no match for the great thing which confronted him. And
since reason showed him that successful flight was impossible he met
the gorilla squarely and bravely without a tremor of a single muscle,
or any sign of panic.
In fact he met the brute midway in its charge, striking its huge body
with his closed fists and as futilely as he had been a fly attacking an
elephant. But in one hand he still clutched the knife he had found in
the cabin of his father, and as the brute, striking and biting, closed
upon him the boy accidentally turned the point toward the hairy breast.
As the knife sank deep into its body the gorilla shrieked in pain and
But the boy had learned in that brief second a use for his sharp and
shining toy, so that, as the tearing, striking beast dragged him to
earth he plunged the blade repeatedly and to the hilt into its breast.
The gorilla, fighting after the manner of its kind, struck terrific
blows with its open hand, and tore the flesh at the boy's throat and
chest with its mighty tusks.
For a moment they rolled upon the ground in the fierce frenzy of
combat. More and more weakly the torn and bleeding arm struck home
with the long sharp blade, then the little figure stiffened with a
spasmodic jerk, and Tarzan, the young Lord Greystoke, rolled
unconscious upon the dead and decaying vegetation which carpeted his
A mile back in the forest the tribe had heard the fierce challenge of
the gorilla, and, as was his custom when any danger threatened, Kerchak
called his people together, partly for mutual protection against a
common enemy, since this gorilla might be but one of a party of
several, and also to see that all members of the tribe were accounted
It was soon discovered that Tarzan was missing, and Tublat was strongly
opposed to sending assistance. Kerchak himself had no liking for the
strange little waif, so he listened to Tublat, and, finally, with a
shrug of his shoulders, turned back to the pile of leaves on which he
had made his bed.
But Kala was of a different mind; in fact, she had not waited but to
learn that Tarzan was absent ere she was fairly flying through the
matted branches toward the point from which the cries of the gorilla
were still plainly audible.
Darkness had now fallen, and an early moon was sending its faint light
to cast strange, grotesque shadows among the dense foliage of the
Here and there the
"Come on, boy!" I cried, and running to the side of the ship, dived headforemost over the rail.Page 4
I felt something rise in my throat as I looked down upon that radiant vision, and I swore that I should live to avenge her murder.Page 5
I removed her life-belt and my soggy coat and made a pillow for her head.Page 7
Chapter 2 Toward morning, I must have dozed, though it.Page 15
" A second shell passed over us, and then I gave the command to change our direction, at the same time directing Bradley to go below and give the order to submerge.Page 21
We kept steadily to our westward course, and as the U-33 was one of the fastest submersibles we had ever turned out, I knew that we must be pretty close to the North American coast.Page 22
"And," I concluded, "we can't make another five hundred knots without oil; our provisions are running low and so is our water.Page 25
"Quick!" I whispered to the big Irishman,.Page 32
I was kicked out of your shipyard at Santa Monica.Page 35
The beach was composed largely of small stones worn smooth by the action of water.Page 39
This water coming out of the cliff is not salt; but neither is it fit to drink, though each of us has drunk.Page 44
When I glanced up, that little head on the end of its long neck was coming straight down on top of me, and once more I tumbled into greater safety, sprawling upon the floor of the centrale.Page 46
We had a pleasant meal, with only one unfortunate occurrence--when Olson suggested that possibly the creature we were eating was the same one that ate the German.Page 51
Whitely looked at me, and I looked at Whitely, and then we both looked back in the direction of the deer.Page 54
Some of them resembled the corpse we had found upon the narrow beach against Caprona's sea-wall, while others were of a still lower type, more nearly resembling the apes, and yet others were uncannily manlike, standing there erect, being less hairy and possessing better shaped heads.Page 55
Both von Schoenvorts and I noticed that at least two of the higher, manlike types took to the trees quite as nimbly as the apes, while others that more nearly approached man in carriage and appearance sought safety upon the ground with the gorillas.Page 62
He has been gone about three days; but the most startling thing I have on record is that von Schoenvorts and Olson while out hunting the other day discovered oil about fifteen miles north of us beyond the sandstone cliffs.Page 64
Wilson, who was acting as cook, was up and astir at.Page 73
If I could live to return to civilization, I should have meat for the clergy and the layman to chew upon for years--and for the evolutionists, too.Page 83
I have fashioned a spear and a bow and arrow, that I may conserve my ammunition, which is running low.