passed through several of these chambers, finding many
evidences of the fabulous wealth of the original builders. In one room
were seven pillars of solid gold, and in another the floor itself was
of the precious metal. And all the while that he explored, his blacks
huddled close together at his back, and strange shapes hovered upon
either hand and before them and behind, yet never close enough that any
might say that they were not alone.
The strain, however, was telling upon the nerves of the Waziri. They
begged Tarzan to return to the sunlight. They said that no good could
come of such an expedition, for the ruins were haunted by the spirits
of the dead who had once inhabited them.
"They are watching us, O king," whispered Busuli. "They are waiting
until they have led us into the innermost recesses of their stronghold,
and then they will fall upon us and tear us to pieces with their teeth.
That is the way with spirits. My mother's uncle, who is a great witch
doctor, has told me all about it many times."
Tarzan laughed. "Run back into the sunlight, my children," he said.
"I will join you when I have searched this old ruin from top to bottom,
and found the gold, or found that there is none. At least we may take
the tablets from the walls, though the pillars are too heavy for us to
handle; but there should be great storerooms filled with gold--gold
that we can carry away upon our backs with ease. Run on now, out into
the fresh air where you may breathe easier."
Some of the warriors started to obey their chief with alacrity, but
Busuli and several others hesitated to leave him--hesitated between
love and loyalty for their king, and superstitious fear of the unknown.
And then, quite unexpectedly, that occurred which decided the question
without the necessity for further discussion. Out of the silence of
the ruined temple there rang, close to their ears, the same hideous
shriek they had heard the previous night, and with horrified cries the
black warriors turned and fled through the empty halls of the age-old
Behind them stood Tarzan of the Apes where they had left him, a grim
smile upon his lips--waiting for the enemy he fully expected was about
to pounce upon him. But again silence reigned, except for the faint
suggestion of the sound of naked feet moving stealthily in near-by
Then Tarzan wheeled and passed on into the depths of the temple.
Presently the boy took a ball from his tunic, and, pointing at a little bush near them, said, "Stand you there, Lady Maud, by yonder bush.Page 6
where, by a little postern gate, she admitted a certain officer of the Guards to whom the Queen had forbidden the privilege of the court.Page 8
Beneath the planks he found a skiff which he had moored there earlier in the evening, and underneath one of the thwarts he hid the bundle.Page 10
The Lady Maud and her lover had heard and, in an instant, they were rushing toward the postern gate, the officer drawing his sword as he ran.Page 15
The apartment which they now entered extended across the entire east end of the building, and had windows upon three sides.Page 28
" Beauchamp and Greystoke laughed aloud at the discomfiture of Paul of Merely, but the latter's face hardened in anger, and without further words he strode forward with outstretched hand to tear open the boy's leathern jerkin, but met with the gleaming point of a sword and a quick sharp, "En garde!" from the boy.Page 40
"What ails you, my son?" asked the priest, "that you look so disconsolate on this beautiful day?" "I do not know, Father," replied Norman of Torn, "unless it be that I am asking myself the question, 'What it is all for?' Why did my father train me ever to prey upon my.Page 51
He spoke to Father Claude in a surly tone, asking him if he knew aught of the whereabouts of Norman of Torn.Page 56
"Ah, I did but guess how thy heart and thy mind tended, Bertrade; but now I seest that I divined all too truly.Page 60
In an instant she realized the horror of her predicament; its utter hopelessness.Page 75
I give not my hand except in friendship, and not for a passing moment; but for life.Page 76
"And to think," she cried, "that it should have been Norman of Torn who fulfilled your duties for you.Page 83
Nay, do not deny it.Page 85
"I called at her father's home but little more than a year since.Page 95
laid his vandal hands upon Joan de Tany, she turned upon him like a tigress.Page 97
" He did not answer.Page 102
Roger de Conde spoke no English, and yet she had plainly heard English words upon this man's lips as he addressed the red giant.Page 122
By this time, the four divisions of De Montfort's army were in full view of the town.Page 123
The long lances, the heavy maces, the six-bladed battle axes, and the well-tempered swords of the knights played havoc among them, so that the rout was complete; but, not content with victory, Prince Edward must glut his vengeance, and so he pursued the citizens for miles, butchering great numbers of them, while many more were drowned in attempting to escape across the Ouse.Page 142
"Yes, Philip," she said, a little note.