Kalikaka got to his feet and ran. David was up at once and after him. The chase was on again, but now David had the knife and Kalikaka was unarmed. The path was now wider; they were soon on more level grounds at the end of the valley, and David could now see far enough ahead to make out the figure of Kalikaka in the moonlight, still running hard. Suddenly a beam of lights shot out along the track in front, and at the same moment David heard the sound of a car engine. so this was what Kalikaka was making for! David had forgotten all about one-eye, but now he knew that he must have reached the gang’s hidden car.
David put all his strength in a final sprint and was rapidly overtaing Kalikaka. The car and scrambled in. David was close behind him but just as he tried to grab the back of the car Kalikaka threw something out; David tripped over it and fell flat on the road.
Getting to his knees he saw that the car was now moving so fast that he had no chance of overtaking it, so he threw the knife with all his force at the back wheel. by a lucky chance the point of the knife pierced the old worn-out tyre. It burst with a loud report. The car continued down the rough road, swaying dangerously. He could hear the two men in the car cursing and shouting at each other until it disappeared round a bend in the road.
David looked down to see what the object was that Kalikaka had thrown from the car and which had tripped him; it seemed to be a bundle of clothing. He looked back along the path and saw Samson and Joseph running towards him. They came up panting, ‘ What has happened? where is he?’
‘He has got away. They had their motor-car hidden here. One-Eye managed to get here first; he had the car started and Kalikaka got in as it was moving off, just as I had nearly caught him. You can still hear the car-listen!’ They stood listening when from the distance came a scream, followed by a crash and the noise of breaking glass. Then there was silence.
‘ Come on!’ shouted David, and raced off down the road, followed by the other two. They ran on past the bend in the road, down a slight hill, until the track joined a wide main road, and there, crashed against a tree, was the car. Lying beside it was a body. They ran to it- it was Kalikaka, but he was not dead. He was still breathing, but blood was flowing from a cut in his head and he groaned faintly.
‘ Quick! Get a piece of rope to tie him up,’ cried David. Joseph ran to the car. ‘The other is in here dead,’ he called. Samson went to look.’yes,’ he said ;he’s quite dead.’