the trees just
ahead. "Did you hit him?"
"Yes," replied Hanson. "Where are you? You had a mighty narrow
escape. It will teach you to keep out of the jungle at night."
Together they returned to the plain where they found the Hon. Morison
riding slowly back toward them. He explained that his pony had bolted
and that he had had hard work stopping him at all. Hanson grinned, for
he recalled the pounding heels that he had seen driving sharp spurs
into the flanks of Baynes' mount; but he said nothing of what he had
seen. He took Meriem up behind him and the three rode in silence
toward the bungalow.
Behind them Korak emerged from the jungle and recovered his spear from
Numa's side. He still was smiling. He had enjoyed the spectacle
exceedingly. There was one thing that troubled him--the agility with
which the she had clambered from her pony's back into the safety of the
tree ABOVE her. That was more like mangani--more like his lost Meriem.
He sighed. His lost Meriem! His little, dead Meriem! He wondered if
this she stranger resembled his Meriem in other ways. A great longing
to see her overwhelmed him. He looked after the three figures moving
steadily across the plain. He wondered where might lie their
destination. A desire to follow them came over him, but he only stood
there watching until they had disappeared in the distance. The sight
of the civilized girl and the dapper, khaki clad Englishman had aroused
in Korak memories long dormant.
Once he had dreamed of returning to the world of such as these; but
with the death of Meriem hope and ambition seemed to have deserted him.
He cared now only to pass the remainder of his life in solitude, as far
from man as possible. With a sigh he turned slowly back into the
Tantor, nervous by nature, had been far from reassured by close
proximity to the three strange whites, and with the report of Hanson's
rifle had turned and ambled away at his long, swinging shuffle. He was
nowhere in sight when Korak returned to look for him. The ape-man,
however, was little concerned by the absence of his friend. Tantor had
a habit of wandering off unexpectedly. For a month they might not see
one another, for Korak seldom took the trouble to follow the great
pachyderm, nor did he upon this occasion. Instead he found
You all saw a number of large, heavy boxes lowered into the hold before we sailed.Page 6
I was flying pretty low by this time, not only looking for landing places but watching the myriad life beneath me.Page 10
The plane hung at a precarious angle, so that it was with difficulty and considerable danger that I climbed from it into the tree and then to the ground.Page 18
Without means of drying herself, she simply ignored what to me would have seemed a necessity, and in a moment was arrayed in her simple though effective costume.Page 19
I found it far from difficult, and even though it was a great handicap upon my instructor that she could not speak my language, she did remarkably well and demonstrated that she possessed ingenuity and intelligence of a high order.Page 24
It is their very voracity that keeps their numbers down to a point which permits other forms of life to persist, for even in the season of love the great males often turn upon their own mates and devour them, while both males and females occasionally devour their young.Page 27
Artless though many of her questions were, they evidenced a keen intellect and a shrewdness which seemed far beyond her years or her experience.Page 28
The word is derived from two others: _Lua_, meaning sun, and _ata_, meaning variously _eggs_, _life_, _young_, and _reproduction_.Page 34
No, I was not afraid to die; in fact, I prayed for death, that I might be relieved of the frightfulness of the interval of life which remained to me--the waiting, the awful waiting, for that fearsome beast to reach me and to strike.Page 39
With the little strength which remained to me, I drew her up until our lips touched, and, then I whispered: "Good-bye!" I must have lost consciousness almost immediately, for I recall nothing more until I suddenly awoke out of a troubled sleep, during which I dreamed that I was drowning, to find the cave lighted by what appeared to be diffused daylight, and a tiny trickle of water running down the corridor and forming a puddle in the little depression in which it chanced that Ajor and I lay.Page 40
She pointed out the cliffs at its southern boundary, which mark the frontier, south of which lies the.Page 44
The women had, evidently, been quitting the pool and slowly returning toward the caves, when they were confronted by a monstrous cave-lion which stood directly between them and their cliffs in the center of the narrow path that led down to the pool among the tumbled rocks.Page 47
The further south I should travel on the west side of the island, the more frightful would the dangers become as I neared the stamping-grounds of the more hideous reptilia and the haunts of the Alus and the Ho-lu, all of which were at the southern half of the island; and then if I should not find the members of my party, what was to become of me? I could not live for long in any portion of Caspak with which I was familiar; the moment my ammunition was exhausted, I should be as good as dead.Page 54
These creatures, from which God save me, I should have expected to find further south; but for some unaccountable reason they gain their greatest bulk in the Kro-lu and Galu countries, though fortunately they are rare.Page 55
" "I am going to save him from the dance of death," I replied, "enemy or no enemy," and I squeezed the trigger.Page 60
Nor can I wonder, knowing this type as I did, for had I not made him ridiculous in the eyes of his warriors, beating him at his own game? What king, savage or civilized, could condone such impudence? Seeing his black scowls, I deemed it expedient, especially on Ajor's account, to terminate the interview and continue upon our way; but when I would have done so, Al-tan detained us with a gesture, and his warriors pressed around us.Page 62
The shield was held by tight loops to his left arm, while in his right hand he grasped his heavy knife.Page 64
The wording of the invitation and the manner of the messenger threw me entirely off my guard, so cordial was the one and respectful the other, and the result was that I went willingly, telling Ajor that I would return presently.Page 84
Instantly I recognized the quarry as Ajor.Page 89
He told us that the remnants of Al-tan's party had been slain when they attempted to re-enter Kro-lu.