of the jeddak, and as he pushed me roughly before the ruler he
exclaimed in a loud and menacing voice.
"I have brought a strange creature wearing the metal of a Thark whom it
is my pleasure to have battle with a wild thoat at the great games."
"He will die as Bar Comas, your jeddak, sees fit, if at all," replied
the young ruler, with emphasis and dignity.
"If at all?" roared Dak Kova. "By the dead hands at my throat but he
shall die, Bar Comas. No maudlin weakness on your part shall save him.
O, would that Warhoon were ruled by a real jeddak rather than by a
water-hearted weakling from whom even old Dak Kova could tear the metal
with his bare hands!"
Bar Comas eyed the defiant and insubordinate chieftain for an instant,
his expression one of haughty, fearless contempt and hate, and then
without drawing a weapon and without uttering a word he hurled himself
at the throat of his defamer.
I never before had seen two green Martian warriors battle with nature's
weapons and the exhibition of animal ferocity which ensued was as
fearful a thing as the most disordered imagination could picture. They
tore at each others' eyes and ears with their hands and with their
gleaming tusks repeatedly slashed and gored until both were cut fairly
to ribbons from head to foot.
Bar Comas had much the better of the battle as he was stronger, quicker
and more intelligent. It soon seemed that the encounter was done
saving only the final death thrust when Bar Comas slipped in breaking
away from a clinch. It was the one little opening that Dak Kova
needed, and hurling himself at the body of his adversary he buried his
single mighty tusk in Bar Comas' groin and with a last powerful effort
ripped the young jeddak wide open the full length of his body, the
great tusk finally wedging in the bones of Bar Comas' jaw. Victor and
vanquished rolled limp and lifeless upon the moss, a huge mass of torn
and bloody flesh.
Bar Comas was stone dead, and only the most herculean efforts on the
part of Dak Kova's females saved him from the fate he deserved. Three
days later he walked without assistance to the body of Bar Comas which,
by custom, had not been moved from where it fell, and placing his foot
upon the neck of his erstwhile ruler he assumed the title of Jeddak of
The dead jeddak's hands and head were removed to be added to the
"Brother of Dango!" shouted Tarzan, angered that Numa's return should have been so timed as to frustrate his plans for a comfortable night's repose.Page 20
Two of the aides sprang for the ape-man who picked up the first and flung him in the face of the other.Page 43
Once again a grim smile touched the lips of this man-beast.Page 61
He voiced a single startled yelp and clawed at the naked breast before him with his talons; but he was powerless.Page 76
The last man, who must have stopped for some purpose, was fully a quarter of a mile in rear of the party.Page 91
fact aroused no responsive sensation of impending danger in his placid breast.Page 101
By this time other apes had entered the clearing and they were now the center of a considerable group, among which were several bulls, some young shes, and some older ones with their little balus clinging to their backs or frolicking around at their feet.Page 108
"Good," cried Zu-tag.Page 123
Immediately after the Englishman had been brought to Numabo's village Usanga had gone out in search of the plane, prompted partially by curiosity and partially by an intention to destroy it, but when he had found it, some new thought had deterred him from carrying out his design.Page 151
infuriate any beast of prey you might happen to hit with it?" Smith-Oldwick looked rather crestfallen.Page 163
With the full return of his senses Tarzan's nose told him that the beast above him was Numa of the Wamabo pit.Page 166
Here and there were indications of ancient rapids and waterfalls.Page 173
The low sun was casting long shadows across the gardens when Tarzan saw the workers returning from the eastern field.Page 187
Into this courtyard the prisoner was conducted, and as he entered it with the two guards he found himself in an opening which was bounded by the inner walls of the building.Page 188
The sculpturing and mosaic work were both finely executed, giving evidence of a high degree of artistic skill.Page 194
The ivory had been abandoned tusk by tusk as the blacks gave out, and along the trail of death was strewn the camp equipage and the horse trappings of a hundred men.Page 196
Upon the south side of the city are the corrals and pastures where the herbivorous animals are raised.Page 205
In the restricted area of his vision he could see that there were still a few of the strange inhabitants moving about the narrow thoroughfares.Page 220
he made his way.Page 248
How terribly I have wronged Miss Canby, but how could I know? I even told Smith-Oldwick, who loves her, that she was a German spy.