call of their mighty chieftains for
the oath of fealty.
Her wandering eyes took in the dozen benches and the few rude, heavy
chairs which completed the rough furnishings of this rough room, and
she shuddered. One little foot tapped sullenly upon the disordered floor
which was littered with a miscellany of rushes interspread with such
bones and scraps of food as the dogs had rejected or overlooked.
But to none of these surroundings did Bertrade de Montfort give but
passing heed; she looked for the man she sought that she might quickly
have the encounter over and learn what fate the future held in store for
Her quick glance had shown her that the room was quite empty, and that
in addition to the main doorway at the lower end of the apartment, where
she had entered, there was but one other door leading from the hall.
This was at one side, and as it stood ajar she could see that it led
into a small room, apparently a bedchamber.
As she stood facing the main doorway, a panel opened quietly behind her
and directly back of where the thrones had stood in past times. From the
black mouth of the aperture stepped Peter of Colfax. Silently, he closed
the panel after him, and with soundless steps, advanced toward the girl.
At the edge of the raised dais he halted, rattling his sword to attract
If his aim had been to unnerve her by the suddenness and mystery of his
appearance, he failed signally, for she did not even turn her head as
"What explanation hast thou to make, Sir Peter, for this base treachery
against thy neighbor's daughter and thy sovereign's niece?"
"When fond hearts be thwarted by a cruel parent," replied the
pot-bellied old beast in a soft and fawning tone, "love must still find
its way; and so thy gallant swain hath dared the wrath of thy great
father and majestic uncle, and lays his heart at thy feet, O beauteous
Bertrade, knowing full well that thine hath been hungering after it
since we didst first avow our love to thy hard-hearted sire. See, I
kneel to thee, my dove!" And with cracking joints the fat baron plumped
down upon his marrow bones.
Bertrade turned and as she saw him her haughty countenance relaxed into
a sneering smile.
"Thou art a fool, Sir Peter," she said, "and, at that, the worst species
of fool--an ancient fool. It is useless to pursue thy cause, for I will
have none of thee. Let me hence, if thou be a gentleman, and no
He had learned at the most impressionable period of his life to take his pleasures and his sorrows as the beasts take theirs.Page 10
"You would not--could not be so fiendishly cruel!" "It is not I that am cruel, but you," he returned, "for you permit a paltry sum of money to stand between your baby and immunity from suffering.Page 14
His great estates in Uziri had claimed much of his time and attention, and there he had found ample field for the practical use and retention of his almost superhuman powers; but naked and unarmed to do battle with the shaggy, bull-necked beast that now confronted him was a test that the ape-man would scarce have welcomed at any period of his wild existence.Page 16
Slowly he would circle about the other, as though with a chip upon his shoulder; and this he did, even as Tarzan had foreseen.Page 35
It seemed that the Wagambi warriors had ventured too far out in their frail craft, and when caught by a heavy tide and a high wind from off-shore they had been driven out of sight of land.Page 37
Sheeta but clung tenaciously to his hold upon the neck and back,.Page 54
There was the figure of the white prisoner still securely bound as they had last seen him, and in the centre of the hut another figure equally as motionless, its throat and breasts horribly torn and mangled.Page 60
Ay savvy Franch.Page 67
Instead, he took his party hurriedly to the river, where they stole a number of canoes the blacks had hidden there.Page 78
The days and nights of torture that the young woman suffered were so merged into one long, unbroken nightmare.Page 86
No, the Russian must never know that this was not her baby.Page 104
the ship, deep in drunken slumber.Page 109
After the Russian and his party, which consisted of Paulvitch and the several men he had left upon the Kincaid to attend to the matter of coaling, had retreated before her fire, Jane realized that it would be but a temporary.Page 112
At the same instant the occupants of the stranger discovered the proximity of Mugambi's horde, but they did not at first recognize the nature of the fearful crew.Page 118
he formed only to discard each either as impracticable, or unworthy the vengeance his wrongs demanded.Page 127
The wind had abated.Page 131
But now that the work was done the Swede aspired to the position of highest command among the mutineers.Page 140
Only a gentle swell rolled softly in upon the beach.Page 145
Sheeta, in the meanwhile, had felt his great fangs sink into but a single jugular.