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Captured by Apes
or, How Philip Garland Became King of Apeland
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Title: Captured by Apes or, How Philip Garland Became King of Apeland
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The front of the house gave way under the shower of stonesthrown at Philip by the monkeys.—(See page 191.)


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Captured by Apes;
OR,
HOW PHILIP GARLAND BECAME KING OF APELAND.

By HARRY PRENTICE.

Author of “The Slate-Picker,” “Captured by Zulus,” etc., etc.

ILLUSTRATED.

Imprimatur of A. L. Burt publishing company

NEW YORK
A. L. BURT, PUBLISHER,

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Copyright 1892, by A. L. Burt.


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THE KING OF APELAND.

Transcriber’s Note: This table of contents has been added as a convenience for the reader.
CHAPTER I. THE DEALER IN ANIMALS
CHAPTER II. MAGOG’S REVENGE
CHAPTER III. A TERRIBLE NIGHT
CHAPTER IV. THE WRECK
CHAPTER V. ASHORE
CHAPTER VI. DISAGREEABLE NEIGHBORS
CHAPTER VII. A SINGULAR DISAPPEARANCE
CHAPTER VIII. A PERILOUS PREDICAMENT
CHAPTER IX. A TERRIBLE FIGHT
CHAPTER X. A REMARKABLE GATHERING
CHAPTER XI. AN ODD VILLAGE
CHAPTER XII. THE TREASURE-CAVE
CHAPTER XIII. TREASURE-GATHERING
CHAPTER XIV. THE BABOON TASK-MASTER
CHAPTER XV. A MONKEY-FEAST
CHAPTER XVI. AN APISH ORGY
CHAPTER XVII. INCONVENIENT MEMORIES
CHAPTER XVIII. FROM THE FRYING-PAN TO THE FIRE
CHAPTER XIX. BESIEGED
CHAPTER XX. CAPTAIN SEAWORTH’S JOURNAL
CHAPTER XXI. A HAPPY DISCOVERY
CHAPTER XXII. SOLVING THE MYSTERY
CHAPTER XXIII. THE BEGINNING OF HOSTILITIES
CHAPTER XXIV. A METAMORPHOSIS
CHAPTER XXV. THE NEW KING
CHAPTER XXVI. A KINGLY GRAVE-DIGGER
CHAPTER XXVII. A SERIOUS ACCIDENT
CHAPTER XXVIII. A ROYAL INVALID
CHAPTER XXIX. EXCESSIVE AFFECTION
CHAPTER XXX. THE RETREAT
CHAPTER XXXI. THE RETURN OF THE COLONISTS
CHAPTER XXXII. A BOATSWAIN’S FATE
CHAPTER XXXIII. A PITCHED BATTLE
CHAPTER XXXIV. APISH STRATEGY
CHAPTER XXXV. THE RETREAT
CHAPTER XXXVI. A DISAPPOINTMENT

CHAPTER I.
THE DEALER IN ANIMALS.

Several years ago, or, to speak more accurately,in 1871, Philip Garland, a young man ofnot more than seventeen years, succeeded his fatherin the business of buying, selling and training wildanimals, making a specialty of those belonging tothe monkey kingdom.

Garland, senior, was well and favorably knownthroughout the country by proprietors of museums,circuses, and collectors generally, and his son foundhimself the fortunate possessor of an unblemishedreputation and an extensive establishment, togetherwith a large capital of ready money, but not arelative to whom he could turn for relaxation fromthe cares of business.

Philip and his father had led lonely lives, so faras intercourse with other members of the humanfamily was concerned. As a matter of fact theywere well acquainted with their regular customers;but these came only in the hours devoted to business,tarried no longer than was absolutely necessary,and probably cared not one whit how thesemerchants passed their leisure time.

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Perhaps this comparative isolation was the causeof Philip’s devoting himself with such assiduity tohis profession, if such it may be termed. From hischildhood the senior Garland had instilled into hisson’s mind the rudiments of natural history, andhaving the rare faculty of so presenting dry subjectsas to make them interesting, he had so thoroughlyenlisted the boy’s attention and sympathies thatwhen Master Philip found himself at the head ofthe establishment he was one of the most enthusiasticstudents.

Unlike his father, he was a naturalist in the fullsense of the word, and devoted himself more particularlyto noting the peculiarities and habits offour-handed mammals, otherwise known as the monkeytribe.

In two months after the elder Garland diedPhilip’s collection was composed principally of apes,he having so reduced the stock by forced sales thatnearly every other species of animal, as well as theentire lot of birds, had given way to the tribe inwhose habits he was so deeply interested.

As a matter of course, any variety of the monkey-kindare more valuable when their talents for imitationhave been developed by the aid of education,and the new head of the house of Garland & Co.made a point of instructing his live articles ofmerchandise in the most thorough manner.

During every hour of the day, when not engagedwith customers, Philip taught the apes to throwsomersaults, jump through hoops, dance, play the[7]tambourine, and a variety of similar accomplishments.He also had several so highly educated asto march at the word of command, present arms,fire a musket, fence, or salute in true militaryfashion.

Quite naturally this reduction of stock to a singleand not very rare species of animal caused a correspondingfalling off in the number of customers.But for this Philip cared little. His bank accountwas sufficiently large to admit of his conducting thebusiness after his own peculiar fashion, regardless ofwhether the balance at the end of the year was inhis favor or not; and as the sales were limited sodid his stock increase, until, at the time when an oldfriend of his father’s, Captain Seaworth, master ofthe good ship Reynard, called in company with hisfirst and second officers at what was now little morethan a monkey emporium, to give the young mangood advice, he was greatly amused at the proficiencyto which these long-tailed animals had beenbrought.

Among the large collection were four whichattracted the most attention; and, as may be supposed,these were the ones upon whom Philip hadspent the greater portion of his time in teaching.Two were enormous baboons, strong as giants, andof corresponding ferocity. When their instructionwas begun they would oftentimes seize the iron rodswhich were used in the way of discipline, bendingthem like straws; and more than once had theirteacher battled for his life when these pupils escaped[8]from the stoutly-barred cage. Finally, however,both had been partially subdued through fear,not love, until, with many a grimace and angrygesture, they would obey in a surly manner theorders given.

That these brutes knew exactly what theirteacher desired of them was shown even when theyrefused to do his bidding. Both were well awarewhen the hour for study had come, and from theirmovements one would have said they were discussingthe question as to whether it was best to learnanything on this particular day or hold out againstthe master at the expense of a severe flogging.

Philip often said that there was no animal in hiscollection who understood the human voice betterthan these same ferocious brutes, and their disobediencewas only proof of their vicious natures.

“Those fellows know enough to put me throughthe same course of instruction, provided they heldthe iron rod and had the opportunity,” Philip oftensaid to his assistants; and at such remarks the largerof the baboons actually wrinkled his face into whatwas very like a smile, as if thinking of the glorioustime he could have in turning the tables on his notvery gentle teacher.

This interesting couple had not inaptly beenchristened Goliah and Magog.

The other notable members of the collection werequite the opposite, both in disposition and appearance.They were a male and female chimpanzee,young, and not absolutely ill-favored, if one should[9]compare them with the monkey type of beauty.Both were tractable, obeyed every command asreadily as the best-behaved children, and regardedtheir master with an affection which seemed almosthuman.

Philip had named the male Ben Bolt and thefemale Sweet Alice, because the regard which eachapparently entertained for the other was quite asfervent, in their monkey way, as is supposed to havebeen that of the lovers mentioned in the song.

These two appeared to be perfectly contented inthe Garland establishment. They were not onlydocile, but seemingly delighted at being able toshow their proficiency when Philip taught themnew tricks, and the female in particular obeyed theslightest word as readily as any human being couldhave done. Yet these tractable pupils, who neverneeded the discipline of the iron rod, had more thantheir share of trouble in the fact that Goliah wasmost desperately smitten with Sweet Alice, andwould at every opportunity display this fact in avery disagreeable manner.

In his own peculiar fashion it could plainly beseen, even by a casual observer, that this monkey-lovewas something terrible in its intensity. Whenever,as frequently happened, the two favorite animalswere allowed the liberty of the museum, thishuge baboon would give proof of the most violentrage toward Ben Bolt, and on more than one occasionhad Philip’s iron rod been the only thing whichsaved the chimpanzee from Goliah’s hideous jealousy.[10]He would shake the bars of his cage in an excess ofanger if Ben came near him, and make the mostfrantic efforts to seize his rival; but thus far thelovers had escaped any serious injury.

Captain Seaworth, actuated by a desire to assistthe son of his old friend, decided to purchase, forhis amusement during the long voyage he was aboutto undertake, one of the baboons, and to this endselected Goliah, much to the pleasure of Philip.

His officers, following the example of their commander,also made overtures for the purchase ofBen Bolt and Sweet Alice, together with four otherless intelligent but well-mannered apes of the collection.

For some time Philip was undecided whether topart with the two chimpanzees, whom he lookedupon more as pets than articles of merchandise; butyielding to persuasion and promises that they shouldnot only be cared for tenderly, but kept far fromthe ill-favored Goliah, he finally consented.

It seemed as if the chimpanzees understood thatthey were about to be separated from their kindmaster, and in every way by which it is possible forbrutes to show grief they displayed it, until theanimal dealer was forced to leave his establishmentduring the transfer.

Of Captain Seaworth’s intended voyage Philipalready knew, as did that portion of the public whomake a practice of reading all the daily newspapers.

Under the auspices of a corporation made up of[11]coffee merchants in New York and its vicinity, theReynard was bound for one of the many islands ofthe Malay Archipelago, there to found a colony forthe purpose of raising coffee on a gigantic scale.The captain’s orders were to consult with the agentsof the

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