Moti Guj paid the white man the compliment of charging him nearly a quarter of a mile across the clearing and "Hrrumphing" him into his veranda.
That decided the planter to argue no more, and Moti Guj rolled back to his amateur inspection of the clearing.
He went roaring and resentful; but in the very center of the clearing his voice was suddenly hushed and Tarzan saw the great head lower and flatten out, the body crouch and the long tail quiver, as the beast slunk cautiously toward the trees upon the opposite side.
Just as the lion disappeared among the trees beyond the clearing Tarzan caught upon the down-coming wind the explanation of his new interest--the scent spoor of man was wafted strongly to the sensitive nostrils.
Teeka, seeing that Tarzan had turned back toward the trees, had halted in the center of the clearing, and there she sat hugging her balu and casting suspicious glances here and there.
And while Teeka guarded suspiciously against harm, where there was no harm, she failed to note two baleful, yellow-green eyes staring fixedly at her from behind a clump of bushes at the opposite side of the clearing.
The wind was blowing directly across the clearing between them, and Jane lost no time in putting herself downwind from the huge creature.
To her consternation she saw that the apes were pausing in the centre of the clearing.
Between her and her hand-press on the mountain clearing and him ordering his wine in the hotel was a difference of seven dollars and seventy-eight cents.
Walking and leading his horse, Daylight followed the quick-stepping eager little man through the green tunnel and emerged abruptly upon the clearing, if clearing it might be called, where wild nature and man's earth-scratching were inextricably blended.
Suppose the government sells you Pari-Sulay at a pound an acre; clearing
will cost you at least four pounds more; that is, five pounds for four hundred acres, or, say, ten thousand dollars.
It was nine o'clock before Baynes drew rein in the clearing
Before the clearing
had been half crossed the Arabs opened up a withering fire from behind the palisade.
There was movement among the bushes at the far end of the clearing
which I had just traversed.
This work was not completed until long after dark, the men building a huge fire in the center of the clearing
to give them light to work by.