Tarzan of the Apes

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the past few minutes.

"Before we go further, sir, I should like an explanation of the events
which have just transpired. By what right, sir, did you interfere
between my daughter and Mr. Canler? I had promised him her hand, sir,
and regardless of our personal likes or dislikes, sir, that promise
must be kept."

"I interfered, Professor Porter," replied Tarzan, "because your
daughter does not love Mr. Canler--she does not wish to marry him.
That is enough for me to know."

"You do not know what you have done," said Professor Porter. "Now he
will doubtless refuse to marry her."

"He most certainly will," said Tarzan, emphatically.

"And further," added Tarzan, "you need not fear that your pride will
suffer, Professor Porter, for you will be able to pay the Canler person
what you owe him the moment you reach home."

"Tut, tut, sir!" exclaimed Professor Porter. "What do you mean, sir?"

"Your treasure has been found," said Tarzan.

"What--what is that you are saying?" cried the professor. "You are
mad, man. It cannot be."

"It is, though. It was I who stole it, not knowing either its value or
to whom it belonged. I saw the sailors bury it, and, ape-like, I had
to dig it up and bury it again elsewhere. When D'Arnot told me what it
was and what it meant to you I returned to the jungle and recovered it.
It had caused so much crime and suffering and sorrow that D'Arnot
thought it best not to attempt to bring the treasure itself on here, as
had been my intention, so I have brought a letter of credit instead.

"Here it is, Professor Porter," and Tarzan drew an envelope from his
pocket and handed it to the astonished professor, "two hundred and
forty-one thousand dollars. The treasure was most carefully appraised
by experts, but lest there should be any question in your mind, D'Arnot
himself bought it and is holding it for you, should you prefer the
treasure to the credit."

"To the already great burden of the obligations we owe you, sir," said
Professor Porter, with trembling voice, "is now added this greatest of
all services. You have given me the means to save my honor."

Clayton, who had left the room a moment after Canler, now returned.

"Pardon me," he said. "I think we had better try to reach town before
dark and take the first train out of this forest. A native just rode
by from the north, who reports that the fire is moving slowly in

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