"Go back! Go back!" cried Korak. "He will kill you."
Meriem paused. "Tantor!" she called to the huge brute. "Don't you
remember me? I am little Meriem. I used to ride on your broad back;"
but the bull only rumbled in his throat and shook his tusks in angry
defiance. Then Korak tried to placate him. Tried to order him away,
that the girl might approach and release him; but Tantor would not go.
He saw in every human being other than Korak an enemy. He thought the
girl bent upon harming his friend and he would take no chances. For an
hour the girl and the man tried to find some means whereby they might
circumvent the beast's ill directed guardianship, but all to no avail;
Tantor stood his ground in grim determination to let no one approach
Presently the man hit upon a scheme. "Pretend to go away," he called
to the girl. "Keep down wind from us so that Tantor won't get your
scent, then follow us. After a while I'll have him put me down, and
find some pretext for sending him away. While he is gone you can slip
up and cut my bonds--have you a knife?"
"Yes, I have a knife," she replied. "I'll go now--I think we may be
able to fool him; but don't be too sure--Tantor invented cunning."
Korak smiled, for he knew that the girl was right. Presently she had
disappeared. The elephant listened, and raised his trunk to catch her
scent. Korak commanded him to raise him to his head once more and
proceed upon their way. After a moment's hesitation he did as he was
bid. It was then that Korak heard the distant call of an ape.
"Akut!" he thought. "Good! Tantor knew Akut well. He would let him
approach." Raising his voice Korak replied to the call of the ape; but
he let Tantor move off with him through the jungle; it would do no harm
to try the other plan. They had come to a clearing and plainly Korak
smelled water. Here was a good place and a good excuse. He ordered
Tantor to lay him down, and go and fetch him water in his trunk. The
big beast deposited him upon the grass in the center of the clearing,
then he stood with cocked ears and attentive trunk, searching for the
slightest indication of danger--there seemed to
We'll find the beach and get busy.Page 7
It was coming straight down toward the muzzle of the machine-gun and I let it have it right in the breast; but still it came for me, so that I had to dive and turn, though I was dangerously close to earth.Page 13
In answer to the report of the rifle I had the satisfaction of seeing the brute spring into the air, turning a complete somersault; but it was up again almost instantly, though in the brief second that it took it to scramble to its feet and get its bearings, it exposed its left side fully toward me, and a second bullet went crashing through its heart.Page 14
This ornament appeared to be a huge turquoise, while the metal of all her ornaments was beaten, virgin gold, inlaid in intricate design with bits of mother-of-pearl and tiny pieces of stone of various colors.Page 17
I had managed to progress a little in the acquisition of a knowledge of her tongue, so that I knew many of the animals and reptiles by their Caspakian names, and trees and ferns and grasses.Page 21
Ajor, having less.Page 28
Ajor spoke in tones of reverence of Luata, the god of heat and life.Page 29
There was little timber close to the base of the cliffs, and so I was forced to enter the wood some two hundred yards distant.Page 31
Here they fed me, releasing my arms, and I ate of half-cooked aurochs steak and a stew which may have been made of snakes, for many of the long, round pieces of meat suggested them most nauseatingly.Page 33
I cursed myself for the foolish act which had taken me from the search-party that so depended upon me, and I wondered what progress, if any, they had made.Page 39
It was the reaction, of course; and then too, she was very weak.Page 45
"But I could so easily have killed him as he stood there defenseless!" I exclaimed.Page 46
"It is So-al!" exclaimed To-mar.Page 50
However, to a cos-ata-lo any fate is preferable to that of falling into the clutches of the frightful Wieroo, from whose land none returns.Page 53
They told us that they would be well received as additions to a tribe always are welcomed, and the more so as the distance from the beginning increased, the higher tribes or races being far weaker numerically than the lower.Page 72
"We learned the designs of Al-tan and Du-seen.Page 73
Stripped to the skin, I donned the red-deerskin tunic, the leopard-tail, the golden fillet, armlets and leg-ornaments of a Galu, with the belt, scabbard and knife, the shield, spear, bow and arrow and the long rope which I learned now for the first time is the distinctive weapon of the Galu warrior.Page 74
I could not have been more pleased with any weapon, short of a rifle, which he could have found for me, since I have been adept with the rope from early childhood; but I must confess that I was less favorably inclined toward my apparel.Page 79
night, and below us was game--deer, sheep, anything that a hungry hunter might crave; so down the steep trail we made our way, and then upon my belly with Nobs crouching low behind me, I crawled toward a small herd of red deer feeding at the edge of a plain close beside a forest.Page 86
" I couldn't kill her--not at least until the last moment; and I told her so, and that I loved her, and that until death came, I would live and fight for her.