upon the roof,
peer down the black depths of the chimney in vain endeavor to solve the
unknown wonders that lay within those strong walls.
His child-like imagination pictured wonderful creatures within, and the
very impossibility of forcing entrance added a thousandfold to his
desire to do so.
He could clamber about the roof and windows for hours attempting to
discover means of ingress, but to the door he paid little attention,
for this was apparently as solid as the walls.
It was in the next visit to the vicinity, following the adventure with
old Sabor, that, as he approached the cabin, Tarzan noticed that from a
distance the door appeared to be an independent part of the wall in
which it was set, and for the first time it occurred to him that this
might prove the means of entrance which had so long eluded him.
He was alone, as was often the case when he visited the cabin, for the
apes had no love for it; the story of the thunder-stick having lost
nothing in the telling during these ten years had quite surrounded the
white man's deserted abode with an atmosphere of weirdness and terror
for the simians.
The story of his own connection with the cabin had never been told him.
The language of the apes had so few words that they could talk but
little of what they had seen in the cabin, having no words to
accurately describe either the strange people or their belongings, and
so, long before Tarzan was old enough to understand, the subject had
been forgotten by the tribe.
Only in a dim, vague way had Kala explained to him that his father had
been a strange white ape, but he did not know that Kala was not his own
On this day, then, he went directly to the door and spent hours
examining it and fussing with the hinges, the knob and the latch.
Finally he stumbled upon the right combination, and the door swung
creakingly open before his astonished eyes.
For some minutes he did not dare venture within, but finally, as his
eyes became accustomed to the dim light of the interior he slowly and
In the middle of the floor lay a skeleton, every vestige of flesh gone
from the bones to which still clung the mildewed and moldered remnants
of what had once been clothing. Upon the bed lay a similar gruesome
thing, but smaller, while in a tiny cradle near-by was a third, a wee
mite of a skeleton.
To none of these evidences of a fearful tragedy of a
The girl turned her eyes toward his.Page 6
" "Provided," suggested Thuvan Dihn, "you do not chance to collide with some other night wanderer in the meanwhile.Page 24
He had other concern than the meting of even well-deserved punishment to strange men who masqueraded in the metal of his own house, for he had seen that these men were tricked out in the insignia that marked his personal followers.Page 25
There was a sharp explosion.Page 26
Cautiously the youth crept out upon the trail of the man-eater.Page 28
So quickly was the thing.Page 29
The harness was still upon the body of the huge Martian mount, and Carthoris could not doubt but that this was the very animal upon which the green warrior had borne away Thuvia of Ptarth.Page 33
From it issued as strange a sight as Carthoris ever had witnessed, though at the moment he had time to cast but a single fleeting glance at the tall bowmen emerging through the portal behind their long, oval shields; to note their flowing auburn hair; and to realize that the growling things at their side were fierce Barsoomian lions.Page 36
The men of Helium were noted for their gallantry--not for boorishness.Page 43
He leaped toward them.Page 46
And they die--killed by the power of suggestion.Page 48
All life emanates from Komal, since the substance which feeds the brain with imaginings radiates from the body of Komal.Page 53
Involuntarily she gave a single cry for help, though she knew that not even Carthoris of Helium could save her now.Page 55
They had almost reached the threshold when a figure sprang into the apartment through another entrance.Page 57
For what seemed hours no sound broke the silence of their living tomb.Page 62
With hoarse battle cries they charged the bowmen of Tario.Page 73
moving through the deserted city as though no great white apes lurked in the black shadows of the mystery-haunted piles that flanked the broad avenues and the great plaza.Page 74
Again came silence.Page 78
From his father he had learned much concerning the traits of these mighty beasts, and from Tars Tarkas, also, when he had visited that great green jeddak among his horde at Thark.Page 84
And so at last they came to Dusar, where Astok hid his prisoner in a secret room high in the east tower of his own palace.