means to search Monsieur Caldwell's stateroom--eh?"
Two hours later fate was kind to them, for Paulvitch, who was ever on
the watch, saw Tarzan leave his room without locking the door. Five
minutes later Rokoff was stationed where he could give the alarm in
case Tarzan returned, and Paulvitch was deftly searching the contents
of the ape-man's luggage.
He was about to give up in despair when he saw a coat which Tarzan had
just removed. A moment later he grasped an official envelope in his
hand. A quick glance at its contents brought a broad smile to the
When he left the stateroom Tarzan himself could not have told that an
article in it had been touched since he left it--Paulvitch was a past
master in his chosen field. When he handed the packet to Rokoff in the
seclusion of their stateroom the larger man rang for a steward, and
ordered a pint of champagne.
"We must celebrate, my dear Alexis," he said.
"It was luck, Nikolas," explained Paulvitch. "It is evident that he
carries these papers always upon his person--just by chance he
neglected to transfer them when he changed coats a few minutes since.
But there will be the deuce to pay when he discovers his loss. I am
afraid that he will immediately connect you with it. Now that he knows
that you are on board he will suspect you at once."
"It will make no difference whom he suspects--after to-night," said
Rokoff, with a nasty grin.
After Miss Strong had gone below that night Tarzan stood leaning over
the rail looking far out to sea. Every night he had done this since he
had come on board--sometimes he stood thus for an hour. And the eyes
that had been watching his every movement since he had boarded the ship
at Algiers knew that this was his habit.
Even as he stood there this night those eyes were on him. Presently
the last straggler had left the deck. It was a clear night, but there
was no moon--objects on deck were barely discernible.
From the shadows of the cabin two figures crept stealthily upon the
ape-man from behind. The lapping of the waves against the ship's
sides, the whirring of the propeller, the throbbing of the engines,
drowned the almost soundless approach of the two.
They were quite close to him now, and crouching low, like tacklers on a
gridiron. One of them raised his hand and lowered it, as though
counting off seconds--one--two--three! As one man
He tried whistling in an effort to shake off the depressing effects of this seeming solitude through which he moved; but there remained with him still the hallucination that he moved alone through a strange, new world peopled by invisible and unfamiliar forms--menacing shapes which lurked in waiting behind each tree and shrub.Page 9
Some of the others followed his example.Page 10
"You better do it," urged The General, in a soft, insinuating voice.Page 12
He was a prosaic old bachelor who had amassed a fortune by the simple means of inheriting three farms upon which an industrial city subsequently had been built.Page 19
"Running out to your country place? Isn't there danger of skidding on these wet roads at night? I told James, just before we started, to be sure to see that the chains were on all around; but he forgot them.Page 22
Their victim disappears--that is all.Page 25
In his frantic effort to find the button and relight the lamp the worst occurred--he fumbled the button and the lamp slipped through his fingers, falling over the bannister to the floor below.Page 29
"She's suffering from shock alone, as far as I can judge.Page 36
The youth begged that he might accompany Bridge upon the road, pleading that his mother was dead and that he could not return home after his escapade.Page 50
It would break his heart.Page 51
Why already Jonas Prim's got a regular dee-dectiff down from Chicago, an' the board o' select-men's offered a re-ward o' fifty dollars fer the arrest an' conviction of the perpetrators of these dastardly crimes!" "Gosh!" cried Willie Case.Page 52
Fifty dollars!! Willie gasped.Page 60
"Yep," replied Burton.Page 67
They look Oakdale for us if they wan' fin' us.Page 70
Already he had solved one of them to his satisfaction; and Dopey Charlie and The General were, all unknown to themselves, on the way to the gallows for the murder of Old John Baggs.Page 81
" Along the road from the north came a large touring car, swinging from side to side in its speed.Page 84
They heard the motor draw up in front of the house; but they did not venture into the reception hall or out upon the porch, though for different reasons.Page 85
Prim gasped and sank upon a sofa.Page 91
"God help you if you've killed either of them, for one of them must know what became of Abigail.Page 95
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