he said. "I am cold and hungry. We will search for food, out
there in the sunlight," and he pointed to an open plain, dotted with
stunted trees and strewn with jagged rock.
The boy slid to the ground as he spoke, but the ape first looked
carefully about, sniffing the morning air. Then, satisfied that no
danger lurked near, he descended slowly to the ground beside the boy.
"Numa, and Sabor his mate, feast upon those who descend first and look
afterward, while those who look first and descend afterward live to
feast themselves." Thus the old ape imparted to the son of Tarzan the
boy's first lesson in jungle lore. Side by side they set off across
the rough plain, for the boy wished first to be warm. The ape showed
him the best places to dig for rodents and worms; but the lad only
gagged at the thought of devouring the repulsive things. Some eggs
they found, and these he sucked raw, as also he ate roots and tubers
which Akut unearthed. Beyond the plain and across a low bluff they
came upon water--brackish, ill-smelling stuff in a shallow water hole,
the sides and bottom of which were trampled by the feet of many beasts.
A herd of zebra galloped away as they approached.
The lad was too thirsty by now to cavil at anything even remotely
resembling water, so he drank his fill while Akut stood with raised
head, alert for any danger. Before the ape drank he cautioned the boy
to be watchful; but as he drank he raised his head from time to time to
cast a quick glance toward a clump of bushes a hundred yards away upon
the opposite side of the water hole. When he had done he rose and
spoke to the boy, in the language that was their common heritage--the
tongue of the great apes.
"There is no danger near?" he asked.
"None," replied the boy. "I saw nothing move while you drank."
"Your eyes will help you but little in the jungle," said the ape.
"Here, if you would live, you must depend upon your ears and your nose
but most upon your nose. When we came down to drink I knew that no
danger lurked near upon this side of the water hole, for else the
zebras would have discovered it and fled before we came; but upon the
other side toward which the wind blows danger might lie concealed. We
could not smell it for its scent
uninhabited, fertile and possessed a clear, sweet brook which had its source in a cold spring in the higher land at the island's center.Page 8
The pirates were skimming rapidly across the smooth waters of the harbor, answering Sing's harmless shots with yells of derision and wild, savage war cries.Page 9
which confronted them.Page 15
" "Forgive me, Professor," von Horn hastened to urge.Page 28
Sing's quick eyes scanned the surrounding jungle, and in a moment, staggering to his feet, he cried, "Look see, klick! Foot plint!" and ran, weak and reeling drunkenly, along the broad trail made by the giant creature and its prey.Page 31
"What would you do? Kill--," and then of a sudden he realized his daughter's presence and the necessity for keeping the origin of the young giant from her knowledge.Page 33
"What could be worse than that which you already have divulged? Oh, how could you have permitted it?" "There is much worse than I have told you, Virginia.Page 35
either from his machinations.Page 37
" As von Horn spoke the expression on the young man's face became more and more hopeless, and when he had ceased he dropped his head into his open palms, sitting quiet and motionless as a carven statue.Page 45
Number Thirteen saw the blood spurt from a superficial wound in the shoulder of the fellow who received Sing's bullet, but except for eliciting a howl of rage the missile had no immediate effect.Page 56
Outside the frightened monsters groped through the blinding rain and darkness in search of shelter.Page 59
With closed eyes she clung in silent prayer beside her berth waiting for the moment that would bring the engulfing waters and oblivion--praying that the end might come speedily and release her from the torture of nervous apprehension that had terrorized her for what seemed an eternity.Page 65
It happened that his haven of refuge was but a short distance south of the harbor in which he knew the Ithaca to be moored, and in the morning he decided to pay that vessel a visit in the hope that he might learn something of advantage about the girl from one of her lascar crew.Page 70
On shore behind them the infuriated Dyaks who had escaped to the beach danced and shrieked; von Horn, from his hiding place, looked on in surprised wonder, and Bududreen's lascar cursed the fate that had left a party of forty head hunters upon the same small island with him.Page 86
From the deck of the larger vessel the deserted prahu which had borne Bulan across the strait was visible, as were the bodies of the slain Dyaks and the misshapen creatures.Page 87
of the white giant's forces.Page 90
As they travelled they subsisted upon the fruits with which they had become familiar upon the island of their creation.Page 97
thoroughly frightened at the mere sight of the white giant of whom they had heard such terrible stories, turned and hastened back in the direction from which they had come, leaving the man to what seemed must be a speedy and horrible death.Page 112
How large these men were--she never had seen a native of such giant proportions; and now they had come quite close to her, and as the foremost stooped to speak to.Page 123
Oh, Bulan, my Bulan, what a cruel fate that permitted us to find one another only to die together!" 16 SING SPEAKS For a week Professor Maxon with von Horn and Sing sought for Virginia.