An hour or two ago he was a fugitive, practically unarmed, with nearly a score of askari hunting him down.
It was just at this point that they met a party of askari marching in the other direction.
But Elbel was ready: he jumped nimbly backwards, while half a dozen askari rushed between them, and pinioned Jack's arms.
For some hours he followed the path on which his uncle and he had been escorted by the askari.
It seemed absolutely endless, and once or twice I feared that two of the askari would have died of the wet, cold, and exposure.
"Watcha kalele, Saa-sita," I told the askari; at once he lifted up his voice to repeat my words.
But, as Samba reminded him, he had still to deal with the ten askari who had been sent back to fetch the second canoe.
Therefore Sir Henry and the askari proceeded to arm themselves in like fashion.
The canoes were unloaded, and the stores and ammunition given to the askari to carry.
But as he stood behind his uncle's litter, two askari with loaded rifles placed themselves one on each side of him.