The horse, with a shrill neigh of terror, shrank sideways almost upon the Belgian, the lion dragged the helpless Arab from his saddle, and the horse leaped back into the trail and fled away toward the west.
From a short distance up the trail came the unmistakable noises of the greedy feeding of a lion.
My horse was traveling practically unguided as I knew that I had probably less knowledge of the exact location of the trail to the pass than he, and thus it happened that he entered a defile which led to the summit of the range and not to the pass which I had hoped would carry me to the valley and to safety.
My first knowledge that I was on the wrong trail came when I heard the yells of the pursuing savages suddenly grow fainter and fainter far off to my left.
Slowly the gray light came stealing through the gloom, imperceptibly at first, so that it was almost with surprise that they noticed the vague loom of the trail underfoot.
The dogs gave up, the sled was righted, and five minutes later they were flying along the hard-packed trail again.
In an hour he struck the trail again, and coming to earth examined the soil minutely.
As he examined the newer spoor a tiny particle of earth toppled from the outer edge of one of the footprints to the bottom of its shallow depression--ah, the trail was very fresh, his prey must have but scarcely passed.
Majestic and terrible, regally careless of his surroundings, the king of beasts strode down the beaten trail
I, too, go on and on, because I am strong on the trail
and because I am greatly paid.
Now, I, Little Foot, come to the rock," said Mowgli, running up his trail
For the pride of trace and trail
was his, and, sick unto death, he could not bear that another dog should do his work.
Teeka's familiar scent spoor told both Tarzan and Taug that they were upon her trail
, and soon the scent of Toog became as familiar as the other.
But while the earth was trodden, and the footsteps of both men and beasts were so plainly visible around the place, the trail
appeared to have suddenly ended.
About midnight, feeling satisfied that they had gained a secure distance, they posted one of their number to keep watch, in case the enemy should follow on their trail
, and then, turning abruptly into a dense and matted thicket of willows, halted for the night at the foot of the mountain, instead of making for the summit, as they had originally intended.