Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




Contents

CHAPTER

1 Belgian and Arab
...

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...smoking their
evening cigarets in a silence which neither seemed desirous of
breaking. The senseless hatred...

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...hand. At
the gates a sentry halted him. Werper did not pause to parley...

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...had waged a fruitless war upon
this man and his followers--a war in which quarter had...

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...opportunity to effect. With the aid of
a European, however, the thing might be easily...

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...paid and you shall. Now let us sit
together and plan how best the thing...

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...was supposedly familiar.

In his guise of a French gentleman of leisure, Werper found little
difficulty in...

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...away from Opar once, and left you to your fate," she reminded
him.

"They will not do...

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...bungalow of the Englishman, tell them
that I am very ill within my tent and can...

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...jugular; but at last the call
of the milk of the savage mother that had suckled...

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...man--the highest caste type
of the human race. Up wind he followed the elusive spoor...

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...tasted of
human flesh and learned that though not the most palatable it was
certainly by far...

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...sniffed the slow,
jungle breeze. What was it that had attracted Numa's attention and
taken him...

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...hold and repeatedly the long knife plunged rapidly into
his side. Over and over rolled...

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...the lion weaken from loss of
blood. He saw the mighty limbs tremble and stagger...

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...apes and made life miserable in the village of
Mbonga, the chief--the forest god--the Munango-Keewati for...

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...that frightful sound seemed to portend, had he not
stood in even greater fear of Achmet...

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...was no
evidence that another had discovered the forgotten wealth since last
the ape-man had visited its...

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...the first alleviating rays into the
impenetrable darkness of the buried chamber, that it had known...

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...hands. He clutched it
to his bosom in an ecstasy of avarice.

Tarzan dreamed of the...

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...glance convinced him that the
Englishman was dead. From a great gash in the man's...

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...human creatures could
dwell. He dared not reveal himself to whatever inhabitants dwelt in
the place...

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...that he trembled
in terror at even the sounds of his own cautious advance.

He had gone...

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...commenced his groping advance; but this time he had gone but a
short distance when he...

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...Werper was raised and laid across the altar. Cold sweat
exuded from his every pore...

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...down upon that
peaceful, happy home!

From the north came Achmet Zek, riding to the summons of...

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...shutters there were to close the window apertures
against hostile arrows, and these Mugambi was engaged...

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...poured into the bushes behind which the black warriors had
concealed themselves. The latter, on...

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... The crash of
splintered wood mingled with the report of a rifle as Jane Clayton
fired...

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...torch applied, and the flames lick up what remained.

And at last, when the raiders assembled...

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...did he
recall aught of what had led up to it.

He let his hands grope unfamiliarly...

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...floor
was slippery, as though at times the rising waters of the well
overflowed and flooded it....

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...in an
attempt to recall some recollection of similar things. He was not sure
of himself....

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...of the
lion's paws. Darting to the beast's side, he leaped upon the tawny
back. ...

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..."Tarzan. The name sounds familiar."

"It is your name--you are Tarzan," cried La.

"I am Tarzan?"...

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...is no place anyway
for a Mangani. I should soon die, shut up behind these...

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...wondered that they should so bravely
battle with the giant ape-man, yet hesitate to rush upon...

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...his nerve, and becomes
suddenly interested in a blowing leaf, a beetle, or the lice upon...

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...form that he was totally unnerved by the sight.

In an open glade he came upon...

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...and his
conversation with Werper as though nothing unusual had occurred. He
had but exhibited the...

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...was a city that might compare with his beloved
Brussels.

It was upon the third day of...

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...country; but at last came
the hour when Tarzan and the Belgian, following the trail of...

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...with them," said Basuli. "Our women
and his."

A giant black raised his spear above his...

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...even to the
avaricious mind of the Arab, and if Werper could persuade the raider to
share...

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...his companion. His
narrowed eyes bored straight down upon the Belgian. Werper felt that
he...

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...hand
was the sacrificial knife of the High Priestess of the Flaming God!




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Achmet Zek Sees the...

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...the trail
of the raiders would be as plain as the printed page of an open...

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...bungalow.

"It will be a simple matter now to return and get it," said Achmet Zek.
"First...

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...markets for such
merchandise, while I return for the gold. We can meet again here...

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...wealth which lay scattered upon this stained and
dented table top. He dreamed of joys...

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...an instant and
descended. Again and again it rose and fell, and each time the...

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...elation disturbed his phlegmatic calm, yet inwardly he was aroused
to joy by the proof he...

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...his spear grasped
firmly in his hand and ready for attack. Again was he Tarzan...

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...his brain
loitered a fleeting sense of familiarity with all that he saw, yet he
could not...

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...animals stood motionless. The tearing of the
cruel barb into her side brought a sudden...

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...but only for a moment, and then slunk away to
one side while the indifferent ape-man...

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...river. The ape-man counted seven--a
male and two lionesses, full grown, and four young lions...

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...entered the rhinoceros' neck at its
junction with the left shoulder and passed almost entirely through...

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...and
crooked legs. They were armed with knives and great bludgeons and at
their head marched...

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...La had had no thought that such men as he
existed, for she knew only her...

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...La; he
had lain sacrilegious hands upon the High Priestess of the Flaming God;
he had desecrated...

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...shaggy anthropoid.

Nor had they long to wait before they saw him emerge from a leafy
thicket...

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...to the little clearing and threw him down beneath a
tree.

"Build me a shelter!" ordered La....

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...meanings of the words
they mouthed; they but repeated the ritual that had been handed down
from...

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...upon Tarzan's well-shaped head disappear in
a spurt of flame. She saw these and many...

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...overpowered her and she lapsed
into unconsciousness beside the man she had sworn to torture and...

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...faggots lay temptingly near. Tarzan closed
his eyes and awaited the end. He knew...

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...shadow his features. Now,
for the first time, she guessed the meaning of Tarzan's shrill
scream--he...

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...her. Leaping in to close quarters the ape-man seized the
upraised weapon and wrenched it...

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...to the mighty volume of his noise. He put his head against
the tree and...

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...outcry; but presently she gained sufficient courage to look
about her, to look down at the...

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...she slain me she would now
herself be dead and many more of you; but she...

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...them it appeared nothing short of divine inspiration.
The influence of ages of unquestioning obedience to...

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...the gems had been buried, and though the
spot resembled the balance of an unbroken stretch...

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...not the slightest
doubt as to the outcome. Some day he would overhaul his quarry--he
could...

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...wall, aided by the rope which he
clutched in both hands. Once at the top...

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...native hut the spoor led through a small hole recently
cut in the brush wall and...

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...of the
rear wall of the hut. Examination revealed the fact that the blotch was
an opening...

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...palisade, forming a precarious, though not impossible avenue of
escape.

Rightly, he inferred that thus had Lady...

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...his station before the doorway of the
hut in which he still believed the woman to...

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...toward the west.

But he did not flee alone. As the frightened beast had pressed...

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...a roar of mingled rage and pain. He leaped futilely at the
grinning ape-man, tore...

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...black looked furtively about him. The body was still warm, and
from this fact he...

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...Abyssinians, acting
under orders from Abdul Mourak, advanced stealthily through the jungle
toward the author of the...

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...learned a very surprising thing, by
accident.

The party had camped early in the afternoon of a...

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...of his followers had circled far to the south to
intercept the flight of his deserting...

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...woman below him.

A sudden crashing of the bushes at the point from which Jane Clayton
had...

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...time she was not only
guarded by an additional sentry, but bound as well.

Singly and in...

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...had stalked her.
Now they wished to continue upon their interrupted march; but Tarzan
preferred to follow...

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...only manner which he now recollected.

He spoke to his fellow-apes upon the matter, in an...

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...until
Chulk had exhausted the storehouse, and this he did, only to discover
that Taglat was now...

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...rapidity of a squirrel and the silence of a ghost.

The Arab rode slowly onward, unconscious...

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...find the missing pouch and
pebbles.

Chulk and Taglat were, at first, greatly interested in their wonderful
raiment....

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... In like manner Taglat was conducted to their sides,
and a moment later the three...

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...from his dilemma.

It was then that there dawned upon him the possibility of the success
of...

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...carry.
It is all yours if you will promise to see me safely delivered into the
protection...

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...herself by the only
means which now seemed even remotely possible--the hitherto detested
act of self-destruction.

Creeping silently...

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...accustomed to the darkness of the interior, told them nothing,
nor did they hear any sound,...

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...were not in the possession of
Achmet Zek, unless they were on the person of the...

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...and his sense of smell discovered,
too, the scent spoor of Taglat, the ape. Tarzan...

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...and gnawing upon the cords.

The course the ape-man was taking would carry him but a...

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...that his back was toward the approaching animal. He
poised with bent knees upon the...

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...hunt for some time if he were to
follow the Belgian.

To endeavor to snatch him from...

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...to his men to mount and
hold themselves in readiness, for in the heart of Africa...

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...escape to follow Werper and the Arab chief.

The Abyssinians were formed in a circle which...

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...encircling ranks of his fellows.

Just beyond them he was tossed aside upon the ground, and...

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...there are no others to carry it away. Let us ride in
search of Achmet...

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...could look down in comparative safety upon the fighters.
First one and then the other would...

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...with him, backed slowly
down the trail until a turn hid him from the view of...

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...and as sure as
death itself, and as the Arab, finding a little spot less overgrown
with...

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...by day he still further exhausted his strength
in digging for edible roots, and searching for...

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...to seize either by stealth or might some object
of the black's apparel.

Nor was it long...

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...investigation, such as his woodcraft made possible,
revealed indisputable evidence of a more material explanation than...

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...jungle, till the lesser creatures of
the wild, startled from their peaceful pursuits, scurried fearfully
away.

Rolling over...

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...consciousness revealed to her.
She neither cried out nor moved a muscle, until she had taken...

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...could not see her without turning
his head more than halfway around. She would attempt...

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...the great cat can
maintain it, it resembles nothing more closely than the onrushing of a
giant...

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...spot where once her happy
home had stood, she hoped that by coming to the broad...

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...of the band of ruffians who had raided her home and made her
a prisoner, and...

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...I was a guest of the
raider's before I knew the nature of the man, and...

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...Belgian.
She realized that desperate situations required desperate handling, and
though she trembled inwardly at the thought...

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...through his mind he entered the tent where
Mohammed Beyd sat cross-legged upon a rug, smoking....

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...from the shoulders of Achmet Zek's
assassin; but his demand for a share of the jewels...

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...pursue us, and
if they do not they will at least ride north with less rapidity...

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...shelter.

Upon the second day out Mohammed Beyd reined his horse to the side of
the animal...

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...and a murderer. He killed his captain
in the Congo country and fled to the...

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...flanked the little
rustic gate before her. All this was gone, vanished into the past,
wiped...

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...his feet. Pulling on his boots and buckling his
cartridge belt and revolver about his...

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...watched the
duel in frozen silence.

Again and again Werper struggled to draw his weapon. Mohammed...

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...he could find no words to reply to her. Her innocent
arraignment of his true...

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...a well-born, European
gentleman, to have entertained even for a moment the part that he had
taken...

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...to him. Are you ready for the venture?"

"Yes."

"But wait, I must get you a...

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...a little farther into the forest, halted beneath a
large tree with spreading branches, buckled a...

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...satisfied. A grim
smile touched his lips as he withdrew the weapon from the rugs...

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...before. Then
six husky blacks carried the body out into the clearing where the camp
stood,...

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...was attempting to reassert itself,
the hurt brain was mending, as the cause of its recent...

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...himself upon his
haunches beside his kill to enjoy the fruits of his skill, his cunning,
and...

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...bristled lip curved upward, exposing yellow fangs. Another
warning growl vibrated the heavy jowls, and...

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...suddenly in the gray eyes as the ape-man dropped
lower among the branches until he moved...

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...puzzled, far-away expression
softened the gray eyes.

"Lord Greystoke!" repeated the ape-man. "Lord Greystoke! Who...

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...quite
determine the social status of this strange creature; but he knew that
he did not relish...

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...concealing mazes of
the jungle when one who had sneaked upon him from behind struck him...

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... Some of them
laughed, while others drew away in evident superstitious fear. The
officer approached...

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...she saw relieved the strain of the long night vigil; but
there was much that she...

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...a
village where he might obtain guides; but night found him still as far
from a realization...

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...its agony. Several about it broke their tethers and
plunged madly about the camp. ...

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...dragging his limp and bloody burden with him.

Wide-eyed the girl stood watching. She saw...

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...one of the sentries
recovered command of his muscles and his voice. Screaming loudly to
awaken...

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...In this
position the Belgian felt something resting against his hands, which
were still bound at his...

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...the speed of all was limited to that of the
slowest.

The apes trailed out behind the...

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...discordant sounds
of the battle between the Abyssinians and the lions smote more and more
distinctly upon...

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...from
her lips, only to die in terror as she saw the utter defenselessness of
her mate,...

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...in his
mind a determination to forgive the Belgian and aid him in making good
his escape....

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...night the dancing and the singing
and the laughter awoke the echoes of the somber wood....

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...for an explanation of the animal's action.

"What have we here?" he cried, swinging from his...