captain would have been astonished had he known the real reason of
Tarzan's pleasure. Gernois was sitting opposite the ape-man. He did
not seem so pleased with his captain's invitation.
"You will find lion hunting more exciting than gazelle shooting,"
remarked Captain Gerard, "and more dangerous."
"Even gazelle shooting has its dangers," replied Tarzan. "Especially
when one goes alone. I found it so today. I also found that while the
gazelle is the most timid of animals, it is not the most cowardly."
He let his glance rest only casually upon Gernois after he had spoken,
for he did not wish the man to know that he was under suspicion, or
surveillance, no matter what he might think. The effect of his remark
upon him, however, might tend to prove his connection with, or
knowledge of, certain recent happenings. Tarzan saw a dull red creep
up from beneath Gernois' collar. He was satisfied, and quickly changed
When the column rode south from Bou Saada the next morning there were
half a dozen Arabs bringing up the rear.
"They are not attached to the command," replied Gerard in response to
Tarzan's query. "They merely accompany us on the road for
Tarzan had learned enough about Arab character since he had been in
Algeria to know that this was no real motive, for the Arab is never
overfond of the companionship of strangers, and especially of French
soldiers. So his suspicions were aroused, and he decided to keep a
sharp eye on the little party that trailed behind the column at a
distance of about a quarter of a mile. But they did not come close
enough even during the halts to enable him to obtain a close scrutiny
He had long been convinced that there were hired assassins on his
trail, nor was he in great doubt but that Rokoff was at the bottom of
the plot. Whether it was to be revenge for the several occasions in
the past that Tarzan had defeated the Russian's purposes and humiliated
him, or was in some way connected with his mission in the Gernois
affair, he could not determine. If the latter, and it seemed probable
since the evidence he had had that Gernois suspected him, then he had
two rather powerful enemies to contend with, for there would be many
opportunities in the wilds of Algeria, for which they were bound, to
dispatch a suspected enemy quietly and without attracting suspicion.
After camping at Djelfa for two days the column moved
It was the commander of a Chinese man-of-war who received a copy of the edict of 1972 from the hand of my illustrious ancestor, Admiral Turck, on one hundred seventy-five, two hundred and six years ago, and from the yellowed pages of the admiral's diary I learned that the fate of the Philippines was even then presaged by these Chinese naval officers.Page 3
I was at breakfast when my chief engineer.Page 4
He drew the back of his forefinger nervously across his brow in a gesture that was habitual with him in moments of mental stress.Page 8
" "I shall not know," replied Alvarez, "that the Coldwater passes thirty; nor shall any other man aboard know it," and, with his words, he drew a revolver from his pocket, and before either I or Johnson could prevent it had put a bullet into every instrument upon the bridge, ruining them beyond repair.Page 13
No, there was something else, something indefinable and vague that cast a strange gloom upon me as I saw my ship rising farther above the water and making straight in our direction.Page 15
cruise, and this time, among others, I have maps of Europe and her surrounding waters.Page 19
Both Taylor and Snider gave little gasps of astonishment and dismay.Page 24
Subsequently we heard it pronounced Grabrittin and Grubritten.Page 50
But at last it gave, and just as another lion mounted to the top of the stairway it swung in, and I pushed Victory across the threshold.Page 53
But the opening was too narrow, and the masonry too solid.Page 57
We were entirely unprotected from attack from wild beasts, and for this reason I remained awake most of the night, on guard.Page 58
His whole attitude proclaimed that he was startled by something beyond him that I could not see.Page 61
I was not surprised at Thirty-six, but I thought that Snider laughed louder than the occasion warranted.Page 63
Here, at least, I was sure that we should find what we sought--and, if not, then all Europe had reverted to barbarism.Page 65
None of us voiced his belief.Page 69
We found nothing until we had reached a point a few miles above the spot where I had first seen the launch drifting down toward us, and there I discovered the remnants of a recent camp fire.Page 70
As we approached, I saw a herd of cavalry horses grazing under guard outside the walls of the post.Page 72
His name was Abu Belik.Page 76
"I hope it will be the yellow men, but Menelek is powerful--it will take many yellow men to defeat him.Page 82
It was Victory's.