Continuing the story:
Clara was the first to her feet, leaping on Colonel Wang, she hurled him back against the fountain.
Darcy was slightly slower and his opponent started to lead the professor away as other Tong members hurried in support.
The pair, snatched him away and hurried deeper into the back streets, others, their attention drawn by the scuffle could only watch.
The deeper they went into the alleyways, the nearer to trouble they went.
Clara was grabbed from behind, but quickly beat off her attacker.
Spotting the converging tong members they dodged into the next alleyway.
Pulling the professor along, they emerged near the rear of the souk just as the two Englishmen approached.
Their attention momentarily distracted, the professor was grabbed from them and hurried away.
Rushing after them, they quickly caught up
Assisted by the two Englishmen they battled to free the professor, Tong reinforcements being temporarily blocked by a passing camel train.
Outnumbered the two Tong members, beat off their assailants and bustled the professor away, exhausted, he could only struggle weakly.
Still struggling he was led away, as a lone Tong member blocked the alley.
More Chinese flooded the alleyway.
The odds against Clara and her companions was growing fast, but still they struggled to catch up.
One man blocked their way in the narrow street.
Then with a blow from Peter Lewis' umbrella he was down.
The alleyway was clear, no sign of the professor.
Leaving the Lewis twins to guard their backs Clara and Darcy raced to catch up with the professor and his captors.
The Colonel had a good lead now,and calling others to protect his rear he hurried the professor away.
The Lewis twins did their bit to help.
And a passing French Gendarme and his Spanish companion joined in.
But the colonels daughter Tsu-Tsi and his number one son, helped hold them off.
More Tong flooded the scene.
Diana and Sophia were still too far away to help. Darcy and Clara miles behind.
By the time, they arrived at the edge of the city, all that could be seen was the tail end of a small convoy of trucks, and behind them a figure wearing a leather jacket and fedora, riding a white horse to the rescue, like some modern day film hero.
For a moment, Diana was reminded of her father Milton.