in sight of the little animal and knew. The kid was tethered
to a stake beside the waterhole.
Meriem paused in the branches of a near-by tree and scanned the
surrounding clearing with quick, penetrating eyes. Where was the
hunter? Bwana and his people did not hunt thus. Who could have
tethered this poor little beast as a lure to Numa? Bwana never
countenanced such acts in his country and his word was law among those
who hunted within a radius of many miles of his estate.
Some wandering savages, doubtless, thought Meriem; but where were they?
Not even her keen eyes could discover them. And where was Numa? Why
had he not long since sprung upon this delicious and defenseless
morsel? That he was close by was attested by the pitiful crying of the
kid. Ah! Now she saw him. He was lying close in a clump of brush a
few yards to her right. The kid was down wind from him and getting the
full benefit of his terrorizing scent, which did not reach Meriem.
To circle to the opposite side of the clearing where the trees
approached closer to the kid. To leap quickly to the little animal's
side and cut the tether that held him would be the work of but a
moment. In that moment Numa might charge, and then there would be
scarce time to regain the safety of the trees, yet it might be done.
Meriem had escaped from closer quarters than that many times before.
The doubt that gave her momentary pause was caused by fear of the
unseen hunters more than by fear of Numa. If they were stranger blacks
the spears that they held in readiness for Numa might as readily be
loosed upon whomever dared release their bait as upon the prey they
sought thus to trap. Again the kid struggled to be free. Again his
piteous wail touched the tender heart strings of the girl. Tossing
discretion aside, she commenced to circle the clearing. Only from Numa
did she attempt to conceal her presence. At last she reached the
opposite trees. An instant she paused to look toward the great lion,
and at the same moment she saw the huge beast rise slowly to his full
height. A low roar betokened that he was ready.
Meriem loosened her knife and leaped to the ground. A quick run
brought her to the side of the kid. Numa saw
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The wildest beast that roams our waste places lairs in the frozen north or the frozen south within a government reserve, where the curious may view him and feed him bread crusts from the hand with perfect impunity.Page 11
Then it was that I outlined to him my purpose to defy the regulation that had raised the dead lines, and to take my ship back to New York myself.Page 14
Something occurred to place my second officer, Porfirio Johnson, in command.Page 15
"I have always wanted to explore the forgotten lands of the Eastern Hemisphere.Page 18
Farther east, nearer London, we should find things very different.Page 24
He had never heard of it, or of the Atlantic Ocean which I told him separated his country from mine.Page 30
I should have liked to have spoken with them, but I did not care to risk having to use my high-powered rifle upon them other than in the last extremity.Page 34
wrought to have erased not only every sign of civilization from the face of this great land, but even the name of the enemy from the knowledge and language of the people.Page 40
Here they threw me upon the ground, binding my ankles together and trussing them up to my wrists behind.Page 42
I had commenced to think that you would not.Page 51
Crawling to my knees, I looked in the direction she indicated, to see a buck standing upon a little knoll some two hundred yards from us.Page 59
Notwithstanding the fact that they had all assured him to the contrary, he still could not believe that we would not kill him.Page 60
Delcarte and Taylor immediately assured me that they had not for an instant assumed anything different, and that they were as ready to follow and obey me here as they would be upon the other side of thirty.Page 69
8 Delcarte and Taylor were now in mid-stream, coming toward us, and I called to them to keep aloof until I knew whether the intentions of my captors were friendly or otherwise.Page 75
There were large bodies of cavalry and infantry, endless streams of artillery wagons and guns, and countless horse-drawn covered vehicles laden with camp equipage, munitions, and provisions.Page 76
"I hope it will be the yellow men, but Menelek is powerful--it will take many yellow men to defeat him.Page 79
"And who," asked Menelek, "are you, and by what name is your country called?" "I am Victory, Queen of Grabritin," replied the girl so quickly and so unexpectedly that I gasped in astonishment.Page 84
I judged that the enemy was storming the city, for the sounds we heard were the sounds of hand-to-hand combat.