cocked his head upon one side, and stared. Then he
edged a bit nearer, craning his neck to have a better look at the thing
which Teeka cuddled.
Again Teeka drew back her upper lip in a warning snarl. Tarzan reached
forth a hand, cautiously, to touch the thing which Teeka held, and
Teeka, with a hideous growl, turned suddenly upon him. Her teeth sank
into the flesh of his forearm before the ape-man could snatch it away,
and she pursued him for a short distance as he retreated incontinently
through the trees; but Teeka, carrying her baby, could not overtake
him. At a safe distance Tarzan stopped and turned to regard his
erstwhile play-fellow in unconcealed astonishment. What had happened
to so alter the gentle Teeka? She had so covered the thing in her arms
that Tarzan had not yet been able to recognize it for what it was; but
now, as she turned from the pursuit of him, he saw it. Through his
pain and chagrin he smiled, for Tarzan had seen young ape mothers
before. In a few days she would be less suspicious. Still Tarzan was
hurt; it was not right that Teeka, of all others, should fear him.
Why, not for the world would he harm her, or her balu, which is the ape
word for baby.
And now, above the pain of his injured arm and the hurt to his pride,
rose a still stronger desire to come close and inspect the new-born son
of Taug. Possibly you will wonder that Tarzan of the Apes, mighty
fighter that he was, should have fled before the irritable attack of a
she, or that he should hesitate to return for the satisfaction of his
curiosity when with ease he might have vanquished the weakened mother
of the new-born cub; but you need not wonder. Were you an ape, you
would know that only a bull in the throes of madness will turn upon a
female other than to gently chastise her, with the occasional exception
of the individual whom we find exemplified among our own kind, and who
delights in beating up his better half because she happens to be
smaller and weaker than he.
Tarzan again came toward the young mother--warily and with his line of
retreat safely open. Again Teeka growled ferociously. Tarzan
"Tarzan of the Apes will not harm Teeka's balu," he said. "Let me see
"Go away!" commanded Teeka. "Go away, or I will kill you."
"Let me see it," urged Tarzan.
The Belgian did not have long to wait, for the following day his emissary returned with word that Tarzan and a party of fifty Waziri warriors had set out toward the southeast early in the morning.Page 9
Sloughed from him was the last vestige of artificial caste--once again he was the primeval hunter--the first.Page 18
The brutal and bloody interruption by Tha, the mad priest, passed vividly before the ape-man's recollective eyes, the flight of the votaries before the insane blood lust of the hideous creature, the brutal attack upon La, and his own part of the grim tragedy when he had battled with the infuriated Oparian and left him dead at the feet of the priestess he would have profaned.Page 21
Going back twenty paces, he took a running start, and at the edge of the well, leaped upward and outward in an attempt to gain the opposite side.Page 27
Mugambi saw them coming, and, calling those of his warriors who remained, ran for the bungalow and the last stand.Page 45
That he could find her she had no slightest doubt.Page 51
The rustling curtain of vegetation parted a few paces from where the sleeper lay, and the massive head of a lion appeared.Page 55
The bull's bellowing lessened to a low rumbling, he turned and scraped a horde of flies from his side with his muzzle, cast a final glance at the ape-man and resumed his feeding.Page 72
For a moment La stood looking after him, then her head drooped, a sigh escaped her lips and like an old woman she took up the march toward distant Opar.Page 79
The beast's whole attention now seemed riveted upon the horseman.Page 80
Tarzan returned to the tree.Page 90
Chulk was wearying of the continued marching and the infrequency and short duration of the rests.Page 92
Fearing lest the apes should rend their garments to shreds in a similar attempt, he had directed them to wait below for him, and himself securely perched upon the summit of the palisade he unslung his spear and lowered one end of it to Chulk.Page 98
were not in the possession of Achmet Zek, unless they were on the person of the chief himself, Tarzan decided to secure the person of the she before further prosecuting his search for the pouch.Page 101
The weight of the man's body carried the deer to the ground.Page 116
Both hunger and thirst assailed her now, and realizing that she must descend or die of starvation, she at last summoned courage to undertake the ordeal of continuing her journey through the jungle.Page 134
Slowly and painfully, recollection.Page 135
Hiding, he let them pass, and then resumed his way toward the charred ruins of the home he had been almost upon the point of recalling to his memory.Page 136
"The pretty pebbles?" cried the man upon his breast.