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
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
"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,"
"And he dragged Mweeza into the forest and is eating him," said a
"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
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
Like most women of her class she was armed only with a single slender blade, so that in such an emergency as now confronted her she must depend almost solely upon her cleverness in remaining undiscovered by enemies.Page 29
As by magic a new aspect fell athwart the face of Nature.Page 40
They were eating human flesh--eating it raw! Tara of Helium gasped in horror and turning away covered her eyes with her palms.Page 63
What horror was this that he was witnessing? Or were his eyes playing some ghastly joke upon him? No, impossible though it was--it was true--the head was moving slowly to the fallen body.Page 79
You know them, Tara of Helium; they can tell you exactly what they had at the midday meal two weeks ago, and how the loin of the thoat should be prepared, and what drink should be served with the rump of the zitidar.Page 85
" Turan sank down beside her again with a half smile upon his lips.Page 87
The skyline was broken by spire and dome and minaret and tall, slender towers, while the walls supported many a balcony and in the soft light of Cluros, the farther moon, now low in the west, he saw, to his surprise and consternation, the figures of people upon the balconies.Page 100
A-Kor glanced at U-Dor.Page 117
Even if the fabled Corphals existed, as none but the most ignorant now believes, the lore of the ancients tells us that they entered only into the bodies of wicked criminals of the lowest class.Page 119
He listened impatiently for the sound of approaching footsteps that he might see and speak to some living creature and learn, perchance, some word of Tara of Helium.Page 125
"Fetch Turan, the slave!" When Turan had been brought into the chamber he was placed a little to Tara's left and a step nearer the throne.Page 135
"I have many, my balconies are crowded with them; but I keep a great room for my wives.Page 140
The fellow looked at him, nodded, and passed on.Page 161
Come, while I search for a hiding place for you in some forgotten chamber in one of the untenanted portions of the palace, and as we go I will tell you briefly how Tasor the Gatholian became A-Sor the Manatorian.Page 163
"No one comes here.Page 168
And if you love me as you say, Turan, your love must protect me from greater dishonor, for I am but as clay in your hands.Page 177
"Heard you aught of the party that escaped with me from The Field of Jetan--of Floran, Val Dor, and the others? What of them?" "Ten of these won through to U-Thor at The Gate of Enemies and were well received by him.Page 188
" Gahan smiled.Page 192
It was the custom.Page 197
" "Fetch them," ordered The Warlord.