we are both innocent--"
"Oh, shut your damned mouth," interrupted another of the crowd.
Bridge shrugged his shoulders and turned toward the youth who stood very
white but very straight in a far corner of the cell. The man noticed the
bulging pockets of the ill fitting coat; and, for the first time that
night, his heart stood still in the face of fear; but not for himself.
He crossed to the youth's side and put his arm around the slender
figure. "There's no use arguing with them," he said. "They've made
up their minds, or what they think are minds, that we're guilty; but
principally they're out for a sensation. They want to see something die,
and we're it. I doubt if anything could stop them now; they'd think we'd
cheated them if we suddenly proved beyond doubt that we were innocent."
The boy pressed close to the man. "God help me to be brave," he said,
"as brave as you are. We'll go together, Bridge, and on the other side
you'll learn something that'll surprise you. I believe there is 'another
side,' don't you, Bridge?"
"I've never thought much about it," said Bridge; "but at a time like
this I rather hope so--I'd like to come back and haunt this bunch of rat
His arm slipped down the other's coat and his hand passed quickly behind
the boy from one side to the other; then the door gave and the leaders
of the mob were upon them. A gawky farmer seized the boy and struck him
cruelly across the mouth. It was Jeb Case.
"You beast!" cried Bridge. "Can't you see that that--that's--only a
child? If I don't live long enough to give you yours here, I'll come
back and haunt you to your grave."
"Eh?" ejaculated Jeb Case; but his sallow face turned white, and after
that he was less rough with his prisoner.
The two were dragged roughly from the jail. The great crowd which had
now gathered fought to get a close view of them, to get hold of them, to
strike them, to revile them; but the leaders kept the others back lest
all be robbed of the treat which they had planned. Through town they
haled them and out along the road toward Oakdale. There was some talk of
taking them to the scene of Paynter's supposed murder; but wiser heads
counselled against it lest the sheriff come with a posse of deputies and
spoil their fun.
Beneath a great tree they halted them, and two ropes were thrown over
a stout branch. One of the leaders started
The torpedoing of the liner upon which Bowen J.Page 8
They paused an instant--pursuers and pursued; and then they broke and raced for the shelter of the nearest wood.Page 14
I took in much of this in the few seconds during which we stood facing each other, and I also observed another salient feature of her appearance: she was frightfully dirty! Her face and limbs and garment were streaked with mud and perspiration, and yet even so, I felt that I had never looked upon so perfect and beautiful a creature as she.Page 16
I think that I rather appeal to a certain type of girl for the reason that I never make love to them; I leave.Page 19
The firelight shone upon her animated features and.Page 22
Very gently the paw toyed with the great rock that partly closed the entrance, pushed and pulled upon it and then very deliberately drew it outward and to one side.Page 23
Almost simultaneously I heard from without a perfectly hellish roar; the bear gave voice to a series of growls far transcending in volume and ferocity anything that he had yet essayed and at the same time backed quickly from the cave.Page 29
In his black hair.Page 33
Yet I so worried and fretted about her and her future that at last I.Page 35
trembly little voice and flung herself upon me, sobbing softly.Page 38
Of course I couldn't have left her there alone, no matter how much I might have desired to do so; but the fact of the matter was that I didn't desire to leave her.Page 41
He was a fine-looking man with clear, intelligent eyes, a good forehead and superb physique--by far the highest type of Caspakian I had yet seen, barring Ajor, of course.Page 47
To-mar was very much of a man--a savage, if you will, but none the less a man.Page 51
One of them seized the Wieroo by his right wing, and in an effort to free himself, he loosed his grasp upon me, dropping me to earth.Page 52
From then on, you know the story of my adventures, and from the first, I would endure them all again because they led me to you!" It was very nice of her to say that, and I appreciated it.Page 55
Suddenly one of them rose and launched his spear.Page 57
For my part, I have been content to wait until the call came to me.Page 66
Bowen Tyler's Nobs, who had loved me next to his master.Page 78
Du-seen dropped far below par in my estimation as I saw the slovenly formation of his troop as it passed through an enemy country and entered the domain of the chief against whom he had risen in revolt; but Du-seen must have known Jor the chief and known that Jor would not be waiting for him at the pass.Page 83
But no beast attacked me, though I saw several menacing forms passing through the dark aisles of the forest.