run for it. Ride through
the gap that Tantor made," and as she saw Baynes swing his leg over the
back of his horse, she shook the reins free over her mount's neck.
With a lunge, the nervous beast leaped forward. The shortest path led
straight through the center of the village, and this Meriem took.
Baynes was close behind her, their horses running at full speed.
So sudden and impetuous was their dash for escape that it carried them
half-way across the village before the surprised inhabitants were aware
of what was happening. Then an Arab recognized them, and, with a cry
of alarm, raised his rifle and fired. The shot was a signal for a
volley, and amid the rattle of musketry Meriem and Baynes leaped their
flying mounts through the breach in the palisade and were gone up the
well-worn trail toward the north.
Tantor carried him deep into the jungle, nor paused until no sound from
the distant village reached his keen ears. Then he laid his burden
gently down. Korak struggled to free himself from his bonds, but even
his great strength was unable to cope with the many strands of
hard-knotted cord that bound him. While he lay there, working and
resting by turns, the elephant stood guard above him, nor was there
jungle enemy with the hardihood to tempt the sudden death that lay in
that mighty bulk.
Dawn came, and still Korak was no nearer freedom than before. He
commenced to believe that he should die there of thirst and starvation
with plenty all about him, for he knew that Tantor could not unloose
the knots that held him.
And while he struggled through the night with his bonds, Baynes and
Meriem were riding rapidly northward along the river. The girl had
assured Baynes that Korak was safe in the jungle with Tantor. It had
not occurred to her that the ape-man might not be able to burst his
bonds. Baynes had been wounded by a shot from the rifle of one of the
Arabs, and the girl wanted to get him back to Bwana's home, where he
could be properly cared for.
"Then," she said, "I shall get Bwana to come with me and search for
Korak. He must come and live with us."
All night they rode, and the day was still young when they came
suddenly upon a party hurrying southward. It was Bwana himself and his
sleek, black warriors. At sight of Baynes the big Englishman's brows
contracted in a
All night we had hovered above the tossing billows of the moonlight clouds.Page 5
thirty or one hundred seventy-five has been, as you know, the direst calamity that could befall a naval commander.Page 10
I demand that you arrest him!" "You forget yourself, Mr.Page 11
The crew, with the exception of those whose duties kept them below, were ranged on deck below the bridge.Page 12
To relieve the monotony I had taken to fishing, and early that morning I had departed from the Coldwater in one of the boats on such an excursion.Page 17
Up the bay and into the River Tamar we motored through a solitude as unbroken as that which rested upon the waters of the Channel.Page 21
As we talked, Snider joined us, and I returned his rifle to him.Page 24
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As he came I pumped two more bullets into.Page 32
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I pointed out that phase of it to her, but she only shrugged her shapely shoulders and pointed to her knife.Page 52
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Releasing my hold upon the ivy, I dropped the remaining distance to the ground, saved from laceration only because the lion's paw struck the thick stem of ivy.Page 54
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