great coward squealed like a stuck pig, until Tarzan had
shut off his wind. Then the ape-man dragged him to his feet, still
choking him. The Russian struggled futilely--he was like a babe in the
mighty grasp of Tarzan of the Apes.
Tarzan sat him in a chair, and long before there was danger of the
man's dying he released his hold upon his throat. When the Russian's
coughing spell had abated Tarzan spoke to him again.
"I have given you a taste of the suffering of death," he said. "But I
shall not kill--this time. I am sparing you solely for the sake of a
very good woman whose great misfortune it was to have been born of the
same woman who gave birth to you. But I shall spare you only this once
on her account. Should I ever learn that you have again annoyed her or
her husband--should you ever annoy me again--should I hear that you
have returned to France or to any French possession, I shall make it my
sole business to hunt you down and complete the choking I commenced
tonight." Then he turned to the table, on which the two pieces of
paper still lay. As he picked them up Rokoff gasped in horror.
Tarzan examined both the check and the other. He was amazed at the
information the latter contained. Rokoff had partially read it, but
Tarzan knew that no one could remember the salient facts and figures it
held which made it of real value to an enemy of France.
"These will interest the chief of staff," he said, as he slipped them
into his pocket. Rokoff groaned. He did not dare curse aloud.
The next morning Tarzan rode north on his way to Bouira and Algiers.
As he had ridden past the hotel Lieutenant Gernois was standing on the
veranda. As his eyes discovered Tarzan he went white as chalk. The
ape-man would have been glad had the meeting not occurred, but he could
not avoid it. He saluted the officer as he rode past. Mechanically
Gernois returned the salute, but those terrible, wide eyes followed the
horseman, expressionless except for horror. It was as though a dead
man looked upon a ghost.
At Sidi Aissa Tarzan met a French officer with whom he had become
acquainted on the occasion of his recent sojourn in the town.
"You left Bou Saada early?" questioned the officer. "Then you have not
heard about poor Gernois."
"He was the
Or I can make a sufficient number of trips to land the entire party in the valley beyond the barrier; all will depend, of course, upon what my first reconnaissance reveals.Page 6
I was flying pretty low by this time, not only looking for landing places but watching the myriad life beneath me.Page 7
It was coming straight down toward the muzzle of the machine-gun and I let it have it right in the breast; but still it came for me, so that I had to dive and turn, though I was dangerously close to earth.Page 12
At first I took the beast for a saber-tooth tiger, as it was quite the most fearsome-appearing beast one could imagine; but it was not that dread monster of the past, though quite formidable enough to satisfy the most fastidious thrill-hunter.Page 14
Its blade was of iron, the grip was wound with hide and protected by a guard of three out-bowing strips of flat iron, and upon the top of the hilt was a knob of gold.Page 15
"_Alus_!" said the girl.Page 17
I knew the words for _sea_ and _river_ and _cliff_, for _sky_ and _sun_ and _cloud_.Page 33
Were they still beyond the barrier cliffs, awaiting my return? Or had they found a way into Caspak? I felt that the latter would be the truth, for the party was not made up of men easily turned from a purpose.Page 34
If ever I came nearer to abject cowardice, I do not recall the instance; and yet it was not that I was afraid to die, for I had long since given myself up as lost--a few days of Caspak must impress anyone with the utter nothingness of life.Page 49
"Ah, but could we once get a start, I am.Page 64
But now from beyond the palisade in the direction of the main gate came the hallooing of men and the answering calls and queries of the guard.Page 67
"Let the dog choose his master.Page 68
I am endowed with an excellent sense of direction, which has been greatly perfected by the years I have spent in the mountains and upon the plains and deserts of my native state, so that it was with little or no difficulty that I found my way back to the hut in which I had left Ajor.Page 70
Tyler, Sr.Page 72
The latter, learning that Ajor was here, demanded her; and Al-tan promised that he should have her; but when the warriors went to get her To-mar went with them.Page 77
The forgotten past rubbed flanks with the present--while Tom Billings, modern of the moderns, passed in the garb of pre-Glacial man, and before him trotted a creature of a breed scarce sixty years old.Page 81
As I stood debating the question in my mind, I was almost upon the point of making the attempt at the long throw.Page 83
Then I gathered a handful of grass and offered it to him, and always I talked to him in a quiet and reassuring voice.Page 89
I might have any other she among the Galus; but Ajor--no! The poor child was heartbroken; and as for me, I was slowly realizing the hold that Ajor had upon my heart and wondered how I should get along without her.Page 90
out through the wide gateway in the stone wall which surrounds the city and on across the clearing toward the forest through which we must pass to reach the northern boundary of Galu, beyond which we would turn south.