day would have done so. Tarzan saw that the
beast was of wondrous proportions, standing over seven feet upon his
short, bowed legs.
His great, hairy arms reached almost to the ground even when he stood
erect, and his fighting fangs, now quite close to Tarzan's face, were
exceptionally long and sharp. Like the others of his tribe, he
differed in several minor essentials from the apes of Tarzan's boyhood.
At first the ape-man had experienced a thrill of hope at sight of the
shaggy bodies of the anthropoids--a hope that by some strange freak of
fate he had been again returned to his own tribe; but a closer
inspection had convinced him that these were another species.
As the threatening bull continued his stiff and jerky circling of the
ape-man, much after the manner that you have noted among dogs when a
strange canine comes among them, it occurred to Tarzan to discover if
the language of his own tribe was identical with that of this other
family, and so he addressed the brute in the language of the tribe of
"Who are you," he asked, "who threatens Tarzan of the Apes?"
The hairy brute looked his surprise.
"I am Akut," replied the other in the same simple, primal tongue which
is so low in the scale of spoken languages that, as Tarzan had
surmised, it was identical with that of the tribe in which the first
twenty years of his life had been spent.
"I am Akut," said the ape. "Molak is dead. I am king. Go away or I
shall kill you!"
"You saw how easily I killed Molak," replied Tarzan. "So I could kill
you if I cared to be king. But Tarzan of the Apes would not be king of
the tribe of Akut. All he wishes is to live in peace in this country.
Let us be friends. Tarzan of the Apes can help you, and you can help
Tarzan of the Apes."
"You cannot kill Akut," replied the other. "None is so great as Akut.
Had you not killed Molak, Akut would have done so, for Akut was ready
to be king."
For answer the ape-man hurled himself upon the great brute who during
the conversation had slightly relaxed his vigilance.
In the twinkling of an eye the man had seized the wrist of the great
ape, and before the other could grapple with him had whirled him about
and leaped upon his broad back.
Down they went together, but so well had Tarzan's plan worked out that
As I entered he rose to greet me, his old-time cordial smile of welcome lighting his handsome face.Page 2
The lock clicked.Page 7
They were suspended by a small stem which seemed to grow from the exact tops of their heads to where it connected them with the body of the adult.Page 14
Almost immediately I recognised them for what they were, the dark openings of caves entering the solid walls--possible avenues of escape or temporary shelter, could we but reach them.Page 23
"We are where I expected to find you, John Carter--and another.Page 61
He shrugged his shoulders and turned his eyes elsewhere, but did not reply.Page 78
"That will depend largely upon Issus.Page 79
in as mild a form of bondage as I can arrange for you.Page 83
It was evident that he felt less contempt for the former Dator since he had witnessed the ease with which I disposed of the powerful Thurid.Page 92
The brutal beasts moved among the crowd as pet dogs might.Page 100
"Who speaks?" I asked.Page 104
And what is the name of the commander of the submarine?" "Yersted.Page 116
I dropped into a horizontal course and headed due north.Page 126
Suddenly I heard the shuffling noise at my right, and, looking, saw another pair of eyes, evidently approaching from an intersecting corridor.Page 139
Now that he has so excellent an excuse, let us go and see if he has the courage to take advantage of it.Page 148
"Ah, master," cried one, "if our divine Princess were but here this would be a day indeed.Page 149
A second burst upon the heels of the first alternately laughing and shrieking as a madman.Page 157
"It will not be long, John Carter," he said, "that your opinions will be of interest even to yourself, so make the best of them while you can.Page 180
Suddenly I heard a cry of "fire" far ahead, followed almost at once by cries of terror and the loud commands of dwars and padwars who were evidently attempting to direct.Page 182
With my men had gone the last torch, nor was this corridor lighted by the radiance of phosphorescent rock as were those of the lower levels.