else? Why was Tarzan different from Taug, and Taug
different from Bara, the deer, and Bara different from Sheeta, the
panther, and why was not Sheeta like Buto, the rhinoceros? Where and
how, anyway, did they all come from--the trees, the flowers, the
insects, the countless creatures of the jungle?
Quite unexpectedly an idea popped into Tarzan's head. In following out
the many ramifications of the dictionary definition of GOD he had come
upon the word CREATE--"to cause to come into existence; to form out of
Tarzan almost had arrived at something tangible when a distant wail
startled him from his preoccupation into sensibility of the present and
the real. The wail came from the jungle at some little distance from
Tarzan's swaying couch. It was the wail of a tiny balu. Tarzan
recognized it at once as the voice of Gazan, Teeka's baby. They had
called it Gazan because its soft, baby hair had been unusually red, and
GAZAN in the language of the great apes, means red skin.
The wail was immediately followed by a real scream of terror from the
small lungs. Tarzan was electrified into instant action. Like an
arrow from a bow he shot through the trees in the direction of the
sound. Ahead of him he heard the savage snarling of an adult she-ape.
It was Teeka to the rescue. The danger must be very real. Tarzan
could tell that by the note of rage mingled with fear in the voice of
Running along bending limbs, swinging from one tree to another, the
ape-man raced through the middle terraces toward the sounds which now
had risen in volume to deafening proportions. From all directions the
apes of Kerchak were hurrying in response to the appeal in the tones of
the balu and its mother, and as they came, their roars reverberated
through the forest.
But Tarzan, swifter than his heavy fellows, distanced them all. It was
he who was first upon the scene. What he saw sent a cold chill through
his giant frame, for the enemy was the most hated and loathed of all
the jungle creatures.
Twined in a great tree was Histah, the snake--huge, ponderous,
slimy--and in the folds of its deadly embrace was Teeka's little balu,
Gazan. Nothing in the jungle inspired within the breast of Tarzan so
near a semblance to fear as did the hideous Histah. The apes, too,
loathed the terrifying reptile and feared him even more than they did
Sheeta, the panther, or Numa, the lion.
As I had been scrutinizing this weird monstrosity the balance of the herd had fed quite close to me and I now saw that while many had the smaller specimens dangling from them, not all were thus equipped, and I further noted that the little ones varied in size from what appeared to be but tiny unopened buds an inch in diameter through various stages of development to the full-fledged and perfectly formed creature of ten to twelve inches in length.Page 13
The scattered boulders that had fallen from above and lay upon or partly buried in the turf, were the only indication that any disintegration of the massive, towering pile of rocks ever had taken place.Page 18
For a moment it was a tug of war between Tars Tarkas and a great plant man, who clung tenaciously to my breast, but presently I got the point of my long-sword beneath him and with a mighty thrust pierced his vitals.Page 19
As I raised my eyes toward its roof to note the height I saw far above me a faint glow of light.Page 33
so he died, his thin lips curled in the snarl of his hateful laugh, and a bullet from the revolver of his dead companion bursting in his heart.Page 65
It was evident that these self-thought supermen were far inferior to the red men of Barsoom in refinement and in chivalry.Page 69
"You will see the Otz Valley directly.Page 75
Her eyes fairly blazed into mine.Page 76
When we emerged from the little building which houses the upper terminus of the elevator, we found ourselves in the midst of a veritable fairyland of beauty.Page 89
CHAPTER XI WHEN HELL BROKE LOOSE Early the next morning Xodar and I commenced work upon our plans for escape.Page 114
We are at the shaft.Page 116
The boy stood facing me, half hope and half uncertainty in his look.Page 119
Beneath a cluster of these which afforded perfect concealment from wandering air scouts, we lay down to sleep--for me the first time in many hours.Page 123
To pass through the lighted rooms was, of course, out of the question, since they swarmed with green Martian men and women.Page 138
What took place none knows, but the next day Dejah Thoris had disappeared, and with her had gone a dozen of her household guard and body servants, including Sola the green woman--Tars Tarkas' daughter, you recall.Page 146
One by one I raised the swords to my lips and buckled them again upon their owners.Page 147
"Stay your hands, men of Helium," he shouted, his voice trembling with rage.Page 162
Now a new and grim determination came to me.Page 164
And so I caused Hor Vastus to be harnessed in the metal of a Zodangan soldier and chained in Parthak's cell beside him.Page 167
"With this you may discover the spy among you," he said.