for a spring at the edge of the
little clearing, moved uneasily as the mighty voice sent its weird cry
reverberating through the jungle. To right and left, nervously,
glanced Sheeta, as though assuring himself that the way of escape lay
ready at hand.
"I am Tarzan of the Apes," boasted the ape-man; "mighty hunter, mighty
fighter! None in all the jungle so great as Tarzan."
Then he made his way back in the direction of Taug. Teeka had watched
the happenings in the tree. She had even placed her precious balu upon
the soft grasses and come a little nearer that she might better witness
all that was passing in the branches above her. In her heart of hearts
did she still esteem the smooth-skinned Tarzan? Did her savage breast
swell with pride as she witnessed his victory over the ape? You will
have to ask Teeka.
And Sheeta, the panther, saw that the she-ape had left her cub alone
among the grasses. He moved his tail again, as though this closest
approximation of lashing in which he dared indulge might stimulate his
momentarily waned courage. The cry of the victorious ape-man still
held his nerves beneath its spell. It would be several minutes before
he again could bring himself to the point of charging into view of the
And as he regathered his forces, Tarzan reached Taug's side, and then
clambering higher up to the point where the end of the grass rope was
made fast, he unloosed it and lowered the ape slowly downward, swinging
him in until the clutching hands fastened upon a limb.
Quickly Taug drew himself to a position of safety and shook off the
noose. In his rage-maddened heart was no room for gratitude to the
ape-man. He recalled only the fact that Tarzan had laid this painful
indignity upon him. He would be revenged, but just at present his legs
were so numb and his head so dizzy that he must postpone the
gratification of his vengeance.
Tarzan was coiling his rope the while he lectured Taug on the futility
of pitting his poor powers, physical and intellectual, against those of
his betters. Teeka had come close beneath the tree and was peering
upward. Sheeta was worming his way stealthily forward, his belly close
to the ground. In another moment he would be clear of the underbrush
and ready for the rapid charge and the quick retreat that would end the
brief existence of Teeka's balu.
Then Tarzan chanced to look up and across the
Their speed and method of locomotion were both remarkable, springing as they did in great leaps of twenty or thirty feet, much after the manner of a kangaroo.Page 15
But I had reckoned without a just appreciation either of the cunning of my immediate antagonist or the swiftness with which his fellows were covering the distance which had separated them from me.Page 17
" "Then we shall die together, Tars Tarkas," I replied, "for I shall not go first.Page 27
For a long period there was silence, then of a sudden a soft, stealthy sound behind me caused me to turn suddenly to behold a great many-legged banth creeping sinuously upon me.Page 33
The latter emotion seemed plainly evident upon the handsome and intelligent face of the young red Martian woman whose cry of warning had been instrumental in saving my life.Page 38
"Our own moral senses will not be offended if we succeed, for we know that the fabled life of love.Page 40
He wore in addition to his leathern trappings and jewelled ornaments a great circlet of gold about his brow in the exact centre of which was set an immense stone, the exact counterpart of that which I had seen upon the breast of the little old man at the atmosphere plant nearly twenty years before.Page 45
All were of the highly civilized and cultured race of red men who are dominant on.Page 49
In great circles the air craft of the marauders swept lower and lower toward the defending forces of the therns.Page 54
" "I am no thern," I said, and was about to explain that I was from another world, thinking that by patching a truce with these fellows and fighting with them against the therns I might enlist their aid in regaining my liberty.Page 86
"With your knowledge of this strange land, and my knowledge of the outer world, two such fighting-men as you and I should be able to win our way to freedom.Page 88
Xodar still sat with his face buried in his hands.Page 115
The ice cap was melting and those meteoric phenomena,.Page 128
I fell in behind them and soon we were at the cell in which the great Thark had been chained.Page 141
those who gathered about Carthoris and myself whenever the opportunity presented, while about an equal number held aloof from us.Page 148
I had not had the heart to tell him what Kantos Kan had told me.Page 152
The ship was moving slowly at the time, and as I lunged overboard into the darkness beneath I shuddered at the awful plunge I thought awaited me, for all day the fleet had sailed thousands of feet above the ground; but to my utter surprise I struck upon a soft mass of vegetation not twenty feet from the deck of the ship.Page 160
As he placed the food upon the floor by my side he also deposited writing materials at the same time.Page 168
The expedition could yet do much if it could but teach the people of Barsoom the facts of the cruel deception that had been worked upon them for countless ages, and thus save thousands each year from the horrid fate that awaited them at the conclusion of the voluntary pilgrimage.Page 190
"Go back! Go back!" I cried to those who had accompanied me.