Tarzan the Terrible

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Tarzan the Terrible


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs





CHAPTER

I The Pithecanthropus
...

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...great toes
protruded at right angles from the foot.

Pausing momentarily in the full light of the...

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...cover of the jungle and,
seeing his quarry apparently helpless before him, raised his tail
stiffly erect...

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...monsters, but as there were
hippopotami, rhinoceri, and elephants in great numbers in and about the
marsh...

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...here that she must
be sought. But this unknown, untraversed wild was of vast extent; grim,
forbidding...

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...across the grassy carpet in the vicinity of
his tree brought him to alert and ready...

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...the hideous scream burst from the ape-man's lips the man-thing
stepped quickly back as in sudden...

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...little monkey to the lower branches of the tree, made his
way quickly to the flesh,...

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...in the dense shadows beneath
the tree, from whence there now arose the sound of giant...

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...only deliciously pure and fresh but of an icy temperature that
indicated its rapid descent from...

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...unrelated to any with which he
was familiar.

So occupied were they with their breakfast and the...

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...his opportunity and as they rolled about he forced the creature
closer and closer to the...

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...that it might
turn upon its attacker, the man clinging desperately to his hold.

Seemingly the attack...

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...the
cessation of hostilities between Tarzan and the black. They then
advanced toward the ape-man addressing...

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...desire quickly to master their tongue strengthened, with
the result that he fell to with even...

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...superior to the other--one could see it in his quiet
smile.

"Where is A-lur?" Tarzan asked again....

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...the gods--that
would have meant death; but if I did not appear before Ko-tan I would
not...

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...mountain sheep,
monkeys, or birds than to man; but the three that followed it were
trained to...

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...Jad-ben-Otho," murmured Tarzan in the tongue of the
pithecanthropi; "The Valley of the Great God--it is...

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...Who
could agree with the preposterous----"

"Stop!" cried Tarzan. "Now, indeed, have I stirred up a hornets'...

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...a
hairy figure emerged--the head and shoulders first--and fierce eyes
scanned the cliff side in every direction.

It...

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...bottom of the gorge.

Now he paused before an entrance-way and listened and then, noiselessly
as the...

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...As she gathered up her
breastplates Es-sat rounded the table and moved quickly toward her.

"What do...

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...that there was none about to see, or hinder
her, she took quickly to the pegs...

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...at a loss to know what to do or where to go. She
felt very small...

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...to have speech with my own blood.
It will not take long. Wait here--I shall return...

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...he halted and turned to give battle to
Ta-den. Unslinging his club which had hung down...

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...him to do. Tarzan raised the
body of the dead Waz-don above his head, held it...

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...he cried, "it is
gund-bar between Es-sat and Om-at." Then he looked back at Ta-den and
Tarzan....

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...impending death there came, as
there comes to every coward and bully under similar circumstances, a
crumbling...

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...with a
Ho-don and that terrible man at his side--that terrible man who has no
tail? Hand...

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...Tarzan and the Ho-don. "And you, my friends," he said,
"are free to go among my...

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...eyes was that marvelously trained sense of scent that had
first been developed in him during...

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...Om-at, she was pursued by a lion."

"You can read that in the grass?" asked O-dan...

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...rage and
pain as he redoubled his efforts to dislodge and punish his tormentor;
but always the...

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...they waited thus and then the others, too, heard the
sound of running feet and now...

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...had not yet emerged from the brush; and now
as Om-at and his companions fell upon...

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...a little child, and with his left fist backed by the
weight and sinew of his...

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...Kor-ul-lul she
expected to be dashed to instant death upon the rocks below; but she
had chosen...

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...perhaps fifty of them. She waited breathless; but
they did not swerve from the trail and...

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...man.

For but a moment she debated and then turning her face toward the
southeast she set...

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...there were, eyes she did not see, but that saw her and
watched her every move--fierce...

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...nothing now other
than mere dust. She had however saved a little pile of twigs from...

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...the sound of bellowing, and it
was answered from above the village.

Tarzan of the Apes opened...

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...that secured his wrists. They seemed none too
stout and they had tied his hands in...

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...nearer caves and there
floated to his nostrils the odor of cooking food. He looked down...

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...summit. He had
started in search of her for Om-at, his friend, and for Om-at he...

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...its form more clearly, with the result that he
became convinced that it more nearly resembled...

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...to the moonlit recess without and at the same instant she saw
the figure of what...

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...latter was screaming and growling so loudly as to drown the sound
of her voice. And...

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...part. The battle seemed to be going against him for the
giant beast against which he...

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...herself to believe--and if not dead how long it would
be before he regained consciousness. If...

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...a lion pursued me and that I leaped from the cliff and not
know that it...

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...down upon him, hissing shrilly.

Tarzan arose and stretched, expanded his great chest and drank in...

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...nocturnal forms that had loomed dim and bulky on several
occasions since his introduction to Pal-ul-don.

And...

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...they know
the ways of the GRYF--they know the weak eyes and the keen ears, and
that...

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...would have to climb high in an incredibly short
time as, unless appearances were deceiving, the...

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...I was wrong. This living thing is not an
exact counterpart of the restoration that I...

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...girl shook her head. "Never," she said, "and then there are the
Tor-o-don. They will come...

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...of man--something akin to the Java man, perhaps; a
truer example of the pithecanthropi than either...

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...leaping to his feet upon the horny back.
Tarzan saw the bestial face, the great fangs,...

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...that she would
take advantage of the opportunity afforded her for escape, yet at the
same time...

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...road to liberty. Finally, just before dawn, he
relinquished his immediate effort and sought rest in...

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...of
his antagonists that his experience of them had adduced--against all
the age-old folklore and legend that...

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...the escarpment she
obtained water to satisfy her thirst.

All day she waited, hearing in the distance,...

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...nor savage beast.

She came without misadventure to the Kor-ul-lul and after descending
its rocky southern wall...

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...no
means unusual. During her lifetime the tribe to which she belonged had
been sufficiently fortunate, or...

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...whatever form of defense he chose must be made quickly. There
seemed but a single alternative...

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...directly in the tracks of its maker.

As Tarzan advanced upon the gryfs he imitated as...

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...grim and terrible
creature that the races of Pal-ul-don held in such awe?

A little mountain stream...

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...to the fact that its huge belly
was crying out for food. The ape-man wondered if...

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...from the giant eland to the
smaller bushbuck of the hunting grounds of his youth.

Cutting off...

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...been his appreciation of the beauties of nature. The apes
cared more for a grubworm in...

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...of A-lur. The
first person to detect his spuriousness was a little child playing in
the arched...

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...women, all of whom showed
great curiosity in the stranger, but there was no attempt to...

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...sacred person of the
messenger of Jad-ben-Otho? Only as a special mark of favor from
Jad-ben-Otho may...

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...long corridors, up at least
three flights of stone stairs and finally out upon a ledge...

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...the chief's tone? Otho
forbid! Dak-lot cast a side glance at Tarzan--a glance that he intended
should...

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...said Tarzan, breaking his
long silence, "who fears and honors the god of his people. It...

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...strike down one who wrongfully claimed kinship with him."

This line of argument being unanswerable must...

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...by inviting
him to a place at his side. Come, Ko-tan; thus would I honor you...

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...Each had an altar
in the west end and another in the east and were oval...

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...the
heart of the high priest to tear the veil from his imposture.

At the entrance to...

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...a cruel superstition, "for I can tell you in the
name of Jad-ben-Otho that you are...

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...the others as though it had been cut from
a little pinnacle of limestone which had...

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...of the liquor
with the result that the grunting gave place to snores, so presently
Tarzan and...

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...sign of any of the
inmates of the palace other than slaves, or at least he...

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...breastplate with one hand. Her profile was presented to the
ape-man and he saw that by...

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..."Bu-lat is a guest in the palace of Ko-tan,
my father. I do not know that...

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...he is the god of the
Waz-don as well as of the Ho-don; of the birds...

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...cannot tell you what I do not know," she replied. "Always is the
palace of Ko-tan...

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...how
jealously were the sacred precincts of the place guarded.

In silence Ko-tan led the way back...

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...ape-man to whom they represented a natural expression
of man's love of the beautiful to even...

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...in the front rank of those who
faced him, each seeming suddenly to acquire a new...

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...be dragged nowhere," cried Tarzan. "But
when this trial is over it is possible that the...

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...day as the ghost of the
adult returns with it to Jad-ben-Otho at night.

"Even the little...

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...touch of the hideous to the scene, the
priest stepped forward dragging the reluctant Pan-at-lee by...

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...in the attitude of one who bares his breast to
the dagger of an executioner. The...

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...of the enclosure. There was
just room between the two for the high priest to...

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...to
pursue the fugitive but these awaited now stolidly the command of their
king or high priest....

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...detour along
the side of the gorge, and again it wound in and out among rocky
outcroppings,...

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...his new discovery. He would take the
stranger to Om-at and possibly together the two would...

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...also in the mien and bearing of the
splendid creature who stood looking at him while...

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...where
they stood, pronouncing Tarzan's name and imitating a walking man with
the first and second fingers...

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...the ridge they went and down into the Kor-ul-lul and there
almost immediately they came upon...

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...fighters surged to and fro through the forest until those who
survived were spent with exhaustion....

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...days before but that he had slain
the warrior left to guard him and escaped, carrying...

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...my surprise that it was none other than that
terrible man who had so recently been...

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...might hide, and water and
fruits. A cunning jungle creature, if he could reach the spot
unsuspected,...

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...his right was a small chamber from which the priest
had evidently just emerged and into...

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...day he could lie up in the shrubbery of the Forbidden
Garden, reasonably free from detection....

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...discovered that both were priests.

"O-lo-a, Princess of Pal-ul-don," said one, addressing her, "the
stranger who told...

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...and then attempted to deceive me. The slaves of O-lo-a do not
such things with impunity....

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...may be mistaken--perhaps he is a god," said O-lo-a,
influenced by her slave's enthusiastic championing of...

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...to his lips.

Pan-at-lee came now excitedly forward. "O Jad-ben-Otho, it is he!"

"And now that you...

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...while the
ape-man again resumed his hiding.

At dusk Pan-at-lee came with food and having her alone...

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...great assurance
through the shadows of the temple yard.

Taking advantage of the denser shadows close to...

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...a considerable handicap
and so he laid it aside upon the ground at the foot of...

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...room. And he had heard her dear voice
combatting the base demands of the vile priest....

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...approach the
GRYF under normal conditions in its natural state, and the GRYF itself
was one that...

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...better have
remained in the larger chamber and risked all on the chance of subduing
the GRYF...

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...out entirely leaving only cold, charred
embers that Jane Clayton knew would never again be rekindled....

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...its
opposite side in darkness, since the only cresset the room contained
was upon their side of...

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...one prison to another might offer some
possibility of escape. She weighed all these things and...

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...therefore it is
not strange that Ko-tan should suspect that only the gods are thus. His
queen...

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...a
doorway upon one side of which two priests stood guard and upon the
other two warriors....

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...were
evidently intended to represent Waz-don slaves and were not without
bold artistic beauty. The ceiling itself...

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...would prevent Mo-sar from insisting upon his
claims to the throne, for, next to Ja-don, Mo-sar...

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...protect their ruler!"

Mo-sar commanded a goodly following and these quickly surrounded him
and Bu-lot, but there...

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...the safety of the
princess. And then, too, was not Mo-sar a powerful chief to whose
orders...

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...gone with the stranger woman
struggling and fighting in his grasp.

And then Bu-lot sought to seize...

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...was the baffled Lu-don as he realized how neatly the
stranger she had turned his own...

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...to various parts of the
palace. With Mo-sar as the cat's paw, the plan seemed scarce...

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...the lesser priest moved across the
chamber toward the doorway. Pan-sat went his way in ignorance...

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...in
the walls at considerable distances apart. A quick survey showed the
ape-man numerous openings upon each...

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...The steps in each unit seldom numbered more
than six and sometimes there was only one...

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...to
regain entrance to the palace grounds that he might search out whatever
new prison they had...

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...the Kor-ul-JA.

At the moment that Tarzan lifted the hangings, the warrior threw O-lo-a
viciously to the...

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...He must use his wits now and quickly
too, for they were closing upon him. He...

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...has done me a great wrong. Tell
Ja-don that Jad-ben-Otho is upon his side, nor...

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...its devotees today.

Into the stern of one of these canoes the warriors tossed their captive
at...

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...further into
the interior and now there was an element of revenge in their motives,
since it...

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...and
hatred that the pig-headed Hun had been assiduously fabricating beneath
his own person.

And at last it...

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...have told you," she replied. "They will come
tonight and kill you while you sleep. Find...

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...jungle beyond the village
the two Europeans followed along the same trail, nor was there any
attempt...

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...into the valley to empty them into the main
river just below The Great Lake on...

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...part. And then there came to her, possibly for the
first time since the giant...

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...through the forest searching for
food which she found in abundance. She ate and rested, for...

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...shaft of a spear--a hunting spear such as her beloved Waziri
had liked best. How...

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...Jad-ben-lul where the party had embarked upon
the quiet waters in their sturdy canoes.

He found many...

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...had delayed Bu-lot,
whose failure to reach the canoes with the balance of the party at...

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...are two paddles
in a light canoe. Easily can you reach Tu-lur ahead of him and...

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...he
said.

"The Dor-ul-Otho!" exclaimed Mo-sar.

"That is the message he sent," replied the warrior, "and indeed he...

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...sign of greeting or of peace but strode directly toward the
chief who, only by the...

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...the truth, and that once again he had braved incalculable
dangers and suffered loss of time...

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...give credence to the
claims of this stranger? No, Mo-sar, you need not fear him. He...

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...those who bear the torches to extinguish them suddenly and
before the stranger was aware of...

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...eastern altar was an active force in the
rites of the temple. Through the chambers and...

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...her clever planning? No! A thin
thread of smoke rose gracefully into the quiet air. Presently...

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...beasts.

Jane's days were very full ones now, and the daylight hours seemed all
too short in...

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...less than a week--that is, it was made as safe as
it ever would be, though...

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...force and perfect accuracy. She thrilled with the excitement of
the minute, yet cool and steady...

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...she told him and all the while she was wondering what she might
do to rid...

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...to Jad-ben-Otho, their pagan
deity. Under the influence of their vile liquor they would be ripe...

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...he had stolen
from the city of Bu-lur; but what more greatly concerned the woman than
his...

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...the hideous laughter.

The woman had wrapped the pieces of the buck in the hide and...

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...they caused the
former to fall upon the latter with the result that many were killed
and...

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...on by the
priesthood, to circulate throughout the palace pernicious propaganda
aimed at Ja-don's cause.

The result was...

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...him
he had awaited expectantly the coming of the lion, for though the scent
of JA was...

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...and neatly contrived that
escape seemed impossible. Yet within a few minutes of his incarceration
Tarzan had...

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...had misunderstood which of his victims was to
be killed and which to be delivered to...

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...in the damp
corridor and they were twelve to one.

And then the high priest gave the...

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...that would meet JA's advances would meet his.

That night her snug little nest perched high...

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...her
heart she prayed it. To be freed from the menace of this loathsome
creature were relief...

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...could she leave him there to die of hunger or of thirst, or to
become the...

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...as
it had been last night. Her hands trembled as she placed the point of
her weapon...

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...at a distance and hurl their clubs and
this they did, but the ape-man had learned...

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...upon the stone pavement and then the savage cries which were
to bolster the courage of...

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...a forest and here at last he
felt such a measure of safety as he never...

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...Tarzan's throat as he raised himself gently into the branches. It
was as though his heart...

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...head, "I want my boy," she said.

"And I too," replied Tarzan, "and we may have...

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...for revenge. She should pay for the suffering she had inflicted
upon him. She should pay...

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...a sea lion and he forgot the
fish and lay down and tried to swim by...

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...was commencing to think more clearly now, for the great idea had
taken hold of his...

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...shall know him."

And so Lieutenant Erich Obergatz was brought before the high priest at
A-lur. Lu-don...

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...the sacrifices that
were offered up to him there each day at sunset. So much...

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...Ho-don and
Waz-don, for in this area lay the neutral territory that was
uninhabited by either. Thus...

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...cavernous chest in answer to the call, and the beast
moved slowly toward them.

"Fine!" exclaimed Tarzan....

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...for many generations to
come. Nor was it the theatric instinct of the ape-man alone that...

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...strange tales were
already circulating relative to the coming of Jad-ben-Otho in person to
aid the high...

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...beneath these trees that Tarzan finally stopped the GRYF. Ja-don
called down to him.

"We are friends,"...

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...was brought and laid at a distance the ape-man
slipped from the back of his fierce...

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...done, Tarzan driving
him in after Jane had dismounted. More meat was thrown to him and...

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...of the Kor-ul-GRYF nor was the ape-man sorry
to see it depart since he had never...

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...also and shortly after that the other.

In the corridor they found the warrior waiting, and...

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...a priest removes his hideous headdress in the presence even
of his associates.

Silently they lifted the...

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...this a flight of stone stairs led downward toward
the river and at the foot of...

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...breasts
of all his followers than by any love or loyalty they might feel toward
him.

There is...

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...the first sound of the
descending stone door. Not again would he easily be precipitated to...

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...warriors of Ja-don."

"You are mad," cried the high priest. "My warriors hold the palace and
the...

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...assumed that Tarzan and his
party had struck their initial blow and so he launched his...

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...at the palace gate.
The old warrior had seized the tall structure that stood just beyond
the...

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...it.

Again and again he tried the doors of his prison and the trap in the
center...

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...leathern thongs and these he tied about Tarzan's wrists and
forearms until they were completely bound...

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...He but stood cringing and
jibbering and Lu-don saw and was filled with apprehension that others
might...

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...feet of Lu-don
and his false god. Make your decision now," he cried to his followers.

A...

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...Clayton.

Tarzan smiled. "I have been struck thus before, Jane," he said, "and
always has the striker...

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...whispered.

"Good-bye," he answered, smiling.

The priests seized her and dragged her away. Lu-don handed the
sacrificial knife...

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...lest Jad-ben-Otho's messenger send forth still other bolts of
lightning."

The warriors and the people had now...

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...fate of
the priests, who practically without exception had been disloyal to the
government of the king,...

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...they had put him to death and scaled the walls and come to
the inner temple...

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...to be
made for it through the temple in A-lur after his release, and it had
been...

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...story. For the benefit of those who may care to delve into the
derivation of the...

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... Father of Pan-at-lee.
As. ...

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... One.
Enen. ...

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... and the...

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... Fifty.
Ho. ...

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... ...

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... ...

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... Forest.
San. ...

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... Mountain

Waz. ...