Presently from a great distance and faintly there came an answering scream, and a half-hour later the lithe form of Sheeta bounded into view where the others of the pack were clambering gingerly into the canoe.
As it happened that the two missing ones were the very same who had evinced the least desire to accompany the expedition from the island, and had suffered the most from fright during the voyage, Tarzan was quite sure that they had absented themselves purposely rather than again enter the canoe.
His misses at so short a distance were practically non-existent, nor would he have missed this time but for an accident occurring at the very instant that his finger tightened upon the trigger--an accident to which Meriem owed her life--the providential presence of a water-logged tree trunk, one end of which was embedded in the mud of the river bottom and the other end of which floated just beneath the surface where the prow of Malbihn's canoe ran upon it as he fired.
There was no canoe and the crocodiles made it equivalent to suicide to enter the water in an attempt to swim across.
As the canoe
containing the men was paddled along, there floated down beside it what seemed to be a big, rough log.
The young man observed the precaution; and the scout, laying a board from the ruins to the canoe
, made a sign for the two officers to enter.
Each village forms a petty sovereignty, governed by its own chief, who, however, possesses but little authority, unless he be a man of wealth and substance; that is to say, possessed of canoe
, slaves, and wives.
He broke surface and dropped a ten pound rock cod into the canoe
, the line and hook intact, the latter still fast in the fish's mouth.
Daughtry was compelled to lend his strength to the hauling down from the sand into the water of the tiny canoe
. It was a dug-out, as ancient and dilapidated as its owner, and, in order to get into it without capsizing, Daughtry wet one leg to the ankle and the other leg to the knee.
I took the sack of corn meal and took it to where the canoe
was hid, and shoved the vines and branches apart and put it in; then I done the same with the side of bacon; then the whisky-jug.
The water in front of the canoe
was hardly ruffled by its passage and no sound betrayed the collision, when the light fabric shot on the gravelly beach for nearly half its length, Natty receding a step or two from its bow, in order to facilitate the landing.
"What name that old fella boy stop 'm along canoe
?" Van Horn asked, pointing to an old man in a canoe