the foreman, Jervis,
that they might get an early start.
The farewell exchanges between the Hon. Morison and his host were of
the most formal type, and when at last the guest rode away Bwana
breathed a sigh of relief. It had been an unpleasant duty and he was
glad that it was over; but he did not regret his action. He had not
been blind to Baynes' infatuation for Meriem, and knowing the young
man's pride in caste he had never for a moment believed that his guest
would offer his name to this nameless Arab girl, for, extremely light
in color though she was for a full blood Arab, Bwana believed her to be
He did not mention the subject again to Meriem, and in this he made a
mistake, for the young girl, while realizing the debt of gratitude she
owed Bwana and My Dear, was both proud and sensitive, so that Bwana's
action in sending Baynes away and giving her no opportunity to explain
or defend hurt and mortified her. Also it did much toward making a
martyr of Baynes in her eyes and arousing in her breast a keen feeling
of loyalty toward him.
What she had half-mistaken for love before, she now wholly mistook for
love. Bwana and My Dear might have told her much of the social
barriers that they only too well knew Baynes must feel existed between
Meriem and himself, but they hesitated to wound her. It would have
been better had they inflicted this lesser sorrow, and saved the child
the misery that was to follow because of her ignorance.
As Hanson and Baynes rode toward the former's camp the Englishman
maintained a morose silence. The other was attempting to formulate an
opening that would lead naturally to the proposition he had in mind.
He rode a neck behind his companion, grinning as he noted the sullen
scowl upon the other's patrician face.
"Rather rough on you, wasn't he?" he ventured at last, jerking his head
back in the direction of the bungalow as Baynes turned his eyes upon
him at the remark. "He thinks a lot of the girl," continued Hanson,
"and don't want nobody to marry her and take her away; but it looks to
me as though he was doin' her more harm than good in sendin' you away.
She ought to marry some time, and she couldn't do better than a fine
young gentleman like you."
Baynes, who had at first felt inclined to take offense at the mention
of his private affairs by this
It had been nothing less than a bold resolve to call Blanco, Byrne, "Bony," and "Red" to his side the moment Simms and Ward revealed the true purpose of their ruse to those on board the Lotus, and with his henchmen take sides with the men of the yacht against his former companions.Page 33
There was a sudden light in his eyes that the girl had not before seen there, and she reached quickly toward the knob of the door.Page 103
"Come ahead; I'll carry yeh acrost," and without waiting for a reply he gathered her in his arms and started down the bank.Page 106
I ain't never learned how to be anything else.Page 117
What though the results sent him to a savage death, or to a life of lonely misery, or to the arms of his beloved! In the face of duty the result was all the same to Billy Byrne.Page 130
Coward! What was there in this padded ring for a man to fear who had faced death as Billy had faced it, and without an instant's consciousness of the meaning of the word fear? What was wrong with him, and then the shouts and curses and taunts of the crowd smote upon his ears, and he knew.Page 146
Now so long, and take care of yerself, bo," and Billy Byrne had gone.Page 157
He had earned it assisting an automobilist out of a ditch.Page 168
" The other growled an objection.Page 170
A shudder ran through her, and then the door crashed open and a man sprang into the room.Page 176
" Bridge laughed.Page 190
A low hill shut off from their view all but the head of the cut, and it also hid them from the sight of any possible enemy which might have been lurking in wait for them farther down the arroyo.Page 191
"Come this other way, Capitan.Page 234
"Some of Villa's men are with me, and they're a-goin' to take him to Cuivaca tomorrow.Page 236
" Beyond the closed door Eddie's jaw was commencing to tremble.Page 239
The foremost horseman dismounted and cut the strands of wire, carrying them to one side from the path of the feet of the horses which now passed through the opening he had made.Page 256
CHAPTER XVI.Page 257
as they approached higher ground, or wound through gullies and ravines it was lost to their sight; but always they kept it as their goal.Page 267
Three troopers reeled and slipped from their saddles.Page 278
I gotta chance to get away and live straight, and have a little happiness in life, and, Flannagan, the man who tries to crab my game is goin' to get himself croaked.