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NEXT WEEK'S COMPLETE HOVEL IN THE EVENING WOULD
When Liberty Was Born
TarzarVs Creator Writes a Now
Romance of the African Jungle
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
BY ALBERT PAYSON TERHUNE
Slich IS Life J a&SS By Maurice Kettenl
I Tier 1 E f 7rtoii S ( I
LrOoC9TUt. 1(19. by Pm Ptiblbhlnf Co. (Nw
Tort El mini World.)
Bntonss or rnrcEDiMj instalments.
JaBlrara gcott Jr., 4 rtcJl jaung MuiUndar,
doalaa A kl urn trip 10 Africa, mirrtu Ruth
Morton, a mlatonur't daoahtrr. Boolt U UiM
lT astasia, nit arfdow com to hla fatWt ilafj.
land. noma tth bar babj diuthux, Vlnjlula. aha
brtan 'alone bar weddlat wtuicata nJ oth
Man, sfcfc a (4thn4a-liw puta awaj for Mf
Jrrtfaf, Virginia rrowa to IcauUful womtntiood,
liar '(raodfitlv din. Htia la. prtauraablr, hrlr to
Mi fortuna. Bcott Tartar. 4 dlamlata cnt" of
,Uw tU man, come from Ntw Tor to tha Mtrj
Und plantation la claim tin nUU, No will li
fond. Tailor hlnte Ui4t Virginia' lriU an
nut Bunied. Thrif mddlsc ccrtlBeata Wine r
ptraoUj lort. Virginia'! mother writea ta her
hurtnd'i former ohum, Robert Oordon, an African
uplonr. ailing him to pro? bar mirrtagi. TI14
Ifttat mohtt Oordoo'a aon. Dick. 111a tUr la
daad. Dlok raaolraa to to to Africa In atarch
of tfca rtdxx Mr. Scott natda. Tailor bin
Ittnaan to follow and kill Oordna. VlrgUla 41m
m to Afilu an a aunt for srtdtnea of bar
UST what words pissed be
tween them aho could not
know, but suddonly tho
porter hurled his load to
tho ground, shouting to tho others
who had already assumed their bur
dens. One by ono these followed his
example, at tho eamo tlmo shouting
taunts and Insults at tho fronUc,
dancing, futllo headman. Tho annod
roombcra of tho party tho natlvo es
cortleaned on their rlllca and
grinned at tho dlscomilturo of tho
Virginia's heart eank an sho wit
nessed this open break. It was mu
tiny, puro and simple, and her head
man was qulto evidently wholly inca
pablo of coping with It. That it
would quickly spread to tho armed
guard she was sure, for their attltudo
proclaimed that their sympathies
wcro with tho porters. Something
must bu done, ana Uuiia at unce, nor
was there another than hurseif to do
Tho headman and tho largo porter
were wrangling In' high pitched voices.
The other porters had closed In about
the two, for It was evident that they
would soon como to blows. Tho atti
tude of oil the bearers wns angry and
ullon. The members of the uskarl
still grinned this was tho only reas
suring symptom of tho wholo danger
ous affair. They had not yot openly
espoused tho causa of tho mutineers.
Virginia" crime to a decision quick
ly. Bhe crossed tho space between
herself and tho porters at a rapid
walk, shouldering her way between
tho watchers until sho stood beforo
tho headman and tho bellicose porter.
At sight of her they stopped their
wrangling tor a moment Virginia
turned to tho headman.
"Jell this boy,' sho snld, "that I
say bo must pick up his pack at onco."
Tho head man Interpreted her order
to tho mutlncor. Tho lattor only
laughed derlslvoly, making no move
to obey. Very deliberately Virginia
drew hor revolver trom its holster at
hor hip. Bho levelled It at tho pit of
the porter's stomach and with a ilngor
of her left hand pointed at thn pack
upon the ground. Sho said nothing.
She know that sho had committed
horsolf to a policy which might neces
sltato tho fulfilment of tho threat
which tho lovolled weapon tmpllod,
nnd she was ready to adliero to that
policy to tho bitter end.
Tho fato of her expedition hung up
on tho outcome of this clash between
lier porters and lier representative,
tho headman; and upon tho fato of
the expedition hung, possibly, the
very llfo of a stranger who had placed
himself In Joopardy to nervo hor.
Thero was no alternative sho must,
she would compel subordination.
Tho porter made no move to assume
his burden, but ho cousod to laugh.
Instead, his little oyes narrowed, his
heavy lower Jaw and pendulous under
lip drooped sullenly. Ho reminded
the' girl middcnly of a hugo brute
about to spring upon 1U prey, nnd
she tightened tho pressure of her
linger upon tho trigger of hor re
volver. "Tell him," hIio instructed tho head
man, "that punishment for mutiny Is
death. That If he dors not pick up
his pack at once I shall shoot him,
Just as I should ohoot a hyena that
menaced my safety."
The headman did ns ho was bid.
The. porter looked nt tho encircling
faces of his friends for encourage
ment. Iln thought thut lie found It
there, and then an evil spirit whis
pered to Mm that tho whlto woman
would not daro shoot and ho took a.
step toward lier, threateningly.
It was his laBt Mop, for tho Instant
that ho took It Virginia tired not nt
his stomach, but at his hoart and ho
crumpled forward to tumble at hor
feet. Without a second glnnro at him
sho wheeled upon tho other porters.
"Pick up your pncksiund march!" she
commanded, nnd those who could not
understand her words nt least did not
misinterpret tho menace of her lev
elled weapon. Ono by one, nnd with
grentor alacrity than they had
evinced since tho first day out, they
shouldered tholr burdens, and a mo
ment Inter wero filing nlong tho trail.
The nskarl still grinned, for which
Virginia was devoutly thankful.
From then on sho became her own
headman, using that dignitary prin
cipally as nn Interpreter, nor for
many days was there again tho
iB,itC9t show of Insubordination
gat camo later, with results so dis
astrous tlit-but why antlclpato du
ller CHAPTER IV.
Al"t to tho west niclinrd Gor
don had penetrated the
Junglo to tho slto of tho
ruined mission. Ho had
scraped around tho woods
whlch overgrow tho razed walls of tho
bungalow, and at Inst ho had como
upon the flagging of tho old hearth.
Stone aflor stouo ho pried from its
placq until beneath 0111 ha at last
camo upon 11 tiny vault, and a mo
ment later Ifls groping Angers touched
rtM-uate'd' tlu box that crumpled bo
neath them. Feeling carefully amid
m Hrt ClnvAn flnaUT tii1r.w
a long manlla enrelope which had
withstood the ravages of time. It
still was scaled, nor did be break It
open, for It was all the box contained
other than a few loose pieces of Jew
elry and therefore must contain the
paper be sought.
IMck Gordon was dated by the uo-
cess of his adventure. He had feared
that even the old hearth might have
disappeared and the paper with It, for
ho luui no means of knowing how
completo had been 'tho Wakandai'l
domolltlon of the mission, as upon nls
former vltvt lio had seen no sign of
tho old chimney and ft replace.
Karly the following oornlnc he set
out upon the return Journey toward
tho coast, confident that no further
obstacles other than those ordinary to
African travel lay between him and
tho delivery of tho packet safely into
the hands of Mrs. Bcott,
How could h,e guess that to tho
cost of him three American crooks,
bent upon nothing less than his death.
oarrca his way to tho coast?
That they were maklnir short
marches and slow ones was of Utile
moment to the three. They soon hjd
tired of the hardships of African
travel, and finally gavo up the hope
of overtaking Gordon bofore ho
reached the mission. To waylay him
upon his return would answer their
purpose qulto as well, and so when
they camo at last to a village through
which Qordon must pass unon his re. .
turn to tho coast It required little
discussion of tho question to deoldo
them to await him there.
in viow of generous gifts tho native
chief welcomed them to his honltl-
Iry. He not asldo a commodious hut
jor mo inrco wnucs. Tney unstop
pored numerous bottles of Irish whis
key and tho blacks brewed thtr nn.
tlve beer. Tho visit was a long-drawn
Hacchanallon revel which the whites
tounu mucn moro to their taste than
mug, urcsomo marcnes and the viols.
Bltudcj of ever changlntr camps.
Hut ono day tho peaco of the com
munity was rudely startled. A lion
seized upon nn unwary woman work
ing In a llttlo patch of cultivated
grounu outsuio tho village. Her
nuruaiiis orougnt out tho warriors
and tho whites: but tho lion dragged
his prey Into the Jungle, her scream
ing ceased, nor was she ever seen
ino natives wero terHftoii. t. I
besought tho whites to help them
i" bo lunn wnn tncir guns nnd slay
the man-eater: but though th.v
hunted for two days no trnco of tho
jMuurnuui.T cotuu tney find. Then
tho blacks dug a pit nnd baited It
with a llvo goat, nnd lest the lion cs
capo even this they sot a watch upon
the pit that tho whites might be call
ed when the lion approached.
Nor did they havo long to atdt
Scarce had they secreted themselves
when a hugo lion stepped majestlo.
nlly from tho brush. Raising his
iiiunnivc main no oniirea me air. His
lower Jaw roso nnd fell. Tho slaver
drivelled from his Jowls. Deep In
his throat rumbled a low thunder,
nnd presently at his stdo appeared a
Tor a moment they stood thus,
their yellow oyea sometimes boring
straight nlioad as though to pierce
tho thickets behind which tho tremb
ling natives crouched, or again mov
ing slowly up and down the trail
Presently, the lion's head went up In
a quick movement of arrested attcn
tlon. Instantly ho froio to rigid Im
mobility. His sensitive nostrils di
lated and contracted, the tip of his
tall moved. Aside from these ho
might havo been chlsolled from living
gold, so motionless, so magnificent he
Up wind, In n little clearing, two
nntclopo browsed. Now and again
tht graceful male raised his horned
head to sniff the air: his great won
dering ryes scanning tho surround
Ing Jungle. Then he would lower his
murzle again and resume his feodlng,
yet cars nnd nose wero nlwaya upon
Tho Judas breeze, kissing the soft
coats of the antelope ns It passed,
boro down to tho nostrils of the Hons
the evidence or the near presence of
ilw tJXtertJor'' Ju,y' "wculont, red
llcsh. The king turned his royal head
onco toward his consort. A sound
that was half otgh breathed from
)i:h great throat. Was It a message
n command 7 Who may sayT The
lioness sottled horself into a com
fortablo potion 111 tho long gross,
and her lord moved silently away, up
wind toward tho unconscious ante
lope. A moment later an excited native
detached himself from the watchers
SHh?.pS? uwa towarl tho vlllago to
notify the whites that tho lions had
oome. Taylor. Kelly and Qootch
caught up tholr rlllca nnd followed
tho guldp back toward tho pit. At
I heir heels was half the male popula
tlon of the village, armed with short,
heavy spears; but tho chief, who had
" wan wnuo men many
times before, sent them all back with
tho exception of three who carried
Iho whites' extra guns. Thero had
been enough beforo to havo frightened
all the llotu out of tho country.
Even eo tho whlto men themselves,
clumsy In this unaccustomed work,
made nolso enough to bring tho lion
ess to her feet as they crawled Into
tho bushes beside the watchers. When
tlnally they saw her she was stand
ing head on gazing nervously toward
their hiding place. It wns evident
that sho was uneasy, and tho old
chief know that In on Instant alio
would bolt. What had held her no
long In tho face of tho noise of the
awkward whlto men ho could not
"Hhoot!" he whispered. "Quick!"
Already the lioness was wheeling
to depart when tho three rlflos spoke.
Only ono bullet struck tho target, but
that one wns enough to transform the
timid Jungle creature Into n mad en
gine of rago nnd destruction. Turn
ing like a cat nnd growling horribly,
tho lioness ehnrgod without an In
stant's warning straight down upon
thn cover that hid hor foes.
It was tho first time In their lives
that any one of the white men had
seen a charging lioness, and It was
too much for tho dope shattered
nerves of Kelly and Qootch. Flinging
away tholr rifles, they turned and ran
like seared rabbits, their gun bearers
and the watchers npnr them, surprised
Into panic at tho unwonted sight of
terror-struck white men, emulating
Only Taylor, his gun bearer and the
chlof held their ground. Taylor whs
frightened few men are not In the
fa co of a charging Hon, especially If
It be tholr first: but tho blood of the
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ever else ho might be bo was not a Down went his nose to the trail, purty of men were entering the vll
physlcal coward. Which wav had thev cone 7 Ho lago gates, and her heart gave t
In the moment that ensued he took
careful aim and fired again, and this
time tho llonoss stoppod dead. Tay-
lor drew a deep sigh of relief. Great
. ...... .
uy tho tlmo the frightened ones naa
been rocalled he was able to control
his muscles. Gootch and Kelly came
.111. .i..i ,-m. 1,. .v..i.
V. ' " m" i.no w". .-.
like whipped curs.
"You guys missed your calling,"
laughed Taylor. "You ought to havo
been lion tamors."
The twain grinned aheeplshly.
"I'll seo that hell-cat race in ray
fiiwRmi tap ttiA tanl or mv natural
- . . ... .
life," said Kelly.
Gootch shrugged Willi a anuaaor.
"Ma for Broadway and the Tarn-
many tigor-lt doesn't make such
awful faces," he said.
"Well, lot's go back to the village
and have a drink on my first lion,
suggested Taylor, and the three de-
parted, leaving tho natives to rig a
allng and carry the body of the lion-
When tho Hon left his mate he
made his way stealthily In the do-
roctlon of his nuarry. Now ana
again he stopped to ralso his head
and sniff tho air, or with up-prlckod
. . 11....
ears 10 union.
of him, tho buok. uneasy,
10 had aa yet located no
enemy, moved slowly off followed by
his doo. Craftily the lion trailed
them by scont. Prosently he camo
within sight of them but they wero
on tho move and tho ground was not
to favor a charge. 80 ho
mem cautiously, warny, hi-
lently tho personification of ma
lestv. of nower. of stealth. Ho stalk
ed them for a long time, until thoy
halted again to browse upon tho edge
of a llttlo plain, nnd then nm ma
Jesty, wearied and impatient, ven
turcd a charge from too great a dls
In angry roar fie haHed to glaro for
k.ahI a... ...... Yin .iki 1 (i . -1 n ri tffirn
A moment niter nis disappearing
feasL and then to turn, still rumbling
back Into tho forest toward his mato.
He camo, after a time, to the spot
where ho had left her, but she was
not thero. Ho called to her, but sho
did not answor. Then ho sniffed
about. Tho scent of man was sttll
hoavy In tho Air, and the ucrld odor
of powder clung to tho grasses nnd
tho branches, and what was that,
blood? The smell of blood? The
Hon crossed and recrossed the trail.
Ho walked about snllllng, nnd at last
ho came upon tho snot whoro hla
mato hnd died. A great roar broke
from his mighty lungs. He studied
about the trampled grassos. Hlacks'
And what Is this, the scent spoor of
whites? Tho blacks were familiar
denizens of the Jungle. He thought
llttlo of them ono way or another.
Sometimes ho ate them, for thoy wero
atupld creatures easily overcome: hut
the whites! He had had experlenco
of thorn beforo of them and tholr
acrid smoko and thtflr painful bullets.
Hla forearm had Men creased by ono
and tho scar still plainly showed.
Th whitest Hub he hated thaml
ui 4ICIOJIIIJ4HUU diuvu mi nate ana rage, so mat no atu not sco v.u uu,., .y..c.. o.. o... u;uu oon noro WOuiu do iiuu ai nis uoor iow him, even In tho dim light of the paw waa opposlto his face, for the Hon
forehead. He wiped them away, and the trap until it was too late. Bud- whites behind him. and recognlr.od von though he found tho means to plt, ho rcttiued that never before had strnddlod him. Oordon even noted
fi?f hu L.Stei.r Uill aeny thero wns ft &ylD ot tn6 traU W 'I1,6'.. 8d'aiioly,a,H.ily "u,el Vlrflm T,1 m0.ann t0 q1lot ls cyoa rested upon so iiugiilflcont tho ugly. Jagged scar upon the Inside
that his kneos were weak and trem- t,on(.ath his feet. A anapplng of Her heart sank as aho realized t o Virginia! Tho thought kept running u creuture us this groat. bliicK-munod of tho foroarm. The boys In tho
bllng. It wouldn't do for the chief mM, oranohc8. predicament in i which sho bad unwlt- through his head over and over again, prisoner, llo loworo'l bis rlflo und threes were shouting nnd hurllns
J2,Kf lh!lL.s K L,at d0Wn "Kaln and clawed and tried to leap to tlngly placed herself. Taylor, seeing meana ,0 oulfit virglnlal Ho mtml tw. r.l bis headman branches it the ihuge bewt. ThS anl!
pltehod outside tho villnge. level eyes. r nnnortuiilty. Taylor selzo hr wrist a'nB( ' iiner.ning mm. wenpon.
e a bolt he broke from the con- when sho wont to nmi him fn, h, "Yes, 1 followed you. 8cott." she ')p,".,L hniiiiiiir hnr. scowl- . Ordon. .shruggoi good naturedly. ..,''...,..,,. .,
Jungle. With n speed that Is couid not mko any of tho women repl.ed. "I know yot. too well, you Tn ' dnwn ,nto her face. Virginia re- " '.' . 'V. '".AthJ"' cjn take to the taV 4 kill.. I mV hT? .ii.tnT
n lion's When It cnarges no speu nmleratand hep wanm h.. .llr-ovnr,i tee. rot to navo guessed something of .... .,, on,i .nnv. n alnirU "." nul"'. "rry up anoui ,f , U.1. ... , ... . . -
them-nd Btill oil unconscious hlm. with others of hor safari. n: the ulterior motive which prompted tho other " r Koing to le loose this mnn-ent. ." ,""'.";" "'Z
fed on. It was tho doo who first rimirtnp frnnlv in hnr. Airnn.iv hw you to lomo to Africa Imiuidlately ing son or iieuai. nnu no grasped tno ,, j..- :V "". .Tr.. '7
up. and then two streaks of had consumed lar.ro auat tltlei. nnd upon the heels of Mr. Gordon. Wo , "d one of tho logs and proceeded ., ; J,1V.'U"8' -..f,.""!A
brown fled before the tawny, ycl- wth an unlimited supply In 'view found Lis letter to mother, you see. "uowarur . . t .,... "",7;.nV", m ' " ."'l i
flush. It was soon over. n. ,,. innth tn lmvn Hm immmiiiin In your '-0111 pocKot, tno coat that you uiicu wiin luuiuua "7.. mncKs, soiling nis net. inrneii .,; .V""".Y". "X. "
moro bounds convinced tho vicinity of tho brow 'or the t sake i of iitrl.li-ntully druppod behind your hed proms. It stung me man not for even n frrn translation of tils " J" ,,Ji'OUb7 o"" '
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wnnM fnllnt ami avuica. Htrnieht
along tho crooked Jungle pathway
ed the spoor. Humbling In his throat
the Hon followed, all engrossed In
ra..,. Milk III Vlllll. ,IID rl .11 t
mm tinnanf ri film nnd innrllntf
beating with his armed feet
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pit mat naa ucen diggea ror him.
Nor f0T atl nlll trength and
cunnlftg could ho escape,
it was raldafternoon, following a
onK march, that Virginia nnd her
" - . . - -
nn r, i nnn.A . . n ..m v. ,v.
hcadmnn had told her they would
bo well received and could doubtless
trado for fowl and goats nnd vogo-
tables. Tho prospect wns alluring,
for during the past weok her hunters
had boon vouchsafed the poorest of
Uch. Goat and chicken would taste
KOod, Virginia's mouth watered. Tho
mouths of her boys watered too: but
not fl0 much for goat and ohlcken
as for tho native boor for which this
vlllatre wns iustlv famous.
Tho chief wus away when the vlsl-
tors arrived, hut hl wlf nnrl nnn
da honors In his stead. Thoy, as
wol an tho balanco of the villagers,
. ... .
evinceu mo groatasi curiosity, lint
evinced tho groatest curiosity. Ilut
few of thorn ever had seen a whlto
woman before, and they clustered
about hor. feeling of her flesh nnd
garments, loughlng uproariously at
each now discovery, but nccordlng
her every mark of friendship. At
Mt, with difficulty. Virginia sue
ceoded In arranging through her head-
man ror a nut to wntch she might
throueh the hendmnn she was mid.
mrougn me ncnurnun tno was put-
denly aware of the approach of new
comers from tho Junglo. A little
reiirc; nui oven noro mo women nnu iuwuik im, imvu you 1 oiiyiug on mo. 11. .tnnnod aulckly to tho girl s m. , , . iUHt ie,ii nd the shoulders, the trlccer.
- nhtlnren fnllnwr-l linr. amiuMtntr nlmiit eh? You think vou can nut nnn ovor .'.,0 .V8'.1? ...5,.. JL .v,.,i, . worn. Tim headman oxnlalncd to .... . " . '.. ' .i.'r.. wSJl1.8..
watching her overy'move. Tho In- on me do you? Well, you've got on- JJ" fher revolver Wa hand woi V!"" in ' -al tad In WathU
tcrlor of tlio hut was filthy, and thn other think coming, young lady." ""c a.X r,'' r nr on,i .1,. weaDon ?. .. . 8 le .men at least and. bo nePtun,v the, Mint thnt wn. n.i.; Z5t
girl had been in It but a short tlmo Virginia Scott looked coldly at tho wrenched from her grasp beforo 'nougni mat u woitin do a iiw pm For a moment Oordon stood thus like
when she decided to summon her speaker, utter contempt In the curve ,$ 5 waste of llf when they already had n statu Then, with anlmpatlent
headman and have her tent and camp of her lip and the expression of hor Srtalnly should had aho had the "ii'nJStt'lS? nd n0t,'",S Bhako of Ida T liead he lowered the
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great leap of Joy as sho saw a wblto
man among them. Sho had startel
forward Impulsively toward him. half
believing that It might be Hlchard
u'u. uui iiuim iu uiu
t lill9w wl,at had brought her, and
. Jus' wh" no mo'-t needed tho
'.ynlty of her boys, thoy were on the
high road to. inebriation, ...
stin turned toward mom nuicic y.
. . .
inn mnrpn. 'I'nnaa men vnri nuvn iiimt
entered the village are my enemies
Tell tno uoys 01 tne nsKari to gei
their guns wo may need thorn: bull
must get out of this vlllago at once."
Tho headman transmitted her 00m-
mands to tho portors and the uskarl,
but uiey ulicitcd only grumbling mur-
murs at ilrst, and. when ho urgod hor
authority upon thuin, open refusal to
move from where thoy wero. Thoy
said that thoy hud marched far that
day tney could go no further .thoy
would not go furthor, and one who
r, and one who
beor than hi
it ho would Ulto
had consumed moro 0
fellows announced that :
no mu orders from a woman. And
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Ju.it then Scott laylor camo abreast
the putty and us his eyes fell upon
Virginia bcott they went wide in in-
credulity und wonder.
"Virginia!" ho exclaimed. "Where
did you come from? What on earth
aro you doing hero?" And thou aa
thougu ho had guessed the anawer hla
en-!, narrowed and a lowering scowl
ciuuueu (iib race, "xou ve ooen 101-
adv. Scott? you wUl yourself
ai"l our precious friends hero back
... nn. ... .. . . ...... ....
to the coast and out of Africa as fast
ns yo.i can go,
iver, placing hersolf behind them ," " , vin-tnin iinv i . . uo a ,ua OKJU TUO" ' toucning nis duck iignuy, ana in
of sight of the udvanclns wbltea. .;.;":,, ;C. ;"'; ,,i 1 Sl llt"e' . . .. not nreatn upon ns necic. ana oneejr.
Quick!" sho whispered to the Kh'Xuril "llhht . "..1 5"' ""a.' waa Ti18 '01.wfta P""Ieai . " s
hcaUluail. "You must cot tho boys i7i .v.. n.i- that u-m """'"'"'"a i'uu uiiimcu, uui ngi ono or moso wnum no ouuguu sw
Vi tifi ..,.m I wl ay " wor" 01 .Ul 3 .y1 w "1 When It Ciuno to lions. vrnt minute, that nemil nn ataus.
LUUULlini fVb uiivoi W Will LUI lllliuu 1maa t.nti I. 11 r txT 1 1 u lu nn f NrfLII .1
imi la.rt ip artia rin t..tya. nn T nrrf n 1 ii iimtiif u, 11 quiun n'tipni riiir itasmnnMii inM nn.i m . t-, ,..., u miu ta & iiu iciiii7u inn
Taylor had been thinking rapidly as
tho girl spoke, yot still ho was at a
Inns nrti&t nto to Laku next. If she
icnow that ho had followed Gordon to
Afrlc. then hor mother know It too,
and whatever harm might befall Qor-
Kavo nis neau a 111110 sniiKo as no
,et n)8 cyN1 reBt on tno Krl-S faCo
npatn. Bho was vory beautiful even
more beautiful In her khaki nnd tan
,hT had been n the soft sum-
mnrm hM..iifirtii in nt ifiinui nnn inn
1 i.- ,i,i. .rin
ItUilll 1UU. MMWM
. t. .... ... 1 . .
.. . nor wl l you ..onnjk,,,
wl un th9 egtat comes Into say
Tll( raentlon of tho estato brought
Taylor up with a start. It also brought
ft Bieam into tho eyes of Kelly and
Qootch. who hud been Interested lis-
tenors to tho conversation. Kelly
ioaned toward Taylor.
if you go back, Kid," ho asked,
-who's goln' to pay me an' Bill the
hmuirmi thou nDloce?"
i'm not going bock, you fool,"
gnupped Taylor. "1'vo come too
,inmnnii fr tn. irn hunk iinw."
i'm not going back, you fool,"
"What nro you going to do, ScottT"
... . . ... .. i . ...
Virginia shkoii iiio question in an nun
Virginia asked the quostlon In an even
Tolco. Sho well knew tho moment
Wfta fraught with hideous posslblll-
ties for hor.
-The first thing I'm going to do,"
i-rowled Taylor. "Is to put you where
you can be watched, and where you
won't a-ot another chanco to go and
blab all you know or think you know
to Mr. Butlnskl Gordon."
reused aU mo' brute within him.
wan bu "uui u.
.a... nr. ... mm nn nn luriiE i uiiii
;.. m . v, mi-11,.,1 nnrl
roughly after h'ma he turned und
croseod tho village street. Straight
toward the hut occupied by himself
und his two associate ha dragged
her, and at his hoels cams Kelly and
"Get a rope." Bnappcd Taylor when
they were Inside. "We'll truss this
vbon until wo can plun what best
r..r hnr. Anil anvwy wo hovuti t had
that drink yet on my first Hon.
Gootoh found a ropo and together
the thrro men bound mo gin aecureiy.
Then they went out of the hut. taking
u bottlo of whiskey with them.
After they hnd left lier Virginia him. dtd as ho was bid. lilmsi If t.ik
exorted every effort to free herself (ir refuge In the tree ut the luso of
ot her bunds; but strain a-s sua would
she could not slip them an men. 1 no
aft rnoon woro on. Bho could hear
tho loud talk and laughter of tho
pinllni. hlnnlfa .nil tetlttna. Rllll Hhlt
trembled oa sho thought wnai tne re.
turn of those throe, flushed with
drink, might mean to her.
And nlcVt fell and still sho lay a
prey to grim terror ami me pnysicai
torture of hnr bonds nnd the unclean
mnts upon which they hail thrown
Ctl I PTV It V
KyJiii 1 nn .
WINOINU along at the head
of tils safitrl, Dick Oordon
puffed upon his blackened
briar and hummed a gay
tuno of tho roof gardens.
The black boys at his heels laughed
and chattered nnd sang. They wero a
merry psrty, for (lordon had a way
with him thai knit tnen slnrrlni- nr
with htm tnav Kept men "'nging nt
their work tintll they forgot that It
wan work. Ho could got mora miles
out of a safari than mnny a harden-
... , , , . .
cd, nnd hard, old explorer, for ho
treatod his boys llko children, humor-
lng or punishing as seemed best, but
never permitting nn Injustice, never
nursing an Irritation, and never let- nailed his ears and nostrilsT The Hon
Ung them forgot that ho was master, was puzzled. Ho cocked his head
I From headman to meanest porter r",?."!,11!; 14lh("!J Ji1"0
.. , ... ... . Intently that he forgot to growl.
they loved him. respected Mm, oach oordon drugged tho end of one of
thought that lie would wade through tho logs until It Just hung Upon tho
blood for tho big. singing bwana: but flm of tho pit. then he drew Its fel-
.. . .. . ' low to tho same position. A single,
thoy were soon to find that It was quick, heavy pull upon the two to
easier to think than to wnde when gothor should precipitate the ends ln
tho chances were even that tho blood t0 lno bottom of tho trnp.
mlcht bo their own
migni do tncir own.
They wero nenrlng a native vlllago
whore beer flowed like wntcr, and rifle, then ha surged back with a arm
Clordon. having had ono previous ex- Br,P upon tho logs, the dirt at the op
, . . , ,. , pos to end of tho pit crumbled from
perlonce of tho placo and tho effects no C(iRe ftnd the 'lwo ,0 dropped
that It had upon his mon for two con- their furthor extremities aide by aide
sccutlve marches, bad decided to camp
short of the village and pass It on
thn flv In thn mornlnir Thnv Im.l ro.nn
tho ny in tno morning. Tfioy had como
nimont to mo spot no nan seioctea ror ng logs. Instantly grasped their slg
tholr camp, when the roars of a Hon, nlflcance to him and with an agtle
almost at his foot brought fjordon to leap woj upon them and at the edge.
.. , , ., , . , ., of tho pit by tho tlma Gordon had
n sudden stop nt tho verge of n pit covored half the dlstanco to the troo
cunningly hid In tho trail. A hole a where his gun leaned, ready to his
few paces further on showed whoro
tho Hon had disappeared and why ho
was roaring thus up out of tho bowels lm, fu BPecd 0f the charge. Tho na-
of tho earth. tlvcs In tho trees screamed loudly to
Gordon npproachod and peered Into i!0.rJon' t.h" m.an turned his head.
. ' , ,. . .,,. ,,,, thinking the lion must be already
the excavation. Thero below bltn upon Mm and ,n the tUo ,nstan't
crouchod'a huge, black mailed Hon. that his eyes wero taken from his
At Gordon's elbow was his gun biaror. Path his foot caught In tho protrud
To turn and grasp the ready rlflu wa Jj"01 of crcePcr and b Wtt"
tho work of hut a moment, hut when ul' for th,g h8 m)rnt havB renChed
he had ralsod the weapon to his his wenpon nnd put In one good shot,
shoulder and lovollcd It upon thu Kvcn now he started to scramble b
breast below him soiuothlng brought his foet nnd raco on; but even ns ho'
him to a sudden stop. His uieu wero "' rK0n. ereat body struck hlra
gaTherod "bout tho pit now throwing fron! bohlna hurled him back to
tounu and lusulU al Uio great coast. J; nnlr?' hoAy,
"Poor devil." thought Uurdou, "Its that towered above him grim and
a shiuno to pot you llko this without terrible,
a cbunco for your llfu" he puustid A thousand thoughts rnced through
mid then "I'm duuiucd If I'll do It." Dick Gordon's mind In the brluf In
Young Mr. Gordon was, as you may stunt that tho Hon stood over him.
havo guiMod, a creaturu of impulse.
Ho was wont to nul fii'H and think
Inter, which 1.1 mighty fuio way to do
Mho right thing if jiio l.s lunnruiiity
rif;ht at Jieort. ana uousn 1 cnunuu to
lm iuburflig uuuur tii'i iuhIiIiiiuh toxin
of auger. Then, too, Dick UoiUun
loved unlmals, and particularly ha
ivii thn cnut. fierce cats
jungle. To him thero waa no mora
inspiring sight than that of n mighty
Hon, and uh ho looked at tho ono no-
's not aiKirt to shoot a lion In a pit.
never havo, and I never ahull. We'll
... .... ,j . . . ... .
VU. ".y "r, " ",aV
How you got him out, bwanat"
"V1?,?' .. .
wnVrm..,V,Vr7 1 , ' . . root
i.i.0? auvoral Btoul 8aP'
bru2h n .irT.l . i.T brho and
,nr". "'.f, 0f2Ji, c, up' of the larger
'J .r " ""Vi rJ".r,,aaU" Uropi,ld luto 019
SJL, , ,,, " f ork of but a mo-
fhnJ ' ?,.,0!? . uW "f ""r out
,,nrhi.. i M uuna' and 'horo was
, , , , aPParance or manner
!h, , lcat0 u,at 118 wa8 001 ontlroly
. uoruon explained his plan to the
foart "lnn ""'l Klvo his orders for tho
,rtors to lay aside their loads and
. "ruo n "Pinned his plan to the
M, far enoUBh, l9
mm r nnn n rn n imn inn r. I f I'm n
... 1 V. i t
"'"', V " , L lnl , 8 p'j-, 1"9J,n.M
ftni1 shrugged, and lookpd for
"ftna tree?- for thny knew that a
'n,hur,y lu"y "Tu "!u ,no "aP"""""
j1"'1 com.rn.V.. .i0 . awny uPn
i!0'";,!"1?, wne" l"8 oaaa ''ni1 c.om. t0
ic" P'1 H verge nnu wore about to drop
down nnd liberate the lion they
iiaiiBoii, sun grinning, tnnugti sheep-
eyrembVrlng'.o safety' of the
iowr nranenea wiin tn agility or
n. n , ... t
lomnlnfd at his post The young man.
rplnK M, ,in.c,ei thn hoy tn place
his rlllc n few puces to his rear wlinro
hn pnu)l, l(lko lt ani, nro ahnUd lt
".nan It' niratnst that tree over
ti.rn," ho dlrec-tcd. "After I drop tlu
,. lI()W1) ( cni, rclirl t,efore th-
n,. ii,h ,,. ir i, 1. iniin.,i
n iiuy iiiiriiini n KUll lir.irnr
t() ), nH,y mstnad of grateful."
T, boy. glad enough tn be relieved
nf hN duty, though ho would hnvn ro-
ninincil nt his pnst lu tho fare of n
doyen Hons had Gordon not dismissed
whlrh ho leaned th" rifle, cocked nnd
re.-irty to his master m hand.
Gordon measured the distance be.
twei n tho mi und thr tree with his
... otnl ia Iniitu I...I Hi il l'An Ihniu.li
tho lion charged nrtcr ctimbii g rroin
his prison It would takn him a mo-
ment or two to reach lovel ground nnd
with that ndvantmro Gordon could
easily re. eh nis rino ana Dring tno
beast down beforo lt waa unon him.
Uit's havo a ilttiu fun," ho said, mat nald no mora attention to them
The element of risk In the adren-
turo appealed to the young New
Yorker. He would bo pitting his own
rk'" and prowess against the skill
nmi prowess of tho lion. Tho anl-
ninl t.'outd have an almost even break
wiin null. ior it uoruon lanru 10 stop
him with his first shot the victory
would be to the great cat. This was
sportl Qordon felt a thrill of excite-,
merit tingling along his nerves as he
rlrntif Mlnwlv itnnn ttin An1 nt nnA nt
the logs. ' '
Uelow him the lion stood motionless
glaring up Into his face, and uttering
occasional low growls. As ho worked
0orUon Klanccii 0ftcn ot the sreat
,natl admiring his splendid stature,
his great mane nnd his massivo head,
on wn wondering If Uila crea-
ture was one of those who had slain
,lla nlalc VT,at wns be d0n(r7 whr
was he pulling the cover from hi
Prison? Why hod the loud noise ana
tho acrid odor that accompanied these
h ,klnned human. nol yet as.
U,CK tioruon gianceo. oemno mm
once mor(j that h(j m( hl fluk,ly nx ,a
his mind tho exact location of hie
to tho bottom.
At tho same Instant aordon turned
anA rnn for n,s rlfle' 7,10 1,on laPrt
nlmbl t0 ono 8,0 t0 aToW the fali
Seeing the man floclng the Hon gave
n Int'ln lrr tin rnnr nnrl htirat Infn
Ho thought of his revolver and hl.i
Itnlfe In tholr bolsters at his sldo as
a lust resort he would uso thorn. !!
hnd heard of men being In positions
similar 10 nis own nnu or oscnpini;
unhnrmed of tho Hons leaving them
for some unaccountable reason wlth-
out Inflicting evon a scratch upon
them. Gordon determined to wait
until the Hon took the orfensivo. Ho
lay very qulotly Just as ho had fallen,
hnlf upon his side. Ono great fore-
than as though they had been
many little monkovs. He lowered his
. .- . : . - ..... .
!! Sil-- " Va,??aI C
1 uumuu cuum n mo uu
nity to Oordon the beast stood above
llm- What was be thinking? Conld,
D lnal no waa souroning inrouga
his savage brain for an explanation,
of the man's net In releasing him,
from cnptlvtty? Who may say?
,lut tw wo do know, that with m
groat paw he turned Gordon over oa
hs back, sniffed him from head t
foot, looked straight Into Ws fci tor
a full mlnuto and then turned and
stalked majestically down the trail.
leaving unharmed the puny creatur
whose career ono closing of thoa
mighty Jaws would have UrmtaaUd
whose career ono closing of thoa
Scarce believing that he could creeH
. . .. . . .
his own senses. Oordon rose slowly to
his feet and gazed after the Hon. Be-
hind him his boy slid from the trea.
ftn' Gordon's rifle, ran forward
and thrust It Into the man's hand. Thu
awakened from the stupor of the shock
ho had received. Gordon mechanically
throw tho weapon to the hollow of hia
shoulder Quickly the sights covered a
spot In thn middle of the tie list's back
"M,!!? "tier con-
' , V " i. ." . .
nir the let-'
. . , ,J , .
.tin. .in un nuiuti na rn ml
""7, departure of the king until he
hidden by a turn In the trail the
'"f ,,rst " '"iRht hav been gratl-
tude lnslpd upon obtruding Itself
,lnn" f'ls thonchts.
"Anyway," ho ald half aloud, "ini
mnUo a pretty story, oven If It's not
His h'ivs hud nil descended from
their tni'H hv this time and were
,n-nnivvl iihn'it htm. chatterlmr to ono
another, and loudly expatiating unon
'he wondrous feats nf braverv they
would havo perfnrn1cd-"lf " Gordon
broi'e In upon their nfterelap.
"('onto'" nn snui "t.iko up your
pneks We oucht tn be near the
stream tbnt pies betde tho beor
vli'si -we'll make camp as soon aa
we strike It "
. Vi,1f hniir Isier ther fond n s)It-
lnr ""'r '?'" '
nrnirrtml hv a mnsimltn net. xtteheci
hi'""1' 'n his htmmnek to en'ov the
'('""I's of cf "TV,,,',vwftV hJf?I- r -jS
mo ovem i"- -u"'iw" -asw55
Tn He Pnntlniiail. , M j'Sf