his perch full upon the
back of the startled buck.
In another instant Numa would be upon them both, so if the ape-man were
to dine that night, or ever again, he must act quickly.
Scarcely had he touched the sleek hide of the deer with a momentum that
sent the animal to its knees than he had grasped a horn in either hand,
and with a single quick wrench twisted the animal's neck completely
round, until he felt the vertebrae snap beneath his grip.
The lion was roaring in rage close behind him as he swung the deer
across his shoulder, and, grasping a foreleg between his strong teeth,
leaped for the nearest of the lower branches that swung above his head.
With both hands he grasped the limb, and, at the instant that Numa
sprang, drew himself and his prey out of reach of the animal's cruel
There was a thud below him as the baffled cat fell back to earth, and
then Tarzan of the Apes, drawing his dinner farther up to the safety of
a higher limb, looked down with grinning face into the gleaming yellow
eyes of the other wild beast that glared up at him from beneath, and
with taunting insults flaunted the tender carcass of his kill in the
face of him whom he had cheated of it.
With his crude stone knife he cut a juicy steak from the hindquarters,
and while the great lion paced, growling, back and forth below him,
Lord Greystoke filled his savage belly, nor ever in the choicest of his
exclusive London clubs had a meal tasted more palatable.
The warm blood of his kill smeared his hands and face and filled his
nostrils with the scent that the savage carnivora love best.
And when he had finished he left the balance of the carcass in a high
fork of the tree where he had dined, and with Numa trailing below him,
still keen for revenge, he made his way back to his tree-top shelter,
where he slept until the sun was high the following morning.
The next few days were occupied by Tarzan in completing his weapons and
exploring the jungle. He strung his bow with tendons from the buck
upon which he had dined his first evening upon the new shore, and
though he would have preferred the gut of Sheeta for the purpose, he
was content to wait until opportunity permitted him to kill one of the
He also braided a long grass rope--such a rope as he had used so many
years before to tantalize
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar By Edgar Rice Burroughs Contents CHAPTER 1 Belgian and Arab 2 On the Road to Opar 3 The Call of the Jungle 4 Prophecy and Fulfillment 5 The Altar of the Flaming God 6 The Arab Raid 7 The Jewel-Room of Opar 8 The Escape from Opar 9 The Theft of the Jewels 10 Achmet Zek Sees the Jewels 11 Tarzan Becomes a Beast Again 12 La Seeks Vengeance 13 Condemned to Torture and Death 14 A Priestess But Yet a Woman 15 The Flight of Werper 16 Tarzan Again Leads the Mangani 17 The Deadly Peril of Jane Clayton 18 The Fight For the Treasure 19 Jane Clayton and The Beasts of the Jungle 20 Jane Clayton Again a Prisoner 21 The Flight to the Jungle 22 Tarzan Recovers His Reason 23 A Night of Terror 24 Home 1 Belgian and Arab Lieutenant Albert Werper had only the prestige of the name he had dishonored to thank for his narrow escape from being cashiered.Page 16
The ape-man, far ahead of him, groped his way along the rocky passage, until he came to the ancient wooden door.Page 34
Without effort, and apparently without realizing that he made the change, Tarzan repeated his question in French.Page 35
A burly priest barred his way.Page 43
What could he, Werper, hope to accomplish, other than his own death, by an attempt to wrest the gems from their savage owner? Disconsolate, Werper threw himself upon his side.Page 58
Before Tarzan came that first time to Opar, La had never seen a human male other than the grotesque and knotted men of her clan.Page 59
And, too, these legends always held forth the hope that some day that nameless continent from which their race had sprung, would rise once more out of the sea and with slaves at the long sweeps would send her carven, gold-picked galleys forth to succor the long-exiled colonists.Page 81
Wondering what could have become of his possessions, the ape-man turned slowly back along the trail in the direction from which he had come.Page 82
Lest, however, he might again fall into the hands of the raider, he discouraged Abdul Mourak in the further prosecution of his pursuit, assuring the Abyssinian that Achmet Zek commanded a large and dangerous force, and also that he was marching rapidly toward the south.Page 83
A half hour later they returned, dragging Mugambi among them.Page 85
Crouching behind the bushes the three waited, their eyes fastened upon the far side of the open space.Page 107
Regretfully Werper laid the pouch, its contents undisturbed, upon the body of his horse, rose, and taking his rifle.Page 115
Silently she rolled over in the direction of the nearest tree, and away from the lion, until she lay again in the same position in which Numa had left her, but a few feet farther from him.Page 120
Once more she was bound and sentries placed before the door of her prison; but before Werper left her he whispered words of cheer into her ear.Page 130
" Jane Clayton shrugged.Page 134
22 Tarzan Recovers His Reason As Tarzan let the pebbles from the recovered pouch run through his fingers, his thoughts returned to the pile of yellow ingots about which the Arabs and the Abyssinians had waged their relentless battle.Page 139
You are a crook! Do not try to tell me that you are not.Page 140
"She cannot be far from here at this very minute.Page 142
That which.Page 154
"Even in death he has made restitution--let his sins lie with his bones.