all were to follow.
"Wait!" cautioned Tarzan. "If there are even fifty guns within the
palisade we shall be repulsed and slaughtered. Let me go alone through
the trees, so that I may look down upon them from above, and see just
how many there be, and what chance we might have were we to charge. It
were foolish to lose a single man needlessly if there be no hope of
success. I have an idea that we can accomplish more by cunning than by
force. Will you wait, Waziri?"
"Yes," said the old chief. "Go!"
So Tarzan sprang into the trees and disappeared in the direction of the
village. He moved more cautiously than was his wont, for he knew that
men with guns could reach him quite as easily in the treetops as on the
ground. And when Tarzan of the Apes elected to adopt stealth, no
creature in all the jungle could move so silently or so completely
efface himself from the sight of an enemy.
In five minutes he had wormed his way to the great tree that overhung
the palisade at one end of the village, and from his point of vantage
looked down upon the savage horde beneath. He counted fifty Arabs and
estimated that there were five times as many Manyuema. The latter were
gorging themselves upon food and, under the very noses of their white
masters, preparing the gruesome feast which is the PIECE DE RESISTANCE
that follows a victory in which the bodies of their slain enemies fall
into their horrid hands.
The ape-man saw that to charge that wild horde, armed as they were with
guns, and barricaded behind the locked gates of the village, would be a
futile task, and so he returned to Waziri and advised him to wait; that
he, Tarzan, had a better plan.
But a moment before one of the fugitives had related to Waziri the
story of the atrocious murder of the old chief's wife, and so crazed
with rage was the old man that he cast discretion to the winds.
Calling his warriors about him, he commanded them to charge, and, with
brandishing spears and savage yells, the little force of scarcely more
than a hundred dashed madly toward the village gates. Before the
clearing had been half crossed the Arabs opened up a withering fire
from behind the palisade.
With the first volley Waziri fell. The speed of the chargers
slackened. Another volley brought down a half dozen more. A few
reached the barred gates,
"But we waste time in idle discussion.Page 19
"Do you intend taking my sword?" asked Schonau suddenly, turning toward Lieutenant Butzow standing beside him.Page 38
"I would not delay you if I could; but before you go please be good enough to tell me how to reach the Old Forest and the ancient castle of the Prince von der Tann.Page 45
" "You are a brave lad, Rudolph," said Barney, "and if ever I get out of the pretty pickle I'm in you'll be well rewarded for your loyalty to Leopold of Lutha.Page 53
"I am very glad that it is so.Page 57
" "Prince Ludwig von der Tann has gone to attend the coronation of Peter!" cried Barney in amazement.Page 67
" Barney laughed.Page 114
He turned toward Prince Peter with a few low-whispered words.Page 119
He could not leap upward from the slimy, concave bottom the distance he had dropped.Page 124
Here he left it and entered the building into which his passengers had gone.Page 126
Those who had not passed in front of the car halted.Page 152
In a moment Friedrich and the other were hopelessly distanced.Page 155
When Captain Ernst Maenck drove up he found the prisoners disarmed, standing beside the now-useless car.Page 167
It was the young aide of Prince von der Tann's staff, who had been sent to Blentz nearly a week earlier with a message for the king, and who had been captured and held by the Austrians.Page 185
"Send him at once!" The soldiers laughed.Page 199
Lose no time now, my friend.Page 203
A sudden burst of exclamations rose throughout the cathedral, and then Lieutenant Butzow, shouldering his way past the chancel, carried the Princess Emma to a little anteroom off the east transept.Page 211
Lieutenant Otto Butzow was ennobled and given the confiscated estates of the Blentz prince.Page 214
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