on two occasions they had
seen their little simian neighbors come screaming and chattering from
the near-by ridge, casting frightened glances back over their little
shoulders, and evincing as plainly as though by speech that they were
fleeing some terrible thing which lay concealed there.
Just before dusk Clayton finished his ladder, and, filling a great
basin with water from the near-by stream, the two mounted to the
comparative safety of their aerial chamber.
As it was quite warm, Clayton had left the side curtains thrown back
over the roof, and as they sat, like Turks, upon their blankets, Lady
Alice, straining her eyes into the darkening shadows of the wood,
suddenly reached out and grasped Clayton's arms.
"John," she whispered, "look! What is it, a man?"
As Clayton turned his eyes in the direction she indicated, he saw
silhouetted dimly against the shadows beyond, a great figure standing
upright upon the ridge.
For a moment it stood as though listening and then turned slowly, and
melted into the shadows of the jungle.
"What is it, John?"
"I do not know, Alice," he answered gravely, "it is too dark to see so
far, and it may have been but a shadow cast by the rising moon."
"No, John, if it was not a man it was some huge and grotesque mockery
of man. Oh, I am afraid."
He gathered her in his arms, whispering words of courage and love into
Soon after, he lowered the curtain walls, tying them securely to the
trees so that, except for a little opening toward the beach, they were
As it was now pitch dark within their tiny aerie they lay down upon
their blankets to try to gain, through sleep, a brief respite of
Clayton lay facing the opening at the front, a rifle and a brace of
revolvers at his hand.
Scarcely had they closed their eyes than the terrifying cry of a
panther rang out from the jungle behind them. Closer and closer it
came until they could hear the great beast directly beneath them. For
an hour or more they heard it sniffing and clawing at the trees which
supported their platform, but at last it roamed away across the beach,
where Clayton could see it clearly in the brilliant moonlight--a great,
handsome beast, the largest he had ever seen.
During the long hours of darkness they caught but fitful snatches of
sleep, for the night noises of a great jungle teeming with myriad
animal life kept their overwrought nerves on edge, so that a hundred
times they were startled to wakefulness by piercing
"Why, I never did believe it, even back in the wilds of your African jungle, when you tore the raw meat of your kills with mighty jaws, like some wild beast, and wiped your greasy hands upon your thighs.Page 23
Above, Tarzan saw no one, so he went up instead of down.Page 33
It may be, too, that conscience helped to enlarge it out of all proportion.Page 36
Her maid answered the telephone which was in the countess' boudoir.Page 43
"This is a most uncivilized hour for people to kill each other," remarked the ape-man when he had been routed out of a comfortable bed in the blackness of the early morning hours.Page 92
He was trying to find the right words to explain to Jane Porter the calamity that had befallen him--and her.Page 99
" It was a very frightened young woman and an excited steward who presented themselves before the captain a few moments later.Page 111
Nothing had been disturbed; there were the table, the bed, and the little crib built by his father--the shelves and cupboards just as they had stood for over twenty-three years--just as he had left them nearly two years before.Page 134
Following the shot there was a moment's silence in the camp, and then Manyuema and Arab came pouring from the huts like a swarm of angry hornets; but if the truth were known they were even more frightened than they were angry.Page 136
The Manyuema hesitated, then one of them flung his torch into the campfire.Page 141
of a single life.Page 172
For three days his ancient thews and sinews had proved insufficient for the task of providing his cavernous belly with meat.Page 174
Through the stone grating above, a tropic moon served dimly to illuminate the interior.Page 176
To his surprise, he felt nothing behind the masonry he had removed as far as his long arm could reach.Page 182
Without a sound he rolled over at the very feet of his intended victims--dead.Page 183
All that I wish is that we may both understand once and for all that I can never marry you--that such a marriage would be wicked.Page 190
Until dark the Englishman searched the nearby jungle for a trace of the missing one or a sign of the trail of her abductor.Page 191
"But first let me remind you that you maligned me before the girl--that you kept her to yourself, and would not share her with me--" Clayton interrupted him.Page 201
"If this be death," she murmured, "thank God that I am dead.Page 211