I am endowed with an excellent sense of direction, which has been greatly perfected by the years I have spent in the mountains and upon the plains and deserts of my native state, so that it was with little or no difficulty that I found my way back to the hut in which I had left Ajor.
Then I leaned suddenly forward and hurled my antagonist over my head to a hasty fall at the opposite side of the hut. In the dim light of the interior I saw that Nobs had already accounted for one of the others--one who lay very quiet upon the floor--while the four remaining upon their feet were striking at him with knives and hatchets.
The Prince thanked him for his information, and continued his journey for a whole year along the same road, and at the end of it came to the little hut, where he found a very old man.
And so the Prince wandered on for another year, always on the same road, and at last reached the hut where he found the third old man.
At sight of the two emerging from the hut the beast gave an ugly snarl and an instant later as it caught the scent of the strange white man it raised a series of excited yelps.
Korak slunk quickly into the shadows at the hut's side, drawing Meriem with him; but he was too late.
He cast quick, fearful glances about, and then, evidently assured that Naratu had noticed nothing, he ordered the warrior who was still holding the infuriated black woman from the white girl to take the latter back to her hut
and to remain there on guard over her.
He spoke a few words to the assembled warriors, and in an instant the men were flying through the little village searching minutely every hut
and corner within the palisades.
So saying, he turned and led the way toward the hut
, in the shadow of which the unconscious Tarzan slept peacefully.
The men left the hut
. The officers entered the inner apartment for a last conference with the bed-ridden captain of the Sea-mew .
Umbopa set to work, with the assistance of an extremely prepossessing young woman, to boil our portion in a large earthenware pot over a fire which was built outside the hut
, and when it was nearly ready we sent a message to Infadoos, and asked him and Scragga, the king's son, to join us.
For an hour he crept about in the rear of the various huts
and tents in an effort to locate that in which his master's mate was imprisoned.