"I will remain," replied the ape-man. "I have business with The Sheik."
Meriem would have demurred, but The Killer seized them both by the
shoulders and hustled them through the slit wall and out into the
"Now run for it," he admonished, and turned to meet and hold those who
were pouring into the tent from the front.
The ape-man fought well--fought as he had never fought before; but the
odds were too great for victory, though he won that which he most
craved--time for the Englishman to escape with Meriem. Then he was
overwhelmed by numbers, and a few minutes later, bound and guarded, he
was carried to The Sheik's tent.
The old men eyed him in silence for a long time. He was trying to fix
in his own mind some form of torture that would gratify his rage and
hatred toward this creature who twice had been the means of his losing
possession of Meriem. The killing of Ali ben Kadin caused him little
anger--always had he hated the hideous son of his father's hideous
slave. The blow that this naked white warrior had once struck him
added fuel to his rage. He could think of nothing adequate to the
And as he sat there looking upon Korak the silence was broken by the
trumpeting of an elephant in the jungle beyond the palisade. A half
smile touched Korak's lips. He turned his head a trifle in the
direction from which the sound had come and then there broke from his
lips, a low, weird call. One of the blacks guarding him struck him
across the mouth with the haft of his spear; but none there knew the
significance of his cry.
In the jungle Tantor cocked his ears as the sound of Korak's voice fell
upon them. He approached the palisade and lifting his trunk above it,
sniffed. Then he placed his head against the wooden logs and pushed;
but the palisade was strong and only gave a little to the pressure.
In The Sheik's tent The Sheik rose at last, and, pointing toward the
bound captive, turned to one of his lieutenants.
"Burn him," he commanded. "At once. The stake is set."
The guard pushed Korak from The Sheik's presence. They dragged him to
the open space in the center of the village, where a high stake was set
in the ground. It had not been intended for burnings, but offered a
convenient place to tie up refractory slaves that they
That they were taken by the military power, which rose so suddenly in China after the fall of the republic, and which wrested Manchuria and Korea from Russia and Japan, and also absorbed the Philippines, is quite within the range of possibility.Page 3
Much of my service had been spent aboard the great merchantmen-of-war.Page 4
"The gravitation-screen generators, sir," he said.Page 7
I think that we should have succeeded, even though the ship was wracked from stem to stern by the terrific buffetings she received, and though she were half submerged the greater part of the time, had no further accident befallen us.Page 10
Johnson," I said.Page 17
The puzzle which confronted me I could not unravel.Page 32
She shook her head.Page 35
Where, indeed! I had not thought of that.Page 54
But when I would have essayed it another new and entirely unaccountable force restrained me.Page 56
Scarcely had I risen than the beast turned upon her side, struggled frantically for an instant, and then sank.Page 58
thought I heard the howl of a beast north of us--it might have been a wolf.Page 62
It was my intention.Page 63
He, on the contrary, emboldened by her former friendliness, sought every opportunity to be near her.Page 66
And then rage came to my relief--rage against the vile traitor who had deserted three of his fellow countrymen in so frightful a position.Page 68
"I see no one in it.Page 69
Delcarte was just stepping into the launch upon the opposite side of the stream, when, without the least warning, I was violently seized by both arms and about the waist--three or four men were upon me at once; my rifle was snatched from my hands and my revolver from my belt.Page 70
In the center of a plain stood a log fort, with a blockhouse at each of its four corners.Page 74
I had been a prisoner at the little frontier post for over a month, when orders came to Colonel Belik to hasten to the eastern frontier with the major portion of his command, leaving only one troop to garrison the fort.Page 79
"And who," asked Menelek, "are you, and by what name is your country called?" "I am Victory, Queen of Grabritin," replied the girl so quickly and so unexpectedly that I gasped in astonishment.