It had been apparent to both players and spectators for the past two moves, that Gahan was moving straight across the field into the enemy's country to seek personal combat with the Orange Chief--that he was staking all upon his belief in the superiority of his own swordsmanship, since if the two Chiefs
engage, the outcome decides the game.
He hastened, therefore, to let the old chief
know his poverty-stricken state, and how little there was to be expected from him.
When a tribe goes to war, the chief
cannot order one party to go here and another there; but every man fights in the manner which best pleases himself; and to each separate individual to approach a stockade defended by fire-arms must appear certain death.
One, a fine-looking man, much above the common size, was hereditary chief
of the village; he was called the Left-handed, on account of a personal peculiarity.
"It is the custom, between chiefs
, to send whale teeth," the Buli interrupted.
"When the great chief
comes, it is to smoke with the Indians in their wigwams.
"Two miles from Loo," went on Infadoos, "there is a hill curved like a new moon, a stronghold, where my regiment, and three other regiments which these chiefs
command, are stationed.
"I remember--I remember," said Chief
Justice Oliver to himself, "when his present most sacred Majesty was proclaimed.
And since breakfast Chief
Inspector Heat had not managed to get anything to eat.
, a wicked-looking fellow with the sharp-filed teeth that often denote the cannibal, received him with apparent friendliness.
Why, you're all seams, my girl!" said the Chief
; and then he laughed heartily at his latest joke and a chorus of small voices echoed the chorus with "tee-hee-hee!
"You are going," he said to the chief
of police, "to kill an innocent man, for it is impossible that he should have murdered a creature who was dead already.