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
"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.
Our wet garments had dried but little and I knew that the girl must be in grave danger from the exposure to a night of cold and wet upon the water in an open boat, without sufficient clothing and no food.Page 7
"You can't lie there chilled through all night.Page 8
She could not have lived through another night upon the Channel; she might not have lived through the coming day.Page 12
At the same instant the tug pointed its stern straight toward the sky and plunged out of sight.Page 15
"Half speed ahead," I commanded.Page 26
Von Schoenvorts was the worst--he was fairly frenzied with rage and chagrin, and he came charging for me like a mad bull, and as he came he discharged his pistol.Page 27
"You practically accused me of aiding Baron von Schoenvorts.Page 29
" Then she went back to her room, thus ending the conversation.Page 35
At its foot, half buried in the sand, lay great boulders, mute evidence that in a bygone age some mighty natural force had crumpled Caprona's barrier at this point.Page 42
Presently the back of the creature was exposed, brown and glossy as the water dripped from it.Page 43
We never counted the girl on either side, I suppose because she was a girl, though we knew well enough now that she was ours.Page 45
Then the two men went on deck through the main hatch, and while one kept watch, the other cut a hind quarter off Plesiosaurus Olsoni, as Bradley dubbed the thing.Page 48
We ran along beside them for a matter of ten miles, arriving off a broad cleft which led into what appeared to be another lake.Page 53
I had been calling Nobs in the meantime and was about to set out in search of him, fearing, to tell the truth, to do so lest I find him mangled and dead among the trees of the acacia grove, when he suddenly emerged from among the boles, his ears flattened, his tail between his legs and his body screwed into a suppliant S.Page 57
One by one the others went to their rooms, until the girl and I.Page 59
The following morning we started building operations in earnest, and things progressed finely.Page 61
They were inclined to attack us at first; but a volley from our rifles caused them to change their minds.Page 77
I do not know who the Galus may be; I have never seen them.Page 84
I did not take conscious aim; and yet at each report.Page 86
And I doubt not but that Kho would easily have bested me in an encounter of that sort had not Lys' voice awakened within my momentarily reverted brain the skill and cunning of reasoning man.