in the air, turning completely
around and alighting in a stooping posture with feet far outspread and
head thrust out toward the ape-man. Thus he remained for an instant
before he uttered a loud "Boo!" which was evidently intended to
frighten Tarzan away; but in reality had no such effect.
Tarzan did not pause. He had set out to approach and examine God and
nothing upon earth might now stay his feet. Seeing that his antics had
no potency with the visitor, the witch-doctor tried some new medicine.
Spitting upon the zebra's tail, which he still clutched in one hand, he
made circles above it with the arrows in the other hand, meanwhile
backing cautiously away from Tarzan and speaking confidentially to the
bushy end of the tail.
This medicine must be short medicine, however, for the creature, god or
demon, was steadily closing up the distance which had separated them.
The circles therefore were few and rapid, and when they were completed,
the witch-doctor struck an attitude which was intended to be awe
inspiring and waving the zebra's tail before him, drew an imaginary
line between himself and Tarzan.
"Beyond this line you cannot pass, for my medicine is strong medicine,"
he cried. "Stop, or you will fall dead as your foot touches this spot.
My mother was a voodoo, my father was a snake; I live upon lions'
hearts and the entrails of the panther; I eat young babies for
breakfast and the demons of the jungle are my slaves. I am the most
powerful witch-doctor in the world; I fear nothing, for I cannot die.
I--" But he got no further; instead he turned and fled as Tarzan of the
Apes crossed the magical dead line and still lived.
As the witch-doctor ran, Tarzan almost lost his temper. This was no
way for God to act, at least not in accordance with the conception
Tarzan had come to have of God.
"Come back!" he cried. "Come back, God, I will not harm you." But the
witch-doctor was in full retreat by this time, stepping high as he
leaped over cooking pots and the smoldering embers of small fires that
had burned before the huts of villagers. Straight for his own hut ran
the witch-doctor, terror-spurred to unwonted speed; but futile was his
effort--the ape-man bore down upon him with the speed of Bara, the deer.
Just at the entrance to his hut the witch-doctor was overhauled. A
heavy hand fell upon his shoulder to drag him back. It seized upon a
portion of the buffalo
She could find the stream in the dark, by the simple expedient of going down hill until she walked into it and she had seen that bearing trees and many crops grew throughout the valley, so that she would pass food in plenty ere she reached the stream.Page 57
He stopped there and fastened his terrible eyes upon her.Page 81
Only this single one and when it died there could not be another.Page 92
Then he arose, the beautiful body once again animated and alert.Page 94
"You are right, Tara of Helium," he replied and sheathed his sword.Page 97
The warrior left us to search.Page 100
"To the pits until the next games," replied O-Tar.Page 109
"Thou hast a strange head that misfits thy body, fellow," he cried.Page 125
"Both shall receive the jeddak's steel," and rising from his throne he drew his long sword and descended the marble steps toward them, while two brawny warriors seized Tara by either arm and two seized Ghek, holding them facing the naked blade of the jeddak.Page 129
"Look," said Ghek, then, "I have given your jeddak his life, nor have I harmed one of those whom I might easily have slain when they were in my power.Page 142
If you win her, you will find thoats stabled at my palace and you will carry from me a token that will place all that is mine at your disposal.Page 145
This stake they accepted, so that Turan was sure of possessing Tara if his side was victorious, but he knew that these men would fight even more valorously for chivalry than for money, nor was it difficult to enlist the interest even of the Gatholians in the service of the princess.Page 147
The match was an unimportant one, being but to settle some petty dispute between two chiefs, and was played with professional jetan players for points only.Page 148
"They are all criminals from the pits of Manator," he said.Page 150
The move elicited a ripple of applause from those sections of seats reserved for the common warriors and their women, showing perhaps that U-Dor was none too popular with these, and, too, it had its effect upon the morale of Gahan's pieces.Page 156
" While the jeddak was speaking the little, old man, failing clearly to discern the features of the Black Chief, reached into his pocket-pouch and drew forth a pair of thick-lensed spectacles, which he placed upon his nose.Page 168
wrong to Djor Kantos, whom now I know I never loved, who knew not the meaning of love.Page 176
That spot he holds and his warriors lie just beyond The Gate; but he has not sufficient force to enter the city and take the palace.Page 178
"She is no Corphal and she is a princess--a princess of Helium, and, by the golden hair of the Holy Hekkador, she is beautiful.Page 195
O-Tar screamed and swooned.