and death to many times the distance that our mightiest warrior could
place an arrow. At last, when my father was a young man, the Arabs
came again, but our warriors saw them a long way off, and Chowambi, who
was chief then, told his people to gather up their belongings and come
away with him--that he would lead them far to the south until they
found a spot to which the Arab raiders did not come.
"And they did as he bid, carrying all their belongings, including many
tusks of ivory. For months they wandered, suffering untold hardships
and privations, for much of the way was through dense jungle, and
across mighty mountains, but finally they came to this spot, and
although they sent parties farther on to search for an even better
location, none has ever been found."
"And the raiders have never found you here?" asked Tarzan.
"About a year ago a small party of Arabs and Manyuema stumbled upon us,
but we drove them off, killing many. For days we followed them,
stalking them for the wild beasts they are, picking them off one by
one, until but a handful remained, but these escaped us."
As Busuli talked he fingered a heavy gold armlet that encircled the
glossy hide of his left arm. Tarzan's eyes had been upon the ornament,
but his thoughts were elsewhere. Presently he recalled the question he
had tried to ask when he first came to the tribe--the question he could
not at that time make them understand. For weeks he had forgotten so
trivial a thing as gold, for he had been for the time a truly primeval
man with no thought beyond today. But of a sudden the sight of gold
awakened the sleeping civilization that was in him, and with it came
the lust for wealth. That lesson Tarzan had learned well in his brief
experience of the ways of civilized man. He knew that gold meant power
and pleasure. He pointed to the bauble.
"From whence came the yellow metal, Busuli?" he asked.
The black pointed toward the southeast.
"A moon's march away--maybe more," he replied.
"Have you been there?" asked Tarzan.
"No, but some of our people were there years ago, when my father was
yet a young man. One of the parties that searched farther for a
location for the tribe when first they settled here came upon a strange
people who wore many ornaments of yellow metal. Their spears were
tipped with it, as were their arrows, and
"You?" she cried.Page 33
There was a sudden light in his eyes that the girl had not before seen there, and she reached quickly toward the knob of the door.Page 38
" Still no one moved to obey him.Page 43
Skipper Simms rushed back and forth screaming out curses that no one heeded, and orders that there was none to fill.Page 62
Besides their two swords these latter bore the primitive spears of their mothers' savage tribe.Page 71
They were to relieve each other at guard duty during the balance of the night.Page 75
Bony Sawyer and Red Sanders followed the example of their commander.Page 85
"It's heads," said the mucker, grinning.Page 96
It was evident that he too had noted the unusual quality of the mucker's voice.Page 128
In accordance with the state regulations it was to be a ten round, no decision bout--the weight of the gloves was prescribed by law.Page 129
When the "coming champion," as Billy's opponent was introduced, stepped into the ring he received a hearty round of applause, whereas there was but a scattered ripple of handclapping to greet the mucker.Page 145
Beneath the culvert was a slimy pool.Page 190
BILLY'S FIRST COMMAND AND so it was that having breakfasted in the morning Bridge and Miguel started downward toward the valley protected by an escort under Captain Billy Byrne.Page 206
Then he laid aside the brace and bit, and took the keyhole saw, with which he patiently sawed through the wood between contiguous holes, until, the circle completed, he lifted out a section of the floor leaving an aperture large enough to permit him to squeeze his body through when the time arrived for him to pass into the bank beneath.Page 219
"Some of Pesita's followers," replied Benito.Page 236
"I ben in your maw's house jest a few weeks ago.Page 246
Thus she felt assured that no harm would come to her, since Jose had been famous in his time for the number and size of the ransoms he had collected.Page 252
Not while we got Miss Barbara to look after.Page 276
The rattling of carbines only served to add speed to its frightened feet.Page 278
Among the crowd viewing the havoc wrought by the raiders the previous night was a large man with a red face.