He wasn't there, but directly in front of me was King Wallace, in tights, waiting for his turn to go on with his cage of performing lions
. He was watching with much amusement a quarrel between a couple of trapeze artists.
So he sent messages to the other animals, like the lions
and the leopards and the antelopes, to come and help with the nursing.
Tarzan and Numa heard her coming, for she voiced a plaintive and questioning whine as the baffling mixture of odors aroused her curiosity and her fears, for lions
, however terrible they may appear, are often timid animals and Sabor, being of the gentler sex, was, naturally, habitually inquisitive as well.
To this the carter replied, "The cart is mine; what is in it is a pair of wild caged lions
, which the governor of Oran is sending to court as a present to his Majesty; and the flags are our lord the King's, to show that what is here is his property."
Nor did he need the evidence of his eyes to tell him whether there were two lions
or four up wind,--a hundred yards away or half a mile.
"He's the kind that ain't afraid of lions
," Collins concurred.
Just as he spoke there came from the forest a terrible roar, and the next moment a great Lion
bounded into the road.
Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion
, and the lion
at last a child.
As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion
lying down moaning and groaning.
There was, however, a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen, and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything, and said: 'The lion
wants to make the king believe that you are girls.' Then the king's daughter thanked him, and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength, and step firmly on the peas.' So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him, and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying, they stepped so firmly on them, and had such a strong, sure walk, that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred.
And came the time once more when the witch-doctor no longer doubted the outcome of the duel, yet his first judgment was reversed, for now he knew that the jungle god would slay Simba and the old black was even more terrified of his own impending fate at the hands of the victor than he had been by the sure and sudden death which the triumphant lion
would have meted out to him.
He pondered the strange sleep adventures of his first dreams, and he smiled at the painful outcome of his last practical joke upon the tribe, when, dressed in the hide of Numa, the lion
, he had come roaring upon them, only to be leaped upon and almost killed by the great bulls whom he had taught how to defend themselves from an attack of their ancient enemy.