it was not difficult for the boy to put
two and two together and arrive at four as the sum--the four being
represented by a firm conviction that his master had deceived the other
white man and taken the latter's woman to his western camp, leaving the
other to suffer capture and punishment at the hands of the Big Bwana
whom all feared. Again the boy bared his rows of big, white teeth and
laughed aloud. Then he resumed his northward way, traveling at a
dogged trot that ate up the miles with marvelous rapidity.
In the Swede's camp the Hon. Morison had spent an almost sleepless
night of nervous apprehension and doubts and fears. Toward morning he
had slept, utterly exhausted. It was the headman who awoke him shortly
after sun rise to remind him that they must at once take up their
northward journey. Baynes hung back. He wanted to wait for "Hanson"
and Meriem. The headman urged upon him the danger that lay in
loitering. The fellow knew his master's plans sufficiently well to
understand that he had done something to arouse the ire of the Big
Bwana and that it would fare ill with them all if they were overtaken
in Big Bwana's country. At the suggestion Baynes took alarm.
What if the Big Bwana, as the head-man called him, had surprised
"Hanson" in his nefarious work. Would he not guess the truth and
possibly be already on the march to overtake and punish him? Baynes
had heard much of his host's summary method of dealing out punishment
to malefactors great and small who transgressed the laws or customs of
his savage little world which lay beyond the outer ramparts of what men
are pleased to call frontiers. In this savage world where there was no
law the Big Bwana was law unto himself and all who dwelt about him. It
was even rumored that he had extracted the death penalty from a white
man who had maltreated a native girl.
Baynes shuddered at the recollection of this piece of gossip as he
wondered what his host would exact of the man who had attempted to
steal his young, white ward. The thought brought him to his feet.
"Yes," he said, nervously, "we must get away from here at once. Do you
know the trail to the north?"
The head-man did, and he lost no time in getting the safari upon the
It was noon when a tired and sweat-covered runner overtook the trudging
The few seconds of grace that this gave me found me safely lodged in the branches of a tree a few paces from that in which Perry had at last found a haven.Page 24
Directly ahead of me in the chain gang was a young woman.Page 33
Do I make myself quite clear?" "You do not, Perry," I replied.Page 34
He told Ghak that he had not seen Dian or the others after releasing them within the dark grotto.Page 41
At the barrier the Sagoths clambered up the steep side with truly apelike agility, while behind them the haughty queen rose upon her wings with her two frightful dragons close beside her, and settled down upon the largest bowlder of them all in the exact center of that side of the amphitheater which is reserved for the dominant race.Page 46
As I watched them playing about I discovered, not only that they suckled their young, but that at intervals they rose to the surface to breathe as well as to feed upon certain grasses and a strange, scarlet lichen which grew upon the rocks just above the water line.Page 50
"Where do they live?" He looked at me in surprise.Page 51
As we touched.Page 53
are the windings of these trails, so varied the connecting links and the distances which one must retrace one's steps from the paths' ends to find them that a Mezop often reaches man's estate before he is familiar even with those which lead from his own city to the sea.Page 54
"But," added Ja, "there is an entrance near the base of which even the Mahars know nothing.Page 75
"Yes," continued the old man, "we are both right.Page 76
If you and Ghak should manage to escape I want you to promise me that you will find Dian the Beautiful and tell her that with my last words I asked her forgiveness for the unintentional affront I put upon her, and that my one wish was to be spared long enough to right the wrong that I had done her.Page 81
Cornered, I knew that they would fight like demons, and they were well equipped to fight if fight they must.Page 82
"Very well," I said, "you may come with us, Hooja; but at the first intimation of treachery I shall run my sword through you.Page 83
It is with no sense of shame that I admit that I was frightened--never before in my life, nor since, did I experience any such agony of soulsearing fear and suspense as enveloped me.Page 92
The broad yellow bands that stripe the dark roan of their coats made me take them for zebra when I first saw them.Page 102
I wanted to hate her, but I couldn't.Page 105
To me it was a revelation of the things my early forebears must have endured that the human race of the outer crust might survive.Page 110
Perry's experiments in the manufacture of gunpowder and the fashioning of rifles had not progressed as rapidly as we had hoped--there was a whole lot about these two arts which Perry didn't know.Page 114
There were books, rifles, revolvers, ammunition, cameras, chemicals, telephones, telegraph instruments, wire, tools and more books--books upon every subject under the sun.