about him at the
havoc he had wrought, but whether he was awaiting a renewal of the
attack or was deliberating which of his foes he should exterminate
first Paulvitch could not guess. What he could guess, however, was
that the moment the two officers came within firing distance of the
beast they would put an end to him in short order unless something were
done and done quickly to prevent. The ape had made no move to attack
the Russian but even so the man was none too sure of what might happen
were he to interfere with the savage beast, now thoroughly aroused to
bestial rage, and with the smell of new spilled blood fresh in its
nostrils. For an instant he hesitated, and then again there rose
before him the dreams of affluence which this great anthropoid would
doubtless turn to realities once Paulvitch had landed him safely in
some great metropolis like London.
The captain was shouting to him now to stand aside that he might have a
shot at the animal; but instead Paulvitch shuffled to the ape's side,
and though the man's hair quivered at its roots he mastered his fear
and laid hold of the ape's arm.
"Come!" he commanded, and tugged to pull the beast from among the
sailors, many of whom were now sitting up in wide eyed fright or
crawling away from their conqueror upon hands and knees.
Slowly the ape permitted itself to be led to one side, nor did it show
the slightest indication of a desire to harm the Russian. The captain
came to a halt a few paces from the odd pair.
"Get aside, Sabrov!" he commanded. "I'll put that brute where he won't
chew up any more able seamen."
"It wasn't his fault, captain," pleaded Paulvitch. "Please don't shoot
him. The men started it--they attacked him first. You see, he's
perfectly gentle--and he's mine--he's mine--he's mine! I won't let you
kill him," he concluded, as his half-wrecked mentality pictured anew
the pleasure that money would buy in London--money that he could not
hope to possess without some such windfall as the ape represented.
The captain lowered his weapon. "The men started it, did they?" he
repeated. "How about that?" and he turned toward the sailors who had
by this time picked themselves from the ground, none of them much the
worse for his experience except the fellow who had been the cause of
it, and who would doubtless nurse a sore shoulder for a week or so.
"Simpson done it," said
Though still in his thirties, Alexis Paulvitch could easily have passed for eighty.Page 27
It was the last thing that the American ever heard in this life.Page 54
Akut listened and as he listened the intuition of the beast suggested the truth to him--the boy was planning to return to his own kind.Page 61
Half in anger, half in play the anthropoid turned upon him, his fangs bared and glistening.Page 70
If he couldn't have happiness of this sort himself he wanted to enjoy the happiness of others.Page 78
A leather thong over one shoulder supported the ever present Geeka who was still the recipient of her most sacred confidences.Page 79
In the hunt they helped her locate her quarry.Page 93
But what neither the Swedes nor the baboons saw was the half-naked figure of a youth hidden in the foliage of a nearby tree.Page 97
There was a good twelve inches of space between the broad back of the black and the frame of the doorway.Page 101
So now as.Page 120
They satisfied themselves of each other's identity.Page 126
For some time he had camped near the village, spending the.Page 137
For a time both were silently absorbed in their own reflections as they rode on toward the bungalow of their host.Page 147
"Come on," said Meriem, "let's ride in a way--the forest is wonderful at night.Page 149
" "I cannot marry you just yet," explained the Hon.Page 153
"How did you happen to be with them, Hanson?" he asked.Page 175
Slowly he was dragging her toward the blankets, and slowly her fingers encircled the coveted prize and drew it from its resting place.Page 184
He recognized The Sheik the moment his eyes fell upon him.Page 205
Nor were conditions altered now after the years of her absence--she and Mabunu were alone in the women's quarters.Page 208
"I have business with The Sheik.