Ho-don and that terrible man at his side--that terrible man who has no
tail? Hand the strangers over to your people to be slain as is the way
of the Waz-don and then may Om-at be gund."
Neither Tarzan nor Ta-den spoke then, they but stood watching Om-at and
waiting for his decision, the ghost of a smile upon the lips of the
ape-man. Ta-den, at least, knew that the old warrior had spoken the
truth--the Waz-don entertain no strangers and take no prisoners of an
Then spoke Om-at. "Always there is change," he said. "Even the old
hills of Pal-ul-don appear never twice alike--the brilliant sun, a
passing cloud, the moon, a mist, the changing seasons, the sharp
clearness following a storm; these things bring each a new change in
our hills. From birth to death, day by day, there is constant change in
each of us. Change, then, is one of Jad-ben-Otho's laws.
"And now I, Om-at, your gund, bring another change. Strangers who are
brave men and good friends shall no longer be slain by the Waz-don of
There were growls and murmurings and a restless moving among the
warriors as each eyed the others to see who would take the initiative
against Om-at, the iconoclast.
"Cease your mutterings," admonished the new gund. "I am your chief. My
word is your law. You had no part in making me chief. Some of you
helped Es-sat to drive me from the cave of my ancestors; the rest of
you permitted it. I owe you nothing. Only these two, whom you would
have me kill, were loyal to me. I am gund and if there be any who
doubts it let him speak--he cannot die younger."
Tarzan was pleased. Here was a man after his own heart. He admired the
fearlessness of Om-at's challenge and he was a sufficiently good judge
of men to know that he had listened to no idle bluff--Om-at would back
up his words to the death, if necessary, and the chances were that he
would not be the one to die. Evidently the majority of the
Kor-ul-jaians entertained the same conviction.
"I will make you a good gund," said Om-at, seeing that no one appeared
inclined to dispute his rights. "Your wives and daughters will be
safe--they were not safe while Es-sat ruled. Go now to your crops and
your hunting. I leave to search for Pan-at-lee. Ab-on will be gund
while I am away--look to him for guidance and to me for an accounting
when I return--and may Jad-ben-Otho smile upon you."
He turned toward
It was while they were thus engaged that Brady's attention was attracted by the dismal flapping of huge wings.Page 12
a level lower than that upon which they had landed earlier in the morning.Page 24
"That appears to be what he thinks," answered the Englishman.Page 27
Loud wails arose, great wings opened and closed with a loud, beating noise and many clawlike hands reached forth to clutch him.Page 28
So sudden was the assault and so surprising the strength of the Wieroo that the Englishman was taken completely off his guard.Page 30
Slipping out, he turned to the right and in a few steps found a narrow passageway between two buildings.Page 35
The Wieroo bearing Bradley passed over one corner of the open space about the large building, revealing to the Englishman grass and trees and running water beneath.Page 44
Beneath the first arch he made his way, following the winding curvatures of the right-hand wall.Page 45
Though he advanced very slowly, he tried always to take steps of about the same length; so that he knew that though considerable time had elapsed, yet he had really advanced no more than four hundred yards when ahead he saw a lessening of the pitch-darkness, and at the next turn of the stream his surroundings became vaguely discernible.Page 48
There was no Wieroo in sight, so the Englishman entered.Page 50
The protruding tongue and the popping eyes proclaimed that the end was near and a moment later the red robe sank to the floor of the room, the curved blade slipping from nerveless fingers.Page 52
" Even if she did not understand all he said, she at least read something in his smiling countenance--something which reassured her.Page 57
If we don't get out of here though, we'll die right enough.Page 63
"I saw it placed in a chest where he keeps the things he takes from his prisoners and victims.Page 65
A moment later Bradley felt two quick pulls upon the rope and immediately followed to the girl's side.Page 68
He took a step toward her.Page 71
The Wieroos came closer and halted at his command.Page 76
and urging their comrades to surrender and join with the English against the tyranny of von Schoenvorts.Page 77
You are only one of your kind--they are all like you from the Kaiser down.