once more that evening, and the girl's mind was in such
a turmoil that she had been unable to sleep.
The wide heavens about her seemed to promise a greater freedom from
doubt and questioning. Baynes had urged her to tell him that she loved
him. A dozen times she thought that she might honestly give him the
answer that he demanded. Korak fast was becoming but a memory. That
he was dead she had come to believe, since otherwise he would have
sought her out. She did not know that he had even better reason to
believe her dead, and that it was because of that belief he had made no
effort to find her after his raid upon the village of Kovudoo.
Behind a great flowering shrub Hanson lay gazing at the stars and
waiting. He had lain thus and there many nights before. For what was
he waiting, or for whom? He heard the girl approaching, and half
raised himself to his elbow. A dozen paces away, the reins looped over
a fence post, stood his pony.
Meriem, walking slowly, approached the bush behind which the waiter
lay. Hanson drew a large bandanna handkerchief from his pocket and
rose stealthily to his knees. A pony neighed down at the corrals. Far
out across the plain a lion roared. Hanson changed his position until
he squatted upon both feet, ready to come erect quickly.
Again the pony neighed--this time closer. There was the sound of his
body brushing against shrubbery. Hanson heard and wondered how the
animal had gotten from the corral, for it was evident that he was
already in the garden. The man turned his head in the direction of the
beast. What he saw sent him to the ground, huddled close beneath the
shrubbery--a man was coming, leading two ponies.
Meriem heard now and stopped to look and listen. A moment later the
Hon. Morison Baynes drew near, the two saddled mounts at his heels.
Meriem looked up at him in surprise. The Hon. Morison grinned
"I couldn't sleep," he explained, "and was going for a bit of a ride
when I chanced to see you out here, and I thought you'd like to join
me. Ripping good sport, you know, night riding. Come on."
Meriem laughed. The adventure appealed to her.
"All right," she said.
Hanson swore beneath his breath. The two led their horses from the
garden to the gate and through it. There
herself, quite ready to sail so soon as they should have clambered aboard and swung the long boat to its davits.Page 5
" The captain looked at Simpson, who sheepishly admitted the truth of the allegation, then he stepped over to the ape as though to discover for himself the sort of temper the beast possessed, but it was noticeable that he kept his revolver cocked and leveled as he did so.Page 18
He told the boy all that he knew of his father's past life in the jungle and when he found that the boy had been kept in ignorance of all these things for so many years, and that he had been forbidden visiting the zoological gardens; that he had had to bind and gag his tutor to find an opportunity to come to the music hall and see Ajax, he guessed immediately the nature of the great fear that lay in the hearts of the boy's parents--that he might crave the jungle as his father had craved it.Page 27
His eyes bulged in horror at the realization of the truth which that glance revealed.Page 46
The boy's heart leaped within his breast at sight of them--for over a month he had seen no human being.Page 52
A shaggy mane clothed his shoulders.Page 84
He knew then that little Meriem was his world--his sun, his moon, his stars--with her going had gone all light and warmth and happiness.Page 88
You could have killed him had you.Page 98
At sight of the two emerging from the hut the beast gave an ugly snarl and an instant later as it caught the scent of the strange white man it raised a series of excited yelps.Page 117
She did not give up that thought--Korak, her Korak always was first.Page 118
My eyes told me that you were Korak.Page 127
days in a systematic search of the environs for traces of Meriem's Korak; but in this quest, too, had he failed.Page 147
Numa was famished; but he was old and crafty.Page 157
And so he nodded a glum assent.Page 171
Morison Baynes into the jungles.Page 172
He wondered if she ever thought of him--if the happy days that they had spent together never recurred to her mind.Page 187
Morison had drawn for her.Page 195
"Are you a man?" "What did you think I was?" asked Korak.Page 204
"If God is good I shall be dead before morning, for if I still live I shall be worse than dead after tonight.Page 206
This time he dragged her back into the rear apartment of his tent where three Negresses looked up in stolid indifference to the tragedy being enacted before them.