A number of the younger Arabs in the audience sprang to their feet to join in the assault upon the unarmed white man.
So closely packed was the howling, cursing mob that no weapon could be wielded to advantage, and none of the Arabs dared use a firearm for fear of wounding one of his compatriots.
With a creaking and rending of breaking wood it collapsed beneath the Arabs, leaving Tarzan, Abdul, and the girl alone upon the frail platform at the top.
Joe clung with all his strength to the ladder during the wide oscillations that it had to describe, and then making an indescribable gesture to the Arabs, and climbing with the agility of a monkey, he sprang up to his companions, who received him with open arms.
The Arabs uttered a scream of astonishment and rage.
Joe, who had immediately sprung up after his fall, just as one of the swiftest horsemen rushed upon him, bounded like a panther, avoided his assailant by leaping to one side, jumped up behind him on the crupper, seized the Arab by the throat, and, strangling him with his sinewy hands and fingers of steel, flung him on the sand, and continued his headlong flight.
de Bragelonne, and with such inveteracy was it fought that a hundred and sixty Arabs were left upon the field, by the side of at least fifty of our troops.
Then followed the details of the expedition, and of the victory obtained over the Arabs.
He was acquainted with nearly every principal Arab within a radius of several hundred miles.
Then he went very white and took a half-step toward the Arab.
He met the death he deserved, and he met it with the stoicism of the Arab.
After nightfall we reached our tents, just outside of the nasty Arab village of Jonesborough.
At noon we halted before the wretched Arab town of El Yuba Dam, perched on the side of a mountain, but the dragoman said if we applied there for water we would be attacked by the whole tribe, for they did not love Christians.
But for him we might carry on our 'trading' in safety and with great profit," continued the Arab.
Both were tall and bearded, and the exposure to sun and wind had given an almost Arab hue to the European's complexion.