Presently the body scent of the deer
told Tarzan that his prey was close at hand.
The warrant was quite to Arthur's liking, for he was happiest when out in the forest taking a sly peep at the King's deer
; and now he reckoned that he could look at them boldly, instead of by the rays of the moon.
A loud shout was given by the unseen marksman, and a couple of men instantly appeared from behind the trunks of two of the pines, where they had evidently placed them selves in expectation of the passage of the deer
A light wind was moving through the jungle aisles, and it wafted down now to the nostrils of the eager carnivore the strong scent spoor of the deer
, exciting his already avid appetite to a point where it became a gnawing pain.
"Now," quoth Arthur a Bland to himself, when he had come to that part of the road that cut through a corner of the forest, "no doubt at this time of year the dun deer
are coming from the forest depths nigher to the open meadow lands.
, wild pig, and buffalo took up the cry hoarsely; and Chil, the Kite, flew in great circles far and wide, whistling and shrieking the warning.
In the evening, replete with deer
meat, resting on his elbow and smoking his after-supper cigarette, he said:
To the west the country was flat and sparsely wooded, and here it was that we saw our first game--a large red deer
. It was grazing away from us and had not seen us when one of my men called my attention to it.
The black-tailed deer
would bound up the ravines on their approach, and the bighorn would gaze fearlessly down upon them from some impending precipice, or skip playfully from rock to rock.
"I am no scholar, and I care not who knows it; but, judging from what I have seen, at deer
chases and squirrel hunts, of the sparks below, I should think a rifle in the hands of their grandfathers was not so dangerous as a hickory bow and a good flint-head might be, if drawn with Indian judgment, and sent by an Indian eye."
Out of it he had made a magnificent deer-park, where, over thousands of acres of sweet slopes and glades and canyons, the deer
ran almost in primitive wildness.
'You are not going to fill up a deer
with quail- shot, are you?'