Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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from her.

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
shes.

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

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