it was a bear?" asked the Kid. "You told
Giova that you followed the footprints of herself and her bear; but you
had not said anything about a bear to us."
"I had an idea last night," explained Bridge, "that the sounds were
produced by some animal dragging a chain; but I couldn't prove it and so
I said nothing, and then this morning while we were following the trail
I made up my mind that it was a bear. There were two facts which argued
that such was the case. The first is that I don't believe in ghosts and
that even if I did I would not expect a ghost to leave footprints in
the mud, and the other is that I knew that the footprints of a bear are
strangely similar to those of the naked feet of man. Then when I saw the
Gypsy girl I was sure that what we had heard last night was nothing more
nor less than a trained bear. The dress and appearance of the dead man
lent themselves to a furtherance of my belief and the wisp of brown hair
clutched in his fingers added still further proof."
Within the room the bear was now straining at his collar and growling
ferociously at the strangers. Giova crossed the room, scolding him
and at the same time attempting to assure him that the newcomers
were friends; but the wicked expression upon the beast's face gave no
indication that he would ever accept them as aught but enemies.
It was a breathless Willie who broke into his mother's kitchen wide eyed
and gasping from the effects of excitement and a long, hard run.
"Fer lan' sakes!" exclaimed Mrs. Case. "Whatever in the world ails you?"
"I got 'em; I got 'em!" cried Willie, dashing for the telephone.
"Fer lan' sakes! I should think you did hev 'em," retorted his mother as
she trailed after him in the direction of the front hall. "'N' whatever
you got, you got 'em bad. Now you stop right where you air 'n' tell me
whatever you got. 'Taint likely it's measles, fer you've hed them three
times, 'n' whoopin' cough ain't 'them,' it's 'it,' 'n'--." Mrs. Case
paused and gasped--horrified. "Fer lan' sakes, Willie Case, you come
right out o' this house this minute ef you got anything in your head."
She made a grab for Willie's arm; but the boy dodged and reached the
"Shucks!" he cried. "I ain't got nothin' in my head," nor did either
sense the unconscious humor of the statement. "What I got is
Your duties as valet have been light and short-lived; but I.Page 29
"It seems so remarkable," she went on, "that you should be a prisoner upon the same boat.Page 42
" "I will think over your suggestion, Mr.Page 56
He was sorry that he could not take a hand in it, but the wheel demanded all his attention now, so that he was even forced to take his eyes from the combatants that he might rivet them upon the narrow entrance to the cove toward which the Halfmoon was now plowing her way at constantly increasing speed.Page 63
And from above Oda Yorimoto watched the activity in the little cove with intent and unwavering eyes.Page 64
others have gone for the supplies now and as soon as they return we shall commence the ascent of the cliffs.Page 67
Here were cavelike dwellings burrowed half under ground, the upper walls and thatched roofs rising scarce four feet above the level.Page 69
Since then I have been on the square with you not only in deed but in thought as well.Page 90
kiddo," he remarked to Miss Harding, and then he came to his feet, seemingly as strong as ever, shaking himself like a great bull.Page 93
She suddenly realized that she had commenced to feel that this giant of the slums was invulnerable, and with the thought came another--that to him she had come to look more than to Theriere for eventual rescue; and now, here she found herself in the center of a savage island, surrounded as she felt confident she was by skulking murderers, with only two dying white men and a brown hostage as companions.Page 95
At sight of the girl he smiled wanly, and tried to speak, but a fit of coughing flecked his lips.Page 111
There sprang into her mind a sudden wish to hear Billy Byrne say the words that he had dared not say; but she promptly checked the desire, and a moment later a qualm of self-disgust came over her because of the weakness that had prompted her to entertain such a wish in connection with a person of this man's station in life.Page 133
And as she searched her eyes suddenly became riveted upon the picture of a giant man, and she forgot about tournaments and low scores.Page 134
Nothing counted now but Barbara.Page 141
The whole affair had been something of a disappointment.Page 151
Where d'ye get it--make it up?" "Lord, no," laughed the other.Page 177
Spluttering and cursing, Flannagan came to a sudden stop, and when he had wiped the beer from his eyes he found that Billy Byrne had passed through the doorway and closed the door after him.Page 180
He has sworn to rid Mexico of the gringos.Page 219
Tony and I saw this same man in Cuivaca the night the bank was robbed, and today he was riding the Brazos pony.Page 253
" "Senor Grayson has run away," went on the other speaker.