women, all of whom showed
great curiosity in the stranger, but there was no attempt to menace him
when it was found that he was being conducted to the palace of the king.
They came at last to a great pile that sprawled over a considerable
area, its western front facing upon a large blue lake and evidently
hewn from what had once been a natural cliff. This group of buildings
was surrounded by a wall of considerably greater height than any that
Tarzan had before seen. His guide led him to a gateway before which
waited a dozen or more warriors who had risen to their feet and formed
a barrier across the entrance-way as Tarzan and his party appeared
around the corner of the palace wall, for by this time he had
accumulated such a following of the curious as presented to the guards
the appearance of a formidable mob.
The guide's story told, Tarzan was conducted into the courtyard where
he was held while one of the warriors entered the palace, evidently
with the intention of notifying Ko-tan. Fifteen minutes later a large
warrior appeared, followed by several others, all of whom examined
Tarzan with every sign of curiosity as they approached.
The leader of the party halted before the ape-man. "Who are you?" he
asked, "and what do you want of Ko-tan, the king?"
"I am a friend," replied the ape-man, "and I have come from the country
of Jad-ben-Otho to visit Ko-tan of Pal-ul-don."
The warrior and his followers seemed impressed. Tarzan could see the
latter whispering among themselves.
"How come you here," asked the spokesman, "and what do you want of
Tarzan drew himself to his full height. "Enough!" he cried. "Must the
messenger of Jad-ben-Otho be subjected to the treatment that might be
accorded to a wandering Waz-don? Take me to the king at once lest the
wrath of Jad-ben-Otho fall upon you."
There was some question in the mind of the ape-man as to how far he
might carry his unwarranted show of assurance, and he waited therefore
with amused interest the result of his demand. He did not, however,
have long to wait for almost immediately the attitude of his questioner
changed. He whitened, cast an apprehensive glance toward the eastern
sky and then extended his right palm toward Tarzan, placing his left
over his own heart in the sign of amity that was common among the
peoples of Pal-ul-don.
Tarzan stepped quickly back as though from a profaning hand, a feigned
expression of horror and disgust upon his face.
"Stop!" he cried, "who would dare touch the
Though he moved through thick verdure across a carpet of innumerable twigs, broken branches, and leaves, his passing gave forth no sound that might have been apprehended by dull human ears.Page 9
Having already mastered several languages and a multitude of dialects the ape-man felt that he could readily assimilate another even though this appeared one entirely.Page 23
This was the last avenue of escape for members of the tribe hard pressed by enemies from below.Page 58
It was so near, yet eternity yawned between.Page 59
The gryfs below raised their heads and looked in the direction of the interruption.Page 78
How would it fare then with an impostor who claimed to be the son of this all-powerful god? This then is all the proof that you require, for as he would strike you down should you deny me, so would he.Page 83
Ko-tan was almost as staggered as the high priest by this ruthless overturning of an age-old religious rite.Page 91
Tarzan glimpsed him but briefly but in that short period he was aware of a cunning and malevolent expression upon the cruel countenance that he was subconsciously aware boded him no good, and then with Ko-tan he passed into the adjoining room and the hangings dropped.Page 98
of the enclosure.Page 109
Altogether then, he decided, night furnished the most propitious hours for his investigation--by.Page 121
"Love does not kill," he replied mockingly.Page 130
With swift, bold strokes he swam for speed alone knowing that the water would in no way deter his pursuer.Page 143
In his usual arrogant and disagreeable manner he called his servants, telling them that he and the white kali were going out into the brush to hunt.Page 153
"Quick," snapped the ape-man, "Where is she?" "She is not here," cried Mo-sar.Page 154
" "I would question the priests," said Tarzan.Page 157
Just as in the dim past the first hunter had shaped the destinies of mankind so it seemed that this event might shape hers in some new mold.Page 177
Beside Tarzan stood the single torch that lighted the entrance to the palace grounds.Page 185
22 A Journey on a Gryf Tarzan and Jane skirted the shore of Jad-bal-lul and crossed the river at the head of the lake.Page 196
Their plans were all laid and there seemed no likelihood of their miscarriage.Page 199
Stepping back into the apartment he seized a leathern thong that depended from the ceiling.