Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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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
giant anthropoids.

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

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