"No!" he announced. "Bwana says I take you
home. So I take you home."
"You refuse to let me go?" asked the girl.
The black nodded, and fell to the rear where he might better watch her.
Meriem half smiled. Presently her horse passed beneath a low-hanging
branch, and the black headman found himself gazing at the girl's empty
saddle. He ran forward to the tree into which she had disappeared. He
could see nothing of her. He called; but there was no response, unless
it might have been a low, taunting laugh far to the right. He sent his
men into the jungle to search for her; but they came back empty handed.
After a while he resumed his march toward the farm, for Baynes, by this
time, was delirious with fever.
Meriem raced straight back toward the point she imagined Tantor would
make for--a point where she knew the elephants often gathered deep in
the forest due east of The Sheik's village. She moved silently and
swiftly. From her mind she had expunged all thoughts other than that
she must reach Korak and bring him back with her. It was her place to
do that. Then, too, had come the tantalizing fear that all might not
be well with him. She upbraided herself for not thinking of that
before--of letting her desire to get the wounded Morison back to the
bungalow blind her to the possibilities of Korak's need for her. She
had been traveling rapidly for several hours without rest when she
heard ahead of her the familiar cry of a great ape calling to his kind.
She did not reply, only increased her speed until she almost flew. Now
there came to her sensitive nostrils the scent of Tantor and she knew
that she was on the right trail and close to him she sought. She did
not call out because she wished to surprise him, and presently she did,
breaking into sight of them as the great elephant shuffled ahead
balancing the man and the heavy stake upon his head, holding them there
with his upcurled trunk.
"Korak!" cried Meriem from the foliage above him.
Instantly the bull swung about, lowered his burden to the ground and,
trumpeting savagely, prepared to defend his comrade. The ape-man,
recognizing the girl's voice, felt a sudden lump in his throat.
"Meriem!" he called back to her.
Happily the girl clambered to the ground and ran forward to release
Korak; but Tantor lowered his head ominously and trumpeted a
"Why it's Virginia Maxon and the professor, her father.Page 6
The cook, a harmless old Chinaman, and Virginia were left in sole possession of the Ithaca.Page 7
"Klick! Klick!" he cried, running toward Virginia.Page 8
Tearing the cover from it she swung the muzzle toward the pirate prahu, which by now was nearly within range above the vessel's side--a moment more and she would be too close to use the weapon upon the pirates.Page 10
It often seemed to Virginia when she caught her father's eyes upon her that there was a gleam of dislike in them, as though he would have been glad to have been rid of her that she might not in any way embarrass or interfere with his work.Page 18
"And what of these first who are so imperfect?" asked von Horn.Page 40
" "Splendid--splendid," replied the professor.Page 50
"Many of our men were killed, but your father escaped and has gone to the ship.Page 53
Without a word he turned and fled toward the jungle.Page 63
"Come!" repeated Number Thirteen.Page 65
had scurried for shelter within one of the many tiny coves which indent the island's entire coast.Page 73
"That is simple," returned von Horn.Page 76
There remained but a handful of brown warriors in one end of the boat when the advantage of utilizing their knowledge of the river and of navigation occurred to Number Thirteen.Page 81
"He does not suspect that you are one of Muda Saffir's people.Page 91
At last five of them managed to escape into the jungle, but fifteen remained quietly upon the earth where they had fallen--the victims of their own over confidence.Page 103
They had already sprung upon the prostrate form of their victim to finish what the accident had commenced, when the loud report of Sing's revolver smote upon their startled ears as the Chinaman's bullet buried itself in the heart of Number Ten.Page 111
They had gone warily for fear that they might stumble upon Ninaka's party before Muda Saffir arrived with reinforcements, and but just now had they discovered the prostrate forms of their two companions.Page 117
" "All my life," replied Bulan truthfully.Page 124
For two days Bulan lay raving in the delirium of fever, while the delicate girl, unused to hardship and exposure, watched over him and nursed him with the loving tenderness and care of a young mother with her first born.Page 125
" At the words Virginia turned back toward Bulan with a little scream of warning and of horror.