fled had they not seen Teeka
standing there before them, the knife and the pocket pouch in her hands.
"What was it?" asked Tarzan.
Teeka shook her head. "I hurled these at the stranger bulls," and she
held forth another handful of the shiny metal cylinders with the dull
gray, cone-shaped ends.
Tarzan looked at them and scratched his head.
"What are they?" asked Taug.
"I do not know," said Tarzan. "I found them."
The little monkey with the gray beard halted among the trees a mile
away and huddled, terrified, against a branch. He did not know that
the dead father of Tarzan of the Apes, reaching back out of the past
across a span of twenty years, had saved his son's life.
Nor did Tarzan, Lord Greystoke, know it either.
A Jungle Joke
TIME SELDOM HUNG heavily upon Tarzan's hands. Even where there is
sameness there cannot be monotony if most of the sameness consists in
dodging death first in one form and then in another; or in inflicting
death upon others. There is a spice to such an existence; but even
this Tarzan of the Apes varied in activities of his own invention.
He was full grown now, with the grace of a Greek god and the thews of a
bull, and, by all the tenets of apedom, should have been sullen,
morose, and brooding; but he was not. His spirits seemed not to age at
all--he was still a playful child, much to the discomfiture of his
fellow-apes. They could not understand him or his ways, for with
maturity they quickly forgot their youth and its pastimes.
Nor could Tarzan quite understand them. It seemed strange to him that
a few moons since, he had roped Taug about an ankle and dragged him
screaming through the tall jungle grasses, and then rolled and tumbled
in good-natured mimic battle when the young ape had freed himself, and
that today when he had come up behind the same Taug and pulled him over
backward upon the turf, instead of the playful young ape, a great,
snarling beast had whirled and leaped for his throat.
Easily Tarzan eluded the charge and quickly Taug's anger vanished,
though it was not replaced with playfulness; yet the ape-man realized
that Taug was not
"Holy Mother protect us--it's a banshee!" Bradley, always cool almost to indifference in the face of danger, felt a strange, creeping sensation run over his flesh, as slowly, not a hundred feet above them, the thing flapped itself across the sky, its huge, round eyes glaring down upon them.Page 6
Beyond the fire, yellow-green spots of flame appeared, moved restlessly about, disappeared and reappeared, accompanied by a hideous chorus of screams and growls and roars as the hungry meat-eaters hunting through the night were attracted by the light or the scent of possible prey.Page 12
It's a tyrannosaurus.Page 15
It was an easy accomplishment in the instant before the beast charged--after, it would have been well-nigh an impossible feat.Page 16
The landscape was familiar--each recognized it immediately and knew that that smoky column marked the spot where Dinosaur had stood.Page 17
They heard of the deaths of Tippet and James and of the disappearance of Lieutenant Bradley, and a new terror settled upon Dinosaur.Page 18
His rifle flew from his grasp; he felt clawlike talons of great strength seize him beneath his arms and sweep him off his feet; and then the thing rose swiftly with him, so swiftly that his cap was blown from his head by the rush of air as he was borne rapidly upward into the inky sky and the cry of warning to his companions was forced back into his lungs.Page 22
The white robe was separated in front, revealing skinny legs and the further fact that the thing wore but the single garment, which was of fine, woven cloth.Page 23
The houses of all shapes and sizes were piled about as a child might pile blocks of various forms and colors.Page 24
"Give me something to eat or I'll be all of that," replied Bradley.Page 35
The Wieroo bearing Bradley passed over one corner of the open space about the large building, revealing to the Englishman grass and trees and running water beneath.Page 39
He discovered why he had seen no babes or children among the Caspakian tribes with which he had come in contact; why each more northerly tribe evinced a higher state of development than those south of them; why each tribe included individuals ranging in physical and mental characteristics from the highest of the next lower race to the lowest of the next higher, and why the women of each tribe immersed themselves each morning for an hour or more in the warm pools near which the habitations of their people always were located; and, too, he discovered why those pools were almost immune from the attacks of carnivorous animals and reptiles.Page 46
A half-formed decision to risk an attempt to swim under water to the temple was crystallizing in spite of the fact that any chance Wieroo flying above the stream might easily see him, when again a floating object bumped against him from behind and lodged across his back.Page 50
The protruding tongue and the popping eyes proclaimed that the end was near and a moment later the red robe sank to the floor of the room, the curved blade slipping from nerveless fingers.Page 62
The first he came to was ajar, letting a faint light into the well.Page 63
"We are just below the place of the yellow door," she said.Page 64
" "No," she cried.Page 66
He told the girl that she should remain in hiding; but she refused to be left, saying that whatever fate was to be his, she.Page 67
Yet there had been a difference--he recalled now the strange sensation of elation that had thrilled him upon the occasions when the girl had pressed his hand in hers, and the depression that had followed.Page 80
" Bradley did as he was bid, and the two stood with arms folded as the line of warriors approached.