Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 174


And then a strange thing happened. Even as Taug looked at Goro, he saw
a portion of one edge disappear, precisely as though something was
gnawing upon it. Larger and larger became the hole in the side of
Goro. With a scream, Taug leaped to his feet. His frenzied
"Kreeg-ahs!" brought the terrified tribe screaming and chattering
toward him.

"Look!" cried Taug, pointing at the moon. "Look! It is as Tarzan said.
Numa has sprung through the fires and is devouring Goro. You called
Tarzan names and drove him from the tribe; now see how wise he was.
Let one of you who hated Tarzan go to Goro's aid. See the eyes in the
dark jungle all about Goro. He is in danger and none can help
him--none except Tarzan. Soon Goro will be devoured by Numa and we
shall have no more light after Kudu seeks his lair. How shall we dance
the Dum-Dum without the light of Goro?"

The apes trembled and whimpered. Any manifestation of the powers of
nature always filled them with terror, for they could not understand.

"Go and bring Tarzan," cried one, and then they all took up the cry of
"Tarzan!" "Bring Tarzan!" "He will save Goro." But who was to travel
the dark jungle by night to fetch him?

"I will go," volunteered Taug, and an instant later he was off through
the Stygian gloom toward the little land-locked harbor by the sea.

And as the tribe waited they watched the slow devouring of the moon.
Already Numa had eaten out a great semicircular piece. At that rate
Goro would be entirely gone before Kudu came again. The apes trembled
at the thought of perpetual darkness by night. They could not sleep.
Restlessly they moved here and there among the branches of trees,
watching Numa of the skies at his deadly feast, and listening for the
coming of Taug with Tarzan.

Goro was nearly gone when the apes heard the sounds of the approach
through the trees of the two they awaited, and presently Tarzan,
followed by Taug, swung into a nearby tree.

The ape-man wasted no time in idle words. In his hand was his long bow
and at his back hung a quiver full of arrows, poisoned arrows that he
had stolen from the village of the blacks; just as he had stolen the
bow. Up into a great tree he clambered, higher and higher until he
stood swaying upon a small limb which bent low beneath his weight.

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