stood outside the enclosure.
Behind her lay a fate worse than death, at the hands of human beings.
Before her lay an almost certain fate--but it was only death--sudden,
merciful, and honourable death.
Without a tremor and without regret she darted away from the camp, and
a moment later the mysterious jungle had closed about her.
Alone in the Jungle
Tambudza, leading Tarzan of the Apes toward the camp of the Russian,
moved very slowly along the winding jungle path, for she was old and
her legs stiff with rheumatism.
So it was that the runners dispatched by M'ganwazam to warn Rokoff that
the white giant was in his village and that he would be slain that
night reached the Russian's camp before Tarzan and his ancient guide
had covered half the distance.
The guides found the white man's camp in a turmoil. Rokoff had that
morning been discovered stunned and bleeding within his tent. When he
had recovered his senses and realized that Jane Clayton had escaped,
his rage was boundless.
Rushing about the camp with his rifle, he had sought to shoot down the
native sentries who had allowed the young woman to elude their
vigilance, but several of the other whites, realizing that they were
already in a precarious position owing to the numerous desertions that
Rokoff's cruelty had brought about, seized and disarmed him.
Then came the messengers from M'ganwazam, but scarce had they told
their story and Rokoff was preparing to depart with them for their
village when other runners, panting from the exertions of their swift
flight through the jungle, rushed breathless into the firelight, crying
that the great white giant had escaped from M'ganwazam and was already
on his way to wreak vengeance against his enemies.
Instantly confusion reigned within the encircling boma. The blacks
belonging to Rokoff's safari were terror-stricken at the thought of the
proximity of the white giant who hunted through the jungle with a
fierce pack of apes and panthers at his heels.
Before the whites realized what had happened the superstitious fears of
the natives had sent them scurrying into the bush--their own carriers
as well as the messengers from M'ganwazam--but even in their haste they
had not neglected to take with them every article of value upon which
they could lay their hands.
Thus Rokoff and the seven white sailors found themselves deserted and
robbed in the midst of a wilderness.
The Russian, following his usual custom, berated his companions, laying
all the blame upon their shoulders for the events which had led up to
the almost hopeless condition in which they now found
pirate swear, but his best efforts would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's masterful and scientific imprecations.Page 9
Then his scattered wits slowly foregathered, and he sat up sniffing the air with an expression of wonderment upon his face.Page 15
They were to all appearances strikingly similar in aspect to the Negro of Africa.Page 18
For two hundred and fifty miles our prospector bore us through the crust beneath our outer world.Page 21
We were placed in the center of the amphitheater--the thousand creatures forming a great ring about us.Page 22
Up to this time the excitement had kept us both up; but now the tiresome monotony of the long march across the sun-baked plain brought on all the agonies consequent to a long-denied sleep.Page 26
By comparison with this method Hooja's lovemaking might be called thinly veiled.Page 28
A roar of approval went up from those of the other prisoners and the Sagoths who had witnessed the brief drama; not, as I later learned, because I had championed the girl, but for the neat and, to them, astounding method by which I had bested Hooja.Page 37
"Yes, David," he concluded, "it would entail murder to carry out your plan.Page 39
VI THE BEGINNING OF HORROR Within Pellucidar one time is as good as another.Page 41
Their technic consisted in waving their tails and moving their heads in a regular succession of measured movements resulting in a cadence which evidently pleased the eye of the Mahar as the cadence of our own instrumental music pleases our ears.Page 47
The thing was a hollowed log drawn upon the sands, and in the bottom of it lay a crude paddle.Page 61
I felt that I was a fool ever to have attempted to escape alone, especially in view of the fact that our plans were already well formulated to make a break for freedom together.Page 65
" Well, Ja should know his own business, I thought, and so I grasped the spear and clambered up toward the red man as rapidly as I could--being so far removed from my simian ancestors as I am.Page 67
Afterward I should return and visit him--if I could ever find his island.Page 86
A backward glance gave me a glimpse of the first of the Sagoths at the far end of a considerable stretch of canyon through which we had just passed, and then a sudden turning shut the ugly creature from my view; but the loud howl of triumphant rage which rose behind us was evidence that the gorilla-man had sighted us.Page 92
First I devoured the remainder of the carcass of the orthopi I had killed before my last sleep.Page 93
Some time in past ages an earthquake had produced a fault at this point, so that beyond the spot where I stood the strata had slipped down a matter of twenty feet.Page 99
Each time my sword found his body--once penetrating to his lung.Page 104
Then I realized that, very gently, she was trying to disengage her arms, and I loosened my grip upon them so that she could do so.