OF THE APES.
"Who the devil is Tarzan?" cried the sailor who had before spoken.
"He evidently speaks English," said the young man.
"But what does 'Tarzan of the Apes' mean?" cried the girl.
"I do not know, Miss Porter," replied the young man, "unless we have
discovered a runaway simian from the London Zoo who has brought back a
European education to his jungle home. What do you make of it,
Professor Porter?" he added, turning to the old man.
Professor Archimedes Q. Porter adjusted his spectacles.
"Ah, yes, indeed; yes indeed--most remarkable, most remarkable!" said
the professor; "but I can add nothing further to what I have already
remarked in elucidation of this truly momentous occurrence," and the
professor turned slowly in the direction of the jungle.
"But, papa," cried the girl, "you haven't said anything about it yet."
"Tut, tut, child; tut, tut," responded Professor Porter, in a kindly
and indulgent tone, "do not trouble your pretty head with such weighty
and abstruse problems," and again he wandered slowly off in still
another direction, his eyes bent upon the ground at his feet, his hands
clasped behind him beneath the flowing tails of his coat.
"I reckon the daffy old bounder don't know no more'n we do about it,"
growled the rat-faced sailor.
"Keep a civil tongue in your head," cried the young man, his face
paling in anger, at the insulting tone of the sailor. "You've murdered
our officers and robbed us. We are absolutely in your power, but
you'll treat Professor Porter and Miss Porter with respect or I'll
break that vile neck of yours with my bare hands--guns or no guns," and
the young fellow stepped so close to the rat-faced sailor that the
latter, though he bore two revolvers and a villainous looking knife in
his belt, slunk back abashed.
"You damned coward," cried the young man. "You'd never dare shoot a
man until his back was turned. You don't dare shoot me even then," and
he deliberately turned his back full upon the sailor and walked
nonchalantly away as if to put him to the test.
The sailor's hand crept slyly to the butt of one of his revolvers; his
wicked eyes glared vengefully at the retreating form of the young
Englishman. The gaze of his fellows was upon him, but still he
hesitated. At heart he was even a greater coward than Mr. William
Cecil Clayton had imagined.
Two keen eyes had watched every move of the party from the foliage of a
nearby tree. Tarzan had seen the surprise caused by
" Behind him the hairy thing whose evil eyes had been watching him as a cat watches a mouse was creeping stealthily toward him.Page 16
In this event the bull would, according to custom, approach quite close to the object of his attention, growling hideously and baring slavering fangs.Page 30
Big fellows they were, all of them, their barbaric headdresses and grotesquely painted faces, together with their many metal ornaments and gorgeously coloured feathers, adding to their wild, fierce appearance.Page 38
Then Tarzan and Sheeta feasted to repletion.Page 55
savages inspired more terror within their superstitious breasts than would the presence of Sheeta, for they saw only the result of a ferocious attack upon one of their fellows.Page 56
"Now that you are about to die the most unthinkably horrid death that it is given a white man to die--let this word of the plight of your wife add to the torments that you must suffer before the last savage spear-thrust releases you from your torture.Page 64
As she was thinking of these things the while she debated the wisdom of uncovering the baby's face, there came a little grunt from the wee bundle in her lap, and then a gurgling coo that set her heart in raptures.Page 77
"It is not mine," she said.Page 79
Her tent was always pitched in the most favourable location.Page 83
She had seen but little of him, as the women had taken her in hand almost as soon as she had entered the village.Page 85
But I suppose I must thank you for relieving me of the inconvenience of having to care for a young infant on the march.Page 89
Beyond these foes a black wilderness of.Page 102
With Rokoff away from the steamer it might be possible that by offering those in charge.Page 124
You haven't got no more show to turn us men against the Englishman than nothing.Page 127
The beasts, liberated from the confinement of the hold, wandered about the deck, not a little to the discomfiture of the crew in whose minds there remained a still vivid picture of the savagery of the beasts in conflict with those who had gone to their deaths beneath the fangs and talons which even now seemed itching for the soft flesh of further prey.Page 128
No, the man decided that he would keep this knowledge to himself.Page 141
Finally the truth flashed upon him, and then, like a frightened deer, he wheeled and dashed back toward camp.Page 143
By dint of Herculean efforts they had managed to get it to the water's edge.Page 144
It was his cry and the subsequent report of the revolver which threw Jane Clayton off her guard.Page 146
It was three days later that the Cowrie fell in with H.