the ape-man, brought his head within reach of Tarzan's blade.
Instantly a brown hand leaped forth and seized the mottled neck, and
another drove the heavy hunting knife to the hilt into the little brain.
Convulsively Histah shuddered and relaxed, tensed and relaxed again,
whipping and striking with his great body; but no longer sentient or
sensible. Histah was dead, but in his death throes he might easily
dispatch a dozen apes or men.
Quickly Tarzan seized Teeka and dragged her from the loosened embrace,
dropping her to the ground beneath, then he extricated the balu and
tossed it to its mother. Still Histah whipped about, clinging to the
ape-man; but after a dozen efforts Tarzan succeeded in wriggling free
and leaping to the ground out of range of the mighty battering of the
A circle of apes surrounded the scene of the battle; but the moment
that Tarzan broke safely from the enemy they turned silently away to
resume their interrupted feeding, and Teeka turned with them,
apparently forgetful of all but her balu and the fact that when the
interruption had occurred she just had discovered an ingeniously hidden
nest containing three perfectly good eggs.
Tarzan, equally indifferent to a battle that was over, merely cast a
parting glance at the still writhing body of Histah and wandered off
toward the little pool which served to water the tribe at this point.
Strangely, he did not give the victory cry over the vanquished Histah.
Why, he could not have told you, other than that to him Histah was not
an animal. He differed in some peculiar way from the other denizens of
the jungle. Tarzan only knew that he hated him.
At the pool Tarzan drank his fill and lay stretched upon the soft grass
beneath the shade of a tree. His mind reverted to the battle with
Histah, the snake. It seemed strange to him that Teeka should have
placed herself within the folds of the horrid monster. Why had she
done it? Why, indeed, had he? Teeka did not belong to him, nor did
Teeka's balu. They were both Taug's. Why then had he done this thing?
Histah was not food for him when he was dead. There seemed to Tarzan,
now that he gave the matter thought, no reason in the world why he
should have done the thing he did, and presently it occurred to him
that he had acted almost involuntarily, just as he had acted when he
had released the old Gomangani the previous evening.
What made him
For the time, that single thought dominated.Page 9
Very slowly the ape-man moved inward along the branch until he was directly above the panther.Page 24
His decision made, he set out in the direction of the German camp, no well-defined plan formulated; but with the general idea that once near the field of operations he might find an opportunity to harass the German command as he so well knew how to do.Page 30
"The last time I saw you you were in London in evening dress.Page 35
Moving slowly outward upon the two branches Tarzan swung Numa out so that he could not reach the bole of the tree with his raking talons, then he made the rope fast after drawing the lion clear of the ground, dropped his five pigskin sacks to earth and leaped down himself.Page 55
"Why not?" he queried.Page 69
greatest woodcraft in the world could find none.Page 108
If she had been terrified before she was almost paralyzed with fear now as she saw Zu-tag and his apes turn toward the boma and approach her.Page 110
Zu-tag squatted upon a great branch close to the bole of the tree and by loosening the girl's arms from about his neck, indicated that she was to find a footing for herself and when she had done so, he turned toward her and pointed repeatedly at the open doorway of a hut upon the opposite side of the street below them.Page 118
Several times she attempted to press the point home into the cat's body, but on both occasions the fear of endangering the ape-man caused her.Page 156
I have been looking for you further toward the north.Page 187
Into this courtyard the prisoner was conducted, and as he entered it with the two guards he found himself in an opening which was bounded by the inner walls of the building.Page 192
"Then there is a man with you in the city?" asked the old woman.Page 194
"As you came through the forest you must have seen the monkeys and parrots and since you have entered the palace, how constantly these animals, and the lions, are used in the decorations.Page 199
The king knows that I am not like his other women.Page 208
An instant later a little child ran after the woman and so close did he run before the lion that the beast was forced to turn out of its way a step to avoid colliding with the little one.Page 225
" The black rolled terrified eyes toward the hangings at his side.Page 240
Himself without fear, he yet instinctively appreciated how terrified the girl must be.Page 242
" And so they moved to the side of the gorge beneath the shade of an overhanging rock and lay down in the hot sand to rest.Page 246
He did not see her again before she entered a plane and was borne away toward the east.