Half an hour had already passed without our situation being bettered, when the dense
darkness suddenly gave way to extreme light.
We three blue-clad men, with our misshapen black-faced attendant, standing in a wide expanse of sunlit yellow dust under the blazing blue sky, and surrounded by this circle of crouching and gesticulating monstrosities,-- some almost human save in their subtle expression and gestures, some like cripples, some so strangely distorted as to resemble nothing but the denizens of our wildest dreams; and, beyond, the reedy lines of a canebrake in one direction, a dense
tangle of palm-trees on the other, separating us from the ravine with the huts, and to the north the hazy horizon of the Pacific Ocean.
As we watched it the fog-wreaths came crawling round both corners of the house and rolled slowly into one dense
bank on which the upper floor and the roof floated like a strange ship upon a shadowy sea.
crowd of cheering men were round the four travelers.
Numerous and populous villages of long low huts stretched away between broad pasture-fields whose dense
herbage was besprinkled with violet-colored blossoms.
There was an agonized scream from the victim, and his fellows turned to see his struggling body rise as by magic slowly into the dense
foliage of the trees above.
The fog had grown so dense
that though it was growing light they could not see ten paces ahead.
Within the dense
shadows of the skeel grove, in a wide avenue beneath o'erspreading foliage, a flier hung a dozen feet above the ground.
For the most part the winding alleys were in dense
shadow and even in the immediate vicinity of the flares the illumination was far from brilliant.
It was Tarzan who first caught the scent of meat--a bull buffalo--and presently the two came stealthily upon the sleeping beast in the midst of a dense
jungle of reeds close to a river.
It was a beautiful, gently rolling country, broken by occasional outcroppings of sandstone and by patches of dense
forest relieved by open, park-like stretches and broad meadows whereon grazed countless herbivorous animals--red deer, aurochs, and infinite variety of antelope and at least three distinct species of horse, the latter ranging in size from a creature about as large as Nobs to a magnificent animal fourteen to sixteen hands high.
As von Horn and Virginia Maxon walked slowly beneath the dense
shadows of the jungle he again renewed his suit.
Its prow had scarcely touched when the ape-man leaped to shore--his heart beat fast in joy and exultation as each long-familiar object came beneath his roving eyes--the cabin, the beach, the little brook, the dense
jungle, the black, impenetrable forest.
The third day found them on the run-ways of the bushmen--narrow paths that compelled single file and that turned and twisted with endless convolutions through the dense
There was no sign of houses nor of human occupancy, although Van Horn, staring at the dense
jungle so close at hand, knew as a matter of course that scores, and perhaps hundreds, of pairs of human eyes were looking at him.