her. He lashed his tail
against his tawny sides. He roared terribly; but, for an instant, he
remained where he stood--surprised into inaction, doubtless, by the
strange apparition that had sprung so unexpectedly from the jungle.
Other eyes were upon Meriem, too--eyes in which were no less surprise
than that reflected in the yellow-green orbs of the carnivore. A white
man, hiding in a thorn boma, half rose as the young girl leaped into
the clearing and dashed toward the kid. He saw Numa hesitate. He
raised his rifle and covered the beast's breast. The girl reached the
kid's side. Her knife flashed, and the little prisoner was free. With
a parting bleat it dashed off into the jungle. Then the girl turned to
retreat toward the safety of the tree from which she had dropped so
suddenly and unexpectedly into the surprised view of the lion, the kid
and the man.
As she turned the girl's face was turned toward the hunter. His eyes
went wide as he saw her features. He gave a little gasp of surprise;
but now the lion demanded all his attention--the baffled, angry beast
was charging. His breast was still covered by the motionless rifle.
The man could have fired and stopped the charge at once; but for some
reason, since he had seen the girl's face, he hesitated. Could it be
that he did not care to save her? Or, did he prefer, if possible, to
remain unseen by her? It must have been the latter cause which kept
the trigger finger of the steady hand from exerting the little pressure
that would have brought the great beast to at least a temporary pause.
Like an eagle the man watched the race for life the girl was making. A
second or two measured the time which the whole exciting event consumed
from the moment that the lion broke into his charge. Nor once did the
rifle sights fail to cover the broad breast of the tawny sire as the
lion's course took him a little to the man's left. Once, at the very
last moment, when escape seemed impossible, the hunter's finger
tightened ever so little upon the trigger, but almost coincidentally
the girl leaped for an over hanging branch and seized it. The lion
leaped too; but the nimble Meriem had swung herself beyond his reach
without a second or an inch to spare.
The man breathed a sigh of relief as he lowered his rifle.
Then commenced a bombardment which brought forth earthshaking roars from Numa.Page 24
His staring eyes wandered to the golden goblets from which the hideous votaries would soon quench their inhuman thirst in his own, warm life-blood.Page 27
The Waziri, justly famed for their archery, found no cause to blush for their performance that day.Page 58
The loss of the crown jewels or the Great Seal of England could have brought no greater consternation to a British king than did the pilfering of the sacred knife bring to La, the Oparian, Queen and High Priestess of the degraded remnants of the oldest civilization upon earth.Page 66
This last chance I give you.Page 84
As Werper, who, with Mugambi, had been given permission to enter the water, removed his clothing, the black noted the care with which he unfastened something which circled his waist, and which he took off with his shirt, keeping the latter always around and concealing the object of his suspicious solicitude.Page 96
Jane Clayton tried to roll aside as the great form lit upon the floor so close to her that one foot pinned her clothing to the ground.Page 97
Lowering his head, he charged straight for the two sentries who blocked the doorway.Page 98
He could see that the men who composed it were much excited, and fearing lest Chulk's disguise should prove inadequate to the concealment of his true identity in the face of so many observers, he commanded the ape to betake himself to the far end of the village, and there await him.Page 101
In a moment the victim flashed beneath the limb and at the same instant the ape-man above sprang out and down upon its back.Page 102
They were digging for the things the blacks had buried here! Presently he saw them uncover a dirty, yellow object, and he witnessed the joy of Werper and of Abdul Mourak as the grimy object was exposed to view.Page 105
But a handful of men escaped, among them Abdul Mourak.Page 107
Then he spoke.Page 113
She did not feel the heat of the fetid breath upon her face, nor the dripping of the saliva from the frightful jaws half opened so close above her.Page 117
Scarcely had Frecoult hidden himself than the figure of a white-robed Arab crept silently along the trail in pursuit.Page 129
Werper heard the men approaching.Page 133
This, and Allah, are our witnesses," and they pointed to a revolver in the dead man's hand.Page 137
For two days he roamed about, killing, eating, drinking and sleeping wherever inclination and the means to indulge it occurred simultaneously.Page 140
A company of uniformed blacks stepped quickly forward and pushing past the three, surrounded the ape-man and his captive.Page 151
And so, unmolested, Tarzan passed from the camp of the Abyssinians, from which the din of conflict followed him deep into the jungle until distance gradually obliterated it entirely.