Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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by the voice of Taug. The threats
that had filled the ape's mouth had turned to pleas. The tightening
noose was stopping the circulation of the blood in his legs--he was
beginning to suffer. Several apes sat near him highly interested in
his predicament. They made uncomplimentary remarks about him, for each
of them had felt the weight of Taug's mighty hands and the strength of
his great jaws. They were enjoying revenge.

Teeka, seeing that Tarzan had turned back toward the trees, had halted
in the center of the clearing, and there she sat hugging her balu and
casting suspicious glances here and there. With the coming of the
balu, Teeka's care-free world had suddenly become peopled with
innumerable enemies. She saw an implacable foe in Tarzan, always
heretofore her best friend. Even poor old Mumga, half blind and almost
entirely toothless, searching patiently for grubworms beneath a fallen
log, represented to her a malignant spirit thirsting for the blood of
little balus.

And while Teeka guarded suspiciously against harm, where there was no
harm, she failed to note two baleful, yellow-green eyes staring fixedly
at her from behind a clump of bushes at the opposite side of the
clearing.

Hollow from hunger, Sheeta, the panther, glared greedily at the
tempting meat so close at hand, but the sight of the great bulls beyond
gave him pause.

Ah, if the she-ape with her balu would but come just a trifle nearer! A
quick spring and he would be upon them and away again with his meat
before the bulls could prevent.

The tip of his tawny tail moved in spasmodic little jerks; his lower
jaw hung low, exposing a red tongue and yellow fangs. But all this
Teeka did not see, nor did any other of the apes who were feeding or
resting about her. Nor did Tarzan or the apes in the trees.

Hearing the abuse which the bulls were pouring upon the helpless Taug,
Tarzan clambered quickly among them. One was edging closer and leaning
far out in an effort to reach the dangling ape. He had worked himself
into quite a fury through recollection of the last occasion upon which
Taug had mauled him, and now he was bent upon revenge. Once he had
grasped the swinging ape, he would quickly have drawn him within reach
of his jaws. Tarzan saw and was wroth. He loved a fair fight, but the
thing which this ape contemplated revolted him. Already a hairy hand
had clutched the helpless Taug when,

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