to a little curtained alcove off the
apartment in which the countess was wont to serve tea of an afternoon.
A half hour later Tarzan was ushered into the room, and presently his
hostess entered, smiling, and with outstretched hands.
"I am so glad that you came," she said.
"Nothing could have prevented," he replied.
For a few moments they spoke of the opera, of the topics that were then
occupying the attention of Paris, of the pleasure of renewing their
brief acquaintance which had had its inception under such odd
circumstances, and this brought them to the subject that was uppermost
in the minds of both.
"You must have wondered," said the countess finally, "what the object
of Rokoff's persecution could be. It is very simple. The count is
intrusted with many of the vital secrets of the ministry of war. He
often has in his possession papers that foreign powers would give a
fortune to possess--secrets of state that their agents would commit
murder and worse than murder to learn.
"There is such a matter now in his possession that would make the fame
and fortune of any Russian who could divulge it to his government.
Rokoff and Paulvitch are Russian spies. They will stop at nothing to
procure this information. The affair on the liner--I mean the matter
of the card game--was for the purpose of blackmailing the knowledge
they seek from my husband.
"Had he been convicted of cheating at cards, his career would have been
blighted. He would have had to leave the war department. He would
have been socially ostracized. They intended to hold this club over
him--the price of an avowal on their part that the count was but the
victim of the plot of enemies who wished to besmirch his name was to
have been the papers they seek.
"You thwarted them in this. Then they concocted the scheme whereby my
reputation was to be the price, instead of the count's. When Paulvitch
entered my cabin he explained it to me. If I would obtain the
information for them he promised to go no farther, otherwise Rokoff,
who stood without, was to notify the purser that I was entertaining a
man other than my husband behind the locked doors of my cabin. He was
to tell every one he met on the boat, and when we landed he was to have
given the whole story to the newspaper men.
"Was it not too horrible? But I happened to know something of Monsieur
Paulvitch that would send him
In any event, Tarzan could see his repast slipping from his grasp unless Bara moved more rapidly toward the ford than at present.Page 22
As Tarzan made his lonely way through the jungle paralleling the shore, he felt strong upon him a desire for companionship, so that gradually he commenced to regret that he had not cast his lot with the apes.Page 29
Tarzan, among his other weapons, possessed a long, stout cudgel, and after fastening his rope about the panther's neck he used this instrument freely upon the snarling beast, endeavouring in this way to impress upon its memory that it must not attack the great, shaggy manlike creatures that had approached more closely once they had seen the purpose of the rope about Sheeta's neck.Page 37
They had hunted together now for some time, so that they worked in unison, with only low, purring sounds as signals.Page 45
" At the next halt Tarzan took to the shore, and was soon lost to the view of his people.Page 65
Mugambi's absence worried the ape-man not a little.Page 85
M'ganwazam will rear him carefully, making a good cannibal of him, and if you ever chance to return to civilization it will doubtless afford you much food for thought as you compare the luxuries and comforts of your life with the details of the life your son is living in the village of the Waganwazam.Page 86
She realized that her position was hopeless--with Anderssen and her husband dead there was no one in all the world with a desire to succour her who knew where she might be found.Page 88
Had Rokoff been the one to tell her of her lord's passing she would have known that he lied.Page 89
Rokoff's boy had lighted the Russian's lamp, and now at a word from his master he made himself scarce.Page 102
side hung a monkey-ladder, but as the Russian grasped it to ascend to the deck he heard a warning challenge from above, and, looking up, gazed into the cold, relentless muzzle of a rifle.Page 103
To release her hold upon the chain and chance clambering to the ladder as her canoe was swept beneath it seemed beyond the pale of possibility, yet to remain clinging to the anchor chain appeared equally as futile.Page 108
With a bound he cleared the intervening bush--there was a splash as the water closed about him--and then, with powerful strokes, he swam out into the impenetrable night with no guide save the memory of an illusive cry, and for company the hideous denizens of an equatorial river.Page 112
Mugambi did not wish her presence, but there she was, and rather than lose time by returning her to the shore the black permitted her to remain on board the canoe.Page 116
The panther crawled with belly to the planking, uttering uncanny mouthings.Page 117
Anderssen would have known of it had such been the case, but he had assured Jane time and time again that the little one he had brought to her cabin the night he aided her to escape was the only one that had been aboard the Kincaid since she lay at Dover.Page 120
A desire for revenge acted as an almost equally powerful incentive to spur him into the face of danger to accomplish his design, so that it was a desperate man that lay hidden in the foliage beside the little river searching with eager eyes for some sign of a small canoe which might be easily handled by a single paddle.Page 131
" He was addressing Schneider.Page 143
" "There are six now," replied Tarzan, pointing to Sheeta, "and we can have more still in a half-hour.