Rapidly they converged toward the
trail, taking positions in trees down wind from the point at which
Tantor must pass them. Silently they waited and presently were
rewarded by the sight of a mighty tusker carrying an amount of ivory in
his long tusks that set their greedy hearts to palpitating.
No sooner had he passed their positions than the warriors clambered
from their perches. No longer were they silent, but instead clapped
their hands and shouted as they reached the ground. For an instant
Tantor, the elephant, paused with upraised trunk and tail, with great
ears up-pricked, and then he swung on along the trail at a rapid,
shuffling pace--straight toward the covered pit with its sharpened
stakes upstanding in the ground.
Behind him came the yelling warriors, urging him on in the rapid flight
which would not permit a careful examination of the ground before him.
Tantor, the elephant, who could have turned and scattered his
adversaries with a single charge, fled like a frightened deer--fled
toward a hideous, torturing death.
And behind them all came Tarzan of the Apes, racing through the jungle
forest with the speed and agility of a squirrel, for he had heard the
shouts of the warriors and had interpreted them correctly. Once he
uttered a piercing call that reverberated through the jungle; but
Tantor, in the panic of terror, either failed to hear, or hearing,
dared not pause to heed.
Now the giant pachyderm was but a few yards from the hidden death
lurking in his path, and the blacks, certain of success, were screaming
and dancing in his wake, waving their war spears and celebrating in
advance the acquisition of the splendid ivory carried by their prey and
the surfeit of elephant meat which would be theirs this night.
So intent were they upon their gratulations that they entirely failed
to note the silent passage of the man-beast above their heads, nor did
Tantor, either, see or hear him, even though Tarzan called to him to
A few more steps would precipitate Tantor upon the sharpened stakes;
Tarzan fairly flew through the trees until he had come abreast of the
fleeing animal and then had passed him. At the pit's verge the ape-man
dropped to the ground in the center of the trail. Tantor was almost
upon him before his weak eyes permitted him to recognize his old friend.
"Stop!" cried Tarzan, and the great beast halted to the upraised hand.
Tarzan turned and kicked aside some of the brush which hid the pit.
Instantly Tantor saw and understood.
"Fight!" growled Tarzan. "They
" "Good," replied the other.Page 5
Though he immediately endeavoured to reach the hatch and lift the cover, he was unable to do so.Page 18
" The ape-man rose, and Akut came slowly to his feet.Page 32
In a moment the blacks had scattered for their lives, but of the score that had crept down the grassy sides of the promontory only a single warrior managed to escape the horde that had overwhelmed his people.Page 39
The great beast, with arched back and purring like a contented tabby, rubbed his sides against the ape-man, and then at a word from the latter sprang lightly to his former place in the bow of the dugout.Page 43
Immediately from different points of the compass rose a horrid semicircle of similar shrieks and screams, punctuated now and again by the blood-curdling cry of a hungry panther.Page 45
He was aware that the grunting and screaming of Sheeta in the tree above them would set their nerves on edge, and that his pounding upon their gate after dark would still further add to their terror.Page 57
Chapter 9 Chivalry or Villainy From her cabin port upon the Kincaid, Jane Clayton had seen her husband rowed to the verdure-clad shore of Jungle Island, and then the ship once more proceeded upon its way.Page 58
Rokoff," she said, "had you attempted to force me to submit to your evil desires, but that you should be so fatuous as to believe that I, wife of John Clayton, would come to you willingly, even to save my life, I should never have imagined.Page 96
Jane Clayton knew nothing of the various misfortunes that had befallen the Russian since she had escaped from his tent, so she believed that his followers must be close at hand.Page 98
At first there had been the spoor of wild beasts over the footprints of Jane Clayton, while upon the top of all Rokoff's spoor showed that he had passed over the trail after the animals had left their records upon the ground.Page 108
The boat that had attracted Jane's attention as she stood guard upon the deck of the Kincaid had been perceived by Rokoff upon one.Page 110
It was a perfect night for the purposes of the work in hand.Page 116
He had forgotten for the moment that these were but beasts, unable to differentiate his friends and his foes.Page 117
Of the Russian's party, all were accounted for except Paulvitch.Page 120
A mile below the village the black boy dipped his paddle into the water and forced his skiff toward the bank.Page 124
Why, if I woke up my maties here they'd probably cut your heart out of you before the Englishman got a chance at you at all.Page 139
He had not long to wait before he saw a strange white man approach carefully along the trail from the south.Page 140
Already the beasts of Tarzan were upon the ship's deck, with Tarzan and the two men of the Kincaid's crew.