Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Jungle Tales of Tarzan


by

Edgar Rice Burroughs



Contents

CHAPTER

1 Tarzan's First Love
2 ...

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...knowing, would have understood.

Yes, Teeka was indeed beautiful!

Of course Kala had been beautiful--one's mother is...

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...Teeka, and Tarzan had been uninterested. Why was it then that
his brows contracted and...

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...is Tarzan's," said the ape-man, in the low gutturals of the
great anthropoids.

"Teeka is Taug's," replied...

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...his
head as he came in, and he aimed a vicious blow at Taug's neck. ...

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...about, just out of reach of an
antagonist, Tarzan could do infinite injury with his long,...

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...came to Tarzan's assistance
or Teeka's rescue, and Sheeta was rapidly closing up the distance
between himself...

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...was forced to fight, what chance had he to
survive? Tarzan was constrained to admit that...

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...and then at
another, until, with a final scream of rage, he turned and slunk off
into...

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...And Tarzan's eyes! Hideous things,
showing white about them, and entirely unrimmed with red. Taug...

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...jungle he
swung, and the farther he traveled and the more he thought upon his
wrongs, the...

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...the balance of the
tribe. He was making his way slowly along an elephant path...

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...came to those delicate nostrils the familiar odor that
told Tarzan the identity of the captive...

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... Finally she sniffed
at him, as though to make assurance doubly sure.

"Where is Taug?" she...

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...happened which did happen.

A silent figure moved through the trees above them. Keen eyes
inspected...

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...sleeping blacks that he might wreak his pent
vengeance; but Tarzan would not permit it.

Instead, the...

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...ears. For a moment he stood
statuesque but for his sensitively dilating nostrils; then he...

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...afforded Tarzan both a vehicle of
revenge and a source of inexhaustible delight.

Puzzle as he would,...

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...wave to and fro in
search of the scent of an enemy, while two weak, little...

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...origin, though neither
did.

For half an hour Tarzan sprawled there upon Tantor's back. Time had...

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...lofty nest yielded its fresh, warm
harvest. Fruits, berries, and tender plantain found a place...

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...but poorly even at short distances, and whether his
erratic rushes are due to the panic...

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...Rapidly they converged toward the
trail, taking positions in trees down wind from the point at...

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...are coming behind you." But Tantor, the
elephant, is a huge bunch of nerves, and now...

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...looked about him wonderingly
for a moment, and then full consciousness returned and he realized the
seriousness...

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...save him until night," he said.

Far out in the jungle Tantor, the elephant, his first...

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...coming of Tantor.

Even Tarzan but half believed that he would come. He knew Tantor...

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...who, like all good rulers, had circled
in the safety of the background, called to one...

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...to attack with their heavy elephant spears;
but as they came, Tantor swung Tarzan to his...

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...cocked his head upon one side, and stared. Then he
edged a bit nearer, craning...

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...reiterated the she-ape. "Here comes Taug. He will make you
go away. Taug will...

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...was difficult to say whether she was interested.
Taug could not climb as rapidly as Tarzan,...

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...by the voice of Taug. The threats
that had filled the ape's mouth had turned...

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...with an angry growl of protest,
Tarzan leaped to the branch at the attacking ape's side,...

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...for a spring at the edge of the
little clearing, moved uneasily as the mighty voice...

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...clearing. Instantly his
attitude of good-natured bantering and pompous boastfulness dropped
from him. Silently and...

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...had it
landed, but it did not land, for Tarzan ducked beneath it and closed,
his long...

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...to
see Sheeta's great fangs sink into the soft throat of the ape-man? Or
did he realize...

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...her hairy breast, and put out his hands to take the
little one, expecting that Teeka...

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...was the number of he-bugs which
figured in its definition--Supreme Deity, Creator or Upholder of the
Universe....

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...silver orb. Now that he had clambered to the highest point
within his reach, he...

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...the ape masculine gender sound BU before the
entire word and the feminine gender sound MU...

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...him, and though his relations with the people of
Mbonga, the chief, were the antithesis of...

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...none other than
God could inspire such awe in the hearts of the Gomangani, or stop
their...

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...voice.
Even the witch-doctor paused in the midst of an intricate step,
remaining momentarily rigid and statuesque...

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...in the air, turning completely
around and alighting in a stooping posture with feet far outspread...

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...hide, dragging the disguise from him. It was a
naked black man that Tarzan saw...

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...would this generation again have as much
faith in any future witch-doctor.

Mbonga must do something to...

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...to receive him. Instead, he turned and
fled for the dark doorway of the nearest...

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...he thus
delayed. The old man seemed to wither and shrink to a bag of...

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...else? Why was Tarzan different from Taug, and Taug
different from Bara, the deer, and Bara...

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... Of all their enemies there was
none they gave a wider berth than they gave...

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...the ape-man, brought his head within reach of Tarzan's blade.
Instantly a brown hand leaped forth...

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...do such things? Somebody more powerful than he must force
him to act at times. ...

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...cat as he bounded away through the jungle with the noose still
about his savage neck...

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...bole of the tree beneath
the branches of which Tarzan worked upon his rope, Gazan scampered
quickly...

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...hopped about the clearing dragging the
old one after him in childish glee.

As Tarzan traveled, dividing...

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...the long years that it had spread
its leafy branches above the deep-worn jungle path! Tarzan,...

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...keep savage that
which pounds against my own ribs."

Horta, understanding nothing of what Tarzan said, was...

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...and
through the slit was a wooden skewer. Metal ornaments dangled from her
ears, and upon...

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...paces
from her.

With a savage cry of terror and rage, the woman leaped fearlessly
toward the ape-man....

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...simian equivalent
of black he-baby in lieu of a better name. "The sun is hot;...

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...than look longer down into the frightful abysses
beneath. Never before in all his life...

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...ape.

The latter sidled off, quite stiff and haughty, after the manner of a
dog which meets...

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...the Gomangani.

Also, he saw that the little fellow often refused food and was growing
thinner day...

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...for
super-intelligence.

Imagination it is which builds bridges, and cities, and empires. The
beasts know it not,...

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...any might know the
whereabouts of her Tibo, it would be Bukawai, who was in friendly
intercourse...

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...and feared lest,
should he succeed in recovering Momaya's lost child, much of the tribal
patronage and...

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...for although the lion sought other
prey after a short time, she dared not descend into...

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...to Tibo she was mamma,
the personification of that one great love which knows no selfishness
and...

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...sight of the cave
of Bukawai, the unclean. The old witch-doctor had rigged a framework
of...

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...voice.

"It is Momaya," replied the woman; "Momaya from the village of Mbonga,
the chief.

"What do you...

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...the jungle toward the village of
Mbonga. How she could get three goats and a...

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...A short charge and
a long leap would carry him upon them. He flicked the...

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...hunting spear hurtle through the air to
meet the lion in midleap.

Numa brought up upon his...

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...fear Taug and Gunto and the
others. Let me stay with Momaya, O Tarzan, God...

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...exhilaration in the sport that would not be denied. He
felt his blood tingling through...

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...He
growled and advanced slowly. The man growled, too, backing slowly to
one side, and watching,...

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...huts, he
approached that from which rose the sounds of lamentation. A fire
burned brightly before...

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...supplicating hands
toward him and pouring forth from her mutilated lips a perfect cataract
of words, not...

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...not been following
the two, for sometimes one was ahead of them and one behind, and...

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...a great bush
quite close to Momaya, frightening little Tibo so that he ran screaming
to his...

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...figure of a hostile
warrior. Little Tibo had raised his tiny spear, his heart filled...

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...the price of his ransom had
risen. Ten fat goats? Where would his mother get...

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...a haunting premonition of the future, and the
fear of the hyenas combined to almost paralyze...

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...to
bring you back to her," he said. "You will stay here. There," and...

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...narrow slit
in the rocky wall. It might lead in but a few feet, or...

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...back in revulsion, then she flew at him,
tooth and nail; but Bukawai threatening her with...

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...leprosy alone would prevent their
laying hands upon him, while his reputation as a witch-doctor rendered
him...

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...talk about payment. Rabba Kega will
make some magic, too. We will see who...

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...from the mouth of the
receptacle. Rabba Kega was careful to hold it so that...

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...loudly
the savage snarls of the two hyenas, mingled with the scraping and
scratching of their paws...

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...Tarzan came to the cave mouth the hyenas were nowhere in sight,
and after permitting Tibo...

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...will show you some magic of her own," and with that
she seized upon a broken...

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...was least looking for such an occurrence, that there is
little wonder he found scant space...

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...how delectable! This was indeed a new play of the first magnitude.
Tarzan was entranced. ...

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...embedded deeply in the bush. It
took Kala several minutes to disentangle him and drag...

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...since Tarzan of the Apes frequented another part of the
jungle, miles away from the lair...

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...had
stretched a hand from the heavens and pressed His flat palm down upon
the world. ...

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...clean-washed air.

At either side of the leper stood his sole and constant companions, the
two hyenas,...

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...own
grass rope, leaving his hands free but securing the knots in such a way
that the...

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...them growl; but he did not
even turn his head. He was a beast with...

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...the meantime he might as well rest, and he did.

Thus the day wore on, for...

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...at the proximity of that raw face to his. The
hyenas had had enough and...

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...drawing his hind quarters far beneath his tawny
body, gathering himself for the sudden charge and...

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...idling about the clearing, the first keen desire
of the morning's hunger having been satisfied. ...

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...but within plain sight of him. The carnivore crouched with
his fore-quarters upon the she-ape....

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...had cast him.
The sullen bulls of the older generation still hated him as beasts hate
those...

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...his great hunger in the consuming passion of his
rage, leaving his meat for considerable spaces...

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...fell upon Taug, the playmate of his childhood, the rival
in his first love and now,...

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... Behind him the black-maned lion, head flattened, tail
extended, racing, a jungle thoroughbred, across the...

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...was very wroth. He spoke to the bulls
of the ease with which Numa and...

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...he did of the forbears themselves, which was
nothing.

It was quite dark when Tarzan returned to...

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...indicated the direction they had taken
with a wave of his hand and a few piping...

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...the clearing as apes swung quickly to places of safety
among the lower branches of the...

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...his mate, came too, taking her
place with bared fangs at Taug's side. Others followed...

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...so that now, as he sat perched in the tree above the
feasting blacks, he experienced...

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...a handful was not what he wanted. Nothing
less than a stomachful would allay the...

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...the ape-man. Swiftly and noiselessly
Tarzan approached him. There was no sound as steel...

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...He did not feel particularly
refreshed as he should have after a good sleep. A...

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...above him. He never had seen
so large a bird in all his life, yet...

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...agility he clambered back to the
crotch from which he had toppled. Below him a...

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...his branch trembling in every limb,
wide-eyed and panting. He looked all around him with...

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...prowl about close to him, the elements might rage in all
their fury; but here at...

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...attribute all those inexplicable phenomena of nature which with
each recurrence filled them with awe, with...

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...been cooped up inside the small cabin than
Bolgani, the gorilla, yet he felt no fear,...

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...and hot breath fanned Tarzan's cheek,
and still he sat grinning at the apparition. Tarzan...

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...an attempt
to seize the jugular; but Tarzan of the Apes had fought before with
creatures who...

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...heat of the equatorial
sun. Peace had reigned within the tribe for weeks and no...

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...as they would fight for their own.

Toog could see no sign of any ape other...

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...fangs and growled. Little Gazan started to
run toward his mother, but she warned him...

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...as he could
toward Gazan and then, finding that he could not reach him, resume his
pursuit...

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...by the
sea, where he passed many an hour at such times as the tribe was
ranging...

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...did not quite understand. The
pieces were bright and shiny. It amused him to...

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...he began inquiring of the
other apes where they might be; but none had seen them...

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...beast there beat a heart which
was moved, however slightly, by the same emotions of paternal...

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...held him out for Tarzan to
see. Of all the bulls of the tribe, Taug...

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...instinct was ingrained in their characters
through ages of custom. They did not know why...

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...too."

"Where are we going?" asked Taug.

"We are going to get Teeka," replied the ape-man, "and...

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...Tarzan knew that it would do--it wiped the spoor
of the quarry from the face of...

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...ape was yet carrying Teeka. The depth of the
imprint of his feet indicated a...

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...little monkey,
fleeing for his life--there seemed nothing sinister about him.

And what of Teeka during all...

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...bushes beyond the clearing."

He turned and waddled away across the open place, the others following
him....

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...most frightful chorus of
growlings and barkings and roarings. In five minutes they were torn
and...

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...mate and
the other bull of her tribe--they would not need the help of a she...

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...fled had they not seen Teeka
standing there before them, the knife and the pocket pouch...

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...amused nor was he amusing. The big bull ape seemed
to have lost whatever sense...

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...attack of their ancient enemy.

His hair lopped off to his entire satisfaction, and seeing no
possibility...

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...They
were placing and baiting a trap for Numa, the lion. In a cage upon
wheels...

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...creepers, brushing ebon shoulders
against gorgeous blooms which inscrutable Nature has seen fit to lavish
most profusely...

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...thy last opportunity.

Tarzan crept stealthily among the branches of the tree above the
well-fed, self-satisfied witch-doctor....

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...waiting above him.

And as Rabba Kega turned, a lithe figure shot outward and downward from
the...

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...a death less
cruel; but he might as well have saved his pleas for Numa, since
already...

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...bird
attracted the attention of the searchers and led them off for the
delicious store it previously...

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...of fear--rage and curiosity. How had Rabba Kega
happened to be in the cage? Where...

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...of suffering and cruelty. He, himself, was cruel. All the
beasts of the jungle...

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...memory of the dire results that
had followed the carrying out of a very wonderful idea...

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...on one knee, he searched the ground for signs of the quarry;
again he poised, statuesque,...

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...the same
instant Tarzan gave voice to the low, coughing roar of an angry lion
and slunk...

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...quickly to where
lay the caged lion. Springing to the top of the cage he...

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...thither. No hut seemed a
sufficiently secure asylum with Numa ranging within the palisade. ...

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...of the somber forest he could not have
told you. It was not that he...

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...by night from their familiar daylight aspects,
so sounds altered with the passage of Kudu and...

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...the hungry lions, and they, too,
disappeared as had the lesser lights before them. Tarzan...

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...gone in fear to do more than huddle
closer together and moan more loudly than before.

Seizing...

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...knife thrust through this organ
brought immediate death nine times out of ten, while he might...

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...though he
knew that the whispering of the leaves was the language of the
leaves--they talked with...

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...he ignored them.

Taug fidgeted and was nervous. For a long time he lay sleepless,
watching...

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...panther. They did not know that Tarzan had roped the
savage beast and tied him...

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...loved, and absorbing the delicious sensations
of the scratching.

Numa, the lion, caught the scent of man,...

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...that he was alone; but the
moment that the warrior had entered the clearing a loud...

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...to kill--he felt, vaguely, that the man
had earned his life by his brave defense of...

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...him in full daylight. He knew him well enough from the
description of those who...

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...of the anthropoids, as Tantor, the elephant, dashed
swiftly across the clearing to the aid of...

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...became.

And then a strange thing happened. Even as Taug looked at Goro, he saw
a...

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...he had a clear and unobstructed view of the heavens. He saw Goro
and the...