Tarzan the Untamed

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Tarzan the Untamed


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs





CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I Murder and Pillage
...

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...party astray; but this is
the way of most African guides. Nor did it matter that...

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...him be the first to feel the iron hand of Germany."

"Let us hope that he...

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...it been since he had
thus beheld the great Tarmangani naked and alone hurtling through
the jungle....

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...muscles tensed. Even
at that distance he could see that something was amiss. A...

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...which lay face downward upon it; the
still, silent thing that had pulsed with life and...

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...trail of her slayer while, subconsciously,
his every sense was upon the alert for the ever-present...

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...a keen admiration for a
well-muscled, well-proportioned body, whether lion, or antelope,
or man, and it had...

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...and as
it is always NOW and always shall be, there is an eternity of time
for...

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...detour among the branches? You or I could have seen
nothing--not even the little platform that...

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...their horrid duet of blood-curdling roars and
growls.

Goaded to frenzy the cat presently determined to come...

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...an instant did
the ape-man consider relinquishing his death-hold upon his adversary.
He had entered the lists...

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...splatter upon his naked shoulders.
Tarzan shook his head and growled his disapproval; then he cast...

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...present. Advancing cautiously he crawled toward the opposite
end imbued with a full realization of what...

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...here--go!"

But Numa did not go. Instead he rumbled forth a menacing roar and
took a few...

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...sooner entered the tunnel
than he backed immediately out again and, pivoting like a flash,
was off...

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...out again. When
he was quite through he made a grimace at the hidden lion beyond
the...

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...Pare Mountains. As he was approaching from the rear he found
it but lightly guarded and...

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...is the name of the officer who killed the woman at the bungalow
where you fought...

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...windows
Tarzan saw a large front room and a smaller room in rear of it.
In the...

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...fell into a general conversation
from which it became apparent to Tarzan that the German East...

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...on toward
the west until, late into the night, he re-crossed the railway where
he felt reasonably...

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...puzzled and frightened before, those
sensations were nothing to what he experienced now.

Who and what could...

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..."I did not murder your wife,"
he cried. "Have mercy! I did not murder your wife....

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...which lie just
east of the boundary line between German and British East Africa,
Tarzan had overheard...

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...his way to the edge of the gulch. The tree was empty, nor
was there sign...

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...savage wilds and at the same time
there was none more wise--the two factors that had...

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...eyesight
picked out many details that would not have been apparent to a man
whose every sense...

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...scene below. Near at hand were the trenches of the Germans.
He could see officers and...

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...in both directions and
presently periscopes were leveled above the parados and keen eyes
were searching out...

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...rear--I reported it to
you at the time, sir, you'll recall--for the blighters were pepperin'
away at...

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...that you exist at all--only your numbers,
your weapons, and your power of reasoning save you....

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...stretched his giant limbs, ran his fingers through his thick
hair, and swung lightly down to...

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...ranging the forest all about and the latter
assaying each passing zephyr. It was his nose...

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...a crotch of the tree and swung off toward
the southwest through the middle terraces of...

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...a hyena only a few
days since--he could not have starved in so short a time,...

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...he managed, after considerable
effort, during which he barely escaped being torn to ribbons by
the mighty...

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...dislodge the strange
footgear that Tarzan had fastened upon them. Finally he began to paw
at the...

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...was a scratched and angry Tarzan
who scrambled to his feet. At first he was tempted...

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...active resistance might have brought
the whole herd down upon him and so Tarzan waited to...

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...can filter through whenever he
pleases."

Tarzan smiled. "Do not blame them," he said, "for I am...

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...may be
in the trench and that I do not care to be shot or bayoneted."

"And...

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...with his eye and gathered his feet beneath him, then
in a single motion he rose...

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...of meat ahead. Dragging the machine
gun beside him the ape-man followed quickly after the lion...

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...and then, as moves
Ara, the lightning, moved Tarzan of the Apes.

It was no man who...

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...the lion, upon that memorable night that the
ape-man had loosed a famishing man-eater among the...

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...wonder how he happened to single out the poor major. They say
the creature seemed interested...

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...but there were
tents pitched for the officers. Toward these Tarzan crept. It was
slow and perilous...

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...angry--it
was long before she would admit it, that she, who prided herself
upon her woodcraft, was...

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...the
center and here she decided to camp. The grass was high and thick,
affording feed for...

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...a lion's roar. The girl started
and laid her hand upon the rifle at her side....

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...sun was shining, pointing the straight road to the east.
Hastily she ate a few mouthfuls...

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...and with as little pain as possible.

No one can prophesy what a lion will do...

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...German and a spy besides? He had seen her at
General Kraut's headquarters, in conference with...

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...and how with his haft I beat
you over the head? Go, Numa! I am...

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...herself.

"I could not help it," she said, in half apology. "I was so close
to death--such...

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...hip. The man must be mad not to take
it from her.

"What makes you think I...

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...the scent of man--a Tarmangani.

Sheeta paused. He was not a hunter of men. He was...

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...molest the master of the lion. Jealousy and
greed alone might have been sufficient to prompt...

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...from the effects of the blow that had felled him, and
so he did not, for...

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...had struck him and a moment later a half-smile played across
his lips. He could not...

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...the sentry's face was toward him, the ape-man at
last reached the sheltering shadows of an...

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...of a dog and
a naked man.

He walked boldly along the little street and those who...

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...in her voice.

"You would not dare, Hauptmann Schneider," she said, and then: "Do
not touch me!...

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...door and hurled the former through the window
after the pistols. Then he turned to the...

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...brave--you cannot be such a beast as that!"

Tarzan turned at her. "No," he said, "you...

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...and when he had handed the paper
she had given him to the British chief of...

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...an urge and an inducement, for
rich in his veins flowed that noble strain of blood...

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...the good hunting in a third
of the time that it would take to go far...

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...greatest woodcraft in the world
could find none. It was a totally new experience to Tarzan...

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...was the
valley of death. He felt the depressing influence of the horrible
place settling down...

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...boots remained, if the man had worn boots, but
there were several buckles scattered about suggesting...

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...canyon which he knew would
spell inevitable doom. The western hills rose closer now though
weirdly...

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...mind came a sudden thought--the cunning of the wild beast
at bay. Closing his eyes he...

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...for Tarzan
knew that he was saved. The bird that would have devoured him, and
the providential...

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...there were his hereditary enemies whose presence gave a
spice to life that might otherwise have...

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...without apparent provocation
one or the other of the Negresses struck or pushed her roughly.
Tarzan watched...

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...tree and since then many
eyes had been fastened upon the spot, yet there was no...

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...its ominous portent. What had
happened to one of their number each conceived as being a...

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...in return for their
hospitality. This the chief agreed to, stipulating the kind and
quantity of game...

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...among a band of drunken Negroes! The very thought
appalled her. Yet there was a...

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...beer for himself the warrior
motioned the girl to precede him, and thus guarded she returned...

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...jealousy. Naratu had come. Kicking, scratching, striking,
biting, she routed the terrified Usanga in short order,...

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...anger and self-contempt Tarzan arose, shook himself,
and swung from his tree to that adjoining, and...

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...jeopardy in the
savage jungle to which she must have flown did not impress him
as it...

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...apes--great,
shaggy fellows who went upon their hind feet with only slight
assistance from the knuckles of...

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...among the branches, and settled
herself to watch the weird proceedings in the clearing below her.

A...

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...bristled as he passed closer, but none
hindered him and thus he came to the inner...

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...being ignorant of, could
not possibly avert--a hold and a throw that brought a scream of
delight...

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...silently vanished into the night, seeking his
supper elsewhere.

Tarzan, turning with the other apes toward the...

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...and start for camp. It
would take straight flying at top speed to cover the distance...

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...fact aroused
no responsive sensation of impending danger in his placid breast.
He hummed peacefully and, his...

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...others. The bullet passed Numabo to lodge in the breast of a
warrior behind him and...

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...probably ever had come, and he could only assume that he
had fallen into the hands...

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...he asked.

"Yes," said Numabo. "In a great thing which resembled a bird he
flew down out...

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...expected to be
rewarded by any signs of fear, he was doomed to disappointment and
the young...

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...were not un-tinged with awe, since in
the brief period of their association she had discovered...

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...given to morbid forebodings, and above all
things she craved the society of her kind and...

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...foot of civilized men?"

"Why not?" asked Tarzan. "I did not bring you here. Would one...

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...though she were an enemy Tarzan
could not but feel compunction that he had permitted her...

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...that this strange she belonging to the Tarmangani must
look with admiration upon so handsome a...

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...of killing them. If necessary, I will show
you how and then they will respect and...

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...grace of every movement that harmonized so well with
the symmetry and perfection of his figure....

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...he lunged downward his
foot caught in a looped creeper so that he turned completely over
and...

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...to savagery even in the heart of civilized communities.

As he watched the man, he presently...

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...it would be a comparatively simple
thing for the Englishman to remove the remaining bonds from...

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...to his full height
upon the limb where he had been squatting and raised his face...

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...to Bertha Kircher, nor was it until some
time later that she realized that each differed...

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...his eyes inquiringly about at the other apes.
"Who will go with Zu-tag to fight the...

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...last, as though by a sudden
inspiration, he reached down and, seizing the spear, repeatedly
touched it...

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...the memory of Bertha Kircher for the balance of her
life, as clearly delineated as at...

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...not hesitate
to venture into the village in an attempt to save the man who had
upon...

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...ground was but a short drop
and a moment later she was circling the hut upon...

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...If you can carry on to
the end without changing the expression upon your face or...

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...shouted: "Go for the big bulls while the she unbinds
me," and to Bertha Kircher: "Quick!...

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...own muscle, the superior keenness of his five senses
and his God-given power to reason. ...

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...in the
far-off cabin, which had in a way become sacred to him through
its memories, without...

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...among them, as anyone who has
lived his lifetime in the jungle well knows, and the...

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...saw these things and then with increasing
wonder he saw the ape-man swerve, too, and leap...

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...to desist, but at last the two lay motionless
for a moment as the carnivore sought...

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...is a German
and a spy, but she is a woman and therefore I cannot destroy...

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...beasts and dangerous
natives. If we set out for the east coast at once we would...

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...duty because you are a
woman."

The girl paled and then flushed. "I will be ready to...

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...trunks. Interwoven with dead limbs and living branches
were the tough and ropelike creepers which formed...

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...do it himself if there was somebody who could
but once show him how. There was,...

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...are dead, and if this white man does not do as I tell him,
he, too,...

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...first lesson in aviation immediately. The
Englishman attempted to dissuade him, but immediately the black
became threatening...

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...permit him to
command. Higher and higher rose the plane, swinging in a wide circle
above the...

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...his fool neck
as he would do inside of two minutes."

However, he finally persuaded Usanga to...

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...so he kept a still closer
watch over the black although, as he was forced to...

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...she said. "He would not
understand and if he did understand, he would not trust you....

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...to say--may I say it now,
we are so very near the end?"

Her lips moved but...

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...and then with the swiftness of light
two strong, brown hands would plunge into the pool...

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...to
a sudden determination to continue his way to the west coast. He
would follow the winding...

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...for several miles. At
last there came to the ears of the ape-man a peculiar whirring,
throbbing...

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...wild, would dash the girl to death among the trees.

There was but one way in...

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...when she had about given up hope, she saw a strong brown
hand reach up and...

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...the thing hurtled
toward them.

With a muffled thud it flattened upon the turf near the center...

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...the
aviator.

Smith-Oldwick nodded his head affirmatively. "I have plenty," he
replied.

"Then go at once," said the ape-man....

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...passed since
Bara had come this way; the time could be measured in minutes and
so the...

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...than he ever had been in the five short years of
his life.

What if he was...

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...the east,
another sigh heaved his broad chest, nor was it a sigh of relief,
but rather...

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...to aid them.

The ape-man feared from what he judged of the location of the machine
that...

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...came, escaping the clutches of Numa and Sheeta,
his terror and his haste precluded the possibility...

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...roar; surprise doubtless, but the vocal chords of
that mighty throat never had reacted to fear.

With...

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...himself his eyes were taking in each detail of the scene below.
He saw the avidity...

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...determined,
he would accomplish it even though it entailed considerable personal
risk. He knew that the lion...

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...from the pit of the Wamabos and Tarzan of the Apes
melted into the jungles to...

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...the second day he came to the well-remembered
gorge in which lay the clean-picked bones of...

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...was in possession again of his beloved ship, he was
flying swiftly in the direction of...

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...proved their undoing. When he awoke to a realization of
their peril it was also to...

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...infuriate any beast of prey you
might happen to hit with it?"

Smith-Oldwick looked rather crestfallen. "But...

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...been
boundless. The cries of the carnivores at night fill me with a dread
so tangible that...

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...this wilderness and if there is, the best chance of our finding
it would be to...

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...silly little pop-gun loaded
with blank cartridges. With that and a kitchen chair he subdues
the most...

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...The lion immediately
evinced his displeasure by directing toward him a snarling countenance
and a series of...

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...yard apart. She saw the beast's tail whipping from side to side
and she could hear...

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...from one of their pits. To have reached this spot
he must have come by some...

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...I believe
that my tones and my manner carry the impression that I wish them
to convey....

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...were not the foot of a Negro. If you will
examine them carefully you will notice...

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...it, you know, old
man," he said; "instinct of self-preservation and all that."

"It would prove an...

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...they would roar," said the officer. "I wish they would
do anything, even charge. Just knowing...

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...very
place we are seeking is the place they don't wish us to trespass
on."

"You mean the...

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...his eyes. He was lying on his side and as he looked down his
body, he...

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...bared fangs Numa sprang for the
naked chest of the ape-man. Throwing up his left arm...

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...larger lion shook the lesser, and when
his dying foe sought to roll beneath and rake...

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...puzzled by the possibilities suggested by
the tracks, but in the light of any previous experience...

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...had
partially satisfied his hunger, for meat alone could fully do so,
he looked about him for...

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...his answer to what
he considered their challenge. And so it was that there broke upon
this...

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...even in the face of reason
and past experience he found that the whole affair perplexed...

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...had seen.

At sight of the newcomer the ape-man realized that here was one
similar to those...

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...his hip.

While he spoke Tarzan studied the fellow closely, with the result
that there fastened itself...

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...and minarets of a walled city.

Directly before him in the wall nearest him Tarzan saw...

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...fate lay in store
for them or whether already it had been meted out to them...

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...realized something of the unsolved
secrets of the Great Dark Continent, enormous areas of which have
as...

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...the open.

The rising moon, just topping the eastern cliffs, cast its bright
rays upon the long...

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...life.

But Numa had reached the limit of his speed and endurance. Gradually
he dropped behind...

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...a moment upon the edge of a declivity, which
appeared to the girl in the strange...

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...man regarded one of their captors closely for a moment and
then, turning to the girl...

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...although the men seemed less terrified than the lions.
Neither, however, showed any indication of an...

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...black fellows.
Did you ever see anything more utterly fearless or more terribly
irresistible than that charge?"

For...

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..."I would like to ask them what they are going
to do with us."

"That would be...

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...they approached them, came upon what was evidently a part of
the business section of the...

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...upon by
the girl. Standing erect beside the prostrate form of the English
officer Bertha Kircher, the...

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...that
you must know it as well as I. I was pretty badly torn up by...

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...seen his body lying lifeless at the mouth of the cave
when she had been dragged...

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..."You still have your pistol?"
she asked him.

"Yes," he replied. "I tucked it inside my shirt....

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...authority, for, after
listening to whatever recital was being made to him the while
he closely scrutinized...

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...return to the city, lay sprawled
about upon the ground or wandered restlessly to and fro.

Just...

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...of these yellow-coated
warriors approached and halted her guides at the top of the steps.
Here they...

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...her, passed through the
door, leaving them standing outside. It was fully fifteen minutes
before he returned,...

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...his own sharp
fangs for the prisoner to see.

Presently he resumed pacing to and fro across...

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...spoke, hesitatingly,
falteringly, as though she were using unfamiliar words and speaking
a strange tongue.

"You are from...

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...too, how you
came here."

"It was long ago," said the old woman, rocking back and forth...

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...and the meat loaded
upon the poor staggering blacks who still survived.

"Thus we continued for two...

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...to the parrots and the
parrots fly to the city and tell the people what the...

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...is true. It may be
that the forest has always been here, but it is one...

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...liable to assassination
but, owing to their subnormal mentalities, they are subject to
periods of depression during...

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...him, for they went in the wrong
direction, but at last they came upon his bones...

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...prepare it, it is very
palatable. You will grow very fond of it."

Bertha Kircher smiled a...

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...adjoining apartment in
the floor of which was a pool of water. Here the girl bathed...

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...Xanila whispered to the
girl.

The prince was crossing the room toward the audience chamber when
his glance...

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...for Xanila she was
halfway through the door at the time, so that Metak's blade but
dented...

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...the streets."

"Do you think cavalry could reach the valley?" asked the colonel.

"No," replied Thompson, "the...

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...walls; but to his intense relief he
found the stems as large around as a man's...

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...legs beneath the
vicious cut that was directed at him from the side, and as a...

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...of his dead father. His
other weapons he could not lightly discard, and so, in the...

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...arcade without encountering any of the inmates
of the house.

Once on the street he was not...

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...practically to grope his way
in the dense shadows of the arcade. The street became a...

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...from a residence district
into that portion occupied by shops and bazaars. Here the number
of flares...

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...head spun rapidly around.
He became very dizzy and nauseated and then suddenly all went
black before...

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...was that the man turned and looked about the enclosure.

Sprawled beneath the shade of the...

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...There was just
one chance: the lowest branch left the bole within easy reach of a
man...

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...conclusion of their journey. At one end of the room
was what appeared to be...

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...from the first movement of the latch, Smith-Oldwick
opened his eyes, but though he endeavored to...

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...came close to
the side of the dead man and kneeling upon the floor felt gingerly
of...

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...Englishman that it was her desire that the body be
hidden here. But if he had...

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...to contend with, he slightly parted the heavy folds that
hid the two from his view...

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...as well as from the results of his act.

From the fact that he was constantly...

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...in
time to see Metak leap into the water with the girl and disappear
beneath the surface...

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...he made his way.

From the edge of the roof he looked down upon the night...

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...at last he stood beneath the arcade he was congratulating
himself upon the success that had...

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...there are gates through which the flocks are turned
on to the grazing land south of...

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...his legs and the dimly lighted, winding streets to permit his
escape, for he knew that...

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...he had forgotten the presence of the Englishman and
was arguing to convince himself, "She may...

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...up
and thrown him across his shoulder. "Now, hang on," whispered the
ape-man, and with a short...

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...whispered, "we
are your friends."

At last the Negro spoke in a low whisper, scarcely audible even...

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...we will not harm them if they leave us alone and let us depart
in peace."

The...

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...now removed the outer garments from the dead
man, and Smith-Oldwick was hastily drawing them on...

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...in the other room," he said to Smith-Oldwick, "but I am
afraid we will have to...

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...a dozen strokes or more he swam thus wholly submerged.

When they again came to the...

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...but what she did
not see just before it crashed inward was the figures of the...

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...point, only to jump
away, run a few steps to one side and again attempt to...

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...but with one sweep of
a brawny hand dragging them from their support, the ape-man leaped
from...

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...against which contingency
Metak had been constantly battling, and slowly, as the giant fingers
closed, the other's...

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...well," replied the ape-man, "let us be on our way."

Otobu led them through the broken...

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...heads.

"Here are the parrots, Otobu," said Tarzan with a grin. "Do they
expect to kill...

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...the
opposite direction the roars of the pursuing lions sounded close
upon them, mingling with the screams...

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...of both the ape-man and Smith-Oldwick, the fellow
stiffened rigidly, his weapon dropped from the nerveless...

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...strike
at the back of the Tarmangani's neck, the latter swung the body of
his comrade upward...

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...the stars. They saw him raise
his head and they heard break from his lips the...

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...were both equally confident that
the Xujans would not follow them beyond the gorge, but though...

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...water, but we shall not give up on
that account. So far we have found a...

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...party became aware of the sounds of pursuit, for now the lions
were whining as though...

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..."You will be
safe there in the event that they use their spears," he said.

The minutes...

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...the Englishman, already weak from his wounds and from
the latest mauling he had received at...

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...should be transported to British headquarters near
the coast by aeroplane, the two planes attached to...

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...their return march. Colonel Capell had, through
a desire to personally observe the stretch of country...

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...will be of more value to the High Command alive than
dead.'"

"She lives!" cried Tarzan.

"Thank God!"...

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... said
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...occasionaly occasionally
228 ...