of the vessel. With equal heartlessness they
disposed of their own dead and dying.
Presently one of the crew spied the approaching Claytons, and with a
cry of: "Here's two more for the fishes," rushed toward them with
But Black Michael was even quicker, so that the fellow went down with a
bullet in his back before he had taken a half dozen steps.
With a loud roar, Black Michael attracted the attention of the others,
and, pointing to Lord and Lady Greystoke, cried:
"These here are my friends, and they are to be left alone. D'ye
"I'm captain of this ship now, an' what I says goes," he added, turning
to Clayton. "Just keep to yourselves, and nobody'll harm ye," and he
looked threateningly on his fellows.
The Claytons heeded Black Michael's instructions so well that they saw
but little of the crew and knew nothing of the plans the men were
Occasionally they heard faint echoes of brawls and quarreling among the
mutineers, and on two occasions the vicious bark of firearms rang out
on the still air. But Black Michael was a fit leader for this band of
cutthroats, and, withal held them in fair subjection to his rule.
On the fifth day following the murder of the ship's officers, land was
sighted by the lookout. Whether island or mainland, Black Michael did
not know, but he announced to Clayton that if investigation showed that
the place was habitable he and Lady Greystoke were to be put ashore
with their belongings.
"You'll be all right there for a few months," he explained, "and by
that time we'll have been able to make an inhabited coast somewhere and
scatter a bit. Then I'll see that yer gover'ment's notified where you
be an' they'll soon send a man-o'war to fetch ye off.
"It would be a hard matter to land you in civilization without a lot o'
questions being asked, an' none o' us here has any very convincin'
answers up our sleeves."
Clayton remonstrated against the inhumanity of landing them upon an
unknown shore to be left to the mercies of savage beasts, and,
possibly, still more savage men.
But his words were of no avail, and only tended to anger Black Michael,
so he was forced to desist and make the best he could of a bad
About three o'clock in the afternoon they came about off a beautiful
wooded shore opposite the mouth of what appeared to be a land-locked
Black Michael sent a small boat filled with men to sound the entrance
in an effort
When his snarling-muscles bared his giant fangs no one could longer imagine that Taug was in as playful a mood as when he and Tarzan had rolled upon the turf in mimic battle.Page 8
More than his fellows he required meat, and so, while they were satisfied with fruits and herbs and beetles, which could be discovered without much effort upon their part, Tarzan spent considerable time hunting the game animals whose flesh alone satisfied the cravings of his stomach and furnished sustenance and strength to the mighty thews which, day by day, were building beneath the soft, smooth texture of his brown hide.Page 10
Although he hated them, Tarzan derived considerable entertainment in watching them at their daily life within the village, and especially at their dances, when the fires glared against their naked bodies as they leaped and turned and twisted in mimic warfare.Page 12
Yes, it was Taug, and he was alone.Page 13
He raised his head toward the heavens and opened his mouth.Page 20
Simultaneously Buto, the rhinoceros, scrambled to his short legs and charged furiously.Page 33
with an angry growl of protest, Tarzan leaped to the branch at the attacking ape's side, and with a single mighty cuff, swept him from his perch.Page 34
He recalled only the fact that Tarzan had laid this painful indignity upon him.Page 53
He had made Sheeta, the panther, with his beautiful coat; and Numa, the lion, with his noble head and his shaggy mane.Page 65
Too, the bodies always had been found, sometimes dropping as though from the clouds to alight in the center of the village.Page 73
Numa roared and stepped slowly forward.Page 86
With wide eyes Tibo saw it sag and rock.Page 93
Young Lord Greystoke did not know that they planned against him, nor, knowing, would have cared.Page 95
Wide and far swung Tarzan of the Apes, until at last, as he reached the highest point of the arc the rope, which rapidly had frayed on the rough bark of the tree limb, parted suddenly.Page 115
9 The Nightmare THE BLACKS OF the village of Mbonga, the chief, were feasting, while above them in a large tree sat Tarzan of the Apes--grim, terrible, empty, and envious.Page 130
She took it for granted that the bull would climb as high.Page 138
Following close behind the lithe figure of the ape-man came the huge and shaggy bull ape.Page 139
Along one of these well-marked trails Tarzan and Taug continued after the rain had ceased, because the ape-man knew that this was the most logical path for the thief to follow; but when they came to a fork, they were at a loss.Page 153
Such is life, such is fame, such is power--in the center of the world's highest civilization, or in the depths of the black, primeval jungle.Page 174
With a scream, Taug leaped to his feet.