Tarzan of the Apes came into a real kingship among men--slowly
but surely was he following the evolution of his ancestors, for had he
not started at the very bottom?
The Lottery of Death
Jane Porter had been the first of those in the lifeboat to awaken the
morning after the wreck of the LADY ALICE. The other members of the
party were asleep upon the thwarts or huddled in cramped positions in
the bottom of the boat.
When the girl realized that they had become separated from the other
boats she was filled with alarm. The sense of utter loneliness and
helplessness which the vast expanse of deserted ocean aroused in her
was so depressing that, from the first, contemplation of the future
held not the slightest ray of promise for her. She was confident that
they were lost--lost beyond possibility of succor.
Presently Clayton awoke. It was several minutes before he could gather
his senses sufficiently to realize where he was, or recall the disaster
of the previous night. Finally his bewildered eyes fell upon the girl.
"Jane!" he cried. "Thank God that we are together!"
"Look," said the girl dully, indicating the horizon with an apathetic
gesture. "We are all alone."
Clayton scanned the water in every direction.
"Where can they be?" he cried. "They cannot have gone down, for there
has been no sea, and they were afloat after the yacht sank--I saw them
He awoke the other members of the party, and explained their plight.
"It is just as well that the boats are scattered, sir," said one of the
sailors. "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.
Were we together there would be but one chance of rescue, where now
there may be four."
They saw the wisdom of his philosophy, and were cheered by it, but
their joy was short-lived, for when it was decided that they should row
steadily toward the east and the continent, it was discovered that the
sailors who had been at the only two oars with which the boat had been
provided had fallen asleep at their work, and allowed both to slip into
the sea, nor were they in sight anywhere upon the water.
There were so many, however, that appealed to him as excellent possibilities that he saw it would be impossible to apply for each and every one; and then it occurred to him that he might occupy a more strategic position in the negotiations preceding his acceptance of a position if his future employer came to him first, rather than should he be the one to apply for the position.Page 22
It seemed such a silly, futile occupation for a full-grown man, and he was always fearful that the sister or sweetheart or mother of some of his Chicago friends would find him there behind the counter in the hosiery section.Page 25
I want to see you a moment alone before you go.Page 27
Gad! but it's beastly that a regular life-sized man should be selling stockings to women for a living, or rather for a fraction of a living.Page 30
"I wonder," he mused, "if I couldn't put something over in the way of high finance here," and, acting upon the inspiration, he entered the dingy little shop.Page 41
He had four tables to attend to, and while the amount of food he served grew more and more negligible as the evening progressed, his trips to the bar were exceedingly frequent.Page 43
Jimmy did not strike him then.Page 51
Every time I turn a corner now I expect to bump into him.Page 57
There is a type of man that respects and reveres woman-hood for those inherent virtues which are supposed to be the natural attributes of the sex because in their childhood they have seen them exemplified in their mothers, their sisters and in the majority of women and girls who were parts of the natural environment of their early lives.Page 58
"I don't know," she replied, "but you know what a woman's intuition is.Page 59
In a few minutes she returned.Page 69
This fact, coupled with Bince's present rather nasty manner, was rapidly arousing the anger of the efficiency expert.Page 73
" Bince's eyes narrowed.Page 82
" Bince went white.Page 83
"He sent for me and I had to tell him something that I didn't want to tell him, although he's got to find it out sooner or later anyway.Page 84
He wished that he could forget what she had been.Page 90
He told him of Jimmy's sickness.Page 94
Then he opened the door and passed out into the night.Page 102
A man stepped out and peered through the glass of her machine.Page 113
" "She believed so in you," said the girl.