"Oh, a story about the Black Man
," answered Pearl, taking hold of her mother's gown, and looking up, half earnestly, half mischievously, into her face.
Here a little knot of struggling warriors trampled a bed of gorgeous pimalia; there the curved sword of a black man
found the heart of a thern and left its dead foeman at the foot of a wondrous statue carved from a living ruby; yonder a dozen therns pressed a single pirate back upon a bench of emerald, upon whose iridescent surface a strangely beautiful Barsoomian design was traced out in inlaid diamonds.
The black man
, with the woman's crimson scarf tied round his swarthy head, stood forward in the centre of the path, with a long dull-colored knife in his hand, while the other, waving a ragged cudgel, cursed at Alleyne and dared him to come on.
The savage cat and the savage man saw Numa's quarry almost simultaneously, though both had known before it came within the vision of their eyes that it was a black man
. Their sensitive nostrils had told them this much and Tarzan's had told him that the scent spoor was that of a stranger--old and a male, for race and sex and age each has its own distinctive scent.
Since all acts of white men were surprises, the only surprise of action they could achieve for a black man
would be the doing of an unsurprising thing.
In the evening the Princess told this to the Crab, who said to her, 'Take this rod, go to the garden gate and knock with it, then a black man
will come out and say to you, ''Why have you called me, and what do you require of me?'' Answer him thus:
And soon a black man
came down out of the woods and asked them what they were doing there.
Of the black man
nothing could be seen but his eyes, two coals of fire.
Not long, however, after Zarathustra had freed himself from the magician, he again saw a person sitting beside the path which he followed, namely a tall, black man
, with a haggard, pale countenance: THIS MAN grieved him exceedingly.
In my early life I used to cherish a feeling of ill will toward any one who spoke in bitter terms against the Negro, or who advocated measures that tended to oppress the black man
or take from him opportunities for growth in the most complete manner.
I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty--to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man
. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly.
He no longer looked upon the black man
as his brother; but rather as only another of the innumerable foes of the bloodthirsty jungle--a beast of prey which walked upon two feet instead of four.