he thought nothing of the matter, but presently he noticed
from the corner of his eye one of the men nod in their direction, and
the girl turn and shoot a furtive glance at Tarzan. Then the Arabs
melted through the doorway into the darkness of the court.
When it came again the girl's turn to dance she hovered close to
Tarzan, and for the ape-man alone were her sweetest smiles. Many an
ugly scowl was cast upon the tall European by swarthy, dark-eyed sons
of the desert, but neither smiles nor scowls produced any outwardly
visible effect upon him. Again the girl cast her handkerchief upon his
shoulder, and again was she rewarded with a franc piece. As she was
sticking it upon her forehead, after the custom of her kind, she bent
low toward Tarzan, whispering a quick word in his ear.
"There are two without in the court," she said quickly, in broken
French, "who would harm m'sieur. At first I promised to lure you to
them, but you have been kind, and I cannot do it. Go quickly, before
they find that I have failed them. I think that they are very bad men."
Tarzan thanked the girl, assuring her that he would be careful, and,
having finished her dance, she crossed to the little doorway and went
out into the court. But Tarzan did not leave the cafe as she had urged.
For another half hour nothing unusual occurred, then a surly-looking
Arab entered the cafe from the street. He stood near Tarzan, where he
deliberately made insulting remarks about the European, but as they
were in his native tongue Tarzan was entirely innocent of their purport
until Abdul took it upon himself to enlighten him.
"This fellow is looking for trouble," warned Abdul. "He is not alone.
In fact, in case of a disturbance, nearly every man here would be
against you. It would be better to leave quietly, master."
"Ask the fellow what he wants," commanded Tarzan.
"He says that 'the dog of a Christian' insulted the Ouled-Nail, who
belongs to him. He means trouble, m'sieur."
"Tell him that I did not insult his or any other Ouled-Nail, that I
wish him to go away and leave me alone. That I have no quarrel with
him, nor has he any with me."
"He says," replied Abdul, after delivering this message to the Arab,
"that besides being a dog yourself that you are the son of one, and
that your grandmother was a hyena. Incidentally
The waves were running to tremendous heights, and the Coldwater was not designed to meet such waves head on.Page 7
I do not know that he is directly responsible for what followed so shortly after; but I have always had my suspicions, and Alvarez is even more prone to place the blame upon him than I.Page 8
I doubt if she advanced a foot; but it was enough to keep her nose in the wind, and, at least, we were not drifting toward thirty.Page 11
I merely stated that I should refuse to submit to arrest, and that I should demand of him and every other officer and man implicit obedience to my every command until we docked at home.Page 12
I appointed a board to investigate and report upon the disaster.Page 16
Yet even these thoughts failed to dampen my ardor.Page 17
Up the bay and into the River Tamar we motored through a solitude as unbroken as that which rested upon the waters of the Channel.Page 18
There would we find a great nation anxious to learn of the world beyond their side of thirty, as I had been anxious to learn of that which lay beyond our side of the dead line.Page 36
There were tigers here long ago, but both the lions and the men set upon them and drove them off.Page 37
Very naively the girl explained that there was seldom any doubt as to whom a child's mother was.Page 38
They were hunters--the lowest plane in the evolution of the human race of which science takes cognizance.Page 50
The stairs were very narrow--that was all that saved us--for as I backed slowly upward, but a single lion could attack me at a time, and the carcasses of those I slew impeded the rushes of the others.Page 55
To remain where we were would have been suicidal.Page 65
"They--went--back," and then he shuddered convulsively and died.Page 67
I could forgive the launch, but if he had wronged her he should die--he should die at my own hands; in this I was determined.Page 76
The emperor rode in a golden howdah upon the back of a huge elephant so covered with rich hangings and embellished with scintillating gems that scarce more than the beast's eyes and feet were visible.Page 79
I myself am sovereign in my own country.Page 80
Take her to my apartments," and he motioned to an officer at his side.Page 81
Presently officers and slaves commenced to traverse the corridor on matters pertaining to their duties, and then came the emperor, scowling and wrathful.Page 88
You know how a fleet was sent across the Atlantic to search for me, how the restrictions against crossing thirty to one hundred seventy-five were removed forever, and how the officers were brought to Peking, arriving upon the very day that Victory and I were married at the imperial court.