least of all. He is great and noisy. I can hear him, or see
him, or smell him in time to escape; but any moment I may place a hand
or foot on the little bug, and never know that he is there until I feel
his deadly sting. No, I do not fear the jungle. I love it. I should
rather die than leave it forever; but your douar is close beside the
jungle. You have been good to me. I will do as you wish, and remain
here for a while to wait the coming of my Korak."
"Good!" said the man, and he led the way down toward the flower-covered
bungalow behind which lay the barns and out-houses of a well-ordered
As they came nearer a dozen dogs ran barking toward them--gaunt wolf
hounds, a huge great Dane, a nimble-footed collie and a number of
yapping, quarrelsome fox terriers. At first their appearance was
savage and unfriendly in the extreme; but once they recognized the
foremost black warriors, and the white man behind them their attitude
underwent a remarkable change. The collie and the fox terriers became
frantic with delirious joy, and while the wolf hounds and the great
Dane were not a whit less delighted at the return of their master their
greetings were of a more dignified nature. Each in turn sniffed at
Meriem who displayed not the slightest fear of any of them.
The wolf hounds bristled and growled at the scent of wild beasts that
clung to her garment; but when she laid her hand upon their heads and
her soft voice murmured caressingly they half-closed their eyes,
lifting their upper lips in contented canine smiles. The man was
watching them and he too smiled, for it was seldom that these savage
brutes took thus kindly to strangers. It was as though in some subtile
way the girl had breathed a message of kindred savagery to their savage
With her slim fingers grasping the collar of a wolf hound upon either
side of her Meriem walked on toward the bungalow upon the porch of
which a woman dressed in white waved a welcome to her returning lord.
There was more fear in the girl's eyes now than there had been in the
presence of strange men or savage beasts. She hesitated, turning an
appealing glance toward the man.
"This is my wife," he said. "She will be glad to welcome you."
The woman came down the path to meet them.
When the mucker had explained the possibilities of profit that were to be had by entering the conspiracy aimed at Simms and Ward the two seamen were enthusiastically for it.Page 43
The deck, washed now almost continuously by hurtling tons of storm-mad water, as one mountainous wave followed another the length of the ship, had become entirely impossible.Page 63
Cautiously the party, with the exception of Divine, Miller, and Swenson, crept toward the little pile of supplies that were heaped fifty or sixty feet from the sleeping members of Simms' faction.Page 70
Then they lay down to sleep, leaving Blanco and Divine on guard, for it had been decided that these two,.Page 101
The girl, to while away the time, explored their rock-bound haven.Page 121
Harding go--it is not necessary for both to stay.Page 127
It was a blow that might have felled an ox; but Billy only shook his head--it scarce seemed to jar him.Page 128
In accordance with the state regulations it was to be a ten round, no decision bout--the weight of the gloves was prescribed by law.Page 134
"Any answer?" he asked.Page 144
His whole being revolted, not alone against the injustice which had sent him into life imprisonment, but at the thought of the long years of awful monotony which lay ahead of him.Page 145
They wanted to send me up for life--me, an innocent man.Page 161
Bridge halted and stretched himself.Page 183
"Who am I--a poor man with a tiny rancho--to know of the movements of the great ones of the earth? I did not even know where was the great General Pesita until now I am brought into his gracious presence, to throw myself at his feet and implore that I be permitted to serve him in even the meanest of capacities.Page 195
You see it happens like this: We got as far as that dry arroyo just before the trail drops down into the valley, when up jumps a bunch of this here Villa's guys and commenced takin' pot shots at us.Page 216
" "You want to talk with a bank robber?" exclaimed Eddie.Page 251
Out in the corrals they went.Page 254
It seems that Esteban has carried off the beautiful senorita of El Orobo Rancho, and the vaqueros tell Jose that ALL the American vaqueros have ridden in search of her--ALL, my general, you understand.Page 273
"I couldn't mistake that beanpole nowheres.Page 274
As he fired Bridge turned in his saddle and shouted to the others to make for the shelter of the ranchhouse.