tense silence reigned in the little group. The count went dead white,
and then very slowly he withdrew his hand, and in it were three cards.
He looked at them in mute and horrified surprise, and slowly the red of
mortification suffused his face. Expressions of pity and contempt
tinged the features of those who looked on at the death of a man's
"It is a conspiracy, monsieur." It was the gray-eyed stranger who
spoke. "Gentlemen," he continued, "monsieur le count did not know that
those cards were in his pocket. They were placed there without his
knowledge as he sat at play. From where I sat in that chair yonder I
saw the reflection of it all in the mirror before me. This person whom
I just intercepted in an effort to escape placed the cards in the
De Coude had glanced from Tarzan to the man in his grasp.
"MON DIEU, Nikolas!" he cried. "You?"
Then he turned to his accuser, and eyed him intently for a moment.
"And you, monsieur, I did not recognize you without your beard. It
quite disguises you, Paulvitch. I see it all now. It is quite clear,
"What shall we do with them, monsieur?" asked Tarzan. "Turn them over
to the captain?"
"No, my friend," said the count hastily. "It is a personal matter, and
I beg that you will let it drop. It is sufficient that I have been
exonerated from the charge. The less we have to do with such fellows,
the better. But, monsieur, how can I thank you for the great kindness
you have done me? Permit me to offer you my card, and should the time
come when I may serve you, remember that I am yours to command."
Tarzan had released Rokoff, who, with his confederate, Paulvitch, had
hastened from the smoking-room. Just as he was leaving, Rokoff turned
to Tarzan. "Monsieur will have ample opportunity to regret his
interference in the affairs of others."
Tarzan smiled, and then, bowing to the count, handed him his own card.
The count read:
M. JEAN C. TARZAN
"Monsieur Tarzan," he said, "may indeed wish that he had never
befriended me, for I can assure him that he has won the enmity of two
of the most unmitigated scoundrels in all Europe. Avoid them,
monsieur, by all means."
"I have had more awe-inspiring enemies, my dear count," replied Tarzan
with a quiet smile, "yet I am still alive and unworried. I think
All the time the lifeboats had been pulling away from the danger of the sinking liner, and now, though I yelled at the top of my lungs, they either did not hear my appeals for help or else did not dare return to succor me.Page 4
I say beneficent circumstance even in the face of the fact that a fate far more hideous confronts us than that which we escaped that day; for because of that circumstance I have met her whom otherwise I never should have known; I have met and loved her.Page 15
"She doesn't seem to take much stock in our Union Jack.Page 17
"What's the matter now?" He raised his finger to his lips and came closer to me.Page 22
" I told him to do so; and then I set to work improvising a crude sextant with which we finally took our bearings in a rough and most unsatisfactory manner; for when the work was done, we did not know how far from the truth the result might be.Page 37
We can't afford to give up heart now, when we need heart most.Page 41
Huge insects hummed and buzzed hither and thither.Page 42
Presently the back of the creature was exposed, brown and glossy as the water dripped from it.Page 48
With lowered head he watched us until we had passed, and then continued feeding.Page 53
" An Irishman by the name of Brady grinned.Page 59
Lys spent a great deal of time talking to him and trying to draw him out; but for a long while she was unsuccessful.Page 64
"You love me, Lys?" I cried.Page 67
It appeared to stand out in marked contrast and incongruity to all its surroundings, and when I stopped to examine it, I found that it was a small strip of muslin--part of the hem of a garment.Page 71
You cannot harm me as you harmed Tsa.Page 72
Shortly afterward Lys awoke, and for a moment she could not seem to comprehend her situation.Page 73
It was a brilliant theory, but it was all wrong.Page 75
It was a little mound of new-turned earth sprinkled with flowers long since withered, and at one end was a flat slab of sandstone stuck in the ground.Page 80
I did not even know that they still lived; in fact, I could not bring myself to believe that they did.Page 87
It is a hard, fierce, dangerous life, and I shall pray always that we shall be rescued from it--for her sake.