Gernois himself who spoke.
"If my captain will forego the pleasure of Monsieur Tarzan's company
for this once, I shall esteem it an honor indeed to have monsieur ride
with me today," he said, nor was his tone lacking in cordiality. In
fact, Tarzan imagined that he had overdone it a trifle, but, even so,
he was both astounded and pleased, hastening to express his delight at
And so it was that Lieutenant Gernois and Tarzan rode off side by side
at the head of the little detachment of SPAHIS. Gernois' cordiality
was short-lived. No sooner had they ridden out of sight of Captain
Gerard and his men than he lapsed once more into his accustomed
taciturnity. As they advanced the ground became rougher. Steadily it
ascended toward the mountains, into which they filed through a narrow
canon close to noon. By the side of a little rivulet Gernois called
the midday halt. Here the men prepared and ate their frugal meal, and
refilled their canteens.
After an hour's rest they advanced again along the canon, until they
presently came to a little valley, from which several rocky gorges
diverged. Here they halted, while Gernois minutely examined the
surrounding heights from the center of the depression.
"We shall separate here," he said, "several riding into each of these
gorges," and then he commenced to detail his various squads and issue
instructions to the non-commissioned officers who were to command them.
When he had done he turned to Tarzan. "Monsieur will be so good as to
remain here until we return."
Tarzan demurred, but the officer cut him short. "There may be fighting
for one of these sections," he said, "and troops cannot be embarrassed
by civilian noncombatants during action."
"But, my dear lieutenant," expostulated Tarzan, "I am most ready and
willing to place myself under command of yourself or any of your
sergeants or corporals, and to fight in the ranks as they direct. It
is what I came for."
"I should be glad to think so," retorted Gernois, with a sneer he made
no attempt to disguise. Then shortly: "You are under my orders, and
they are that you remain here until we return. Let that end the
matter," and he turned and spurred away at the head of his men. A
moment later Tarzan found himself alone in the midst of a desolate
The sun was hot, so he sought the shelter of a nearby tree, where he
tethered his horse, and sat down upon the ground to smoke.
All traces of alcohol had long since vanished from the young man's system.Page 12
To assist a woman over a mud hole would have seemed to Billy an acknowledgement of pusillanimity--to stick out his foot and trip her so that she sprawled full length in it, the hall-mark of bluff manliness.Page 17
They were the personal representatives of authority, and Billy hated authority in whatever guise it might be visited upon him.Page 33
Barbara had turned a half-frightened look toward him as he advanced--in doubt as to his intentions.Page 36
" "T'ell yeh will!" sneered Billy Byrne.Page 56
Skipper Simms, seeing what Theriere had done after it was too late to prevent it, dashed madly across the deck toward his junior.Page 58
ODA YORIMOTO ONLY four men of the Halfmoon's crew were lost in the wreck of the vessel.Page 61
They had not even the crude religion of the Malaysians they had absorbed unless a highly exaggerated propensity for head-hunting might be dignified by the name of religion.Page 75
It's all the fault of that fool Theriere.Page 83
"Not unless we have to," replied Theriere; "he's just a boy--we'll doubtless have all the killing we want among the men before we get out of this.Page 87
The second took the count with a left hook to the jaw, and then all that could crowd through the little door swarmed upon the husky bruiser from Grand Avenue.Page 162
I hate to think that I was such a beast at heart as I acted like all my life up to that minute.Page 180
The Americans are all leaving.Page 192
"Pesita will not forgive you this.Page 223
The young man has made his bed, and now I am afraid that he will have to lie in it.Page 237
" "I'll do it," cried Eddie.Page 256
I ain't never been up here so I ain't familiar with the country.Page 265
He could feel the pressure of her fingers as they sunk into his muscles, sending little tremors and thrills through his giant frame.Page 273
It's a cinch they ain't no friends of ours anywhere in these parts.Page 278
" "Barbara!" cried Billy Byrne, and then his voice was smothered by the pressure of warm, red lips against his own.