nor did Kerchak
attempt to molest her. With the death of the babe his fit of
demoniacal rage passed as suddenly as it had seized him.
Kerchak was a huge king ape, weighing perhaps three hundred and fifty
pounds. His forehead was extremely low and receding, his eyes
bloodshot, small and close set to his coarse, flat nose; his ears large
and thin, but smaller than most of his kind.
His awful temper and his mighty strength made him supreme among the
little tribe into which he had been born some twenty years before.
Now that he was in his prime, there was no simian in all the mighty
forest through which he roved that dared contest his right to rule, nor
did the other and larger animals molest him.
Old Tantor, the elephant, alone of all the wild savage life, feared him
not--and he alone did Kerchak fear. When Tantor trumpeted, the great
ape scurried with his fellows high among the trees of the second
The tribe of anthropoids over which Kerchak ruled with an iron hand and
bared fangs, numbered some six or eight families, each family
consisting of an adult male with his females and their young, numbering
in all some sixty or seventy apes.
Kala was the youngest mate of a male called Tublat, meaning broken
nose, and the child she had seen dashed to death was her first; for she
was but nine or ten years old.
Notwithstanding her youth, she was large and powerful--a splendid,
clean-limbed animal, with a round, high forehead, which denoted more
intelligence than most of her kind possessed. So, also, she had a
great capacity for mother love and mother sorrow.
But she was still an ape, a huge, fierce, terrible beast of a species
closely allied to the gorilla, yet more intelligent; which, with the
strength of their cousin, made her kind the most fearsome of those
awe-inspiring progenitors of man.
When the tribe saw that Kerchak's rage had ceased they came slowly down
from their arboreal retreats and pursued again the various occupations
which he had interrupted.
The young played and frolicked about among the trees and bushes. Some
of the adults lay prone upon the soft mat of dead and decaying
vegetation which covered the ground, while others turned over pieces of
fallen branches and clods of earth in search of the small bugs and
reptiles which formed a part of their food.
Others, again, searched the surrounding trees for fruit, nuts, small
birds, and eggs.
They had passed an hour or so thus when Kerchak called them together,
and, with a word
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The fellow was a marvellous swordsman and evidently in practice, while I had not.Page 33
"Save thy sword, O Mighty Warrior, for thou shalt need it.Page 59
The vessel, unguided, had been moving slowly across the valley; but now I thought it time to take the helm and direct her course.Page 63
It is the race of black men.Page 70
" As I looked I commenced to realize why it was that in all the ages only one had escaped from the Valley Dor.Page 72
Never had their learned men been able to fathom the secret of the source of this enormous volume of water.Page 73
"You shall soon see Issus," said Xodar to Phaidor.Page 81
Let me share your imprisonment on Shador.Page 92
If we are not mighty fighters--" He shrugged his shoulders.Page 96
For half an hour it was as though all hell had broken loose.Page 105
"But it amounted to little.Page 115
Never before had I seen such a thing upon Mars, and for the moment I was nonplussed.Page 125
Up this, then, I hastened, searching for the light, and stopping to listen occasionally for a repetition of the sound; but soon I was forced to admit that I must have been following a blind lead, as only darkness and silence rewarded my efforts.Page 129
Cautiously we ascended.Page 134
I hated to go out without having seen my divine Princess, and held her in my arms once again; but if it were not writ upon the book of Fate that such was to be, then would I take the most that was coming to me, and in these last few moments that were to be vouchsafed me before I passed over into that unguessed future I could at least give such an account of myself in my chosen vocation as would leave the Warhoons of the South food for discourse for the next twenty generations.Page 151
"The new captive was a very beautiful girl.Page 174
Wherever thern ship met ship of the First Born was a battle royal, and in this I thought I saw our salvation.Page 175
In fact, four hundred of my fleet of five hundred rested safely upon the bosom of Omean before the first shot was fired.Page 189
Thou only canst save thy people.