The two natives interchanged glances of peculiar meaning with one another at this, and manifested no little surprise; but on the repetition of the question after some consultation together, to the great joy of Toby, they answered in the affirmative.
A few moments after the whole valley resounded with savage outcries, and the natives came running towards us from every direction.
Beyond these, however, the country was fertile and well cultivated, with inclosures of yams, plantains, sweet potatoes, sugar-canes, and other productions of warm climates and teeming soils; and the numerous habitations of the natives were pleasantly sheltered beneath clumps of cocoanut and bread-fruit trees, which afforded both food and shade.
Such provisions as they could furnish, however, were brought by the natives in abundance, and a lively intercourse was kept up during the day, in which the women mingled in the kindest manner.
A moment later a horde of terrified natives burst from the jungle, racing toward the shelter of their huts.
Before them the natives fled in alarm, so that they found only deserted villages in their path as they proceeded.
Once more the professor and the native
conversed in the strange tongue, and then Professor Bumper announced:
But the first native
who placed his hand on the stair-rail, struck from behind by some invisible force, I know not what, fled, uttering the most fearful cries and making the wildest contortions.
Presently, after loud yawning, the natives
went away to sleep, and Strickland and I were left alone.
When we came within hail, one of the four natives
who were present advanced to receive us, and began to shout most vehemently, wishing to direct us where to land.
They now turned toward the south, and passing numerous small bands of natives
, posted upon various streams, arrived at the Spanish village and post of Monterey.
You see," said von Horn, "when I reached the spot Number Three, the brute that you thought was an ape, had just turned you over to Number Thirteen, or, as the natives
now call him, Bulan.