Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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he ignored them.

Taug fidgeted and was nervous. For a long time he lay sleepless,
watching the stars--the flaming eyes of the beasts of prey surrounding
Goro, the moon--Goro, by whose light the apes danced to the beating of
their earthen drums. If Goro should be eaten by Numa there could be no
more Dum-Dums. Taug was overwhelmed by the thought. He glanced at
Tarzan half fearfully. Why was his friend so different from the others
of the tribe? No one else whom Taug ever had known had had such queer
thoughts as Tarzan. The ape scratched his head and wondered, dimly, if
Tarzan was a safe companion, and then he recalled slowly, and by a
laborious mental process, that Tarzan had served him better than any
other of the apes, even the strong and wise bulls of the tribe.

Tarzan it was who had freed him from the blacks at the very time that
Taug had thought Tarzan wanted Teeka. It was Tarzan who had saved
Taug's little balu from death. It was Tarzan who had conceived and
carried out the plan to pursue Teeka's abductor and rescue the stolen
one. Tarzan had fought and bled in Taug's service so many times that
Taug, although only a brutal ape, had had impressed upon his mind a
fierce loyalty which nothing now could swerve--his friendship for
Tarzan had become a habit, a tradition almost, which would endure while
Taug endured. He never showed any outward demonstration of
affection--he growled at Tarzan as he growled at the other bulls who
came too close while he was feeding--but he would have died for Tarzan.
He knew it and Tarzan knew it; but of such things apes do not
speak--their vocabulary, for the finer instincts, consisting more of
actions than words. But now Taug was worried, and he fell asleep again
still thinking of the strange words of his fellow.

The following day he thought of them again, and without any intention
of disloyalty he mentioned to Gunto what Tarzan had suggested about the
eyes surrounding Goro, and the possibility that sooner or later Numa
would charge the moon and devour him. To the apes all large things in
nature are male, and so Goro, being the largest creature in the heavens
by night, was, to them, a bull.

Gunto bit a sliver from a horny finger and recalled the fact that
Tarzan had once said that the trees talked to one another, and Gozan
recounted having seen the ape-man dancing alone in the moonlight with
Sheeta, the

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