Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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came to those delicate nostrils the familiar odor that
told Tarzan the identity of the captive as unerringly as though he had
looked upon Taug with his eyes. Yes, it was Taug, and he was alone.

Tarzan grinned as he approached to discover what the blacks would do to
their prisoner. Doubtless they would slay him at once. Again Tarzan
grinned. Now he could have Teeka for his own, with none to dispute his
right to her. As he watched, he saw the black warriors strip the
screen from about the cage, fasten ropes to it and drag it away along
the trail in the direction of their village.

Tarzan watched until his rival passed out of sight, still beating upon
the bars of his prison and growling out his anger and his threats.
Then the ape-boy turned and swung rapidly off in search of the tribe,
and Teeka.

Once, upon the journey, he surprised Sheeta and his family in a little
overgrown clearing. The great cat lay stretched upon the ground, while
his mate, one paw across her lord's savage face, licked at the soft
white fur at his throat.

Tarzan increased his speed then until he fairly flew through the
forest, nor was it long before he came upon the tribe. He saw them
before they saw him, for of all the jungle creatures, none passed more
quietly than Tarzan of the Apes. He saw Kamma and her mate feeding
side by side, their hairy bodies rubbing against each other. And he
saw Teeka feeding by herself. Not for long would she feed thus in
loneliness, thought Tarzan, as with a bound he landed amongst them.

There was a startled rush and a chorus of angry and frightened snarls,
for Tarzan had surprised them; but there was more, too, than mere
nervous shock to account for the bristling neck hair which remained
standing long after the apes had discovered the identity of the
newcomer.

Tarzan noticed this as he had noticed it many times in the past--that
always his sudden coming among them left them nervous and unstrung for
a considerable time, and that they one and all found it necessary to
satisfy themselves that he was indeed Tarzan by smelling about him a
half dozen or more times before they calmed down.

Pushing through them, he made his way toward Teeka; but as he
approached her the ape drew away.

"Teeka," he said, "it is Tarzan. You belong to Tarzan. I have come
for you."

The ape drew closer, looking him over carefully.

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