are killed. Thus it has
happened that several mighty warriors from far distant lands, whom we
have captured on our slave raids, have battled the brutes turned in
upon them and slain them, thereby winning their freedom. In the
instance which you witnessed the beasts killed each other, but the
result was the same--the man and woman were liberated, furnished with
weapons, and started on their homeward journey. Upon the left shoulder
of each a mark was burned--the mark of the Mahars--which will forever
protect these two from slaving parties."
"There is a slender chance for me then if I be sent to the arena, and
none at all if the learned ones drag me to the pits?"
"You are quite right," he replied; "but do not felicitate yourself too
quickly should you be sent to the arena, for there is scarce one in a
thousand who comes out alive."
To my surprise they returned me to the same building in which I had
been confined with Perry and Ghak before my escape. At the doorway I
was turned over to the guards there.
"He will doubtless be called before the investigators shortly," said he
who had brought me back, "so have him in readiness."
The guards in whose hands I now found myself, upon hearing that I had
returned of my own volition to Phutra evidently felt that it would be
safe to give me liberty within the building as had been the custom
before I had escaped, and so I was told to return to whatever duty had
been mine formerly.
My first act was to hunt up Perry, whom I found poring as usual over
the great tomes that he was supposed to be merely dusting and
rearranging upon new shelves.
As I entered the room he glanced up and nodded pleasantly to me, only
to resume his work as though I had never been away at all. I was both
astonished and hurt at his indifference. And to think that I was
risking death to return to him purely from a sense of duty and
"Why, Perry!" I exclaimed, "haven't you a word for me after my long
"Long absence!" he repeated in evident astonishment. "What do you
"Are you crazy, Perry? Do you mean to say that you have not missed me
since that time we were separated by the charging thag within the
"'That time'," he repeated. "Why man, I have but just returned from
the arena! You reached here almost as soon as I. Had you been much
He had hoped to learn through this fellow whether his little son was aboard the Kincaid, but to every question upon this or kindred subjects the fellow returned but one reply, "Ay tank it blow purty soon purty hard.Page 21
his perch full upon the back of the startled buck.Page 31
They were between Tarzan and the jungle, in a little semicircle that closed in upon him as they advanced.Page 37
It was Tarzan who first caught the scent of meat--a bull buffalo--and presently the two came stealthily upon the sleeping beast in the midst of a dense jungle of reeds close to a river.Page 47
he was surrounded by a host of curious men, women, and children.Page 57
It would not be long now.Page 60
He seemed suddenly to have relapsed into his wonted state of dense stupidity.Page 63
completed, she left them to their own devices.Page 70
The ape-man instantly dropped to his knees beside the Swede.Page 73
This they had fully intended doing should the opportunity present itself; but the moment they had seen Tarzan their blood had turned to water, as the porters of the white men had told them would be the case.Page 85
Jane Clayton watched his expression closely.Page 88
She did not know what it was all about, but she saw that Rokoff was very angry, and from bits of conversation which she could translate she gleaned that there had been further desertions while he had been absent, and that the deserters had taken the bulk of his food and ammunition.Page 91
Chapter 14 Alone in the Jungle Tambudza, leading Tarzan of the Apes toward the camp of the Russian, moved very slowly along the winding jungle path, for she was old and her legs stiff with rheumatism.Page 99
At the same instant Tarzan felt mighty jaws close upon his right leg.Page 106
They were making rapidly in his direction, and with a superhuman effort the man struck out for the overhanging branches of a near-by tree.Page 116
All that night Sheeta, the panther, crouched upon the grisly thing that had been Nikolas Rokoff.Page 119
Stifling his anger, Paulvitch slunk into the jungle; but once beyond the sight of the warriors he paused and listened intently.Page 138
Chapter 21 The Law of the Jungle In Tarzan's camp, by dint of threats and promised rewards, the ape-man had finally succeeded in getting the hull of a large skiff almost completed.Page 142
Never had Tarzan seen the great Atlantic so ominously at peace.Page 147
The woman had preferred to cling to her new lord and master rather than return to the marriage she had tried to escape.