sprang across the opening to the pile of arrows.
Gathering up all he could carry under one arm, he overturned the
seething cauldron with a kick, and disappeared into the foliage above
just as the first of the returning natives entered the gate at the far
end of the village street. Then he turned to watch the proceeding
below, poised like some wild bird ready to take swift wing at the first
sign of danger.
The natives filed up the street, four of them bearing the dead body of
Kulonga. Behind trailed the women, uttering strange cries and weird
lamentation. On they came to the portals of Kulonga's hut, the very
one in which Tarzan had wrought his depredations.
Scarcely had half a dozen entered the building ere they came rushing
out in wild, jabbering confusion. The others hastened to gather about.
There was much excited gesticulating, pointing, and chattering; then
several of the warriors approached and peered within.
Finally an old fellow with many ornaments of metal about his arms and
legs, and a necklace of dried human hands depending upon his chest,
entered the hut.
It was Mbonga, the king, father of Kulonga.
For a few moments all was silent. Then Mbonga emerged, a look of
mingled wrath and superstitious fear writ upon his hideous countenance.
He spoke a few words to the assembled warriors, and in an instant the
men were flying through the little village searching minutely every hut
and corner within the palisades.
Scarcely had the search commenced than the overturned cauldron was
discovered, and with it the theft of the poisoned arrows. Nothing more
they found, and it was a thoroughly awed and frightened group of
savages which huddled around their king a few moments later.
Mbonga could explain nothing of the strange events that had taken
place. The finding of the still warm body of Kulonga--on the very
verge of their fields and within easy earshot of the village--knifed
and stripped at the door of his father's home, was in itself
sufficiently mysterious, but these last awesome discoveries within the
village, within the dead Kulonga's own hut, filled their hearts with
dismay, and conjured in their poor brains only the most frightful of
They stood in little groups, talking in low tones, and ever casting
affrighted glances behind them from their great rolling eyes.
Tarzan of the Apes watched them for a while from his lofty perch in the
great tree. There was much in their demeanor which he could not
understand, for of superstition he was ignorant, and of fear of any
story in a less formal, and I hope, a more entertaining, style; though, being only a naval officer and without claim to the slightest literary ability, I shall most certainly fall far short of the possibilities which are inherent in my subject.Page 3
At twenty I found myself a lieutenant in command of the aero-submarine Coldwater, of the SS-96 class.Page 5
Court-martial and degradation follow swiftly, unless as is often the case, the unfortunate man takes his own life before this unjust and heartless regulation can hold him up to public scorn.Page 10
It was then that Johnson came hurrying to the bridge.Page 14
A part of the United States of North America and all of the Federated States of Canada once belonged to this ancient England.Page 15
Isn't that punishment sufficient for even the most exacting judge?" Even Snider had to admit that it was.Page 18
"We will.Page 19
The smile had died from Delcarte's lips.Page 28
The elephant raised his trunk, and, trumpeting loudly, lumbered off through the wood, crushing down small trees and trampling bushes in his mad flight.Page 38
In this leathern band were stuck feathers, flowers, or the tails of small mammals.Page 39
"Buckingham is a pig," she continued.Page 46
I could not but smile at that when I thought how strange it would seem to my countrymen could they but see me kneeling there on the site of London, kissing the hand of England's queen.Page 52
The stems of the ivy which clambered upward past the window of the room were as large around as my arm.Page 56
I saw that in a moment she would take me under her forepaws, or seize me in those great jaws.Page 78
I saw only an occasional profile as now and then a bolder spirit among them turned to survey the apartment and the gorgeous assemblage of officers in their brilliant dress uniforms.Page 79
But at the same instant Menelek raised his hand in a gesture that halted the officer.Page 81
Presently officers and slaves commenced to traverse the corridor on matters pertaining to their duties, and then came the emperor, scowling and wrathful.Page 84
From one of these windows I surveyed the courtyard.Page 87
We made the journey in a comfortable railway carriage, through a country which, as we traveled farther toward the east, showed increasing evidence of prosperity and wealth.Page 88
I have been through much--I have suffered much, but I have won two great laurel wreaths beyond thirty.