showed wildly waving branches, whipping streamers and bending trunks.
Now and again some ancient patriarch of the woods, rent by a flashing
bolt, would crash in a thousand pieces among the surrounding trees,
carrying down numberless branches and many smaller neighbors to add to
the tangled confusion of the tropical jungle.
Branches, great and small, torn away by the ferocity of the tornado,
hurtled through the wildly waving verdure, carrying death and
destruction to countless unhappy denizens of the thickly peopled world
For hours the fury of the storm continued without surcease, and still
the tribe huddled close in shivering fear. In constant danger from
falling trunks and branches and paralyzed by the vivid flashing of
lightning and the bellowing of thunder they crouched in pitiful misery
until the storm passed.
The end was as sudden as the beginning. The wind ceased, the sun shone
forth--nature smiled once more.
The dripping leaves and branches, and the moist petals of gorgeous
flowers glistened in the splendor of the returning day. And, so--as
Nature forgot, her children forgot also. Busy life went on as it had
been before the darkness and the fright.
But to Tarzan a dawning light had come to explain the mystery of
CLOTHES. How snug he would have been beneath the heavy coat of Sabor!
And so was added a further incentive to the adventure.
For several months the tribe hovered near the beach where stood
Tarzan's cabin, and his studies took up the greater portion of his
time, but always when journeying through the forest he kept his rope in
readiness, and many were the smaller animals that fell into the snare
of the quick thrown noose.
Once it fell about the short neck of Horta, the boar, and his mad lunge
for freedom toppled Tarzan from the overhanging limb where he had lain
in wait and from whence he had launched his sinuous coil.
The mighty tusker turned at the sound of his falling body, and, seeing
only the easy prey of a young ape, he lowered his head and charged
madly at the surprised youth.
Tarzan, happily, was uninjured by the fall, alighting catlike upon all
fours far outspread to take up the shock. He was on his feet in an
instant and, leaping with the agility of the monkey he was, he gained
the safety of a low limb as Horta, the boar, rushed futilely beneath.
Thus it was that Tarzan learned by experience the limitations as well
as the possibilities of his strange weapon.
He lost a long rope on this occasion, but he knew that
I have never seen Captain John Carter, of Virginia, since.Page 6
As he approached quite close to me I obtained an excellent view of him, and though I was later to become better acquainted with his kind, I may say that that single cursory examination of this awful travesty on Nature would have proved quite sufficient to my desires had I been a free agent.Page 13
The sun was not quite upon them and they loomed a dull yellow in their own shade.Page 20
I did not venture out upon the limb for fear that I might be discovered and our retreat in this direction cut off; but instead hurried to retrace my steps to Tars Tarkas.Page 36
"I am of another world.Page 51
From time immemorial the black pirates of Barsoom have preyed upon the Holy Therns.Page 62
Many forms of life came and went upon the Tree of Life, but still all were attached to the parent plant by stems of varying lengths.Page 68
She looked at me in pitying commiseration for my ignorance.Page 71
For if it were true then for countless ages have my people gone to torture and ignominious death at the hands of their cruel enemies, instead of to the beautiful Life Eternal that we have been taught to believe Issus holds for us.Page 76
Scarcely had the door of the car closed behind us than we were slowing up to stop at the landing above, so rapid was our ascent of the long shaft.Page 97
I could see messengers running swiftly through the audience, and as they passed the nobles there unsheathed their swords and sprang into the arena.Page 110
I glanced toward Xodar and the youth and saw that they had slipped over the edge of the dock into the water.Page 128
It consisted of Tars Tarkas and his three guards.Page 151
There were about twenty large battleships in all, besides a number of small swift cruisers.Page 152
"I lay all night where I had fallen and the next morning brought an explanation of the fortunate coincidence that had saved me from a terrible death.Page 158
Utter darkness prevailed.Page 164
He had brought a long-sword and a dagger for me, and thus armed we set out upon the return journey to my palace.Page 184
Closer and closer I came to it, but I had crossed but little more than half the chamber when the figure stirred, and, as I sprang, rose and faced me.Page 185
"Where is Issus?" I asked suddenly.Page 187
It had not been there before.