Jungle Tales of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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back in revulsion, then she flew at him,
tooth and nail; but Bukawai threatening her with a spear held her at a
safe distance.

"Where is my baby?" she cried. "Where is my little Tibo?"

Bukawai opened his eyes in well-simulated amazement. "Your baby!" he
exclaimed. "What should I know of him, other than that I rescued him
from the white god of the jungle and have not yet received my pay. I
come for the goats and the sleeping mat and the piece of copper wire
the length of a tall man's arm from the shoulder to the tips of his
fingers." "Offal of a hyena!" shrieked Momaya. "My child has been
stolen, and you, rotting fragment of a man, have taken him. Return him
to me or I shall tear your eyes from your head and feed your heart to
the wild hogs."

Bukawai shrugged his shoulders. "What do I know about your child?" he
asked. "I have not taken him. If he is stolen again, what should
Bukawai know of the matter? Did Bukawai steal him before? No, the white
jungle god stole him, and if he stole him once he would steal him
again. It is nothing to me. I returned him to you before and I have
come for my pay. If he is gone and you would have him returned,
Bukawai will return him--for ten fat goats, a new sleeping mat and two
pieces of copper wire the length of a tall man's arm from the shoulder
to the tips of his fingers, and Bukawai will say nothing more about the
goats and the sleeping mat and the copper wire which you were to pay
for the first medicine."

"Ten fat goats!" screamed Momaya. "I could not pay you ten fat goats
in as many years. Ten fat goats, indeed!"

"Ten fat goats," repeated Bukawai. "Ten fat goats, the new sleeping
mat and two pieces of copper wire the length of--"

Momaya stopped him with an impatient gesture. "Wait!" she cried. "I
have no goats. You waste your breath. Stay here while I go to my man.
He has but three goats, yet something may be done. Wait!"

Bukawai sat down beneath a tree. He felt quite content, for he knew
that he should have either payment or revenge. He did not fear harm at
the hands of these people of another tribe, although he well knew that
they must fear and hate him. His

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