had added her entreaties to those of her father; but, though he could
not explain it to them, Tarzan's duties loomed particularly large after
the happenings of the past few days, so that he could not think of
leaving his post for an instant. But he promised to come later if it
lay within his power to do so, and they had to content themselves with
During these two days Tarzan had spent practically all his time with
Kadour ben Saden and his daughter. He was keenly interested in this
race of stern and dignified warriors, and embraced the opportunity
which their friendship offered to learn what he could of their lives
and customs. He even commenced to acquire the rudiments of their
language under the pleasant tutorage of the brown-eyed girl. It was
with real regret that he saw them depart, and he sat his horse at the
opening to the pass, as far as which he had accompanied them, gazing
after the little party as long as he could catch a glimpse of them.
Here were people after his own heart! Their wild, rough lives, filled
with danger and hardship, appealed to this half-savage man as nothing
had appealed to him in the midst of the effeminate civilization of the
great cities he had visited. Here was a life that excelled even that
of the jungle, for here he might have the society of men--real men whom
he could honor and respect, and yet be near to the wild nature that he
loved. In his head revolved an idea that when he had completed his
mission he would resign and return to live for the remainder of his
life with the tribe of Kadour ben Saden.
Then he turned his horse's head and rode slowly back to Bou Saada.
The front of the Hotel du Petit Sahara, where Tarzan stopped in Bou
Saada, is taken up with the bar, two dining-rooms, and the kitchens.
Both of the dining-rooms open directly off the bar, and one of them is
reserved for the use of the officers of the garrison. As you stand in
the barroom you may look into either of the dining-rooms if you wish.
It was to the bar that Tarzan repaired after speeding Kadour ben Saden
and his party on their way. It was yet early in the morning, for
Kadour ben Saden had elected to ride far that day, so that it happened
that when Tarzan returned there were guests still at breakfast.
As his casual glance wandered
We all fought shy of 30d on the east and 175d on the west, and, though we had to skirt them pretty close, nothing but an act of God ever drew one of us across.Page 7
closer and closer to those stupendous waves.Page 14
He was my most loyal subordinate.Page 21
He came from under the tiger with a broad grin on his handsome face, nor could I perceive that a muscle trembled or that his voice showed the least indication of nervousness or excitement.Page 22
The thing was a puzzle to me.Page 24
At the same time I called aloud to them that we were friends, though, from their appearance, there was nothing to indicate that they might understand Pan-American, or ancient English, which are of course practically identical.Page 28
" But what a different creature was this fierce-eyed demon, palpitating with life and vigor, glossy of coat, alert, growling, magnificent, from the dingy, moth-eaten replicas beneath their glass cases in the stuffy halls of our public museums.Page 41
I thought that they had either forgotten me, or that it was their intention to leave me here to die of starvation.Page 48
"I do not know the name by which this great pile was known, nor the purposes it fulfilled.Page 50
And then the leader charged, and upon the hideous pandemonium broke the sharp crack of my rifle, once, twice, thrice.Page 51
The white was the bleached human bones--the skull, collar bones, arms, and a few of the upper ribs of a man.Page 52
But, by far the most potent argument in her favor, she was a woman in distress--and a young and very.Page 56
She was swimming silently, her chin just touching the water, but blood was streaming from between her lips.Page 57
Now they were north somewhere, and we should have little to fear from them, though we might meet with a few.Page 58
Toward morning I dozed, and the sun was well up when Victory aroused me by gently shaking my shoulder.Page 62
Of course, it was nothing at all to me; yet, for some unaccountable reason, the sight of the two of them sitting there so close to one another and seeming to be enjoying each other's society to such a degree irritated me tremendously, and put me in such a bad humor that I took no pleasure whatsoever in the last few hours of the crossing.Page 70
We marched directly into the compound, where the company was dismissed, with the exception of a guard of four privates, who escorted me in the wake of the young officer.Page 79
Following his example, which seemed always the correct procedure, the assembled guests vied with one another in an effort to laugh more noisily than the emperor.Page 82
Continually he kept calling for the guard, until I succeeded in getting a grip upon his throat; but it was too late.Page 86
Here a large military force is maintained, and here also, is a terminus of the railroad that crosses modern China to the Pacific.