an Arab, Jenssen, than money,"
returned the first speaker--"revenge is one of them."
"Anyhow it will not harm to try the power of gold," replied Jenssen.
"Not on The Sheik," he said. "We might try it on one of his people;
but The Sheik will not part with his revenge for gold. To offer it to
him would only confirm his suspicions that we must have awakened when
we were talking to him before his tent. If we got away with our lives,
then, we should be fortunate."
"Well, try bribery, then," assented Jenssen.
But bribery failed--grewsomely. The tool they selected after a stay of
several days in their camp outside the village was a tall, old headman
of The Sheik's native contingent. He fell to the lure of the shining
metal, for he had lived upon the coast and knew the power of gold. He
promised to bring them what they craved, late that night.
Immediately after dark the two white men commenced to make arrangements
to break camp. By midnight all was prepared. The porters lay beside
their loads, ready to swing them aloft at a moment's notice. The armed
askaris loitered between the balance of the safari and the Arab
village, ready to form a rear guard for the retreat that was to begin
the moment that the head man brought that which the white masters
Presently there came the sound of footsteps along the path from the
village. Instantly the askaris and the whites were on the alert. More
than a single man was approaching. Jenssen stepped forward and
challenged the newcomers in a low whisper.
"Who comes?" he queried.
"Mbeeda," came the reply.
Mbeeda was the name of the traitorous head man. Jenssen was satisfied,
though he wondered why Mbeeda had brought others with him. Presently
he understood. The thing they fetched lay upon a litter borne by two
men. Jenssen cursed beneath his breath. Could the fool be bringing
them a corpse? They had paid for a living prize!
The bearers came to a halt before the white men.
"This has your gold purchased," said one of the two. They set the
litter down, turned and vanished into the darkness toward the village.
Malbihn looked at Jenssen, a crooked smile twisting his lips. The
thing upon the litter was covered with a piece of cloth.
"Well?" queried the latter. "Raise the covering and see what you have
bought. Much money shall we realize on a corpse--especially after the
I came upon him quite suddenly, and no less unexpectedly, upon the rim of the great Sahara Desert.Page 2
Perry bowed his head in prayer.Page 9
The steering wheel has not budged,.Page 24
Three feet of chain linked us together in a forced companionship which I, at least, soon rejoiced in.Page 29
In a land of perpetual noon there is no need of light above ground, yet I marveled that they had no means of lighting their way through these dark, subterranean passages.Page 35
" That was the excuse I made for Perry's benefit.Page 36
"Here they are not monsters, David," he replied.Page 44
Before him slaves and gorilla-men fought in mad stampede to escape the menace of the creature's death agonies, for such only could that frightful charge have been.Page 55
The men, for the most part, stood erect and stately with folded arms, awaiting their doom; but the women and children clung to one another, hiding behind the males.Page 56
slid noiselessly into the water.Page 81
Back and forth across the floor we struggled--the Mahar dealing me terrific, cutting blows with her fore feet, while I attempted to protect my body with my left hand, at the same time watching for an opportunity to transfer my blade from my now useless sword hand to its rapidly weakening mate.Page 87
The canyon had become a rocky slit, rising roughly at a steep angle toward what seemed a pass between two abutting peaks.Page 89
Along this I advanced, and at a sudden turning, a few yards beyond the canyon's end, the path widened, and at my left I saw the opening to a large cave.Page 93
As I climbed carefully up the ascent my attention suddenly was attracted aloft by the sound of strange hissing, and what resembled the flapping of wings.Page 94
"Dian! Thank God that I came in time.Page 96
Finally I suggested that we make some attempt to gain my cave, where we might escape the searching Jubal, for I am free to admit that I had no considerable desire to meet the formidable and ferocious creature, of whose mighty prowess Dian had told me when I first met her.Page 97
My heart was sad and heavy, and I wanted to make her feel badly by suggesting that something terrible might happen to me--that I might, in fact, be killed.Page 99
As the duel continued I began to gain confidence, for, to be perfectly candid, I had not expected to survive the first rush of that monstrous engine of ungoverned rage and hatred.Page 112
Ghak took his archers along the enemy's flank, and while the swordsmen engaged them in front, he poured volley after volley into their unprotected left.Page 116
For months I searched that scorching land, interviewing countless desert sheiks in the hope that at last I might find one who had heard of Innes and his wonderful iron mole.