them time to get well out of sight of our cave, Thuvan
Dihn and I crept out and followed them, overtaking them when they
were well into the hills.
When we had come almost to them I called aloud to their leader, when
the whole party halted and turned toward us. The crucial test had
come. Could we but deceive these men the rest would be comparatively
"Kaor!" I cried as I came closer to them.
"Kaor!" responded the officer in charge of the party.
"We be from Illall," I continued, giving the name of the most remote
city of Okar, which has little or no intercourse with Kadabra.
"Only yesterday we arrived, and this morning the captain of the
gate told us that you were setting out to hunt orluks, which is
a sport we do not find in our own neighborhood. We have hastened
after you to pray that you allow us to accompany you."
The officer was entirely deceived, and graciously permitted us to
go with them for the day. The chance guess that they were bound
upon an orluk hunt proved correct, and Talu had said that the
chances were ten to one that such would be the mission of any party
leaving Kadabra by the pass through which we entered the valley,
since that way leads directly to the vast plains frequented by this
elephantine beast of prey.
In so far as the hunt was concerned, the day was a failure, for
we did not see a single orluk; but this proved more than fortunate
for us, since the yellow men were so chagrined by their misfortune
that they would not enter the city by the same gate by which they
had left it in the morning, as it seemed that they had made great
boasts to the captain of that gate about their skill at this
We, therefore, approached Kadabra at a point several miles from
that at which the party had quitted it in the morning, and so were
relieved of the danger of embarrassing questions and explanations
on the part of the gate captain, whom we had said had directed us
to this particular hunting party.
We had come quite close to the city when my attention was attracted
toward a tall, black shaft that reared its head several hundred
feet into the air from what appeared to be a tangled mass of junk
or wreckage, now partially snow-covered.
I did not dare venture an inquiry for fear of arousing suspicion
by evident ignorance of something which as a yellow man I should
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.Page 22
Paulvitch's fingers sought the lad's throat.Page 30
The window was open.Page 40
Or, if there were, the boy's troubled mind took no cognizance of them.Page 74
And that he did, with Akut braced upon one side of her and he upon the other, so that she was warmed by the bodies of them both.Page 93
their greediness they prevent the weaker from approaching the covered bait, and when once within the ordinary rude trap woven on the spot of interlaced branches they are able, with the aid of their friends upon the outside, to demolish their prison and escape.Page 107
"I've always let you boss things, Sven; but here's a case where what I say has got to go--because I'm right and you're wrong, and we both know it.Page 110
Meriem was still fighting off her attacker.Page 112
She drew back with a savage little growl.Page 124
Panting and bloody, Korak paused for want of further victims.Page 147
He shrank from revealing his fear in the presence of the girl.Page 158
Now, for the first time since she had come to them, Meriem felt like a prisoner in the bungalow of Bwana and My Dear.Page 174
He could not understand the remarkable change that had so suddenly come over the white man who had been afraid in the dark the night before.Page 182
The Hon.Page 188
Now he put his learning to use.Page 195
"I can go much faster alone.Page 197
Korak broke through the trees into the presence of Tantor, standing with upraised trunk, waving his great ears.Page 203
Morison lay for a long time contemplating the frightful future which awaited him during the long months which must intervene before his friends learned of his predicament and could get succor to him.Page 216
He could see nothing of her.Page 217
"Good! Tantor knew Akut well.