of London," replied his prisoner.
The title sounded promising, and at once the wily old robber had
visions of ransom. His intentions, if not his attitude toward the
prisoner underwent a change--he would investigate further.
"What were you doing poaching in my country?" growled he.
"I was not aware that you owned Africa," replied the Hon. Morison. "I
was searching for a young woman who had been abducted from the home of
a friend. The abductor wounded me and I drifted down river in a
canoe--I was on my way back to his camp when your men seized me."
"A young woman?" asked The Sheik. "Is that she?" and he pointed to his
left over toward a clump of bushes near the stockade.
Baynes looked in the direction indicated and his eyes went wide, for
there, sitting cross-legged upon the ground, her back toward them, was
"Meriem!" he shouted, starting toward her; but one of his guards
grasped his arm and jerked him back. The girl leaped to her feet and
turned toward him as she heard her name.
"Morison!" she cried.
"Be still, and stay where you are," snapped The Sheik, and then to
Baynes. "So you are the dog of a Christian who stole my daughter from
"Your daughter?" ejaculated Baynes. "She is your daughter?"
"She is my daughter," growled the Arab, "and she is not for any
unbeliever. You have earned death, Englishman, but if you can pay for
your life I will give it to you."
Baynes' eyes were still wide at the unexpected sight of Meriem here in
the camp of the Arab when he had thought her in Hanson's power. What
had happened? How had she escaped the Swede? Had the Arab taken her
by force from him, or had she escaped and come voluntarily back to the
protection of the man who called her "daughter"? He would have given
much for a word with her. If she was safe here he might only harm her
by antagonizing the Arab in an attempt to take her away and return her
to her English friends. No longer did the Hon. Morison harbor thoughts
of luring the girl to London.
"Well?" asked The Sheik.
"Oh," exclaimed Baynes; "I beg your pardon--I was thinking of something
else. Why yes, of course, glad to pay, I'm sure. How much do you
think I'm worth?"
The Sheik named a sum that was rather less exorbitant than the Hon.
Morison had anticipated. The latter nodded his head in token of
"My head man had never before been in this part of the country and the guides who were to have accompanied me from the last village we passed knew even less of the country than we.Page 10
Here was the appearance and the scent of a man-thing and Numa had.Page 11
Then commenced a bombardment which brought forth earthshaking roars from Numa.Page 31
Tarzan viewed the vine-covered columns in mild wonderment.Page 37
his nerve, and becomes suddenly interested in a blowing leaf, a beetle, or the lice upon his hairy stomach.Page 41
The corrals, the hay stacks--all were gone.Page 47
Most of the few who deserted were recaptured.Page 59
The coming of Tarzan had aroused within La's breast the wild hope that at last the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy was at hand; but more strongly still had it aroused the hot fires of love in a heart that never otherwise would have known the meaning of that all-consuming passion, for such a wondrous creature as La could never have felt love for any of the repulsive priests of Opar.Page 63
Dusk came and after dusk came night.Page 80
The giant cocked his head upon one side and listened.Page 81
Wondering what could have become of his possessions, the ape-man turned slowly back along the trail in the direction from which he had come.Page 86
At the same instant a naked, brown giant dropped from the branches of a tree at the right of the clearing.Page 91
He exhibited his trophies to them, explaining in low gutturals the details of his exploit.Page 116
Only the clean-picked bones of the ape, scattered about the ground, attested the fact of what had transpired in this seemingly peaceful spot but a few hours before.Page 121
The Arab's eyes narrowed and he leaned forward, his gaze boring straight into the eyes of the Belgian.Page 126
Her husband was dead, and Werper fancied that he could replace in the girl's heart the position which had been vacated by the act of the grim reaper.Page 130
It is romance which lures men to lead wild lives of outlawry and crime.Page 142
"Greek," he explained.Page 150
The carnivore was crouching to spring as Tarzan discovered the tragic tableau.Page 153
In itself the hunt was a success, and ten days after its inauguration, a well-laden safari took up its return march toward the Waziri plain.