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It was the worst thing he could have done for, despite the discouraging tone of his voice, it seemed joyful to those crouching in concealment and, yielding to an instinct that they were now saved by the presence of a stanch protector, they rushed from their ambuscade, and in so doing discovered themselves to the ourang outang. Its eyes were upon them dark, demon like orbs, that seemed to scintillate sparks of fire. chinese face mask The gorilla had only gone up the trunk to a height of about twenty feet, when the cry of the alarmed ship carpenter brought its ascent to a sudden stop then, bringing its body half round, and looking below, it saw the children. As if connecting them with the enemy it had just conquered, its angry passions seemed to rekindle and once more giving utterance to that strange barking cough, it glided down the tree, and made direct for the one who was nearest. As ill luck would have it, this chanced to be the little Helen, altogether defenceless and unarmed. 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