until he had but just received it. The message
closed with these words:
"Any clew, however vague, which might lead nearer to a true knowledge
of the fate of Prince Richard, we shall most gladly receive and give our
best attention. Therefore, if thou wilst find it convenient, we shall
visit thee, good father, on the fifth day from today."
Spizo, the Spaniard, had seen De Montfort's man leave the note with
Father Claude and he had seen the priest hide it under a great bowl on
his table, so that when the good father left his cottage, it was the
matter of but a moment's work for Spizo to transfer the message from its
hiding place to the breast of his tunic. The fellow could not read, but
he to whom he took the missive could, laboriously, decipher the Latin in
which it was penned.
The old man of Torn fairly trembled with suppressed rage as the full
purport of this letter flashed upon him. It had been years since he had
heard aught of the search for the little lost prince of England, and now
that the period of his silence was drawing to a close, now that more and
more often opportunities were opening up to him to wreak the last shred
of his terrible vengeance, the very thought of being thwarted at the
final moment staggered his comprehension.
"On the fifth day," he repeated. "That is the day on which we were to
ride south again. Well, we shall ride, and Simon de Montfort shall not
talk with thee, thou fool priest."
That same spring evening in the year 1264, a messenger drew rein before
the walls of Torn and, to the challenge of the watch, cried:
"A royal messenger from His Illustrious Majesty, Henry, by the grace of
God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Aquitaine, to Norman of
Torn, Open, in the name of the King!"
Norman of Torn directed that the King's messenger be admitted, and the
knight was quickly ushered into the great hall of the castle.
The outlaw presently entered in full armor, with visor lowered.
The bearing of the King's officer was haughty and arrogant, as became a
man of birth when dealing with a low born knave.
"His Majesty has deigned to address you, sirrah," he said, withdrawing
a parchment from his breast. "And, as you doubtless cannot read, I will
read the King's commands to you."
"I can read," replied Norman of Torn, "whatever the King can write.
Unless it be," he added, "that the King writes no better than he rules."
In her eyes was an expression that the hunter sees in those of a poor, terrified doe--puzzled--questioning.Page 38
It did not strike him at the time as being unusual, though afterward he remarked it.Page 43
A very necessary feature of the expiation is the marksmanship of my opponent.Page 55
He saw that she was a Ouled-Nail, and instinctively he knew that she was the same who had whispered the warning in his ear earlier in the evening.Page 58
They are very far to the south.Page 78
He hears it creeping close to him--now it is beside him.Page 84
Tarzan was touched.Page 86
" For a moment Gernois sat with bowed head.Page 92
His reply disconcerted her.Page 97
find the means to search Monsieur Caldwell's stateroom--eh?" Two hours later fate was kind to them, for Paulvitch, who was ever on the watch, saw Tarzan leave his room without locking the door.Page 103
" "Well, of all things!" cried the equally astonished Jane.Page 105
"Let me see the picture.Page 106
With Jane Porter's illness one misfortune after another seemed to attack the yacht.Page 142
"They are all provisioned, so that they do not need each other on that score, and should a storm blow up they could be of no service to one another even if they were together, but scattered about the ocean there is a much better chance that one at least will be picked up, and then a search will be at once started for the others.Page 154
There was a rustling in the shadows of a near-by corridor, and he could have sworn that he saw a human hand withdrawn from an embrasure that opened above him into the domelike rotunda in which he found himself.Page 162
But if he could use his teeth and hands to advantage, he found one even better versed in the school of savage warfare to which he had reverted, for Tarzan of the Apes closed with him, and they fell to the floor tearing and rending at one another like two bull apes; while the primitive priestess stood flattened against the wall, watching with wide, fear-fascinated eyes the growling, snapping beasts at her feet.Page 163
The black mouth of a diverging corridor was near at hand, but as she turned to dart into it the ape-man's eyes fell upon her, and with a quick leap he was at her side, and a restraining hand was laid upon her arm.Page 168
They slept upon litters of jungle grasses, and for covering at night Jane Porter had only an old ulster that belonged to Clayton, the same garment that he had worn upon that memorable trip to the Wisconsin woods.Page 210
ever looked down upon.Page 211
"I should hate to think that I am looking upon the jungle for the last time, dear," he said, "were it not that I know that I am going to a new world of happiness with you forever," and, bending down, Tarzan of the Apes kissed his mate upon her lips.