Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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that he was alone; but the
moment that the warrior had entered the clearing a loud "Kreeg-ah!"
rang out from behind him, immediately followed by a chorus of replies
from different directions, as the great bulls crashed through the trees
in answer to the summons of their fellow.

The black man halted at the first cry and looked about him. He could
see nothing, but he knew the voice of the hairy tree men whom he and
his kind feared, not alone because of the strength and ferocity of the
savage beings, but as well through a superstitious terror engendered by
the manlike appearance of the apes.

But Bulabantu was no coward. He heard the apes all about him; he knew
that escape was probably impossible, so he stood his ground, his spear
ready in his hand and a war cry trembling on his lips. He would sell
his life dearly, would Bulabantu, under-chief of the village of Mbonga,
the chief.

Tarzan and Tantor were but a short distance away when the first cry of
the sentry rang out through the quiet jungle. Like a flash the ape-man
leaped from the elephant's back to a near-by tree and was swinging
rapidly in the direction of the clearing before the echoes of the first
"Kreeg-ah" had died away. When he arrived he saw a dozen bulls
circling a single Gomangani. With a blood-curdling scream Tarzan
sprang to the attack. He hated the blacks even more than did the apes,
and here was an opportunity for a kill in the open. What had the
Gomangani done? Had he slain one of the tribe?

Tarzan asked the nearest ape. No, the Gomangani had harmed none.
Gozan, being on watch, had seen him coming through the forest and had
warned the tribe--that was all. The ape-man pushed through the circle
of bulls, none of which as yet had worked himself into sufficient
frenzy for a charge, and came where he had a full and close view of the
black. He recognized the man instantly. Only the night before he had
seen him facing the eyes in the dark, while his fellows groveled in the
dirt at his feet, too terrified even to defend themselves. Here was a
brave man, and Tarzan had deep admiration for bravery. Even his hatred
of the blacks was not so strong a passion as his love of courage. He
would have joyed in battling with a black warrior at almost any time;
but this one he did not wish

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