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The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney

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[Illustration: Without the least trace of excitement in his voice Mr. Wallace had whipped out his revolver and covered the other. "Keep your hands on the table, Montenay!"]

THE BLIND LION OF THE CONGO

BY ELLIOTT WHITNEY

Illustrated by Dan Sayre Groesbeck

The Reilly & Lee Co. Chicago

COPYRIGHT, 1912

by

THE REILLY & BRITTON CO.

THE BLIND LION OF THE CONGO

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I AN AMAZING PROPOSAL 9

II CRITCHFIELD IS INTERVIEWED 21

III THE DECISION 34

IV OUTFITTING 46

V THE CONGO 58

VI THE MARK 71

VII CRITCH'S RHINO 84

VIII CAPTAIN MAC SUSPECTED 97

IX THE WHITE PIGMIES 110

X THE SACRED ANKH 125

XI MVITA SAVES BURT'S LIFE 137

XII MONTENAY RETURNS 150

XIII IN THE PIGMY VILLAGE 163

XIV THE SACRED LION 176

XV THE IVORY ZAREBA 189

XVI BURT LEFT ALONE 202

XVII THE DIARY 214

XVIII BURT COMES TO LIFE 228

XIX THE RAFT 241

XX DOWN THE MAKUA 255

The Blind Lion of the Congo

CHAPTER I

AN AMAZING PROPOSAL

"What's on for to night, Burt?"

Mr. St. John, a large automobile manufacturer of New Britain, Connecticut, looked across the dinner table at his son Burton. The latter was a boy of seventeen. Although he was sturdy for his age, his features were pale and denoted hard study. As his father and mother watched him there was just a hint of anxiety in their faces.

"Lots," replied the boy. "Got a frat meeting on at seven. Then I've got to finish my last paper for the history prof."

"Can't you let the paper go?" asked his mother. "You've been working pretty hard, Burt!"

"Yes," added Mr. St. John heartily. "Forget the work, son. You've done enough papers lately for a dozen boys."

"Not much!" answered Burt earnestly. "I'm goin' to grab that Yale scholarship. There's only a week till school's out now."

At that moment a maid appeared at the dining room door.

"Mr. St. John, there's a man called, sir. He didn't give me any name and "

She was interrupted by a tall, fur overcoated form that brushed her aside. The visitor's hawk like face broke instantly into an eager smile.

"Hello, good people!" cried the man, as Mr. St. John sprang to his feet. "Forgotten me, Tom?"

"George!"

"Wallace!"

"Uncle George!"

The three members of the family broke into three simultaneous cries of surprise. The next instant Mrs. St. John was in the arms of the tall man, who supported her with one hand and with the other greeted her.

"Hello, Burt! How's your grip?" he cried as he released the couple and seized the hand of their son.

"Ouch!" yelled the boy, his grin changing to an expression of pain. "I ain't no wooden man!"

"Where on earth did you come from?" exclaimed Mr. St. John, taking his brother in law's big coat and handing it to the astonished maid. "We haven't heard from you for a year!"

"Give me something to eat, Tom, and I'll talk later." As the hawk faced man sat down, Burt gazed at him admiringly. George William Wallace, his uncle, was the boy's greatest hero. Famous under the name of "George William" for his books on little traveled countries, he was known widely at every end of the world. He had crossed the Turkestan deserts, helped to survey the Cape to Cairo railway, led armies in China and South America, and explored the recesses of the Sahara... Continue reading book >>




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