edge of the settlement, so
that if I do not return before daylight I shall have something to wear
through the streets."
"You are not going now," exclaimed the wagerer--"at night?"
"Why not?" asked Tarzan. "Numa walks abroad at night--it will be
easier to find him."
"No," said the other, "I do not want your blood upon my hands. It will
be foolhardy enough if you go forth by day."
"I shall go now," replied Tarzan, and went to his room for his knife
The men accompanied him to the edge of the jungle, where he left his
clothes in a small storehouse.
But when he would have entered the blackness of the undergrowth they
tried to dissuade him; and the wagerer was most insistent of all that
he abandon his foolhardy venture.
"I will accede that you have won," he said, "and the ten thousand
francs are yours if you will but give up this foolish attempt, which
can only end in your death."
Tarzan laughed, and in another moment the jungle had swallowed him.
The men stood silent for some moments and then slowly turned and walked
back to the hotel veranda.
Tarzan had no sooner entered the jungle than he took to the trees, and
it was with a feeling of exultant freedom that he swung once more
through the forest branches.
This was life! Ah, how he loved it! Civilization held nothing like
this in its narrow and circumscribed sphere, hemmed in by restrictions
and conventionalities. Even clothes were a hindrance and a nuisance.
At last he was free. He had not realized what a prisoner he had been.
How easy it would be to circle back to the coast, and then make toward
the south and his own jungle and cabin.
Now he caught the scent of Numa, for he was traveling up wind.
Presently his quick ears detected the familiar sound of padded feet and
the brushing of a huge, fur-clad body through the undergrowth.
Tarzan came quietly above the unsuspecting beast and silently stalked
him until he came into a little patch of moonlight.
Then the quick noose settled and tightened about the tawny throat, and,
as he had done it a hundred times in the past, Tarzan made fast the end
to a strong branch and, while the beast fought and clawed for freedom,
dropped to the ground behind him, and leaping upon the great back,
plunged his long thin blade a dozen times into the fierce heart.
Then with his foot upon the carcass of Numa, he raised his voice in the
There were now but one warrior and two females left, and it seemed that it could be but a matter of seconds ere these, also, lay dead upon the scarlet sward.Page 15
But I had reckoned without a just appreciation either of the cunning of my immediate antagonist or the swiftness with which his fellows were covering the distance which had separated them from me.Page 35
The fact that the prisoners within were securely chained led us to believe that surely there must be an avenue of escape from the terrible creatures which inhabited this unspeakable place.Page 50
I had heard vague rumours, little more than legends they were, during my former life on Mars; but never had I seen them, nor talked with one who had.Page 59
intently for several minutes before she replied.Page 72
To keep it from filling above a certain level we have four great pumping stations that force the oversupply back into the reservoirs far north from which the red men draw the water which irrigates their farm lands.Page 84
Half-way up were a couple of small, heavily barred windows.Page 105
" He seemed satisfied with this reply.Page 109
There we made our plans for the immediate future, binding ourselves by a solemn oath to fight to the death for one another against whatsoever enemies should confront us, for we knew that even should we succeed in escaping the First Born we might still have a whole world against us--the power of religious superstition is mighty.Page 110
For a matter of five minutes I waited and then he came in sight on his slow and snail-like beat about the structure.Page 111
With a spring as swift and as noiseless as a tiger's I lit beside the guardsman who had moved.Page 119
You forget yourself, as you forget that I am the husband of the Princess of Helium.Page 120
men, whose high and chivalrous honour is always ample protection for every woman in his household, yet I had never myself chosen other than men as my body servants.Page 122
As I stood in the shadows at the far corner of the first square which housed members of the horde, I saw warriors emerging from several of the buildings.Page 133
Then we turned our faces once more toward the north and took our flight again at the highest speed of our slowest beast.Page 154
Kantos Kan thought that the docks there, in addition to their regular work, would accommodate at least six battleships at a time.Page 155
After they had left I bid Carthoris good-night, for I was very tired, and going to my own apartments, bathed and lay down upon my sleeping silks and furs for the first good night's sleep I had had an opportunity to look forward to since I had returned to Barsoom.Page 170
" Kantos Kan saluted and turned to deliver my instructions to his waiting aides.Page 172
How I wished that I might face Zat Arras with my longsword for just an instant before I died! It was he who had caused our failure.Page 181
And now the dropping of the steel gate to pen me effectually between fire and flood seemed to indicate that invisible eyes were upon us at every moment.