the terrible ferocity of the beasts the men were soon
scampering in all directions--those who still lived to scamper, for the
great fangs of the apes of Akut and the tearing talons of Sheeta
already had found more than a single victim.
Four, however, escaped and disappeared into the forecastle, where they
hoped to barricade themselves against further assault. Here they
found Rokoff, and, enraged at his desertion of them in their moment of
peril, no less than at the uniformly brutal treatment it had been his
wont to accord them, they gloated upon the opportunity now offered them
to revenge themselves in part upon their hated employer.
Despite his prayers and grovelling pleas, therefore, they hurled him
bodily out upon the deck, delivering him to the mercy of the fearful
things from which they had themselves just escaped.
Tarzan saw the man emerge from the forecastle--saw and recognized his
enemy; but another saw him even as soon.
It was Sheeta, and with grinning jaws the mighty beast slunk silently
toward the terror-stricken man.
When Rokoff saw what it was that stalked him his shrieks for help
filled the air, as with trembling knees he stood, as one paralyzed,
before the hideous death that was creeping upon him.
Tarzan took a step toward the Russian, his brain burning with a raging
fire of vengeance. At last he had the murderer of his son at his
mercy. His was the right to avenge.
Once Jane had stayed his hand that time that he sought to take the law
into his own power and mete to Rokoff the death that he had so long
merited; but this time none should stay him.
His fingers clenched and unclenched spasmodically as he approached the
trembling Russ, beastlike and ominous as a brute of prey.
Presently he saw that Sheeta was about to forestall him, robbing him of
the fruits of his great hate.
He called sharply to the panther, and the words, as if they had broken
a hideous spell that had held the Russian, galvanized him into sudden
action. With a scream he turned and fled toward the bridge.
After him pounced Sheeta the panther, unmindful of his master's warning
Tarzan was about to leap after the two when he felt a light touch upon
his arm. Turning, he found Jane at his elbow.
"Do not leave me," she whispered. "I am afraid."
Tarzan glanced behind her.
All about were the hideous apes of Akut. Some, even, were approaching
the young woman with bared fangs and menacing guttural warnings.
The ape-man warned them back.
With these she replaced some of the usa in her pocket-pouch, not only to insure a variety but because she found them more palatable.Page 34
Straight for that beautiful body she sprang and in the instant that the arms closed to seize her her sharp.Page 35
The body struggled spasmodically and lay still.Page 49
They saw the beauties and the advantages of the form that nature had given the red race over that which the rykor was developing into.Page 56
It needs no body to function perfectly and properly as a brain.Page 62
And then, one day, he scaled low hills and looked into an inhabited valley--a valley of trees and cultivated fields and plots of ground enclosed by stone walls surrounding strange towers.Page 64
Gahan shook his head and walked quickly toward the mystery, determined now to solve it.Page 68
Had the influence of the strange captive woman aught to do with this unrest and dissatisfaction? He did not know.Page 75
"Let Ghek drop behind to your side," said Tara, "and fight with you.Page 81
Only this single one and when it died there could not be another.Page 82
"If we could but lay aside our stomachs when they cried for food and water I have no doubt but that we should do so.Page 90
Turan drew his short-sword and cautiously descended.Page 120
"They captured her then? She is in danger?" "She is being held in The Towers of Jetan as a prize for the next games," replied the stranger.Page 123
"And I were you, woman," said a deep voice at her side, "I should, nevertheless, deny it.Page 126
"Know you not that in the veins of this woman flows the blood of ten thousand jeddaks--that greater than yours is her power in her own land? She is Tara, Princess of Helium, great-granddaughter of Tardos Mors, daughter of John Carter, Warlord of Barsoom.Page 133
his thin laughter jarred upon the silence of the subterranean vaults.Page 140
By Cluros! but she would make a hard slave to subdue--a regular she-banth she is.Page 146
U-Thor has recently taken to wife the Princess Haja of Gathol, who was slave to O-Tar and whose son, A-Kor, was dwar of The Towers of Jetan.Page 154
For a minute the fighting was fast and furious and by comparison reducing to insignificance all that had gone before.Page 195
He wondered if his plans had miscarried after all.