quickly to where
lay the caged lion. Springing to the top of the cage he pulled upon
the cord which raised the door, and a moment later a great lion in the
prime of his strength and vigor leaped out into the village.
The warriors, returning from a futile search for Tarzan, saw him step
into the firelight. Ah! there was the devil-god again, up to his old
trick. Did he think he could twice fool the men of Mbonga, the chief,
the same way in so short a time? They would show him! For long they
had waited for such an opportunity to rid themselves forever of this
fearsome jungle demon. As one they rushed forward with raised spears.
The women and the children came from the huts to witness the slaying of
the devil-god. The lion turned blazing eyes upon them and then swung
about toward the advancing warriors.
With shouts of savage joy and triumph they came toward him, menacing
him with their spears. The devil-god was theirs!
And then, with a frightful roar, Numa, the lion, charged.
The men of Mbonga, the chief, met Numa with ready spears and screams of
raillery. In a solid mass of muscled ebony they waited the coming of
the devil-god; yet beneath their brave exteriors lurked a haunting fear
that all might not be quite well with them--that this strange creature
could yet prove invulnerable to their weapons and inflict upon them
full punishment for their effrontery. The charging lion was all too
lifelike--they saw that in the brief instant of the charge; but beneath
the tawny hide they knew was hid the soft flesh of the white man, and
how could that withstand the assault of many war spears?
In their forefront stood a huge young warrior in the full arrogance of
his might and his youth. Afraid? Not he! He laughed as Numa bore down
upon him; he laughed and couched his spear, setting the point for the
broad breast. And then the lion was upon him. A great paw swept away
the heavy war spear, splintering it as the hand of man might splinter a
Down went the black, his skull crushed by another blow. And then the
lion was in the midst of the warriors, clawing and tearing to right and
left. Not for long did they stand their ground; but a dozen men were
mauled before the others made good their escape from those frightful
talons and gleaming fangs.
In terror the villagers fled hither and
And then came a letter that started me for Africa twelve days ahead of my schedule.Page 1
From this receptacle issued the strange sound that I had heard.Page 3
It is your fault--I want you to release me from it.Page 10
Due south I traveled, across lovely valleys thick-dotted with grazing herds.Page 30
At last we were safely launched upon the journey to which we had looked forward for so long, and the results of which meant so much to me.Page 35
I was sure that with definite plans to go by Perry could oversee the construction of an adequate flotilla.Page 39
My captors had not taken them from me, because they did not yet realize their nature.Page 40
There was both hope and horror in them, too.Page 49
"It was Hooja who betrayed our trust, and all but caused our recapture by the Sagoths that time we escaped from Phutra.Page 58
We were bottled up at the head of the fiord as completely as if we had been behind prison bars.Page 64
Their gait is slow and deliberate, but so enormous are their strides that, as a matter of fact, they cover the ground quite rapidly.Page 74
I was alone! And all my captors were in the village at the op-posite edge of the mesa repelling an attack of Hooja's horde! It seemed from the messenger's tale that two of Gr-gr-gr's great males had been set upon by a half-dozen of Hooja's cutthroats while the former were peaceably returning from the thag hunt.Page 76
Gr-gr-gr was standing beside me when the last of the cave men disappeared in rapid flight down the valley.Page 88
I took her.Page 96
Shortly after, by careful stalking, we came within javelin-range of a small herd.Page 101
But I didn't dare waver; too much depended upon my meeting that hurtling mass of terrified flesh with a well-placed javelin.Page 109
He would have made an excellent target for one of my guns, and I had never been sorrier that I had lost them.Page 114
I thought that there could be little doubt that he would be successful in so far as we were concerned, and I feared for the revenge that he might take upon us should the battle go against his force, as I was sure it would; for I knew that Perry and his Mezops must have brought with them all the arms and ammunition that had been contained in the prospector.Page 115
But the felucca pursued them relentlessly, her crew firing at will.Page 128
Perry had been working on two more of these giant bombs as soon as the first was completed.