Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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happened which did happen.

A silent figure moved through the trees above them. Keen eyes
inspected the cage and counted the number of warriors. An alert and
daring brain figured upon the chances of success when a certain plan
should be put to the test.

Tarzan watched the blacks lolling in the shade. They were exhausted.
Already several of them slept. He crept closer, pausing just above
them. Not a leaf rustled before his stealthy advance. He waited in
the infinite patience of the beast of prey. Presently but two of the
warriors remained awake, and one of these was dozing.

Tarzan of the Apes gathered himself, and as he did so the black who did
not sleep arose and passed around to the rear of the cage. The ape-boy
followed just above his head. Taug was eyeing the warrior and emitting
low growls. Tarzan feared that the anthropoid would awaken the
sleepers.

In a whisper which was inaudible to the ears of the Negro, Tarzan
whispered Taug's name, cautioning the ape to silence, and Taug's
growling ceased.

The black approached the rear of the cage and examined the fastenings
of the door, and as he stood there the beast above him launched itself
from the tree full upon his back. Steel fingers circled his throat,
choking the cry which sprang to the lips of the terrified man. Strong
teeth fastened themselves in his shoulder, and powerful legs wound
themselves about his torso.

The black in a frenzy of terror tried to dislodge the silent thing
which clung to him. He threw himself to the ground and rolled about;
but still those mighty fingers closed more and more tightly their
deadly grip.

The man's mouth gaped wide, his swollen tongue protruded, his eyes
started from their sockets; but the relentless fingers only increased
their pressure.

Taug was a silent witness of the struggle. In his fierce little brain
he doubtless wondered what purpose prompted Tarzan to attack the black.
Taug had not forgotten his recent battle with the ape-boy, nor the
cause of it. Now he saw the form of the Gomangani suddenly go limp.
There was a convulsive shiver and the man lay still.

Tarzan sprang from his prey and ran to the door of the cage. With
nimble fingers he worked rapidly at the thongs which held the door in
place. Taug could only watch--he could not help. Presently Tarzan
pushed the thing up a couple of feet and Taug crawled out. The ape
would have turned upon the

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