feet of Lu-don
and his false god. Make your decision now," he cried to his followers.
A few threw down their arms and with sheepish looks passed through the
gateway into the palace, and with the example of these to bolster their
courage others joined in the desertion from the old chieftain of the
north, but staunch and true around him stood the majority of his
warriors and when the last weakling had left their ranks Ja-don voiced
the savage cry with which he led his followers to the attack, and once
again the battle raged about the palace gate.
At times Ja-don's forces pushed the defenders far into the palace
ground and then the wave of combat would recede and pass out into the
city again. And still Ta-den and the reinforcements did not come. It
was drawing close to noon. Lu-don had mustered every available man that
was not actually needed for the defense of the gate within the temple,
and these he sent, under the leadership of Pan-sat, out into the city
through the secret passageway and there they fell upon Ja-don's forces
from the rear while those at the gate hammered them in front.
Attacked on two sides by a vastly superior force the result was
inevitable and finally the last remnant of Ja-don's little army
capitulated and the old chief was taken a prisoner before Lu-don. "Take
him to the temple court," cried the high priest. "He shall witness the
death of his accomplice and perhaps Jad-ben-Otho shall pass a similar
sentence upon him as well."
The inner temple court was packed with humanity. At either end of the
western altar stood Tarzan and his mate, bound and helpless. The sounds
of battle had ceased and presently the ape-man saw Ja-don being led
into the inner court, his wrists bound tightly together before him.
Tarzan turned his eyes toward Jane and nodded in the direction of
Ja-don. "This looks like the end," he said quietly. "He was our last
and only hope."
"We have at least found each other, John," she replied, "and our last
days have been spent together. My only prayer now is that if they take
you they do not leave me."
Tarzan made no reply for in his heart was the same bitter thought that
her own contained--not the fear that they would kill him but the fear
that they would not kill her. The ape-man strained at his bonds but
they were too many and too strong. A priest near him saw and with a
jeering laugh struck the defenseless ape-man in the face.
"The brute!" cried Jane
The old fellow was polishing brasses, and as he came edging along until close to Clayton he said, in an undertone: "'Ell's to pay, sir, on this 'ere craft, an' mark my word for it, sir.Page 19
Odd vases made by his own hand from the clay of the region held beautiful tropical flowers.Page 29
So far as the ape was concerned, Sabor reasoned correctly.Page 30
The lioness was intently watching Tarzan, evidently expecting him to return to shore, but this the boy had no intention of doing.Page 35
So absorbed was he that he did not note the approaching dusk, until it was quite upon him and the figures were blurred.Page 40
He would attempt to reproduce some of the little bugs that scrambled over the pages of his books.Page 65
For hours he lay awaiting his opportunity to drop down unseen and gather up the arrows for which he had come; but nothing now occurred to call the villagers away from their homes.Page 74
The duties of kingship among the anthropoids are not many or arduous.Page 76
Never had the ape-man fought so terrible a battle since that long-gone day when Bolgani, the great king gorilla had so horribly manhandled him ere the new-found knife had, by accident, pricked the savage heart.Page 86
Clayton had taken but a dozen steps.Page 97
Presently they came to the clearing before the beach.Page 109
Philander, with a sigh and a shake of his head.Page 140
" He was gone--and Jane turned to walk across the clearing to the cabin.Page 141
Philander cast a frightened glance behind him.Page 149
There were two hundred armed men this time, with ten officers and two surgeons, and provisions for a week.Page 153
"He did think it or he never would have said it," reasoned the girl, "but it cannot be true--oh, I know it is not true!" One sentence in the letter frightened her: "I would not have hurt YOU above all others in the world.Page 156
He called Tarzan and indicated by signs that he would write, and when Tarzan had fetched the bark and pencil, D'Arnot wrote: Can you go to my people and lead them here? I will write a message that you may take to them, and they will follow you.Page 159
" And then he remembered the look on Tarzan's face when they had discovered that the cabin was empty--such a look as the hunter sees in the eyes of the wounded deer he has wantonly brought down.Page 164
At the end of that time it was to be assumed that D'Arnot was truly dead, and that the forest man would not return while they remained.Page 187
"I do not know," replied Clayton.