had proved himself in every way the
contrary since the day before. It scarce seemed credible that he could
be serving her from motives purely chivalrous. There must be something
deeper in his intentions and plans than he had yet disclosed.
She wondered, and when she looked at him--at his close-set, shifty eyes
and repulsive features, she shuddered, for she was convinced that no
lofty characteristics could be hid behind so foul an exterior.
As she was thinking of these things the while she debated the wisdom of
uncovering the baby's face, there came a little grunt from the wee
bundle in her lap, and then a gurgling coo that set her heart in
The baby was awake! Now she might feast her eyes upon him.
Quickly she snatched the blanket from before the infant's face;
Anderssen was looking at her as she did so.
He saw her stagger to her feet, holding the baby at arm's length from
her, her eyes glued in horror upon the little chubby face and twinkling
Then he heard her piteous cry as her knees gave beneath her, and she
sank to the ground in a swoon.
As the warriors, clustered thick about Tarzan and Sheeta, realized that
it was a flesh-and-blood panther that had interrupted their dance of
death, they took heart a trifle, for in the face of all those circling
spears even the mighty Sheeta would be doomed.
Rokoff was urging the chief to have his spearmen launch their missiles,
and the black was upon the instant of issuing the command, when his
eyes strayed beyond Tarzan, following the gaze of the ape-man.
With a yell of terror the chief turned and fled toward the village
gate, and as his people looked to see the cause of his fright, they too
took to their heels--for there, lumbering down upon them, their huge
forms exaggerated by the play of moonlight and camp fire, came the
hideous apes of Akut.
The instant the natives turned to flee the ape-man's savage cry rang
out above the shrieks of the blacks, and in answer to it Sheeta and the
apes leaped growling after the fugitives. Some of the warriors turned
to battle with their enraged antagonists, but before the fiendish
ferocity of the fierce beasts they went down to bloody death.
Others were dragged down in their flight, and it was not until the
village was empty and the last of the blacks had disappeared into the
bush that Tarzan was able to recall his savage pack to his side. Then
it was that
We can go aboard, get the child, and return without the slightest fear.Page 8
I little thought," he added to himself, "that any such good luck as this would come to me.Page 21
Chapter 4 Sheeta The next few days were occupied by Tarzan in completing his weapons and exploring the jungle.Page 30
Big fellows they were, all of them, their barbaric headdresses and grotesquely painted faces, together with their many metal ornaments and gorgeously coloured feathers, adding to their wild, fierce appearance.Page 36
Mugambi and Akut went with him, and Sheeta, the panther, and a dozen great males of the tribe of Akut.Page 38
When the meal was done the brutes were for curling up to sleep, so Tarzan and Mugambi set off in search of the Ugambi River.Page 40
As it touched Tarzan spoke a few low words to Sheeta and Akut, so that before the attacking warriors could draw away there sprang upon them with a blood-freezing scream a huge panther, and into the other end of their canoe clambered a great ape.Page 53
It was Sheeta, the panther.Page 54
The man heard the soft scraping of the body as it passed over the top of the palisade, and then silence.Page 56
A little stream of blood trickled down the giant's smooth skin from the wound in his side; but no murmur of pain passed his lips.Page 60
" Jane Clayton looked at him in surprise.Page 62
And with them strange, uncanny notes that the girl could not ascribe to any particular night prowler--more terrible because of their mystery.Page 77
"The other.Page 94
Jane wished that they would go on, for she knew that at any moment some little, eddying gust of wind might carry her scent down to their nostrils, and then what would the protection of her rifle amount to in the face of those gigantic muscles and mighty fangs? Her eyes moved back and forth between the apes and the edge of the jungle toward which they were gazing until at last she perceived the object of their halt and the thing that they awaited.Page 102
It was too late, however, to turn back, for the current that carried her toward the ship was much too strong for her muscles.Page 106
They were making rapidly in his direction, and with a superhuman effort the man struck out for the overhanging branches of a near-by tree.Page 128
The apes of Akut, terrified by the sound, ran hither and thither, snarling and growling.Page 138
He feared the rope, therefore, more than he did the knife of the Maori; but he feared them both too much to remain within reach of either.Page 139
Never would Kai Shang or Momulla go to such pains to slay him or another unless it would put money into their pockets, and as Gust had no money it was evident that they were searching for someone else.Page 144
Once again the hideous crew entered the service of their master, and without question took up their places in the skiff.