Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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for although the lion sought other
prey after a short time, she dared not descend into the darkness again,
for fear she might encounter him or another of his kind; but at
daylight she clambered down and resumed her way.

Tarzan of the Apes, finding that his balu never ceased to give evidence
of terror in the presence of the apes of the tribe, and also that most
of the adult apes were a constant menace to Go-bu-balu's life, so that
Tarzan dared not leave him alone with them, took to hunting with the
little black boy farther and farther from the stamping grounds of the
anthropoids.


Little by little his absences from the tribe grew in length as he
wandered farther away from them, until finally he found himself a
greater distance to the north than he ever before had hunted, and with
water and ample game and fruit, he felt not at all inclined to return
to the tribe.

Little Go-bu-balu gave evidences of a greater interest in life, an
interest which varied in direct proportion to the distance he was from
the apes of Kerchak. He now trotted along behind Tarzan when the
ape-man went upon the ground, and in the trees he even did his best to
follow his mighty foster parent. The boy was still sad and lonely.
His thin, little body had grown steadily thinner since he had come
among the apes, for while, as a young cannibal, he was not overnice in
the matter of diet, he found it not always to his taste to stomach the
weird things which tickled the palates of epicures among the apes.

His large eyes were very large indeed now, his cheeks sunken, and every
rib of his emaciated body plainly discernible to whomsoever should care
to count them. Constant terror, perhaps, had had as much to do with
his physical condition as had improper food. Tarzan noticed the change
and was worried. He had hoped to see his balu wax sturdy and strong.
His disappointment was great. In only one respect did Go-bu-balu seem
to progress--he readily was mastering the language of the apes. Even
now he and Tarzan could converse in a fairly satisfactory manner by
supplementing the meager ape speech with signs; but for the most part,
Go-bu-balu was silent other than to answer questions put to him. His
great sorrow was yet too new and too poignant to be laid aside even
momentarily. Always he pined for Momaya--shrewish, hideous, repulsive,
perhaps, she would have been to you or me, but

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