was the number of he-bugs which
figured in its definition--Supreme Deity, Creator or Upholder of the
Universe. This must be a very important word indeed, he would have to
look into it, and he did, though it still baffled him after many months
of thought and study.
However, Tarzan counted no time wasted which he devoted to these
strange hunting expeditions into the game preserves of knowledge, for
each word and each definition led on and on into strange places, into
new worlds where, with increasing frequency, he met old, familiar
faces. And always he added to his store of knowledge.
But of the meaning of GOD he was yet in doubt. Once he thought he had
grasped it--that God was a mighty chieftain, king of all the Mangani.
He was not quite sure, however, since that would mean that God was
mightier than Tarzan--a point which Tarzan of the Apes, who
acknowledged no equal in the jungle, was loath to concede.
But in all the books he had there was no picture of God, though he
found much to confirm his belief that God was a great, an all-powerful
individual. He saw pictures of places where God was worshiped; but
never any sign of God. Finally he began to wonder if God were not of a
different form than he, and at last he determined to set out in search
He commenced by questioning Mumga, who was very old and had seen many
strange things in her long life; but Mumga, being an ape, had a faculty
for recalling the trivial. That time when Gunto mistook a sting-bug
for an edible beetle had made more impression upon Mumga than all the
innumerable manifestations of the greatness of God which she had
witnessed, and which, of course, she had not understood.
Numgo, overhearing Tarzan's questions, managed to wrest his attention
long enough from the diversion of flea hunting to advance the theory
that the power which made the lightning and the rain and the thunder
came from Goro, the moon. He knew this, he said, because the Dum-Dum
always was danced in the light of Goro. This reasoning, though
entirely satisfactory to Numgo and Mumga, failed fully to convince
Tarzan. However, it gave him a basis for further investigation along a
new line. He would investigate the moon.
That night he clambered to the loftiest pinnacle of the tallest jungle
giant. The moon was full, a great, glorious, equatorial moon. The
ape-man, upright upon a slender, swaying limb, raised his bronzed face
Tarzan scanned the precipitous walls for an avenue of escape.Page 18
"Who ordered it done?" demanded Tarzan.Page 22
You will understand now why I came for you.Page 29
It did not take them long to locate the position of the hidden sniper and then Tarzan saw a machine gun being trained upon him.Page 42
Suddenly he leaped forward and Tarzan knew that he had caught the scent.Page 49
Such thoughts must be banished--they would never do.Page 51
No human succor could have availed her even had it been there to offer itself.Page 65
It was Lieutenant Obergatz he still sought, though vainly, for at last he learned that the man had been sent upon some special mission, whether in Africa or back to Europe Tarzan's informant either did not know or would not divulge.Page 78
First Usanga would learn how these villagers stood with this savage god and if they had his good will Usanga would be most careful to treat them with kindness and respect.Page 133
He would follow the winding river toward the north a few miles where its course turned to the west and then on toward its source across a wooded plateau and up into the foothills and the mountains.Page 134
All he knew was what he saw--a Negro attempting to fly away with a white girl.Page 136
A brown hand shot down with a keen blade and severed the strap about his waist and giant muscles lifted him bodily from his seat.Page 142
He had crossed that parched and desolate country of the dead himself and he knew from his own experience and the narrow escape he had had from succumbing to its relentless cruelty no lesser man could hope to win his way to safety from any considerable distance within its borders.Page 144
Enemy though the beast was, he was less an enemy to the ape-man than those blacks who had trapped him, for though Tarzan of the Apes claimed many fast and loyal friends among certain tribes of African natives, there were others of degraded character and bestial habits that he looked upon with utter loathing, and of such were the human flesh-eaters of Numabo the chief.Page 164
Throwing up his left arm as a boxer might ward off a blow, Tarzan struck upward beneath the left forearm of the lion, at the same time rushing in with his shoulder beneath the animal's body and simultaneously drove his blade into the tawny hide behind the shoulder.Page 173
But of one thing he was assured: that if he were to aid them he could not do it from outside the wall.Page 210
For a long minute Smith-Oldwick lay in utter peace and content until gradually there was forced upon his sensibilities the fact that the hand had become rough, and that it was no longer cool but hot and moist; and suddenly he opened his eyes and looked up into the face of a huge lion.Page 224
"I know where there is a fellow who doesn't need his clothes anymore, and if we can get back on this roof I think we can find him and get his apparel without much resistance.Page 225
So quickly and easily was it done that the Englishman scarcely had time to realize what was happening before he was deposited safely upon the roof.Page 230
Metak swam swiftly to the north side of the lagoon where, by means of a ladder, the two climbed out upon the embankment.