of A-lur. The
first person to detect his spuriousness was a little child playing in
the arched gateway of one of the walled buildings. "No tail! no tail!"
it shouted, throwing a stone at him, and then it suddenly grew dumb and
its eyes wide as it sensed that this creature was something other than
a mere Ho-don warrior who had lost his tail. With a gasp the child
turned and fled screaming into the courtyard of its home.
Tarzan continued on his way, fully realizing that the moment was
imminent when the fate of his plan would be decided. Nor had he long to
wait since at the next turning of the winding street he came face to
face with a Ho-don warrior. He saw the sudden surprise in the latter's
eyes, followed instantly by one of suspicion, but before the fellow
could speak Tarzan addressed him.
"I am a stranger from another land," he said; "I would speak with
Ko-tan, your king."
The fellow stepped back, laying his hand upon his knife. "There are no
strangers that come to the gates of A-lur," he said, "other than as
enemies or slaves."
"I come neither as a slave nor an enemy," replied Tarzan. "I come
directly from Jad-ben-Otho. Look!" and he held out his hands that the
Ho-don might see how greatly they differed from his own, and then
wheeled about that the other might see that he was tailless, for it was
upon this fact that his plan had been based, due to his recollection of
the quarrel between Ta-den and Om-at, in which the Waz-don had claimed
that Jad-ben-Otho had a long tail while the Ho-don had been equally
willing to fight for his faith in the taillessness of his god.
The warrior's eyes widened and an expression of awe crept into them,
though it was still tinged with suspicion. "Jad-ben-Otho!" he murmured,
and then, "It is true that you are neither Ho-don nor Waz-don, and it
is also true that Jad-ben-Otho has no tail. Come," he said, "I will
take you to Ko-tan, for this is a matter in which no common warrior may
interfere. Follow me," and still clutching the handle of his knife and
keeping a wary side glance upon the ape-man he led the way through
The city covered a large area. Sometimes there was a considerable
distance between groups of buildings, and again they were quite close
together. There were numerous imposing groups, evidently hewn from the
larger hills, often rising to a height of a hundred feet or more. As
they advanced they met numerous warriors and
Above, Tarzan saw no one, so he went up instead of down.Page 30
He would have killed me had you not interfered.Page 46
But Tarzan did not raise his pistol.Page 55
Suddenly he felt a light hand upon his shoulder from behind, and a woman's voice whispering, "Quick, m'sieur; this way.Page 59
The old sheik entered the room with a questioning expression upon his proud face.Page 60
Thus, seven guns strong, they entertained little fear of attack by day, and if all went well they should reach Bou Saada before nightfall.Page 61
He was a man of few words, and possibly it was for this reason as much as any that Kadour ben Saden had taken to him, for if there be one thing that an Arab despises it is a talkative man.Page 82
Then the daughter of the desert witnessed a thing that terrified her even more than had the presence of EL ADREA.Page 102
Monsieur Thuran was becoming indispensable.Page 144
"Coal oil and gunpowder!" cried Monsieur Thuran.Page 145
" Slowly the meaning of the man's words percolated into Clayton's understanding.Page 147
"It is the will of the majority," announced Monsieur Thuran, "and now let us lose no time in drawing lots.Page 148
And so when Spider elected to draw last he graciously offered to take the first chance himself.Page 157
their arms long and muscular.Page 160
There was a sudden commotion in the direction of the disputants, and Tarzan.Page 166
Across his legs lay Monsieur Thuran.Page 181
Mixed with the man scent was the scent of Numa.Page 185
Late one afternoon she saw the ruined walls of a mighty city looming before them, but so weak and sick was she that it inspired not the faintest shadow of interest.Page 198
The man would be satisfied, she felt quite sure, to remain and be her husband.Page 208
the cabin and the jungle in which many of the officers and men had taken part in exciting adventures two years before.