for all his noble birth, one whit less
savage than the wild, fierce thing he stalked.
As he came closer to Sheeta he became aware that the panther on his
part was stalking game of his own, and even as he realized this fact
there came to his nostrils, wafted from his right by a vagrant breeze,
the strong odour of a company of great apes.
The panther had taken to a large tree as Tarzan came within sight of
him, and beyond and below him Tarzan saw the tribe of Akut lolling in a
little, natural clearing. Some of them were dozing against the boles
of trees, while others roamed about turning over bits of bark from
beneath which they transferred the luscious grubs and beetles to their
Akut was the closest to Sheeta.
The great cat lay crouched upon a thick limb, hidden from the ape's
view by dense foliage, waiting patiently until the anthropoid should
come within range of his spring.
Tarzan cautiously gained a position in the same tree with the panther
and a little above him. In his left hand he grasped his slim stone
blade. He would have preferred to use his noose, but the foliage
surrounding the huge cat precluded the possibility of an accurate throw
with the rope.
Akut had now wandered quite close beneath the tree wherein lay the
waiting death. Sheeta slowly edged his hind paws along the branch
still further beneath him, and then with a hideous shriek he launched
himself toward the great ape. The barest fraction of a second before
his spring another beast of prey above him leaped, its weird and savage
cry mingling with his.
As the startled Akut looked up he saw the panther almost above him, and
already upon the panther's back the white ape that had bested him that
day near the great water.
The teeth of the ape-man were buried in the back of Sheeta's neck and
his right arm was round the fierce throat, while the left hand,
grasping a slender piece of stone, rose and fell in mighty blows upon
the panther's side behind the left shoulder.
Akut had just time to leap to one side to avoid being pinioned beneath
these battling monsters of the jungle.
With a crash they came to earth at his feet. Sheeta was screaming,
snarling, and roaring horribly; but the white ape clung tenaciously and
in silence to the thrashing body of his quarry.
Steadily and remorselessly the stone knife was driven home through the
glossy hide--time and again it drank deep, until with a
" "Let us hope not, monsieur," said De Coude; "but yet it will do no harm to be on the alert, and to know that you have made at least one enemy today who never forgets and never forgives, and in whose malignant brain there are always hatching new atrocities to perpetrate upon those who have thwarted or offended him.Page 30
Tell me that you will, for my sake, for I should never forgive myself should you suffer through the kindness you did me.Page 36
"This way, Monsieur," he said, and led the way up the broad, marble staircase.Page 56
" Just as they were entering the room Abdul heard and translated a cry from the yard below for several to hasten to the street and cut off escape from that side.Page 61
" They drew in their horses and dismounted.Page 68
"No," replied Tarzan; "the game hereabout is timid, nor do I care particularly about hunting game birds or antelope.Page 86
"What you ask will take my last cent, and the only valuable military secret I hold.Page 109
As he swam, guided toward the east by the stars, he noticed that he felt the weight of his shoes, and so he removed them.Page 134
He had made another lucky hit.Page 137
It occurred to him that he might have considerable more fun with them, so again he called to them through his improvised trumpet.Page 139
When they saw that he was white they were filled with awe, for never had they seen a white savage before, and at his great muscles and giant frame they were struck with wonder and admiration.Page 144
" As he spoke Wilson had been boring a hole in one of the water kegs, and as Spider held a tin cup he tilted the keg to pour a draft of the precious fluid.Page 148
When the sailor withdrew his hand and looked at the piece of money within, he dropped fainting to the bottom of the boat.Page 154
He wondered if he were not looking upon the ruins of the civilization that this strange people had wrought amid the savage surroundings of their strange and savage home.Page 166
For some time there was no sign of returning animation, but at last his efforts were rewarded by a slight tremor of the half-closed lids.Page 167
This he fastened to a small tree which grew at the top of a low bank, for the tide was at flood, and he feared that the boat might carry them all out to sea again with the ebb, since it was quite likely that it would be beyond his strength to get Jane Porter to the shore for several hours.Page 169
None of the horrors of shipwreck had been theirs, and though depressed by sorrow, and suffering from the shock of the catastrophe and the unaccustomed hardships of their new existence there was none much the.Page 179
Far beneath him he saw smoke arising above the tree-tops of the forest at the base of the foothills.Page 197
The moment his full weight came upon the rope he felt it slip from above.Page 205
"Yes," he almost shouted; "I will live.