they reached the center of the village. There D'Arnot was
bound securely to the great post from which no live man had ever been
A number of the women scattered to their several huts to fetch pots and
water, while others built a row of fires on which portions of the feast
were to be boiled while the balance would be slowly dried in strips for
future use, as they expected the other warriors to return with many
prisoners. The festivities were delayed awaiting the return of the
warriors who had remained to engage in the skirmish with the white men,
so that it was quite late when all were in the village, and the dance
of death commenced to circle around the doomed officer.
Half fainting from pain and exhaustion, D'Arnot watched from beneath
half-closed lids what seemed but the vagary of delirium, or some horrid
nightmare from which he must soon awake.
The bestial faces, daubed with color--the huge mouths and flabby
hanging lips--the yellow teeth, sharp filed--the rolling, demon
eyes--the shining naked bodies--the cruel spears. Surely no such
creatures really existed upon earth--he must indeed be dreaming.
The savage, whirling bodies circled nearer. Now a spear sprang forth
and touched his arm. The sharp pain and the feel of hot, trickling
blood assured him of the awful reality of his hopeless position.
Another spear and then another touched him. He closed his eyes and
held his teeth firm set--he would not cry out.
He was a soldier of France, and he would teach these beasts how an
officer and a gentleman died.
Tarzan of the Apes needed no interpreter to translate the story of
those distant shots. With Jane Porter's kisses still warm upon his
lips he was swinging with incredible rapidity through the forest trees
straight toward the village of Mbonga.
He was not interested in the location of the encounter, for he judged
that that would soon be over. Those who were killed he could not aid,
those who escaped would not need his assistance.
It was to those who had neither been killed or escaped that he
hastened. And he knew that he would find them by the great post in the
center of Mbonga village.
Many times had Tarzan seen Mbonga's black raiding parties return from
the northward with prisoners, and always were the same scenes enacted
about that grim stake, beneath the flaring light of many fires.
He knew, too, that they seldom lost much time before consummating the
fiendish purpose of their captures. He doubted that he would arrive
Achmet Zek took the Belgian into his confidence to a great extent, and at last unfolded to him a pet scheme which the Arab had long fostered, but which he never had found an.Page 7
This letter he handed to the head man.Page 13
More than once was Tarzan almost brushed from his hold.Page 17
Twice, at regular intervals, he repeated the call, standing in attentive silence for several minutes after the echoes of the third call had died away.Page 18
The Waziri had reached the outer end of the tunnel, and were winding upward toward the fresh air and the welcome starlight of the kopje's summit, before Tarzan shook off the detaining hand of reverie and started slowly after them.Page 22
One after another he pulled out the blocks until he had opened an aperture large enough to admit his body, then he crawled through into a large, low chamber.Page 28
Jane Clayton saw the raiders lead the horses from the corral, and drive the herds in from the fields.Page 36
He heard the same bestial barkings and growlings issue from the human throat that were coming from the mouth of the brute.Page 45
After that it would be but a short time before he had surrounded the Arab stronghold and punished the motley crew of wrongdoers who inhabited it.Page 53
The ape-man reached its shelter.Page 58
Never before had La passed beyond the crumbling outer walls of Opar; but never before had need been so insistent.Page 67
Now, for the first time, she guessed the meaning of Tarzan's shrill scream--he had summoned Tantor, the elephant, to his rescue! La's brows contracted in a savage scowl.Page 72
They rushed forward and seized Cadj.Page 74
Doggedly he followed the faint spoor, pausing by day only to kill and eat, and at night only to sleep and refresh himself.Page 76
native hut the spoor led through a small hole recently cut in the brush wall and into the dark interior beyond.Page 78
It was one of Achmet Zek's minions, many of whom were scattered in all directions through the forest, searching for the fugitive Belgian.Page 80
A half hour later a naked giant, swinging easily through the lower branches of the trees, paused, and with raised head, and dilating nostrils sniffed the morning air.Page 108
Not for an instant had the raider exposed a square inch of his body, and Werper dared not fire his one remaining shot unless every chance of a successful hit was in his favor.Page 115
The beast lay motionless, his head turned upon his shoulders and his glaring eyes fixed upon the rigid victim, now nearly fifty yards away.Page 147
Growling, the great apes leaped forward toward Tarzan and Werper.