bole of the tree beneath
the branches of which Tarzan worked upon his rope, Gazan scampered
quickly forward, scrambling nimbly upward to the lower limbs. Here he
would squat for a moment or two, quite proud of his achievement, then
clamber to the ground again and repeat. Sometimes, quite often in
fact, for he was an ape, his attention was distracted by other things,
a beetle, a caterpillar, a tiny field mouse, and off he would go in
pursuit; the caterpillars he always caught, and sometimes the beetles;
but the field mice, never.
Now he discovered the tail of the rope upon which Tarzan was working.
Grasping it in one small hand he bounced away, for all the world like
an animated rubber ball, snatching it from the ape-man's hand and
running off across the clearing. Tarzan leaped to his feet and was in
pursuit in an instant, no trace of anger on his face or in his voice as
he called to the roguish little balu to drop his rope.
Straight toward his mother raced Gazan, and after him came Tarzan.
Teeka looked up from her feeding, and in the first instant that she
realized that Gazan was fleeing and that another was in pursuit, she
bared her fangs and bristled; but when she saw that the pursuer was
Tarzan she turned back to the business that had been occupying her
attention. At her very feet the ape-man overhauled the balu and,
though the youngster squealed and fought when Tarzan seized him, Teeka
only glanced casually in their direction. No longer did she fear harm
to her first-born at the hands of the ape-man. Had he not saved Gazan
on two occasions?
Rescuing his rope, Tarzan returned to his tree and resumed his labor;
but thereafter it was necessary to watch carefully the playful balu,
who was now possessed to steal it whenever he thought his great,
smooth-skinned cousin was momentarily off his guard.
But even under this handicap Tarzan finally completed the rope, a long,
pliant weapon, stronger than any he ever had made before. The
discarded piece of his former one he gave to Gazan for a plaything, for
Tarzan had it in his mind to instruct Teeka's balu after ideas of his
own when the youngster should be old and strong enough to profit by his
precepts. At present the little ape's innate aptitude for mimicry
would be sufficient to familiarize him with Tarzan's ways and weapons,
and so the ape-man swung off into the jungle, his new rope coiled over
one shoulder, while little Gazan
I have no trade--nor any other occupation.Page 6
This time, however, I imagine that we must have maintained a more nearly perpendicular course, for we accomplished the journey in a few minutes' less time than upon the occasion of my first journey through the five-hundred-mile crust.Page 12
I have no words wherewith to describe it.Page 13
The result had been that these two powerful tribes had fallen upon one another with the new weapons that Perry and I had taught them to make and to use.Page 39
Then, from a little doorway in the opposite end of the structure, a girl was led into the arena.Page 46
I did not rebel, though I had with me the means to destroy them all.Page 47
"What of it? She is only a gilak," as you or I would say, "She is only a cow.Page 56
The momentum of his flying body, added to that of my own, carried the two of us over the cliff.Page 59
I had been very uncomfortable since my ducking in the ocean, for though I could see the sunlight on the water half-way toward the island and upon the island itself, no ray of it fell upon us.Page 61
I must qualify this statement a trifle and say that this was true of those tribes with which I was most familiar.Page 66
A feeling of loneliness overwhelmed me.Page 69
In a jiffy I was trussed up as neatly as you might wish.Page 70
Their skins, where skin showed, were white.Page 75
Gr-gr-gr turned toward me in surprise.Page 87
He ducked to avoid it, and instead of receiving it in his heart, for which it was intended, he got it on the side of the head.Page 89
Her tribe were hill people--they were not accustomed to swimming other than in quiet rivers and placid lakelets.Page 91
They stood shaking their fists at me and yelling insults.Page 110
But we continued to draw away from him.Page 111
And then--ah, I shall never forget that moment--Dian sprang to her feet with a cry of "Land!" Sure enough, dead ahead, a long, low coast stretched across our bow.Page 124
I created a kingdom of the island, making Juag king there.