Number Thirteen turned in surprise at the cry, and sensing a new danger for her who lay in his arms, he set her gently upon the ground behind him and advanced to meet his assailant
Tarzan leaped to meet these two new assailants
. The foremost lay, a second later, in the trampled dirt of the court, disarmed and groaning from a broken wrist.
The instant they found themselves delivered from the presence of Ellen and her unknown companion, they bestowed an undivided attention on their more masculine and certainly more dangerous assailants, who by this time had made a complete lodgment among the crags of the citadel.
While imitating the movements of his companions, and toiling his way upward with the utmost caution, and not without great inward tribulation, the eye of the naturalist had caught a glimpse of an unknown plant, a few yards above his head, and in a situation more than commonly exposed to the missiles which the girls were unceasingly hurling in the direction of the assailants. Forgetting, in an instant, every thing but the glory of being the first to give this jewel to the catalogues of science, he sprang upward at the prize with the avidity with which the sparrow darts upon the butterfly.
There were few which did not deal their blow, and a large layer of dead and wounded lay bleeding and panting beneath the feet of the assailants who, now grown furious, replaced each other without intermission.
His shower of stone blocks was not sufficient to repel the assailants.
Around these two principal streams there were drops of that horrible rain, which scattered over the assailants and entered their skulls like gimlets of fire.
The attendants, embarrassed with baggage, surprised and terrified at the fate of their masters, fell an easy prey to the assailants
; while the Lady Rowena, in the centre of the cavalcade, and the Jew and his daughter in the rear, experienced the same misfortune.
Twice they were approached by forest lions, but upon both occasions the deep growls of Numa of the pit drove off their assailants
. Several times they were compelled to rest, for Smith-Oldwick was constantly upon the verge of exhaustion, and toward morning Tarzan was forced to carry him on the steep ascent from the bed of the valley.
In this manner many minutes flew by with the swiftness of thought; the rifles of the assailants
speaking, at times, in rattling volleys, and at others in occasional, scattering shots.
At length he yielded, for it seemed the only way in which either of us might be saved from the ever-increasing numbers of our assailants
, who were still swarming upon us from all directions across the broad valley.
But these taking no effect, and the concourse coming on like an army of devils, they only thought of consulting their own safety, and retreated, echoing their assailants
' cries, and hoping in the confusion to be taken for rioters themselves; in which stratagem they succeeded, with the exception of one old man who was never heard of again, and was said to have had his brains beaten out with an iron bar (one of his fellows reported that he had seen the old man fall), and to have been afterwards burnt in the flames.
The ebb-tide, which had so cruelly delayed us, was now making reparation and delaying our assailants
. The one source of danger was the gun.
LAHORE -- Once again the security at district courts has come into question after an assailant
gunned down a handcuffed accused in court premises.
JERUSALEM, Sunday, February 17, 2019 (WAFA) -- Israeli occupation forces locked down on Sunday several roads outside the illegal settlement of Gilo, south of Jerusalem, as well as the road linking the city with nearby Bethlehem, allegedly after an illegal Israeli settler was stabbed by an unknown assailant
in the area, witnesses told WAFA.