Tarzan had heard of the respect in which Arabs held a lion-killer, and he was not sorry that chance had played into his hands thus favorably to relieve him of the petty tortures of the tribe. Shortly after this he was taken to a goat-skin tent upon the upper side of the DOUAR. There he was fed, and then, securely bound, was left lying on a piece of native carpet, alone in the tent.
For five minutes the LADY ALICE had been settling rapidly by the bow. Already her stern loomed high in the air, and foothold on the deck was of the most precarious nature. She carried four boats, and these were all filled and lowered away in safety. As they pulled rapidly from the stricken little vessel Jane Porter turned to have one last look at her. Just then there came a loud crash and an ominous rumbling and pounding from the heart of the shipâ€”her machinery had broken loose, and was dashing its way toward the bow, tearing out partitions and bulkheads as it wentâ€”the stern rose rapidly high above them; for a moment she seemed to pause thereâ€”a vertical shaft protruding from the bosom of the ocean, and then swiftly she dove headforemost beneath the waves.
Paulvitch's sneering laugh came through the polished panels.