This announcement broke up further conversation, and the entire party
went out to the waiting automobiles.
Clayton, with Jane, the professor and Esmeralda occupied Clayton's car,
while Tarzan took Mr. Philander in with him.
"Bless me!" exclaimed Mr. Philander, as the car moved off after
Clayton. "Who would ever have thought it possible! The last time I
saw you you were a veritable wild man, skipping about among the
branches of a tropical African forest, and now you are driving me along
a Wisconsin road in a French automobile. Bless me! But it is most
"Yes," assented Tarzan, and then, after a pause, "Mr. Philander, do you
recall any of the details of the finding and burying of three skeletons
found in my cabin beside that African jungle?"
"Very distinctly, sir, very distinctly," replied Mr. Philander.
"Was there anything peculiar about any of those skeletons?"
Mr. Philander eyed Tarzan narrowly.
"Why do you ask?"
"It means a great deal to me to know," replied Tarzan. "Your answer
may clear up a mystery. It can do no worse, at any rate, than to leave
it still a mystery. I have been entertaining a theory concerning those
skeletons for the past two months, and I want you to answer my question
to the best of your knowledge--were the three skeletons you buried all
"No," said Mr. Philander, "the smallest one, the one found in the crib,
was the skeleton of an anthropoid ape."
"Thank you," said Tarzan.
In the car ahead, Jane was thinking fast and furiously. She had felt
the purpose for which Tarzan had asked a few words with her, and she
knew that she must be prepared to give him an answer in the very near
He was not the sort of person one could put off, and somehow that very
thought made her wonder if she did not really fear him.
And could she love where she feared?
She realized the spell that had been upon her in the depths of that
far-off jungle, but there was no spell of enchantment now in prosaic
Nor did the immaculate young Frenchman appeal to the primal woman in
her, as had the stalwart forest god.
Did she love him? She did not know--now.
She glanced at Clayton out of the corner of her eye. Was not here a
man trained in the same school of environment in which she had been
trained--a man with social position and culture such as she had been
taught to consider as the prime essentials to congenial association?
Did not her best judgment
down in the sand and opened it, and in the long twilight read the manuscript, neatly written and tightly folded, which was its contents.Page 2
We were thrown to the decks, bruised and stunned, and then above the ship, carrying with it fragments of steel and wood and dismembered human bodies, rose a column of water hundreds of feet into the air.Page 10
I hastily pushed the girl down the companionway leading to the engine-room, and then I raised my pistol and fired my first shot at a boche.Page 14
I hated Baron Friedrich von Schoenvorts with such utter intensity that the emotion thrilled me with a species of exaltation.Page 20
I reached the door to the crew's room just behind her and in time to see von Schoenvorts lean forward and whisper something to her as she passed; but she must have guessed that she might be watched, for she passed on.Page 21
What puzzled me most was the fact that for six days we had not sighted a single ship.Page 24
After that it had been comparatively simple to stand at the foot of the ladder and arrest each individual as he descended.Page 30
I watched the water rise until the little deck I stood on was awash, and then I clambered once more to the top of the conning-tower.Page 34
" "If you are right, it might account for much of the deviation of the compass during the past two days," I suggested.Page 39
I know that I had this feeling, and I think that most of the others did.Page 45
By the time we had cleared away the blood and refuse in the tower, the cook had juicy steaks and a steaming broth upon the electric stove, and the aroma arising from P.Page 47
The encircling walls, the central lake, the hot springs which feed the lake, all point to such a conclusion, and the fauna and the flora bear indisputable evidence that Caprona was once part of some great land-mass.Page 51
out to hunt for game and explore inland for a short distance.Page 54
This creature and one or two others who appeared to be of a lower order than he, yet higher than that of the apes, carried heavy clubs; the others were armed only with giant muscles and fighting fangs--nature's weapons.Page 64
I may never see her again; she may not know how I love her--she may question, she may doubt; but always true and steady, and warm with the fires of love my heart beats for the girl who said that night: "I love you beyond all conception.Page 70
"We may as well keep on in search of another refuge.Page 71
A long way off I can kill you as well as I can kill you near by.Page 78
The chief's name was To-jo, and his household consisted of seven females and himself.Page 81
In her simple barbaric way she was both refined and chaste.Page 84
How full of meaning that sound was to me you may guess when I tell you that it was the report of a firearm! For a moment my gaze traversed the landscape beneath until it was caught and held by four figures near the base of the cliff--a human figure held at bay by three hyaenodons, those ferocious and blood-thirsty wild dogs of the Eocene.