Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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thither. No hut seemed a
sufficiently secure asylum with Numa ranging within the palisade. From
one to another fled the frightened blacks, while in the center of the
village Numa stood glaring and growling above his kills.

At last a tribesman flung wide the gates of the village and sought
safety amid the branches of the forest trees beyond. Like sheep his
fellows followed him, until the lion and his dead remained alone in the
village.

From the nearer trees the men of Mbonga saw the lion lower his great
head and seize one of his victims by the shoulder and then with slow
and stately tread move down the village street past the open gates and
on into the jungle. They saw and shuddered, and from another tree
Tarzan of the Apes saw and smiled.

A full hour elapsed after the lion had disappeared with his feast
before the blacks ventured down from the trees and returned to their
village. Wide eyes rolled from side to side, and naked flesh
contracted more to the chill of fear than to the chill of the jungle
night.

"It was he all the time," murmured one. "It was the devil-god."

"He changed himself from a lion to a man, and back again into a lion,"
whispered another.

"And he dragged Mweeza into the forest and is eating him," said a
third, shuddering.

"We are no longer safe here," wailed a fourth. "Let us take our
belongings and search for another village site far from the haunts of
the wicked devil-god."

But with morning came renewed courage, so that the experiences of the
preceding evening had little other effect than to increase their fear
of Tarzan and strengthen their belief in his supernatural origin.

And thus waxed the fame and the power of the ape-man in the mysterious
haunts of the savage jungle where he ranged, mightiest of beasts
because of the man-mind which directed his giant muscles and his
flawless courage.




12

Tarzan Rescues the Moon

THE MOON SHONE down out of a cloudless sky--a huge, swollen moon that
seemed so close to earth that one might wonder that she did not brush
the crooning tree tops. It was night, and Tarzan was abroad in the
jungle--Tarzan, the ape-man; mighty fighter, mighty hunter. Why he
swung through the dark shadows

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