cruel than the beasts of the
jungle! How fortunate was he who lived in the peace and security of
the great forest!
Tarzan wondered what the chest they had buried contained. If they did
not want it why did they not merely throw it into the water? That
would have been much easier.
Ah, he thought, but they do want it. They have hidden it here because
they intend returning for it later.
Tarzan dropped to the ground and commenced to examine the earth about
the excavation. He was looking to see if these creatures had dropped
anything which he might like to own. Soon he discovered a spade hidden
by the underbrush which they had laid upon the grave.
He seized it and attempted to use it as he had seen the sailors do. It
was awkward work and hurt his bare feet, but he persevered until he had
partially uncovered the body. This he dragged from the grave and laid
to one side.
Then he continued digging until he had unearthed the chest. This also
he dragged to the side of the corpse. Then he filled in the smaller
hole below the grave, replaced the body and the earth around and above
it, covered it over with underbrush, and returned to the chest.
Four sailors had sweated beneath the burden of its weight--Tarzan of
the Apes picked it up as though it had been an empty packing case, and
with the spade slung to his back by a piece of rope, carried it off
into the densest part of the jungle.
He could not well negotiate the trees with his awkward burden, but he
kept to the trails, and so made fairly good time.
For several hours he traveled a little north of east until he came to
an impenetrable wall of matted and tangled vegetation. Then he took to
the lower branches, and in another fifteen minutes he emerged into the
amphitheater of the apes, where they met in council, or to celebrate
the rites of the Dum-Dum.
Near the center of the clearing, and not far from the drum, or altar,
he commenced to dig. This was harder work than turning up the freshly
excavated earth at the grave, but Tarzan of the Apes was persevering
and so he kept at his labor until he was rewarded by seeing a hole
sufficiently deep to receive the chest and effectually hide it from
Why had he gone to all this labor without knowing the value of the
contents of the chest?
I thought I should never cease to sink.Page 11
Beside me came Nobs, silent now, and grim.Page 20
"The Germans would be crazy to do it, for their lives are as much at stake as ours.Page 21
In fact, I have discovered that the world over, unusual weather prevails at all times of the year.Page 22
We kept to our westerly course for several hours when the lookout's cry announced a sail.Page 23
I was the last to come, and when I reached the bottom, I found myself looking into the muzzle of a pistol in the hands of Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts--I saw all my men lined up at one side.Page 26
Bradley happened to be looking toward the conning-tower and saw me.Page 30
I am an I.Page 33
"We all drank water together this morning.Page 41
Above the trees there soared into my vision a huge thing on batlike wings--a creature large as a large whale, but fashioned more after the order of a lizard.Page 44
At sight of me a huge thing charged and climbed to the deck.Page 49
I ordered one of the Germans ashore with a line, and sent two of my own men to guard him, for from what little we had seen of Caprona, or Caspak as we learned later to call the interior, we realized that any instant some new and terrible danger might confront us.Page 52
These spots were outlined in red with edgings about an inch wide.Page 63
Bradley did not return; nor did we have any word from von Schoenvorts.Page 66
From what we knew of von Schoenvorts, we would not have been surprised at anything from him; but the footprints by the spring seemed indisputable evidence that one of Caprona's undeveloped men had borne off the girl I loved.Page 77
"I tell you," I said angrily, "that I am from another country, far from Caspak, far beyond the high cliffs.Page 80
How they did it without awakening me I cannot tell you.Page 81
I must return and lead them in this direction.Page 84
I couldn't be sure, looking down from above as I was; but yet I trembled like a leaf in the intuitive belief that it was Lys, and my judgment served to confirm my wild desire, for whoever it was carried only a pistol, and thus had Lys been armed.