ape-man deserted his bulky comrade and took to the trees in a rapid
race toward the south and the spot where the Swede had told him Meriem
might be. It was dark when he came to the palisade, strengthened
considerably since the day that he had rescued Meriem from her pitiful
life within its cruel confines. No longer did the giant tree spread
its branches above the wooden rampart; but ordinary man-made defenses
were scarce considered obstacles by Korak. Loosening the rope at his
waist he tossed the noose over one of the sharpened posts that composed
the palisade. A moment later his eyes were above the level of the
obstacle taking in all within their range beyond. There was no one in
sight close by, and Korak drew himself to the top and dropped lightly
to the ground within the enclosure.
Then he commenced his stealthy search of the village. First toward the
Arab tents he made his way, sniffing and listening. He passed behind
them searching for some sign of Meriem. Not even the wild Arab curs
heard his passage, so silently he went--a shadow passing through
shadows. The odor of tobacco told him that the Arabs were smoking
before their tents. The sound of laughter fell upon his ears, and then
from the opposite side of the village came the notes of a once familiar
tune: God Save the King. Korak halted in perplexity. Who might it
be--the tones were those of a man. He recalled the young Englishman he
had left on the river trail and who had disappeared before he returned.
A moment later there came to him a woman's voice in reply--it was
Meriem's, and The Killer, quickened into action, slunk rapidly in the
direction of these two voices.
The evening meal over Meriem had gone to her pallet in the women's
quarters of The Sheik's tent, a little corner screened off in the rear
by a couple of priceless Persian rugs to form a partition. In these
quarters she had dwelt with Mabunu alone, for The Sheik had no wives.
Nor were conditions altered now after the years of her absence--she and
Mabunu were alone in the women's quarters.
Presently The Sheik came and parted the rugs. He glared through the
dim light of the interior.
"Meriem!" he called. "Come hither."
The girl arose and came into the front of the tent. There the light of
a fire illuminated the interior. She saw Ali ben Kadin, The Sheik's
half brother, squatted
Beyond was the great unknown.Page 2
Therefore, I am twenty-one years old.Page 7
He was a good officer, but a man for whom I had conceived a rather unreasoning aversion almost at the first moment of meeting him, an aversion which was not lessened by the knowledge which I subsequently gained that he looked upon my rapid promotion with jealousy.Page 8
"The other three have gone," I said, and I happened to be looking at Johnson as I spoke.Page 30
I stood there, resting, for a moment, preparatory to turning and retracing my steps to the launch, when, without warning, something whizzed through space straight toward me.Page 35
Also, they retained the word father.Page 39
Buckingham became red in the face.Page 41
Finally, I came to the conclusion that I was absolutely friendless except for the old queen.Page 48
But when I had come to that part of the city which I judged to have contained the relics I sought I found havoc that had been wrought there even greater than elsewhere.Page 54
What further might have developed I cannot say, for at that moment a perfect she-devil of a lioness, with keener eyes than her lord and master, discovered us.Page 56
I was on the point of striking out to seize her, when a happy smile illumined her features.Page 59
They both were astounded to see me upon the north bank of the river, and much more so at the sight of my companion.Page 74
On the whole, it is apparent that the black race has thrived far better in the past two centuries under men of its own color than it had under the domination of whites during all previous history.Page 75
It was a scene of wondrous and barbaric splendor, for the men and beasts from the south were gaily caparisoned in rich colors, in marked contrast to the gray uniformed forces of the frontier, with which I had been familiar.Page 78
his headquarters in the stone building that was called the palace.Page 80
I have not attempted to fully describe my sensations at the moment I recognized Victory, because, I can assure you, they were entirely indescribable.Page 81
Presently officers and slaves commenced to traverse the corridor on matters pertaining to their duties, and then came the emperor, scowling and wrathful.Page 82
"Out of here! Out of here! Quick, before I kill you!" But for answer I rushed upon him, striking him with the butt of the rifle.Page 83
A great, jagged hole was torn in the ceiling, and the wall toward the corridor had been blown entirely out.Page 84
"You called me a barbarian!" she said.