fiends would devour him when the dance was
done caused him not a single qualm of horror or disgust. It did not
add to his sufferings as it would have to those of an ordinary white
man, for all his life Tarzan had seen the beasts of the jungle devour
the flesh of their kills.
Had he not himself battled for the grisly forearm of a great ape at
that long-gone Dum-Dum, when he had slain the fierce Tublat and won his
niche in the respect of the Apes of Kerchak?
The dancers were leaping more closely to him now. The spears were
commencing to find his body in the first torturing pricks that prefaced
the more serious thrusts.
It would not be long now. The ape-man longed for the last savage lunge
that would end his misery.
And then, far out in the mazes of the weird jungle, rose a shrill
For an instant the dancers paused, and in the silence of the interval
there rose from the lips of the fast-bound white man an answering
shriek, more fearsome and more terrible than that of the jungle-beast
that had roused it.
For several minutes the blacks hesitated; then, at the urging of Rokoff
and their chief, they leaped in to finish the dance and the victim; but
ere ever another spear touched the brown hide a tawny streak of
green-eyed hate and ferocity bounded from the door of the hut in which
Tarzan had been imprisoned, and Sheeta, the panther, stood snarling
beside his master.
For an instant the blacks and the whites stood transfixed with terror.
Their eyes were riveted upon the bared fangs of the jungle cat.
Only Tarzan of the Apes saw what else there was emerging from the dark
interior of the hut.
Chivalry or Villainy
From her cabin port upon the Kincaid, Jane Clayton had seen her husband
rowed to the verdure-clad shore of Jungle Island, and then the ship
once more proceeded upon its way.
For several days she saw no one other than Sven Anderssen, the
Kincaid's taciturn and repellent cook. She asked him the name of the
shore upon which her husband had been set.
"Ay tank it blow purty soon purty hard," replied the Swede, and that
was all that she could get out of him.
She had come to the conclusion that he spoke no other English, and so
she ceased to importune him for information; but never did she forget
to greet him pleasantly or to thank him for the hideous, nauseating
meals he brought her.
Three days from the spot where Tarzan had
He threw himself to the ground and rolled about; but still those mighty fingers closed more and more tightly their deadly grip.Page 19
For half an hour Tarzan sprawled there upon Tantor's back.Page 30
Perhaps the fact that Teeka sat there watching him aroused a desire to vanquish the ape-man before her eyes, for in the breast of every jungle male lurks a vast egotism which finds expression in the performance of deeds of derring-do before an audience of the opposite sex.Page 41
Twice he shook the old ape, then he released his tooth-hold.Page 43
Could the ape-man have known the purpose of this act, that it was intended to render the recipient invulnerable to the attacks of his enemies and fearless in the face of any danger, he would doubtless have leaped into the village street and appropriated the zebra's tail and a portion of the contents of the caldron.Page 48
Well indeed might Mbonga scream for help, for Tarzan, young and fleet-footed, covered the distance between them in great leaps, at the speed of a charging lion.Page 52
Tarzan, equally indifferent to a battle that was over, merely cast a parting glance at the still writhing body of Histah and wandered off toward the little pool which served to water the tribe at this point.Page 54
Had he not courted death to save their Gazan from the fangs and talons of Sheeta? Did he not fondle and cuddle the little one with even as great a show of affection as Teeka herself displayed? Their fears were allayed and Tarzan now found himself often in the role of nursemaid to a tiny anthropoid--an avocation which he found by no means irksome, since Gazan was a never-failing fount of surprises and entertainment.Page 60
Once at a safe distance from the despoiled mother and out of earshot of her screams and menaces, Tarzan paused to inspect his prize, now so thoroughly terrorized that he had ceased his struggles and his outcries.Page 66
Momaya was neither frail nor weak, physically, but she was a woman, an ignorant, superstitious, African savage.Page 70
The spring of youth was gone from Momaya.Page 74
He did not shrink.Page 90
He moved rapidly and yet with caution, for the place was dark, unfamiliar and winding.Page 103
Numa shifted uneasily,.Page 107
His sudden roar of pain and rage was smothered by a volley from the apes, who had seen Tarzan's act.Page 121
He could not conceive of the possibility of apparently having passed through such a weird adventure in which there was no grain of truth.Page 135
Dropping among them, Tarzan approached the center of the group.Page 149
Tarzan hated them all; but Rabba Kega he especially hated.Page 150
Then he rose with a howl of pain and anger, and as he turned up the trail toward the village of Mbonga, the chief, his broad, black back was exposed to the silent thing.Page 153
The captured lion had been too angry and frightened to feed upon the body of his kill; but he had vented upon it much of his rage, until it was a frightful thing to behold.