Korak. She knew it. He would never come
now, and these men would take her far away. Presently they would kill
her. She would never see her Korak again.
On this day the Swedes rested, for they had marched rapidly and their
men were tired. Malbihn and Jenssen had gone from camp to hunt, taking
different directions. They had been gone about an hour when the door
of Meriem's tent was lifted and Malbihn entered. The look of a beast
was on his face.
With wide eyes fixed upon him, like a trapped creature horrified
beneath the mesmeric gaze of a great serpent, the girl watched the
approach of the man. Her hands were free, the Swedes having secured
her with a length of ancient slave chain fastened at one end to an iron
collar padlocked about her neck and at the other to a long stake driven
deep into the ground.
Slowly Meriem shrank inch by inch toward the opposite end of the tent.
Malbihn followed her. His hands were extended and his fingers
half-opened--claw-like--to seize her. His lips were parted, and his
breath came quickly, pantingly.
The girl recalled Jenssen's instructions to call him should Malbihn
molest her; but Jenssen had gone into the jungle to hunt. Malbihn had
chosen his time well. Yet she screamed, loud and shrill, once, twice,
a third time, before Malbihn could leap across the tent and throttle
her alarming cries with his brute fingers. Then she fought him, as any
jungle she might fight, with tooth and nail. The man found her no easy
prey. In that slender, young body, beneath the rounded curves and the
fine, soft skin, lay the muscles of a young lioness. But Malbihn was
no weakling. His character and appearance were brutal, nor did they
belie his brawn. He was of giant stature and of giant strength.
Slowly he forced the girl back upon the ground, striking her in the
face when she hurt him badly either with teeth or nails. Meriem struck
back, but she was growing weaker from the choking fingers at her throat.
Out in the jungle Jenssen had brought down two bucks. His hunting had
not carried him far afield, nor was he prone to permit it to do so. He
was suspicious of Malbihn. The very fact that his companion had
refused to accompany him and elected instead to hunt alone in another
direction would not, under ordinary circumstances, have seemed fraught
with sinister suggestion;
His football triumphs were in the past, his continued baseball successes a foregone conclusion--if he won to-night his cup of happiness, and an unassailably dominant position among his fellows, would be assured, leaving nothing more, in so far as Jimmy reasoned, to be desired from four years attendance at one of America's oldest and most famous universities.Page 2
At the earnest solicitation of the faculty members of the athletic committee, I have been influenced, against my better judgment, to temporize with an utterly insufferable condition.Page 23
How do you account for it?" "Principally the increased cost of labor," replied Bince.Page 36
" "Well, that's where I got you a job," said the Lizard.Page 38
What are you doing here anyway?" "I never claimed to be much of a waiter," said Jimmy, "but I didn't know I was so rotten that a regular customer of the place couldn't tell what I was trying to do.Page 39
The one which he liked dominated her at breakfast; the other which he loathed guided her actions later in the evening.Page 40
" "Don't!" Elizabeth pleaded.Page 45
"He's my best customer," he cried, "and a bum waiter comes along and beats him up just when he is trying to have a little innocent sport on Christmas Eve.Page 49
He seemed to lose all sense of proportion and all sense of value in one overpowering thought, that he must not again be humiliated in her presence.Page 50
"No, I don't suppose you would.Page 58
"From what I saw of the bird I just mentioned the less one knows about anything the more successful he should be as an efficiency expert, for he certainly didn't know anything.Page 62
"I must insist on seeing that pay-roll.Page 72
s are going to find this a more interesting job than they anticipated.Page 97
Later I"--she hesitated--"I saw him in a place called Feinheimer's.Page 100
anything that was not right; and you know yourself how anxious O'Donnell has been to dig up evidence of any kind derogatory to either of them.Page 106
I might as well be living at a hotel.Page 107
"Will you tell the jury, please, of any occurrence that you witnessed there that afternoon out of the ordinary?" "I was working at my machine," said the witness, "when Pete Krovac comes to me and asks me to hide behind a big drill-press and watch what the assistant general manager done when he comes through the shop again.Page 110
in my line, so I beats it out without crackin' the safe.Page 111
A nurse admitted him to the apartment.