There was no more shooting, though the rifles
were still cracking merrily from the other boats.
It seemed as if I had hardly closed my eyes, though in fact it was near midday, when I was awakened by the report of a rifle
, the bullet striking the bowlder just above my body.
The tall soldier, having prepared his rifle
, pro- duced a red handkerchief of some kind.
With a generous impulse he caught up the child in his arms, rushed forward, regardless of Indian shaft or rifle
, and placed it in safety upon her bosom.
firing from the boats had ceased, and I made no doubt that they were finished off and that the end had come to everything.
Suddenly the long tail snapped stiffly erect, and as though it had been attached to two trigger fingers the two rifles
spoke in unison, for both men knew this signal only too well--the immediate forerunner of a deadly charge.
and spears were dropped or flung aside in a wild scramble for the protection of the cocoanut palms.
A leathern pouch hung before him, from which, as he concluded his last speech, he took a small measure, and, filling it accurately with powder, he commenced reloading the rifle
, which as its butt rested on the snow before him reached nearly to the top of his fox-skin cap.
Even at the distance we were from him I saw his face go suddenly white, and he quickly threw his rifle
to his shoulder.
"A tiger!" ejaculated Tom, as he began once more to change the charge in his rifle
to a larger one, running back, meanwhile, in the direction of the sound of the voice.
"Not one of those Indians did we afterward see, but by the smoke and glare of their fires in the gulch we knew that by day and by night they watched with ready rifles
in the edge of the bush--knew that if we made a sortie not a man of us would live to take three steps into the open.
All at once, his eyes rested on the butt of his rifle
, which jutted above the rim of the car.
He seemed to have gone mad with rage at the realization that he could not overtake her, and then he threw his rifle
to his shoulder, aimed carefully at the slim figure scrambling into the trees, and fired.
As his interested gaze moved hither and thither from one point of interest to another he heard from a point upon the hillside below him, above the roar of cannon and the crack of rifle
fire, a single rifle
The sight that met his eyes must have frozen him with horror, for there, within the door, stood three great bull apes, while behind them crowded many more; how many he never knew, for his revolvers were hanging on the far wall beside his rifle
, and Kerchak was charging.