The twigs which N'Longa flung on the fire broke and crackled.
Kane stood with the ju-ju stave in one hand the smoking pistol in the other, above the smoldering ruins that hid forever from the sight of man the last of those terrible, semi-human monsters whom another hero had banished from Europe in an unknown age.
Kane took the weapon; it might have been the form of courtesy to have refused it, but Kane was unwilling to take chances, and he felt much more secure with a weapon in his hand.
According to http://howardworks.com/haddock-handof... year of publication is 1972 and "The Haddock editions were unauthorized and printed in Hungary. They are missing copyright information on the copyright page and no publication date is shown on the book."