Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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would this generation again have as much
faith in any future witch-doctor.

Mbonga must do something to counteract the evil influence of the forest
demon's victory over the witch-doctor. He raised his heavy spear and
crept silently from his hut in the wake of the retreating ape-man. Down
the village street walked Tarzan, as unconcerned and as deliberate as
though only the friendly apes of Kerchak surrounded him instead of a
village full of armed enemies.

Seeming only was the indifference of Tarzan, for alert and watchful was
every well-trained sense. Mbonga, wily stalker of keen-eared jungle
creatures, moved now in utter silence. Not even Bara, the deer, with
his great ears could have guessed from any sound that Mbonga was near;
but the black was not stalking Bara; he was stalking man, and so he
sought only to avoid noise.

Closer and closer to the slowly moving ape-man he came. Now he raised
his war spear, throwing his spear-hand far back above his right
shoulder. Once and for all would Mbonga, the chief, rid himself and
his people of the menace of this terrifying enemy. He would make no
poor cast; he would take pains, and he would hurl his weapon with such
great force as would finish the demon forever.

But Mbonga, sure as he thought himself, erred in his calculations. He
might believe that he was stalking a man--he did not know, however,
that it was a man with the delicate sense perception of the lower
orders. Tarzan, when he had turned his back upon his enemies, had
noted what Mbonga never would have thought of considering in the
hunting of man--the wind. It was blowing in the same direction that
Tarzan was proceeding, carrying to his delicate nostrils the odors
which arose behind him. Thus it was that Tarzan knew that he was being
followed, for even among the many stenches of an African village, the
ape-man's uncanny faculty was equal to the task of differentiating one
stench from another and locating with remarkable precision the source
from whence it came.

He knew that a man was following him and coming closer, and his
judgment warned him of the purpose of the stalker. When Mbonga,
therefore, came within spear range of the ape-man, the latter suddenly
wheeled upon him, so suddenly that the poised spear was shot a fraction
of a second before Mbonga had intended. It went a trifle high and
Tarzan stooped to let it pass over his head; then he sprang toward the
chief. But Mbonga did not wait

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