above him. He never had seen
so large a bird in all his life, yet he recognized it immediately, for
had he not seen it hundreds of times in one of the books in the little
cabin by the land-locked bay--the moss-grown cabin that with its
contents was the sole heritage left by his dead and unknown father to
the young Lord Greystoke?
In the picture-book the great bird was shown flying far above the
ground with a small child in its talons while, beneath, a distracted
mother stood with uplifted hands. The lion was already reaching forth
a taloned paw to seize him when the bird swooped and buried no less
formidable talons in Tarzan's back. The pain was numbing; but it was
with a sense of relief that the ape-man felt himself snatched from the
clutches of Numa.
With a great whirring of wings the bird rose rapidly until the forest
lay far below. It made Tarzan sick and dizzy to look down upon it from
so great a height, so he closed his eyes tight and held his breath.
Higher and higher climbed the huge bird. Tarzan opened his eyes. The
jungle was so far away that he could see only a dim, green blur below
him, but just above and quite close was the sun. Tarzan reached out
his hands and warmed them, for they were very cold. Then a sudden
madness seized him. Where was the bird taking him? Was he to submit
thus passively to a feathered creature however enormous? Was he, Tarzan
of the Apes, mighty fighter, to die without striking a blow in his own
He snatched the hunting blade from his gee-string and thrusting upward
drove it once, twice, thrice into the breast above him. The mighty
wings fluttered a few more times, spasmodically, the talons relaxed
their hold, and Tarzan of the Apes fell hurtling downward toward the
It seemed to the ape-man that he fell for many minutes before he
crashed through the leafy verdure of the tree tops. The smaller
branches broke his fall, so that he came to rest for an instant upon
the very branch upon which he had sought slumber the previous night.
For an instant he toppled there in a frantic attempt to regain his
equilibrium; but at last he rolled off, yet, clutching wildly, he
succeeded in grasping the branch and hanging on.
Once more he opened his eyes, which he had closed during the fall.
Again it was night. With all his old
Much there had been to occupy my attention since that terrible moment; but never for an instant had the memory of the thing faded, and all the time that I could spare from the.Page 7
I am leading you into no trap.Page 16
He had been standing a little behind his companion, Lakor, during our parley, and now, ere he could engage me, the older man grasped his harness and drew him back.Page 21
The simple fact that we had found no reptiles in the corridor through which we had just come was sufficient assurance that they did not venture there.Page 24
Down the corridor at some distance I saw the faint reflection of a light, and toward this we made our way.Page 26
Far in the distance, dimly through the many thicknesses of intervening crystal, as in a haze that made them seem unreal and ghostly, I discerned the figures of eight people--three females and five men.Page 30
Presently they discovered the red girl in the balcony above them, and, turning, roared out their recognition and their greeting.Page 32
Here the fellow tore frantically at what appeared to be but a piece of the blank wall opposite the single window.Page 36
Cautiously I retraced my way to the roof, and I must admit that it was with no pleasant sensation that I raised my eyes once more above its edge; but, to my relief, there was no one in sight, and a moment later I stood safely upon its broad surface.Page 57
"Knew you this thing, Kulan Tith?" he asked.Page 72
He showed us all that was of interest in his great city.Page 74
Its crystal domes sparkled in the brilliant sunlight gleaming above the frost-covered outer wall that circles the entire one hundred miles of its circumference.Page 78
As assassination is the one thing to be feared, the proprietors of the hostelries furnish armed guards, who pace back and forth through the sleeping-rooms day and night.Page 79
After breakfasting the following morning we set out to see Kadabra, and as, through the generosity of the prince of Marentina, we were well supplied with the funds current in Okar we purchased a handsome ground flier.Page 82
" Presently I mustered the courage to return to the window, for even though she spurned me I loved her, and could not keep my eyes from feasting upon her divine face and figure, but when she saw me looking she again turned away.Page 91
assail me.Page 95
"You need not more than step from this room for an instant when I give you the signal.Page 96
Note well the symbol inlaid in white upon its ebon surface.Page 110
The passageway had risen rapidly since leaving the apartment of the switch, and now ran level and well lighted straight into the distance as far as I could see.Page 121
My end had come.