impressions are distinct."
D'Arnot drew a little black book from his pocket and commenced turning
Tarzan looked at the book in surprise. How did D'Arnot come to have
Presently D'Arnot stopped at a page on which were five tiny little
He handed the open book to the policeman.
"Are these imprints similar to mine or Monsieur Tarzan's or can you say
that they are identical with either?" The officer drew a powerful glass
from his desk and examined all three specimens carefully, making
notations meanwhile upon a pad of paper.
Tarzan realized now what was the meaning of their visit to the police
The answer to his life's riddle lay in these tiny marks.
With tense nerves he sat leaning forward in his chair, but suddenly he
relaxed and dropped back, smiling.
D'Arnot looked at him in surprise.
"You forget that for twenty years the dead body of the child who made
those fingerprints lay in the cabin of his father, and that all my life
I have seen it lying there," said Tarzan bitterly.
The policeman looked up in astonishment.
"Go ahead, captain, with your examination," said D'Arnot, "we will tell
you the story later--provided Monsieur Tarzan is agreeable."
Tarzan nodded his head.
"But you are mad, my dear D'Arnot," he insisted. "Those little fingers
are buried on the west coast of Africa."
"I do not know as to that, Tarzan," replied D'Arnot. "It is possible,
but if you are not the son of John Clayton then how in heaven's name
did you come into that God forsaken jungle where no white man other
than John Clayton had ever set foot?"
"You forget--Kala," said Tarzan.
"I do not even consider her," replied D'Arnot.
The friends had walked to the broad window overlooking the boulevard as
they talked. For some time they stood there gazing out upon the busy
throng beneath, each wrapped in his own thoughts.
"It takes some time to compare finger prints," thought D'Arnot, turning
to look at the police officer.
To his astonishment he saw the official leaning back in his chair
hastily scanning the contents of the little black diary.
D'Arnot coughed. The policeman looked up, and, catching his eye,
raised his finger to admonish silence. D'Arnot turned back to the
window, and presently the police officer spoke.
"Gentlemen," he said.
Both turned toward him.
"There is evidently a great deal at stake which must hinge to a greater
or lesser extent upon the absolute correctness of this comparison. I
therefore ask that you leave the entire matter in my hands until
Monsieur Desquerc, our expert returns. It will
out again.Page 30
"Tarzan of the Apes," replied the newcomer.Page 31
"I can empty that section of trench without a shot.Page 34
Straight he went to the rim of the gulch where he had imprisoned Numa, the lion.Page 48
Nor did she commence to feel any doubts until long after she had again turned toward the east well south, as she thought, of the patrol.Page 81
Half an hour after the warrior had returned her to her prison he rose and entered the hut, where he tried to engage in conversation with her.Page 91
Turning, he saw a score of naked, black warriors advancing rapidly toward him.Page 102
Outwardly it appeared strong and healthy and was in full foliage, nor could Tarzan know that close to the stem a burrowing insect had eaten away half the heart of the solid wood beneath the bark.Page 106
The girl had emerged from the hut, her tears dried and was gazing anxiously toward the south into the jungle where Tarzan had disappeared.Page 117
Lieutenant Smith-Oldwick.Page 124
Usanga grinned.Page 135
How much longer she could cling to the straining strands she could not guess.Page 142
to aid them.Page 160
"To you doubtless it may seem terrible--such a death; but Tarzan of the Apes has always expected to go out in some such way.Page 162
He might easily have eluded them, for he had seen that the face of the cliff rising above the mouth of the cavern might be scaled by as good a climber as himself.Page 186
"I could never do it," he replied.Page 190
For a moment his horrid white-rimmed eyes glared searchingly into her face, immediately following which he burst into maniacal laughter.Page 204
Tarzan, however, had no mind to allow the use of this formidable weapon and so he dove for the other's.Page 240
The act was involuntary and for a moment she scarce realized what she had done, and then she stepped silently back, thankful that the light of the stars was not sufficient to reveal to the eyes of her companions the flush which she felt mantling her cheek.Page 241
For half a day the ape-man had been either carrying or supporting Smith-Oldwick and now, to his chagrin, he saw that the girl was faltering.