lightning the blows fell, and only ceased when Tarzan felt the limp
form crumple beneath him.
As the body rolled to the ground Tarzan of the Apes placed his foot
upon the neck of his lifelong enemy and, raising his eyes to the full
moon, threw back his fierce young head and voiced the wild and terrible
cry of his people.
One by one the tribe swung down from their arboreal retreats and formed
a circle about Tarzan and his vanquished foe. When they had all come
Tarzan turned toward them.
"I am Tarzan," he cried. "I am a great killer. Let all respect Tarzan
of the Apes and Kala, his mother. There be none among you as mighty as
Tarzan. Let his enemies beware."
Looking full into the wicked, red eyes of Kerchak, the young Lord
Greystoke beat upon his mighty breast and screamed out once more his
shrill cry of defiance.
The Tree-top Hunter
The morning after the Dum-Dum the tribe started slowly back through the
forest toward the coast.
The body of Tublat lay where it had fallen, for the people of Kerchak
do not eat their own dead.
The march was but a leisurely search for food. Cabbage palm and gray
plum, pisang and scitamine they found in abundance, with wild
pineapple, and occasionally small mammals, birds, eggs, reptiles, and
insects. The nuts they cracked between their powerful jaws, or, if too
hard, broke by pounding between stones.
Once old Sabor, crossing their path, sent them scurrying to the safety
of the higher branches, for if she respected their number and their
sharp fangs, they on their part held her cruel and mighty ferocity in
Upon a low-hanging branch sat Tarzan directly above the majestic,
supple body as it forged silently through the thick jungle. He hurled
a pineapple at the ancient enemy of his people. The great beast
stopped and, turning, eyed the taunting figure above her.
With an angry lash of her tail she bared her yellow fangs, curling her
great lips in a hideous snarl that wrinkled her bristling snout in
serried ridges and closed her wicked eyes to two narrow slits of rage
With back-laid ears she looked straight into the eyes of Tarzan of the
Apes and sounded her fierce, shrill challenge. And from the safety of
his overhanging limb the ape-child sent back the fearsome answer of his
For a moment the two eyed each other in silence, and then the great cat
turned into the jungle, which swallowed her as the ocean engulfs
The fastest flier of the Heliumetic Navy could not quickly enough have carried me far from this hideous creature.Page 8
A strange purring sound issued from the mouth in the palm of one of his hands, and at the same time he started rapidly toward the bluff, followed by the entire herd.Page 15
But as we strained and struggled about the tree into which Tars Tarkas was clambering with infinite difficulty, I suddenly caught a glimpse over the shoulder of my antagonist of the great swarm of pursuers that.Page 21
Knowing that attack from the tree was now improbable, we determined to explore the cave, which we had every reason to believe was but a continuation of the path we had already traversed, leading the gods alone knew where, but quite evidently away from this valley of grim ferocity.Page 25
I have answered you, my friend.Page 34
Sharp talons and cruel fangs had torn leg, arm, and breast literally to ribbons.Page 35
We felt that once beyond it we might look with some little hope of success for a passage to the outside world.Page 59
It was as though she were attempting to read my inmost soul, to judge my character and my standards of chivalry in that long-drawn, searching gaze.Page 68
Should they ever guess that you entertained such frightful thoughts, should we chance to regain the temples of the therns, they would mete out a frightful death to you.Page 72
Phaidor and I were dumbfounded.Page 82
The women spat upon him.Page 84
I entered one of these rooms, but found it vacant.Page 86
Once out of her clutches and she cannot harm you.Page 107
It was dug ages ago by the slaves of the First Born in such utter secrecy that no thern ever guessed its existence.Page 126
Even then I had no doubt but that the others would hurl themselves upon my.Page 140
"Seize him!" cried Zat Arras, and a dozen officers sprang forward to assist him.Page 141
" I knew that sooner or later the time must come when our friends and enemies would be forced to declare themselves openly.Page 147
" The soldiery from Zodanga were the only organized body of Heliumetic troops within the temple, so Zat Arras was confident that his orders would be obeyed, but I do not think that he looked for the opposition that was raised the moment the soldiers advanced toward the throne.Page 172
A great cheer arose from the men of our own ship, a cheer that was taken up by every other vessel of our expedition as they in turn broke my colours from their upper works.Page 178
Once within its hated walls I was positive that I could overcome the guards of Issus and bear away my Princess, for at my back I would have a force ample for the occasion.