did not quite understand. The
pieces were bright and shiny. It amused him to arrange them in various
figures upon the table. Hundreds of times had he played thus. Today,
while so engaged, he dropped a lovely yellow piece--an English
sovereign--which rolled beneath the bed where lay all that was mortal
of the once beautiful Lady Alice.
True to form, Tarzan at once dropped to his hands and knees and
searched beneath the bed for the lost gold piece. Strange as it might
appear, he had never before looked beneath the bed. He found the gold
piece, and something else he found, too--a small wooden box with a
loose cover. Bringing them both out he returned the sovereign to its
bag and the bag to its shelf within the cupboard; then he investigated
the box. It contained a quantity of cylindrical bits of metal,
cone-shaped at one end and flat at the other, with a projecting rim.
They were all quite green and dull, coated with years of verdigris.
Tarzan removed a handful of them from the box and examined them. He
rubbed one upon another and discovered that the green came off, leaving
a shiny surface for two-thirds of their length and a dull gray over the
cone-shaped end. Finding a bit of wood he rubbed one of the cylinders
rapidly and was rewarded by a lustrous sheen which pleased him.
At his side hung a pocket pouch taken from the body of one of the
numerous black warriors he had slain. Into this pouch he put a handful
of the new playthings, thinking to polish them at his leisure; then he
replaced the box beneath the bed, and finding nothing more to amuse
him, left the cabin and started back in the direction of the tribe.
Shortly before he reached them he heard a great commotion ahead of
him--the loud screams of shes and balus, the savage, angry barking and
growling of the great bulls. Instantly he increased his speed, for the
"Kreeg-ahs" that came to his ears warned him that something was amiss
with his fellows.
While Tarzan had been occupied with his own devices in the cabin of his
dead sire, Taug, Teeka's mighty mate, had been hunting a mile to the
north of the tribe. At last, his belly filled, he had turned lazily
back toward the clearing where he had last seen the tribe and presently
commenced passing its members scattered alone or in twos or threes.
Nowhere did he see Teeka or Gazan, and soon
The Warlord left them and the two seated themselves upon an ersite bench beneath a spreading sorapus tree.Page 8
There was also a ring wound with gut which was worn between the first and second joints of the index finger of the right hand and which, when passed over the string of the instrument, elicited the single note required of the dancer.Page 18
It was quite a shock to her self-pride while it lasted, and toward evening she was ready to believe that it was going to last forever.Page 43
I came down into the valley at night for food and drink.Page 44
All Nature exists to serve them.Page 45
" "But you do not look like Luud," said the girl.Page 47
Gradually rudimentary nervous systems and minute brains evolved.Page 70
"You need have no fear of treachery," said Ghek.Page 75
"Let Ghek drop behind to your side," said Tara, "and fight with you.Page 87
At first he had thought them the late guests of some convivial host; but the windows behind them were shrouded in darkness and utter quiet prevailed, quite upsetting such a theory.Page 95
Toward this U-Dor led his prisoners and their guard to the great arched entrance before which a line of fifty mounted warriors barred the way.Page 102
CHAPTER XII GHEK PLAYS PRANKS While Tara of Helium was being led to The Towers of Jetan, Ghek was escorted to the pits beneath the palace where he was imprisoned in a dimly-lighted chamber.Page 116
" It was an hour later that food was brought, an officer and several warriors accompanying the bearer.Page 141
"You are safe in assuming," he said addressing A-Kor, "that Turan the panthan has no master in all Manator where the art of sword-play is concerned.Page 166
O-Tar snapped his fingers impatiently.Page 178
"No more than you," replied the ancient taxidermist.Page 182
"They think I am a coward?" cried the jeddak.Page 185
He gathered himself for the rush--and then there broke from the thing upon the couch an awful shriek, and O-Tar sank senseless to the floor.Page 186
I would make amends.Page 195
I was there, hiding behind the hangings, and I saw all that transpired.