Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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sleeping blacks that he might wreak his pent
vengeance; but Tarzan would not permit it.

Instead, the ape-boy dragged the body of the black within the cage and
propped it against the side bars. Then he lowered the door and made
fast the thongs as they had been before.

A happy smile lighted his features as he worked, for one of his
principal diversions was the baiting of the blacks of Mbonga's village.
He could imagine their terror when they awoke and found the dead body
of their comrade fast in the cage where they had left the great ape
safely secured but a few minutes before.

Tarzan and Taug took to the trees together, the shaggy coat of the
fierce ape brushing the sleek skin of the English lordling as they
passed through the primeval jungle side by side.

"Go back to Teeka," said Tarzan. "She is yours. Tarzan does not want
her."

"Tarzan has found another she?" asked Taug.

The ape-boy shrugged.

"For the Gomangani there is another Gomangani," he said; "for Numa, the
lion, there is Sabor, the lioness; for Sheeta there is a she of his own
kind; for Bara, the deer; for Manu, the monkey; for all the beasts and
the birds of the jungle is there a mate. Only for Tarzan of the Apes
is there none. Taug is an ape. Teeka is an ape. Go back to Teeka.
Tarzan is a man. He will go alone."





2

The Capture of Tarzan

THE BLACK WARRIORS labored in the humid heat of the jungle's stifling
shade. With war spears they loosened the thick, black loam and the
deep layers of rotting vegetation. With heavy-nailed fingers they
scooped away the disintegrated earth from the center of the age-old
game trail. Often they ceased their labors to squat, resting and
gossiping, with much laughter, at the edge of the pit they were digging.

Against the boles of near-by trees leaned their long, oval shields of
thick buffalo hide, and the spears of those who were doing the
scooping. Sweat glistened upon their smooth, ebon skins, beneath which
rolled rounded muscles, supple in the perfection of nature's
uncontaminated health.

A reed buck, stepping warily along the trail toward water, halted as a
burst of laughter broke upon his startled

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