time since my capture that no beast-man
had been within sight of me. I was alone! And all my captors were in
the village at the op-posite edge of the mesa repelling an attack of
It seemed from the messenger's tale that two of Gr-gr-gr's great males
had been set upon by a half-dozen of Hooja's cutthroats while the
former were peaceably returning from the thag hunt. The two had
returned to the village unscratched, while but a single one of Hooja's
half-dozen had escaped to report the outcome of the battle to their
leader. Now Hooja was coming to punish Gr-gr-gr's people. With his
large force, armed with the bows and arrows that Hooja had learned from
me to make, with long lances and sharp knives, I feared that even the
mighty strength of the beastmen could avail them but little.
At last had come the opportunity for which I waited! I was free to
make for the far end of the mesa, find my way to the valley below, and
while the two forces were engaged in their struggle, continue my search
for Hooja's village, which I had learned from the beast-men lay farther
on down the river that I had been following when taken prisoner.
As I turned to make for the mesa's rim the sounds of battle came
plainly to my ears--the hoarse shouts of men mingled with the
half-beastly roars and growls of the brute-folk.
Did I take advantage of my opportunity?
I did not. Instead, lured by the din of strife and by the desire to
deliver a stroke, however feeble, against hated Hooja, I wheeled and
ran directly toward the village.
When I reached the edge of the plateau such a scene met my astonished
gaze as never before had startled it, for the unique battle-methods of
the half-brutes were rather the most remarkable I had ever witnessed.
Along the very edge of the cliff-top stood a thin line of mighty
males--the best rope-throwers of the tribe. A few feet behind these
the rest of the males, with the exception of about twenty, formed a
second line. Still farther in the rear all the women and young
children were clustered into a single group under the protection of
the remaining twenty fighting males and all the old males.
But it was the work of the first two lines that interested me. The
forces of Hooja--a great horde of savage Sagoths and primeval cave
men--were working their way up the steep cliff-face, their agility but
slightly less than that of
They reminded Tarzan of melodramatic villains he had seen at the theaters in Paris.Page 19
Tarzan had been wont to traverse the Rue Maule on his way home at night.Page 33
For a time she had been frightened by what Nikolas had insinuated.Page 50
A company of SPAHIS and three officers were to relieve another company already stationed there.Page 52
He will soon discover his error, and cease to follow us.Page 57
"They are berating those in the street below now," said Abdul, "for permitting us to escape so easily.Page 62
There was a mad clatter of galloping hoofs, a volley of shots from both sides, and the Arabs withdrew to repeat the maneuver; but there were now only four against the two.Page 71
And so it was that Lieutenant Gernois and Tarzan rode off side by side at the head of the little detachment of SPAHIS.Page 76
"One for each of the injuries you have done me.Page 87
" "I dare kill you, Rokoff," replied Tarzan, "for no one knows that you are here or that I am here, and Paulvitch would tell them that it was Gernois.Page 89
He shot himself about eight o'clock this morning.Page 97
find the means to search Monsieur Caldwell's stateroom--eh?" Two hours later fate was kind to them, for Paulvitch, who was ever on the watch, saw Tarzan leave his room without locking the door.Page 111
It had been many times broken and spliced, so that he had discarded it for a better one long before.Page 127
Calling his warriors about him, he commanded them to charge, and, with brandishing spears and savage yells, the little force of scarcely more than a hundred dashed madly toward the village gates.Page 153
Within, a flight of concrete steps, worn hollow by centuries of use, rose before them, to disappear at a sharp turning of the passage a few yards ahead.Page 157
As Tarzan lay there upon his back he saw that the temple entirely surrounded the little inclosure, and that on all sides its lofty walls rose high above him.Page 181
Then from the hollow of an ancient, lightning-blasted tree he produced the very spade with which he had uncovered the chest of Professor Archimedes Q.Page 186
Like his fellow beasts, he preferred to suffer in silence and alone.Page 198
That would satisfy the people of Opar, she knew.Page 211