I noted that the hunter, a huge Scandinavian sitting in the bow, held his rifle
, ready to hand, across his knees.
It seemed as if I had hardly closed my eyes, though in fact it was near midday, when I was awakened by the report of a rifle
, the bullet striking the bowlder just above my body.
Be- fore he was ready to begin--before he had an- nounced to himself that he was about to fight-- he threw the obedient, well-balanced rifle
into position and fired a first wild shot.
hands off!" moaned the Scot, in a hoarse, grating voice--and then the two struggled desperately for the rifle
His stealthy call to arms had aroused them in time at least to crawl behind some shelter and grip their rifles
. The war-cry of the savages was met with a death-like quiet - there were no signs of confusion nor terror.
With a generous impulse he caught up the child in his arms, rushed forward, regardless of Indian shaft or rifle
, and placed it in safety upon her bosom.
The slight deviation of the boat's direction was sufficient to throw the muzzle of the rifle
out of aim.
His high-powered rifle
was equipped with telescope sights and he also carried binoculars which he was in the act of using as Tarzan discovered him, either to note the effect of his last shot or to discover a new target.
firing from the boats had ceased, and I made no doubt that they were finished off and that the end had come to everything.
Again the former's rifle
spit angrily, and the bear turned again in his direction.
hanging upon the wall caught his first attention; it was for this strange, death-dealing thunder-stick that he had yearned for months; but now that it was within his grasp he scarcely had the temerity to seize it.
The skipper of the Flibberty-Gibbet arrived in the thick of it, in the first throes of oncoming fever, staggering as he walked, and shivering so severely that he could scarcely hold the rifle