their race, might now
be irretrievably lost.
Presently I could see that she who presided was communicating something
to the Sagoth interpreter--doubt-less something to be transmitted to me
which might give me a forewarning of the fate which lay in store for
me. One thing I had decided definitely: If they would not free Dian I
should turn loose upon Phutra with my little arsenal. Alone I might
even win to freedom, and if I could learn where Dian was imprisoned it
would be worth the attempt to free her. My thoughts were interrupted
by the interpreter.
"The mighty Mahars," he said, "are unable to reconcile your statement
that the document is lost with your action in sending it to them by a
special messenger. They wish to know if you have so soon forgotten the
truth or if you are merely ignoring it."
"I sent them no document," I cried. "Ask them what they mean."
"They say," he went on after conversing with the Mahar for a moment,
"that just before your return to Phutra, Hooja the Sly One came,
bringing the great secret with him. He said that you had sent him
ahead with it, asking him to deliver it and return to Sari where you
would await him, bringing the girl with him."
"Dian?" I gasped. "The Mahars have given over Dian into the keeping of
"Surely," he replied. "What of it? She is only a gilak," as you or I
would say, "She is only a cow."
A PENDENT WORLD
The Mahars set me free as they had promised, but with strict
injunctions never to approach Phutra or any other Mahar city. They
also made it perfectly plain that they considered me a dangerous
creature, and that having wiped the slate clean in so far as they were
under obligations to me, they now considered me fair prey. Should I
again fall into their hands, they intimated it would go ill with me.
They would not tell me in which direction Hooja had set forth with
Dian, so I departed from Phutra, filled with bitterness against the
Mahars, and rage toward the Sly One who had once again robbed me of my
At first I was minded to go directly back to Anoroc; but upon second
thought turned my face toward Sari, as I felt that somewhere in that
direction Hooja would travel, his own country lying in that general
Of my journey to Sari it is only necessary to say that it was fraught
with the usual excitement and adventure, incident
For a time Werper hid behind one of the lesser boulders that were scattered over the top of the hill, but, seeing or hearing nothing of the Englishman, he crept from his place of concealment to undertake a systematic search of his surroundings, in the hope that he might discover the location of the treasure in ample time to make his escape before Tarzan returned, for it was the Belgian's desire merely to locate the gold, that, after Tarzan had departed, he might come in safety with his followers and carry away as much as he could transport.Page 17
Once again came the ape-man, and this time there came with him fifty fighting men, turning porters for love of the only creature in the world who might command of their fierce and haughty natures such menial service.Page 18
Once again, and, he thought, for the last time, he closed the massive door of the treasure room.Page 21
The horrid cry that had come down to him from above through the ancient well-shaft still haunted him, so.Page 31
floor was slippery, as though at times the rising waters of the well overflowed and flooded it.Page 50
An instant later he rose with a curse upon his lips.Page 56
It was purely an exhibition of jungle bluff.Page 64
upon Tarzan's well-shaped head disappear in a spurt of flame.Page 85
Slowly Jane Clayton started across the clearing.Page 90
Stealthily they approached, keeping to the dense tangle of growing things which made concealment easy to their uncanny jungle craft.Page 92
The pulling of the Tarmangani-scented thing about his head and eyes could not be for the performance of the former act; therefore it must be the latter.Page 102
Beside a charred pile of timbers the Abyssinians halted, and Tarzan, sneaking close and concealing himself in nearby shrubbery, watched them in wonderment.Page 106
Keeping to one side of the trail, the ape-man came presently to a point where he.Page 108
But Achmet Zek was no fool to expose himself to the blackened honor of a thief and a murderer.Page 109
It was with growing difficulty that he found the strength necessary to construct a shelter by night wherein he might be reasonably safe from the large carnivora, and.Page 121
He never forgives--much less would he again trust a man who had once betrayed him; that I know.Page 133
Going to the tent of the prisoner he removed there also the evidence that someone might have come or gone beneath the rear wall.Page 137
There was no sign of any spoor which might denote that the she had been here.Page 143
At first she refused; but when a dozen black cavalrymen drew up behind their leader, and at Abdul Mourak's command one of them started to climb the tree after her she realized that resistance was futile, and came slowly down to stand upon the ground before this new captor and plead her cause in the name of justice and humanity.Page 144
The veteran troopers of the black emperor were nervous and ill at ease.