a high tree into the village street during the still watches of the
These various escapades again so terrorized the blacks that, had it not
been for the monthly respite between Tarzan's visits, in which they had
opportunity to renew hope that each fresh incursion would prove the
last, they soon would have abandoned their new village.
The blacks had not as yet come upon Tarzan's cabin on the distant
beach, but the ape-man lived in constant dread that, while he was away
with the tribe, they would discover and despoil his treasure. So it
came that he spent more and more time in the vicinity of his father's
last home, and less and less with the tribe. Presently the members of
his little community began to suffer on account of his neglect, for
disputes and quarrels constantly arose which only the king might settle
At last some of the older apes spoke to Tarzan on the subject, and for
a month thereafter he remained constantly with the tribe.
The duties of kingship among the anthropoids are not many or arduous.
In the afternoon comes Thaka, possibly, to complain that old Mungo has
stolen his new wife. Then must Tarzan summon all before him, and if he
finds that the wife prefers her new lord he commands that matters
remain as they are, or possibly that Mungo give Thaka one of his
daughters in exchange.
Whatever his decision, the apes accept it as final, and return to their
Then comes Tana, shrieking and holding tight her side from which blood
is streaming. Gunto, her husband, has cruelly bitten her! And Gunto,
summoned, says that Tana is lazy and will not bring him nuts and
beetles, or scratch his back for him.
So Tarzan scolds them both and threatens Gunto with a taste of the
death-bearing slivers if he abuses Tana further, and Tana, for her
part, is compelled to promise better attention to her wifely duties.
And so it goes, little family differences for the most part, which, if
left unsettled would result finally in greater factional strife, and
the eventual dismemberment of the tribe.
But Tarzan tired of it, as he found that kingship meant the curtailment
of his liberty. He longed for the little cabin and the sun-kissed
sea--for the cool interior of the well-built house, and for the
never-ending wonders of the many books.
As he had grown older, he found that he had grown away from his people.
Their interests and his were far removed. They had not kept pace with
him, nor could
My party consisted of a dozen children.Page 5
It was now but 140 degrees, although we had penetrated to a depth of nearly four miles.Page 7
" But I must admit that for some unaccountable reason the stationary temperature did renew my waning hope.Page 15
At sight of me several of the savage creatures left off worrying.Page 16
Never have I experienced such a journey before or since--even now I oftentimes awake from a deep sleep haunted by the horrid remembrance.Page 19
The earth was once a nebulous mass.Page 20
Here they got down to work, and we were soon convinced that if we were not to die to make a Roman holiday, we were to die for some other purpose.Page 23
Beneath this they wore only a loin cloth of the same material, while their feet were shod with thick hide of some mammoth creature of this inner world.Page 26
The Sagoths were their weapons of offense and defense, and the races like herself were their hands and feet--they were the slaves and servants who did all the manual labor.Page 29
Finally they fell upon us, beating us with their spear shafts, and hatchets.Page 42
We have been carried back a million years, David, to the childhood of a planet--is it not wondrous?" But I saw only the raven hair of a half-naked girl, and my heart stood still in dumb misery at the sight of her, nor had I any eyes for the wonders of natural history.Page 67
I discovered your own footprints in the sand beside it.Page 71
Why should I not desire to be in Phutra? Am I not well fed and well treated? Am I not happy? What better lot could man desire?" The Sagoths scratched their heads.Page 80
Its escape meant the utter ruin of our plan, and in all probability my instant death.Page 82
At the bottom of the corridor which leads aloft from the lower chambers I whistled in accordance with the prearranged signal which was to announce to Perry and Ghak that I had been successful.Page 84
it made the dead head appear to turn inquiring eyes upon the gorilla-man.Page 91
turning of the canyons and gullies, for I did not come to the land of Sari then, nor for a long time thereafter.Page 92
All the animals stopped feeding as I approached, and after moving to what they considered a safe distance stood contemplating me with serious eyes and up-cocked ears.Page 110
In one of the skirmishes with slave caravans some of our Sarians took a number of Sagoth prisoners, and among them were two who had been members of the guards within the building where we had been confined at Phutra.Page 113
All I know is that it was Hooja who brought Dian to the prospector, still wrapped from head to toe in the skin of an enormous cave lion which covered her since the Mahar prisoners had been brought into camp.