With a savage cry of terror and rage, the woman leaped fearlessly
toward the ape-man. In her mien Tarzan saw determination and courage
which would shrink not even from death itself. She was very hideous
and frightful even when her face was in repose; but convulsed by
passion, her expression became terrifyingly fiendish. Even the ape-man
drew back, but more in revulsion than fear--fear he knew not.
Biting and kicking was the black she's balu as Tarzan tucked him
beneath his arm and vanished into the branches hanging low above him,
just as the infuriated mother dashed forward to seize and do battle
with him. And as he melted away into the depth of the jungle with his
still struggling prize, he meditated upon the possibilities which might
lie in the prowess of the Gomangani were the hes as formidable as the
Once at a safe distance from the despoiled mother and out of earshot of
her screams and menaces, Tarzan paused to inspect his prize, now so
thoroughly terrorized that he had ceased his struggles and his outcries.
The frightened child rolled his eyes fearfully toward his captor, until
the whites showed gleaming all about the irises.
"I am Tarzan," said the ape-man, in the vernacular of the anthropoids.
"I will not harm you. You are to be Tarzan's balu. Tarzan will
protect you. He will feed you. The best in the jungle shall be for
Tarzan's balu, for Tarzan is a mighty hunter. None need you fear, not
even Numa, the lion, for Tarzan is a mighty fighter. None so great as
Tarzan, son of Kala. Do not fear."
But the child only whimpered and trembled, for he did not understand
the tongue of the great apes, and the voice of Tarzan sounded to him
like the barking and growling of a beast. Then, too, he had heard
stories of this bad, white forest god. It was he who had slain Kulonga
and others of the warriors of Mbonga, the chief. It was he who entered
the village stealthily, by magic, in the darkness of the night, to
steal arrows and poison, and frighten the women and the children and
even the great warriors. Doubtless this wicked god fed upon little
boys. Had his mother not said as much when he was naughty and she
threatened to give him to the white god of the jungle if he were not
good? Little black Tibo shook as with ague.
"Are you cold, Go-bu-balu?" asked Tarzan, using the
Yes, I will go with you.Page 20
To right and left and below he looked as though to assure himself that he was unobserved, but no other figure moved upon the cliff face, nor did another hairy body protrude from any of the numerous cave mouths from the high-flung abode of the chief to the habitations of the more lowly members of the tribe nearer the cliff's base.Page 25
Now Tarzan saw other pegs roughly paralleling each other in zigzag rows up the cliff face.Page 45
It was the scent of Pan-at-lee at the spot where she had emerged from the pool and taken to the safety of the jungle.Page 48
" The last words took the keen edge from Pan-at-lee's terror; but she did not understand.Page 49
latter was screaming and growling so loudly as to drown the sound of her voice.Page 72
The excavation of the apartments within had been similarly governed by necessity.Page 76
Dak-lot fidgeted, casting apprehensive glances at Tarzan and appealing ones at Ko-tan.Page 91
" Ko-tan nodded to indicate that he accepted the command which even the king must obey.Page 93
"It is true," he said, "this man's sin is against the temple.Page 118
It was the faint, but unmistakable odor of the GRYF, and now Tarzan stood silently listening.Page 139
Tell Ja-don that Jad-ben-Otho is upon his side, nor do you forget to tell him also that it was the Dor-ul-Otho who thwarted Lu-don's plan to seize the palace.Page 143
Perhaps it will arouse suspicion that I accompany you but that we must chance.Page 144
At this time a hard crust is baked upon the dried surface of the marsh and there is only the open water at the center to materially impede progress.Page 147
There were some that looked like knife blades, and some that could easily be fashioned into spear heads, and many smaller ones that nature seemed to have intended for the tips of savage arrows.Page 150
had delayed Bu-lot, whose failure to reach the canoes with the balance of the party at the time of the flight from the northern city had in no way delayed Mo-sar's departure, his own safety being of far greater moment than that of his son.Page 157
The next step was fire.Page 173
She came from her shelter and examined the ground upon the opposite side of the tree--there was no dead man there, nor anywhere as far as she could see.Page 193
Now the warrior knew, as in fact nearly all Pal-ul-don knew, that there was no strong bond between the temple and the palace at Ja-lur and that Ja-don only suffered the presence of the priests and permitted their cruel and abhorrent acts because of the fact that these things had been the custom of the Ho-don of Pal-ul-don for countless ages, and rash indeed must have been the man who would have attempted to interfere with the priests or their ceremonies.Page 204
He realized that indecision now meant ruin, and ruin, death.