had cast him.
The sullen bulls of the older generation still hated him as beasts hate
those of whom they are suspicious, whose scent characteristic is the
scent characteristic of an alien order and, therefore, of an enemy
order. The younger bulls, those who had grown up through childhood as
his playmates, were as accustomed to Tarzan's scent as to that of any
other member of the tribe. They felt no greater suspicion of him than
of any other bull of their acquaintance; yet they did not love him, for
they loved none outside the mating season, and the animosities aroused
by other bulls during that season lasted well over until the next.
They were a morose and peevish band at best, though here and there were
those among them in whom germinated the primal seeds of
humanity--reversions to type, these, doubtless; reversions to the
ancient progenitor who took the first step out of ape-hood toward
humanness, when he walked more often upon his hind feet and discovered
other things for idle hands to do.
So now Tarzan led where he could not yet command. He had long since
discovered the apish propensity for mimicry and learned to make use of
it. Having filled his arms with fragments of rotted granite, he
clambered again into a tree, and it pleased him to see that the apes
had followed his example.
During the brief respite while they were gathering their ammunition,
Numa had settled himself to feed; but scarce had he arranged himself
and his kill when a sharp piece of rock hurled by the practiced hand of
the ape-man struck him upon the cheek. His sudden roar of pain and
rage was smothered by a volley from the apes, who had seen Tarzan's
act. Numa shook his massive head and glared upward at his tormentors.
For a half hour they pursued him with rocks and broken branches, and
though he dragged his kill into densest thickets, yet they always found
a way to reach him with their missiles, giving him no opportunity to
feed, and driving him on and on.
The hairless ape-thing with the man scent was worst of all, for he had
even the temerity to advance upon the ground to within a few yards of
the Lord of the Jungle, that he might with greater accuracy and force
hurl the sharp bits of granite and the heavy sticks at him. Time and
again did Numa charge--sudden, vicious charges--but the lithe, active
tormentor always managed to elude him and with such insolent ease that
the lion forgot even
We were aboard an American ship--which, of course, was not armed.Page 12
Relentlessly he was rushing me toward the side of the vessel and death.Page 15
I altered the course of the submarine and set off in chase; but the steamer was faster than we, and soon left us hopelessly astern.Page 19
"All night," she replied.Page 20
"Who could it have been?" she cried.Page 22
Bradley now relieved Benson, for we had arranged our shifts so that the latter and Olson now divided the nights, while Bradley and I alternated with one another during the days.Page 27
The Baron was no match for me in a hand-to-hand encounter, and I soon had him pinned to the deck and the life almost choked out of him.Page 34
We must find water on Caprona, or we must die.Page 35
"Looks like a man," he said, and passed his glasses to me.Page 41
nerves strained to the snapping-point every instant.Page 43
They clambered, squirmed and wriggled to the deck, forcing us steadily backward, though we emptied our pistols into them.Page 46
If the whole land was infested by these and similar horrid monsters, life would be impossible upon it, and we decided that we would only search long enough to find and take aboard fresh water and such meat and fruits as might be safely procurable and then retrace our way beneath the cliffs to the open sea.Page 56
Half the men labored while the other half stood guard, alternating each hour with an hour off at noon.Page 68
On the other hand the quantity of ruminants and the variety and frequency of carnivorous animals increased.Page 71
A long way off I can kill you as well as I can kill you near by.Page 72
However, we were not disturbed during the night, and when I awoke, the sun was shining on the tree-tops in the distance.Page 74
We had to go quite a bit farther than usual before we could surround a little bunch of antelope, and as I was helping.Page 75
Once more was this repeated before I was able to reach him and cut his throat; then I looked around for my companions, as I wanted them to come and carry the meat home; but I could see nothing of them.Page 83
I am about done.Page 87
" I nodded my head in assent and crushed her to me.