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.
Playing before one of the Arab tents was a little girl of ten--a black-haired, black-eyed little girl who, with her nut-brown skin and graceful carriage looked every inch a daughter of the desert.
There are some things dearer to an Arab, Jenssen, than money," returned the first speaker--"revenge is one of them.
The armed askaris loitered between the balance of the safari and the Arab village, ready to form a rear guard for the retreat that was to begin the moment that the head man brought that which the white masters awaited.
Then the Arabs melted through the doorway into the darkness of the court.
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.
Alone he could have sprung into the midst of that close-packed mob, and, laying about him after the fashion of Numa, the lion, have struck the Arabs with such consternation that escape would have been easy.
The Arab turned and seeing the open eyes of the prisoner upon him, entered the tent.
Achmet Zek took the Belgian into his confidence to a great extent, and at last unfolded to him a pet scheme which the Arab had long fostered, but which he never had found an opportunity to effect.
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.