you will be safe within the hotel."
But even as she spoke, several men had started up the stairway at the
head of which they stood. There was a sudden cry from one of the
searchers. They had been discovered. Quickly the crowd rushed for the
stairway. The foremost assailant leaped quickly upward, but at the top
he met the sudden sword that he had not expected--the quarry had been
With a cry, the man toppled back upon those behind him. Like tenpins
they rolled down the stairs. The ancient and rickety structure could
not withstand the strain of this unwonted weight and jarring. With a
creaking and rending of breaking wood it collapsed beneath the Arabs,
leaving Tarzan, Abdul, and the girl alone upon the frail platform at
"Come!" cried the Ouled-Nail. "They will reach us from another
stairway through the room next to mine. We have not a moment to spare."
Just as they were entering the room Abdul heard and translated a cry
from the yard below for several to hasten to the street and cut off
escape from that side.
"We are lost now," said the girl simply.
"We?" questioned Tarzan.
"Yes, m'sieur," she responded; "they will kill me as well. Have I not
This put a different aspect on the matter. Tarzan had rather been
enjoying the excitement and danger of the encounter. He had not for an
instant supposed that either Abdul or the girl could suffer except
through accident, and he had only retreated just enough to keep from
being killed himself. He had had no intention of running away until he
saw that he was hopelessly lost were he to remain.
Alone he could have sprung into the midst of that close-packed mob,
and, laying about him after the fashion of Numa, the lion, have struck
the Arabs with such consternation that escape would have been easy.
Now he must think entirely of these two faithful friends.
He crossed to the window which overlooked the street. In a minute
there would be enemies below. Already he could hear the mob clambering
the stairway to the next quarters--they would be at the door beside him
in another instant. He put a foot upon the sill and leaned out, but he
did not look down. Above him, within arm's reach, was the low roof of
the building. He called to the girl. She came and stood beside him.
He put a great arm about her and lifted
On my map I would register so many paces south, so many east, so many west, and so on.Page 25
So now he set himself to work to build a scientific canoe.Page 45
Afterward we took up the last leg of our journey.Page 48
I did not speak.Page 50
" With Ghak and his head men I held a number of consultations.Page 58
How could.Page 62
A forest of pale, scrubby ferns ran down almost to the beach.Page 69
In a jiffy I was trussed up as neatly as you might wish.Page 70
They clustered about, jabbering at my guards and attempting to get their hands upon me, whether from curiosity or a desire to do me bodily harm I did not know, since my escort with bared fangs and heavy blows kept them off.Page 71
You may not speak the truth, but until we learn that you have lied we shall not kill you.Page 72
Now they were afraid; but some day they would go in a body and fall upon Hooja and his people and slay them all.Page 76
First, however, we must eat.Page 78
They descended into the forest and disappeared.Page 79
At the moment there was no one in sight below me, so I slid quickly from my arboreal watch-tower to the ground and moved rapidly away to the right with the intention of circling the hill if necessary until I had found an unwatched spot where I might have some slight chance of scaling the heights and reaching the top unseen.Page 89
The cove appeared no larger than a saucer.Page 112
Yet I think that we gave a good account of ourselves in our final effort to escape.Page 113
From their gestures and weapons I took them to be a most ferocious race.Page 118
"That I do not break.Page 119
After that the remaining dugouts paddled up and surrendered.Page 130
They were longer, carried much larger sails, and were considerably swifter.