a year from the time the little fellow came into her
possession before he would walk alone, and as for climbing--my, but how
stupid he was!
Kala sometimes talked with the older females about her young hopeful,
but none of them could understand how a child could be so slow and
backward in learning to care for itself. Why, it could not even find
food alone, and more than twelve moons had passed since Kala had come
Had they known that the child had seen thirteen moons before it had
come into Kala's possession they would have considered its case as
absolutely hopeless, for the little apes of their own tribe were as far
advanced in two or three moons as was this little stranger after
Tublat, Kala's husband, was sorely vexed, and but for the female's
careful watching would have put the child out of the way.
"He will never be a great ape," he argued. "Always will you have to
carry him and protect him. What good will he be to the tribe? None;
only a burden.
"Let us leave him quietly sleeping among the tall grasses, that you may
bear other and stronger apes to guard us in our old age."
"Never, Broken Nose," replied Kala. "If I must carry him forever, so
And then Tublat went to Kerchak to urge him to use his authority with
Kala, and force her to give up little Tarzan, which was the name they
had given to the tiny Lord Greystoke, and which meant "White-Skin."
But when Kerchak spoke to her about it Kala threatened to run away from
the tribe if they did not leave her in peace with the child; and as
this is one of the inalienable rights of the jungle folk, if they be
dissatisfied among their own people, they bothered her no more, for
Kala was a fine clean-limbed young female, and they did not wish to
As Tarzan grew he made more rapid strides, so that by the time he was
ten years old he was an excellent climber, and on the ground could do
many wonderful things which were beyond the powers of his little
brothers and sisters.
In many ways did he differ from them, and they often marveled at his
superior cunning, but in strength and size he was deficient; for at ten
the great anthropoids were fully grown, some of them towering over six
feet in height, while little Tarzan was still but a half-grown boy.
Yet such a boy!
From early childhood he had used his hands
So quietly had their plans been made that not a friend was at the train to bid them farewell--the scientist felt that he could not bear the strain of attempting explanations at this time.Page 3
While it grieved her immeasurably she was both too proud and too hurt to sue for a reestablishment of the old relations.Page 14
Remember that I am in your father's employ, and that no matter what my personal convictions may be regarding the work he has been doing I may only act with loyalty to his lightest command while I remain upon his payroll.Page 16
Tell me that she does not reciprocate your love.Page 39
If you wish to leave the island at all it will be best for you to accept my proposal and leave while your head yet remains upon your shoulders.Page 49
"Can it be that our men have mutinied?" He thought the six with Bududreen were carrying out their part in a most realistic manner, and a grim smile tinged his hard face.Page 54
At the threshold of the dark interior the frightened things halted fearfully, and then as von Horn urged them on from behind with his cruel whip they milled as cattle at the entrance to a strange corral.Page 57
We want to be out here.Page 59
Twice the girl felt the ship strike upon the reef, then a great wave caught and carried her high into the air, dropping her with a nauseating lunge which seemed to the imprisoned girl to be carrying the ship to the very bottom of the ocean.Page 60
The slit ear lobes supported heavy rings whose weight had stretched the skin until the long loop rested upon the brown shoulders.Page 71
"Von Horn!" exclaimed the professor.Page 78
Would he come in time? Ah, that was the question.Page 79
Then he turned and swam rapidly toward the shore.Page 84
Behind her she saw the prahu turn back up stream, but now her mind was suddenly engaged with a new danger, for the girl realized that the strong current was bearing her down stream more rapidly than she had imagined.Page 89
At the long-house at which Barunda and Ninaka had halted, Muda Saffir learned all that had transpired, his informants being the two Dyaks who had led Bulan and his pack into the jungle.Page 95
Always just far enough behind to be out of sight, he kept pace with the little column as it marched through the torrid heat of the morning, until a little after noon he was startled by the sudden cry of a woman in distress, and the answering shout of a man.Page 111
This belief was strengthened by the haste displayed by both Ninaka and von Horn to escape the neighborhood as quickly as possible, as though they feared that they might be apprehended should they delay even for a moment.Page 116
He scarcely knew how to lie.Page 124
How long have I been like this?" "For two days," she replied.Page 131
" "The imaginings of childish minds," said the professor.