Close at hand, now, was a chance for a blood-curdling
The thing in the coffin writhed, and a hideous, blood-curdling
screech came from the opened red lips.
yells of defiance were the only answer to our prayers.
Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling
incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale.
Once an officious constable held up the traffic at our approach, and for a moment I put a blood-curdling
construction upon the simple ceremony.
He never said he was attacked by Bedouins, I believe, or was ever treated uncivilly, but then in about every other chapter he discovered them approaching, any how, and he had a blood-curdling
fashion of working up the peril; and of wondering how his relations far away would feel could they see their poor wandering boy, with his weary feet and his dim eyes, in such fearful danger; and of thinking for the last time of the old homestead, and the dear old church, and the cow, and those things; and of finally straightening his form to its utmost height in the saddle, drawing his trusty revolver, and then dashing the spurs into "Mohammed" and sweeping down upon the ferocious enemy determined to sell his life as dearly as possible.
Now it seemed to be a love song, now a majestic swelling war chant, and last of all a death dirge ending suddenly in one heart-breaking wail that went echoing and rolling away in a volume of blood-curdling
As the panther came to all fours again upon the little platform, Tarzan un-slung his heavy spear and prodded at the snarling face, and as Sheeta warded off the blows, the two continued their horrid duet of blood-curdling
roars and growls.
Immediately from different points of the compass rose a horrid semicircle of similar shrieks and screams, punctuated now and again by the blood-curdling
cry of a hungry panther.
But presently Numa gave up the chase and, with a series of blood-curdling
moans and roars, turned angrily back in search of another and an easier dinner.
White Fang, near the corner of the cabin and forty feet away, was snarling with blood-curdling
viciousness, not at Scott, but at the dog-musher.
Captain Hall was a dreadfully profane man and used to swear blood-curdling