a small charcoal burner
upon which rested a round copper vessel containing a small quantity of
Behind her, depending from the roof upon rawhide thongs, and stretching
entirely across the cave, was a row of human skeletons. From the thong
which held them stretched another to the dead hand of the little old
woman; as I touched the cord the skeletons swung to the motion with a
noise as of the rustling of dry leaves.
It was a most grotesque and horrid tableau and I hastened out into the
fresh air; glad to escape from so gruesome a place.
The sight that met my eyes as I stepped out upon a small ledge which
ran before the entrance of the cave filled me with consternation.
A new heaven and a new landscape met my gaze. The silvered mountains
in the distance, the almost stationary moon hanging in the sky, the
cacti-studded valley below me were not of Mars. I could scarce
believe my eyes, but the truth slowly forced itself upon me--I was
looking upon Arizona from the same ledge from which ten years before I
had gazed with longing upon Mars.
Burying my head in my arms I turned, broken, and sorrowful, down the
trail from the cave.
Above me shone the red eye of Mars holding her awful secret,
forty-eight million miles away.
Did the Martian reach the pump room? Did the vitalizing air reach the
people of that distant planet in time to save them? Was my Dejah
Thoris alive, or did her beautiful body lie cold in death beside the
tiny golden incubator in the sunken garden of the inner courtyard of
the palace of Tardos Mors, the jeddak of Helium?
For ten years I have waited and prayed for an answer to my questions.
For ten years I have waited and prayed to be taken back to the world of
my lost love. I would rather lie dead beside her there than live on
Earth all those millions of terrible miles from her.
The old mine, which I found untouched, has made me fabulously wealthy;
but what care I for wealth!
As I sit here tonight in my little study overlooking the Hudson, just
twenty years have elapsed since I first opened my eyes upon Mars.
I can see her shining in the sky through the little window by my desk,
and tonight she seems calling to me again as she has not called before
since that long dead night, and I think I can see, across that awful
abyss of space, a beautiful black-haired
Lost to Tarzan of the Apes was the truth of his origin.Page 7
Teeka was frightened.Page 15
A happy smile lighted his features as he worked, for one of his principal diversions was the baiting of the blacks of Mbonga's village.Page 37
He turned and saw her with the balu hugged close to.Page 41
He swelled his giant chest and bared his fighting fangs, and hurled into the teeth of the dead satellite the challenge of the bull ape.Page 42
Tarzan was electrified.Page 49
Tarzan rose and turned away, leaving Mbonga, the chief, unharmed.Page 52
There seemed to Tarzan, now that he gave the matter thought, no reason in the world why he should have done the thing he did, and presently it occurred to him that he had acted almost involuntarily, just as he had acted when he had released the old Gomangani the previous evening.Page 58
" Horta, understanding nothing of what Tarzan said, was none the less enraged because of that.Page 63
Lord Greystoke was immaculately and appropriately garbed--to the minutest detail he was vogue.Page 80
First had come Bukawai, the witch-doctor--Bukawai, the unclean--with the ragged bit of flesh which still clung to his rotting face.Page 102
Tarzan tossed the second hyena across the crater, while the first gnawed at the rotting face of its master; but this did not suit the ape-man.Page 141
I saw them.Page 142
The little monkey danced about, all excitement.Page 154
Tubuto was the first to speak.Page 162
There were other creatures, too, in the shadows beyond the firelight.Page 165
knife thrust through this organ brought immediate death nine times out of ten, while he might stab an antagonist innumerable times in other places without even disabling him.Page 167
Taug fidgeted and was nervous.Page 175
The apes shivered.