My absence had been noted by Sola on her awakening, and she had quickly informed Tars Tarkas, who had set out immediately with a handful of warriors
to search for me.
Twenty-nine of the choicest warriors
instantly volunteered to follow Blue John in this hazardous enterprise.
Between two of the principal chiefs rode a young warrior
who had distinguished himself in the battle.
Half a dozen great leaps brought me to the spot, and another instant saw me again in my stride in quick pursuit of the hideous monsters that were rapidly gaining on the fleeing warrior
, but this time I grasped a mighty long-sword in my hand and in my heart was the old blood lust of the fighting man, and a red mist swam before my eyes and I felt my lips respond to my heart in the old smile that has ever marked me in the midst of the joy of battle.
A hundred yards to my right was the gate from which the troops were evidently expected to issue, but to reach it I must pass the flank of the green warriors
within easy sight of them, and, fearing that my plan to warn the Kaolians might thus be thwarted, I decided upon hastening toward the left, where another gate a mile away would give me ingress to the city.
Its crew of a half-dozen red warriors
watched the lights of the patrol boat diminishing in the distance.
At that part of the circle closest to the Waziri, a constant fusillade of shots was poured into the bushes behind which the black warriors
had concealed themselves.
Scarcely had the two craft come together than the frightful apes of Akut rose, growling and barking, from the bottom of the canoe, and, with long, hairy arms far outstretched, grasped the menacing spears from the hands of Kaviri's warriors
Slowly, dully, the creatures rose to their feet and between the tugging of the warrior
in front and the lashing of him behind the hopeless band was finally herded within the tower.
eyed me curiously as I entered, especially the Galus, and then I was conducted into the center of the group and led forward toward Al-tan.
The noise of their battle with Numa had drawn an excited horde of savages from the nearby village, and a moment after the lion's death the two men were surrounded by lithe, ebon warriors
, gesticulating and jabbering--a thousand questions that drowned each ventured reply.
Then was the prudent king, the hoary warrior
, sad of mood, when he learned that his princely thane, the dearest to him, no longer lived.
Gradually, through the milling, battling men, the warrior
approached the object of his quest.
To the good warrior
soundeth "thou shalt" pleasanter than "I will.
Perhaps the wary warrior
also knew that, owing to the difference in their weapons, he should be placed more on an equality, by being brought nearer to the strangers.