So the Leader of the Lions
went back to the Doctor and said, "I happened to be passing this way and thought I'd look in.
The carter got down and with all speed unyoked the mules, and the keeper called out at the top of his voice, "I call all here to witness that against my will and under compulsion I open the cages and let the lions
loose, and that I warn this gentleman that he will be accountable for all the harm and mischief which these beasts may do, and for my salary and dues as well.
The feel of the long spear shaft in his hand and the sight of the tree beyond the lion
gave the lad an idea--a preposterous idea--a ridiculous, forlorn hope of an idea; but there was no time now to weigh chances--there was but a single chance, and that was the thorn tree.
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 reached the scarred bole from which the famished lion
had devoured the bark and even torn pieces of the wood itself and yet Numa had not appeared.
And Hannibal, the largest lion
in captivity, with all his teeth, captured out of the jungle after he was full-grown, a veritable king of beasts, before the menacing broomstick in the hand of a sliver of a man, backed deeper and more crumpled together into the corner.
I asked, pointing through the archway into the Camp of the Lions
The man who hated him attended every performance in the hope sometime of seeing that lion
I know it," said the Lion
, hanging his head in shame.
Then up he sprang, and moved off, dragging the lion
Aunt Em turned upon the Lion
a determined countenance and a wild dilated eye.
NUMA, THE LION
, crouched behind a thorn bush close beside the drinking pool where the river eddied just below the bend.