mailed rider lay quiet and still where he had fallen.
With raised visor, the black knight rode back to the side of his
vanquished foe. There was a cruel smile upon his lips as he leaned
toward the prostrate form. He spoke tauntingly, but there was no
response, then he prodded the fallen man with the point of his spear.
Even this elicited no movement. With a shrug of his iron clad shoulders,
the black knight wheeled and rode on down the road until he had
disappeared from sight within the gloomy shadows of the encircling
The little boy was spell-bound. Naught like this had he ever seen or
"Some day thou shalt go and do likewise, my son," said the little old
"Shall I be clothed in armor and ride upon a great black steed?" he
"Yes, and thou shalt ride the highways of England with thy stout lance
and mighty sword, and behind thee thou shalt leave a trail of blood and
death, for every man shalt be thy enemy. But come, we must be on our
They rode on, leaving the dead knight where he had fallen, but always in
his memory the child carried the thing that he had seen, longing for the
day when he should be great and strong like the formidable black knight.
On another day, as they were biding in a deserted hovel to escape the
notice of a caravan of merchants journeying up-country with their wares,
they saw a band of ruffians rush out from the concealing shelter of some
bushes at the far side of the highway and fall upon the surprised and
Ragged, bearded, uncouth villains they were, armed mostly with bludgeons
and daggers, with here and there a cross-bow. Without mercy they
attacked the old and the young, beating them down in cold blood even
when they offered no resistance. Those of the caravan who could,
escaped, the balance the highwaymen left dead or dying in the road, as
they hurried away with their loot.
At first the child was horror-struck, but when he turned to the little
old woman for sympathy he found a grim smile upon her thin lips. She
noted his expression of dismay.
"It is naught, my son. But English curs setting upon English swine. Some
day thou shalt set upon both--they be only fit for killing."
The boy made no reply, but he thought a great deal about that which
he had seen. Knights were cruel to knights--the poor were cruel to the
rich--and every day of the journey had forced upon his childish mind
Olga, I cannot endure his persecution much longer.Page 21
He was reveling in the joy of battle and the lust of blood.Page 24
He bowed very low in response to her friendly greeting.Page 33
"How dare you say such a thing to me--your sister!" "Well, my dear Olga, if he is not your lover, accept my apologies; but it is no fault of yours that he is not.Page 42
without disloyalty to her I tell you that I do not love her, nor does she love me.Page 66
At least his conscience will be free from remorse.Page 71
And so it was that Lieutenant Gernois and Tarzan rode off side by side at the head of the little detachment of SPAHIS.Page 77
" "As you say," growled Rokoff.Page 78
How mad he will be! And death will be more merciful than he could have hoped for at the hands of the Russian.Page 80
It is none of our affair, and if we go and interfere with Ali-ben-Ahmed's plans we shall only stir up a fight with our own people.Page 96
" "We will not discuss it, Rokoff.Page 102
That American fortune was not to be sneezed at, nor was its possessor a whit less attractive.Page 111
The myriad birds in their brilliant plumage--the gorgeous tropical blooms upon the festooned creepers falling in great loops from the giant trees.Page 135
With howls of alarm the throng broke in all directions to escape this new and terrible creature who seemed to be springing upon them.Page 152
On either hand towered mighty peaks thousands of feet higher than the pass through which they were entering the forbidden valley.Page 171
With the men of his yacht he remained the just but firm commander--there was never any more question in the jungle than there had been on board the LADY ALICE as to who was the final authority in all questions of importance, and in all emergencies requiring cool and intelligent leadership.Page 194
Just then further conversation was interrupted by the sight of a strange and terrible-looking figure which emerged from the jungle just south of the camp.Page 204
At sight of him they danced and cried out in exuberant joy.Page 205
"He left me after the fever got bad.Page 208
On landing they had found Lord Tennington's party, and arrangements were being made to take them all on board the following morning, and carry them back to civilization.