemed to hang like a black pall over the camp.Page 146
Quiet had fallen early upon the camp where Tarzan and Werper lay securely bound.Page 148
Then he rose and approached Tarzan.