the straining beast were scarce an inch from Tarzan's throat when, with
a shuddering tremor, the great body stiffened for an instant and then
sank limply to the ground.
Kerchak was dead.
Withdrawing the knife that had so often rendered him master of far
mightier muscles than his own, Tarzan of the Apes placed his foot upon
the neck of his vanquished enemy, and once again, loud through the
forest rang the fierce, wild cry of the conqueror.
And thus came the young Lord Greystoke into the kingship of the Apes.
There was one of the tribe of Tarzan who questioned his authority, and
that was Terkoz, the son of Tublat, but he so feared the keen knife and
the deadly arrows of his new lord that he confined the manifestation of
his objections to petty disobediences and irritating mannerisms; Tarzan
knew, however, that he but waited his opportunity to wrest the kingship
from him by some sudden stroke of treachery, and so he was ever on his
guard against surprise.
For months the life of the little band went on much as it had before,
except that Tarzan's greater intelligence and his ability as a hunter
were the means of providing for them more bountifully than ever before.
Most of them, therefore, were more than content with the change in
Tarzan led them by night to the fields of the black men, and there,
warned by their chief's superior wisdom, they ate only what they
required, nor ever did they destroy what they could not eat, as is the
way of Manu, the monkey, and of most apes.
So, while the blacks were wroth at the continued pilfering of their
fields, they were not discouraged in their efforts to cultivate the
land, as would have been the case had Tarzan permitted his people to
lay waste the plantation wantonly.
During this period Tarzan paid many nocturnal visits to the village,
where he often renewed his supply of arrows. He soon noticed the food
always standing at the foot of the tree which was his avenue into the
palisade, and after a little, he commenced to eat whatever the blacks
When the awe-struck savages saw that the food disappeared overnight
they were filled with consternation and dread, for it was one thing to
put food out to propitiate a god or a devil, but quite another thing to
have the spirit really come into the village and eat it. Such a thing
was unheard of, and it clouded their superstitious minds with all
manner of vague fears.
Nor was this all. The
The cheeks were flushed to the hue of life and health and vitality, and yet she lay there upon the bosom of the sea, dead.Page 12
"Jump!" I cried.Page 17
It was another two days before we were ready to limp along, half repaired.Page 27
A half-hour later things had quieted down, and all was much the same as before the prisoners had revolted--only we kept a much closer watch on von Schoenvorts.Page 28
I blamed my crude instrument, and kept on.Page 30
Lord! how I did want to smoke; but that was out of the question.Page 36
A little later he sat down upon his haunches, raised his muzzle to the heavens and bayed forth a most dismal howl.Page 39
"We haven't one chance for life in a hundred thousand if we don't find food and water upon Caprona.Page 49
The line was made fast to a small tree, and at the same time I had the stern anchor dropped.Page 52
I tried to recall him, but he would pay no attention to me, and as I couldn't see him sacrificed, I, too, stopped and faced the monster.Page 53
We gathered up what was left of the red deer after skinning and cleaning it, and set out upon our return journey toward the U-boat.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 58
Involuntarily, I laid my hand upon hers where it rested on the rail.Page 60
One of these is a giant Indian maize--a lofty perennial often fifty and sixty feet in height, with ears the size of a man's body and kernels as large as your fist.Page 63
Then we disembarked and went inland about five miles, where we came upon a small lake entirely filled with oil, from the center of which a geyser of oil spouted.Page 66
as the noise approached apparently just above us, and a moment later there followed a terrific explosion which hurled us to the ground.Page 68
Cautiously I approached the flank of the cliffs, where they terminated in an abrupt escarpment as though some all powerful hand had broken off a great section of rock and set it upon the surface of the earth.Page 71
His position above me gave him a great advantage, or at least so he probably thought, for he came with every show of confidence.Page 80
Thinking the thoughts of a lunatic or a dope-fiend, I fell asleep; and when I awoke, my hands and feet were securely tied and my weapons had been taken from me.Page 86
"Watch!" she cried, and ran eagerly toward the base of the cliff.