The Davenport New Era (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 28, 1918 Page: 2 of 10
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/,,, EDGAR Rice \
Prank A. Munscy Co
Meriem would have demurred, but
the Killer seized them both by the
shoulders and hustled them through
the slit wall aud out Into the shadows
"Now run for It," he admonished
and turned to meet and hold those who
were pouring into the tent from the
The ape man fought well, fought as
he had never fought before, but the
odds were too great for victory, though I
he won that which he most craved—
time for ihe Englishman to escape
with Meriem. Then he was over-
whelmed by numbers, and a few min-
utes later, bound and guarded, he was
carried to the sheik's tent.
The old man eyed him In silence for
a long time. He was trying to fix In
his own mind some form of torture
that would gratify his rage and hatred
toward this creature who twice had
been the means of his losing posses-
sion of Meriem.
And as he sat there looking upon
Korak the silence was broken by the
trumpeting of an elephant in the Jungle
beyond the palisade. A half smile
touched Korak's lips. He turned his
head a trifle In the direction from
which the sound had come, and then
there broke from his lips a low, weird
One of th-> blacks guarding him
struck him across the mouth with the
haft of his spear, but none there knew
the significance of his cry.
In the jungle Tantor cocked his ears
as the sound of Korak's voice fell upon
them. He approached the palisade
and, lifting his trunk above it, sniffed.
Then he placed his head against the
wooden logs and pushed, but the pali-
sade was strong and gave only a little
to the pressure.
In the sheik's tent the sheik rose at
last and, pointing toward the bound
captive, turned to one of his lieu-
"Burn him," he commanded, "at
once l The stake is set."
Meriem, dazed by the unexpected
sight of Korak, whom she had long
given up as dead, permitted herself to
be led away by Baynes. Among the
tents he guided her safely to the pali-
sade, and there, following Korak's In-
structions, the Englishman pitched a
noose over the top of one of the up-
right logs that formed the barrier.
With difficulty he reached the top and
then lowered his hand to assist Mer-
iem to his side.
"Come," he whispered. "We must
And then, as though she had awak-
ened from a sleep, Meriem came to
herself. Back there, fighting her ene-
mies alone, was Korak—her Korak I
Her place wns by his side, fighting
with him and for him.
She glanced up at Baynes.
"Go I" she called. "Make your way
back to Bwana and bring help. My
place Is here. You can do no good re-
maining. Get nway while you can ond
bring the big Bwana back with you."
Silently the Hon. Morlson Baynes
slid to the ground Inside the palisade
to Merlem's side.
"It was only for you that I left him,"
he said, nodding toward the tents they
had just left. "I knew that he could
hold them longer than. I and give you
a chance to escape that I might not
be able to have given you. It was I,
though, who should have remained. I
heard you call him Korak, and so I
know who he Is."
As they stood there for the moment
of their conversation the sounds of
tumult In the village subsided.
"They have killed him I" whispered
The statement brought Baynes to a
realization of the cause of their return
"Walt here," h6 said. "I will go and
see. If he Is dead we can do him no
good. If he lives I will do my best to
"We will go together," replied Mer-
iem. "Come l' And she led the way
back toward the tent In which they
last had seen Korak.
As they went they were often forced
to throw themselves to the ground In
the shadow of a tent or hut, for people
were passing hurriedly to and fro now.
The whole village was aroused and
moving about. The return to the tent
of the sheik took much longer than
had their swift flight to the palisade.
Cautiously they crept to the silt that
Korak's knife had made In the rear
wall. Meriem peered Inside. The rear
apartment was empty. She crawled
through the aperture, Baynes at her
heels, and then silently crossed the
space to the rugs that partitioned the
tent Into two rooms. Parting the
hangings, Meriem looked Into the front
room. It, too, was deserted.
She crossed to the door of the tent
and looked out. Then she gave a little
gasp of horror. Baynes at her shoulder
looked past her to the sight that had
startled her, and he, too, exclaimed,
but his was an oath of anger.
A hundred feet away they saw Ko-
rak bound to a stake, the brush piled
about him already alight. The Eng-
lishman pushed Meriem to one side
and started on a run for the doomed
man. What he could do in the face of
scores of hostile blacks and Arabs he
did not stop to consider.
At the same instant Tantor broke
through the palisade and charged the
group. In the face of the maddened
beast the crowd turned and fled, carry
Ing Baynes backward with them.
Tantor wrapped his trunk about the
body of Korak und the stake to which
it was bound and tore It from the
ground. Lifting his burden high above
his head, the giant beast wheeled and
raced for the breach he had just made
In the palisade. The sheik, rifle In
hand, rushed directly In the path of
the maddened brute. He raised his
weapon and fired once. '1 he bullet
missed Its mark, and Tantor was upon
him, crushing him beneath his gigantic
feet as he raced over him. And then
bearing his burden carefully, Tantor
the elephant, entered the blackness of
In a moment it was all over, and the
elephant had disappeared with his
prize, but pandemonlirtn reigned
throughout the village. Men, women
and children ran helter skelter for
safety. Curs fled, yelping. The horses
and camels and donkeys, terrorized by
the trumpeting of the pachyderm,
kicked and pulled at their tethers.
A dozen or more broke loose, and It
was the galloping of these past him
that brought a sudden idea Into
Baynes' head. He turned to search
for Meriem, only to find her at his
"The horses 1" he cried. "If we can
get a couple of them 1"
Filled with the idea, Meriem led him
to the far end of the village.
"Loosen two of them," she said,
"and lead them back Into the shadows
behind those huts. I know where there
are saddles. I will bring them and the
bridles," and before he could stop her
she was gone.
Baynes quickly untied two of the
frightened animals and led them to the
point designated by Meriem. Here he
waited Impatiently for what seemed
an hour, but was In reality but a few
minutes. Then he saw the girl ap-
proaching beneath the burden of two
Quickly they placed these upon the
horses. They could see by the light of
the torture fire that still burned that
the blacks and Arabs were recovering
from their panic. Men were running
about gathering In the loose stock, and
two or three were already leading
their captives back to the end of the
village where Meriem and Baynes were
busy with the trappings of their
Now the girl flung herself Into the
"Hurry!" she whispered. "We shall
have to run for it. Ride through the
gap that the elephant made." And as
she saw Baynes swing his leg over
the back of his horse she shook the
reins free over her mount's neck. With
a lunge the nervous beast leaped for-
ward. The shortest path led straight
through the center of the village, and
this Meriem took. Baynes was close
behind her, their horses running at full
So sudden and Impetuous was their
dash for liberty that it carried them
half way across the village before the
surprised Inhabitants were aware of
what was happening. Then an Arab
recognized them and, with a cry of
alarm, raised his rifle and fired.
The shot was a signal for a volley,
and amid the rattle of musketry Meri-
em and Baynes leaped their flying
mounts through the breach in the pali-
sade and were gone up the well worn
trail toward- the north.
"Did you see him?" He turned to-
ward the Hon. Morison. |
'Yes, sir," replied Baynes: "very
plainly." , .
"What sort of appearing man Is he?
continued Bwana. "About how old
would you say?"
"I should say he was an Englishman
about my own age," replied Baynes,
Bwana turned to his head man.
"Take Miss Meriem and Mr. Baynes
home," he said. "I am going Into the
Then he motioned to his head man
to take his horse and commence the
return journey to the farm. Meriem
slowly mounted the tired horse that
had brought her from the village of
the sheik. A litter was rigged for tae
now feverish Baynes, aud the
cavalcade was soon slowly winding off
along the river trail.
Bwana stood watching them until
they were out of sight.
Slowly he turned toward a nearby
tree. Leaping upward, he caught a
lower branch and drew himself up
among the branches. His movements
were catlike and agile. High into the
tree he made his way and there com-
menced to divest himself of his cloth-
Tantor carried him deep Into the
Jungle, nor paused until no sound
from the distant village reached his
keen ears. Then he laid his burden
gently down. Korak struggled to free
himself from his bonds, but even his
great strength was unable to cope with
the many strands of hard knotted cord
that bound htm.
And while he struggled through the
night with his bonds Baynes and Meri-
em were riding rapidly northward
along the river. The girl had assured
Baynes that Korak was safe In the
jungle with Tantor. It had not oc-
curred to her that the ape man might
not be able to burst his bonds. Baynes
had been wounded by a shot from the
rifle of one of the Arabs, and the girl
wanted to get him back to Bwana's
home, where he could be properly
"Then," she said, "I shall get Bwana
to come with me and search for Ko-
rak. He must come and live with us."
All night they rode, aud the duy was
still young when they came suddenly
upon a party hurrying southward. It
was Bwana himself and his sleek,
At sight of Baynes the big English-
man's brows contracted In a scowl,
hut he waited to hear Merlem's story
before giving vent to the long pent
anger In his breast. When she had
finished he seemed to have forgotten
Baynes. His thoughts were occupied
with another subject.
"You say that you found Korak?" he
asked. "You really saw him?"
"Ye8," replied Meriem; "as plainly
as I see you, and I wnnt you to come
with me, Bwana, and help me find him
After Bwana had left his party,
sending them back toward the farm,
Meriem had ridden for a short dis-
tance with bowed head. What thoughts
passed through that active brain who
may say? Presently she seemed to
come to a decision. She called the
head man to her side.
"I am going back with Bwana, she
The black shook his head. "No ! he
announced. "Bwana says I take you
home. So I take you home."
Presently her horse passed beneath
a low hanging branch, and the black
head man found hilnself gazing at the
girl's empty saddle. He ran forward
to the tree into which she had disap-
peared. He could see nothing of her.
He called, but there was no response
unless It might have been a low, taunt-
ing laugh far to the right. He sent his
men Into the jungle to search for her.
but they came back empty handed.
After awhile he resumed his march
toward the farm, for Baynes by this
time was delirious with fever.
Meriem, shedding the awkward Arab
robe they had given her in the sheik s
douar, raced in riding breeches and
barefoot straight back toward the
point she imagined Tantor would make
for, a point where she knew the ele-
phants often gathered deep in the for-
est due east of the sheik's village. She
moved silently and swiftly. I' rom her
mind she had expunged all thoughts
other than that she must reach Korak
and bring him back with her.
Now there came to her sensitive nos-
trils the scent of Tantor, and she knew
that she was on the right trail and
close to him she sought. She did not
call out, because she wished to sur-
prise him, and presently she did, break-
ing into sight of them as the great
elephant shuffled ahead, balancing the
man and the heavy stnke upon his
head, holding them there with his up-
"Korak 1" cried Meriem from the
foliage above him.
Instantly the bull swung about, low-
ered his burden to the ground and,
trumpeting savagely, prepared to de-
fend his comrade. The upe man, rec-
ognizing the girl's voice, felt a sudden
lump In his throat.
"Meriem!" he called back to her.
Happily the girl clambered to the
ground and ran forward to release
Korak, but Tantor lowered his head
ominously and trumpeted a warning.
"Go back! Go back 1" cried Korak.
"He will kill you!"
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
The Tree of Life.
It makes all the difference In the
world whether the strokes which cause
us pain be those of blind chance, of
hard and heartless fate, or of a heav-
enly hand which seeks to beautify the
life It touches. A tree may well shrink
from the blows of the ruthless woods-
man, but welcome the pruning lnstru-
| mer.ts of the trained forester.
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