turban," replied Tarzan. "Is it he you mean?"
"Yes. I suspected him because he seems a stranger here, without other
business than following us, which is not the way of the Arab who is
honest, and also because he keeps the lower part of his face hidden,
only his eyes showing. He must be a bad man, or he would have honest
business of his own to occupy his time."
"He is on the wrong scent then, Abdul," replied Tarzan, "for no one
here can have any grievance against me. This is my first visit to your
country, and none knows me. He will soon discover his error, and cease
to follow us."
"Unless he be bent on robbery," returned Abdul.
"Then all we can do is wait until he is ready to try his hand upon us,"
laughed Tarzan, "and I warrant that he will get his bellyful of robbing
now that we are prepared for him," and so he dismissed the subject from
his mind, though he was destined to recall it before many hours through
a most unlooked-for occurrence.
Kadour ben Saden, having dined well, prepared to take leave of his
host. With dignified protestations of friendship, he invited Tarzan to
visit him in his wild domain, where the antelope, the stag, the boar,
the panther, and the lion might still be found in sufficient numbers to
tempt an ardent huntsman.
On his departure the ape-man, with Abdul, wandered again into the
streets of Sidi Aissa, where he was soon attracted by the wild din of
sound coming from the open doorway of one of the numerous CAFES MAURES.
It was after eight, and the dancing was in full swing as Tarzan
entered. The room was filled to repletion with Arabs. All were
smoking, and drinking their thick, hot coffee.
Tarzan and Abdul found seats near the center of the room, though the
terrific noise produced by the musicians upon their Arab drums and
pipes would have rendered a seat farther from them more acceptable to
the quiet-loving ape-man. A rather good-looking Ouled-Nail was
dancing, and, perceiving Tarzan's European clothes, and scenting a
generous gratuity, she threw her silken handkerchief upon his shoulder,
to be rewarded with a franc.
When her place upon the floor had been taken by another the bright-eyed
Abdul saw her in conversation with two Arabs at the far side of the
room, near a side door that let upon an inner court, around the gallery
of which were the rooms occupied by the girls who danced in this cafe.
"Do you?" "That is not the question," evaded Lord Greystoke.Page 11
Where before he had been unable to think intelligently because of the hysterical fear that had claimed him he now lay quietly searching for some means of escape from his dilemma.Page 12
He heard the servant try the door several times and then depart.Page 35
But when she was alone she was happy, playing with Geeka, or decking her hair with wild flowers, or making ropes of grasses.Page 40
Crouched close to the great ape in the crotch of a tree the boy had shivered through an almost sleepless night.Page 61
He was happy and expectant.Page 62
The great bulls were dancing in the moonlight, leaping in an irregular circle about the flat-topped earthen drum about which three old females sat beating its resounding top with sticks worn smooth by long years of use.Page 70
He returned to his place in the tree above the girl.Page 100
" Like a flash, and before they could know his intention or prevent him, Korak wheeled, raced across the village and with a single leap disappeared into the foliage of the great tree that was his highroad to the village of Kovudoo.Page 109
Presently they would kill her.Page 118
Now will you bring your people and set Korak's Meriem free?" "The Gomangani have many sharp sticks which they throw.Page 138
The other side seldom obtruded itself upon her memory--the long, black nights--the chill, terrible jungle nights--the cold and damp and discomfort of the rainy season--the hideous mouthings of the savage carnivora as they prowled through the Stygian darkness beneath--the constant menace of Sheeta, the panther, and Histah, the snake--the stinging insects--the loathesome vermin.Page 142
As though guessing what must be passing.Page 156
In the meantime we can be movin' camp a little further north all the time and you can make arrangements with her to be all ready on a certain night.Page 171
Morison until the safari had started north.Page 175
And so she won beyond the encircling boma and disappeared into the jungle to the south.Page 183
Baynes stiffened.Page 186
It had not been intended for burnings, but offered a convenient place to tie up refractory slaves that they.Page 214
"I am going into the jungle.