Before the clearing had been half crossed the Arabs opened up a withering fire from behind the palisade.
A few reached the barred gates, only to be shot in their tracks, without the ghost of a chance to gain the inside of the palisade, and then the whole attack crumpled, and the remaining warriors scampered back into the forest.
The first few villages he came to were deserted, showing that news of the coming of his pack had travelled rapidly; but toward evening he came upon a distant cluster of thatched huts surrounded by a rude palisade
, within which were a couple of hundred natives.
Here it leaped futilely a half dozen times for the top of the palisade
, and then trembling and chattering in rage it ran back and forth along the base of the obstacle, just as a wild beast in captivity paces angrily before the bars of its cage.
Of the four who had scaled the palisade
, one only remained unaccounted for, and he, having left his cutlass on the field, was now clambering out again with the fear of death upon him.
He heard a voice beyond the palisade
and toward that he made his way.
She made her way out over the top of the palisade
, armed with only her knife.
At the rear of the village he discovered a tree whose branches extended over the top of the palisade
and a moment later he had dropped quietly into the village.
As they galloped from the open gates, Mugambi, hiding in a nearby bush, slipped, unseen, within the palisade
a fortification composed of palisades
, called the barriers, which
The vicomte was summoned to surrender by the Arabs, but he made them a negative sign with his head, and continued to march towards the palisades
Several had already fallen prey to old Sabor, and because the jungle was so infested with these fierce and bloodthirsty cats, and with lions and leopards, the ebony warriors hesitated to trust themselves far from the safety of their palisades