of land and over
the rising promontory brought Tarzan, by a short cut, to the inward
bend of the winding river, and there before him upon the bosom of the
stream he saw the dugout, and in its stern Nikolas Rokoff.
Jane was not with the Russian.
At sight of his enemy the broad scar upon the ape-man's brow burned
scarlet, and there rose to his lips the hideous, bestial challenge of
Rokoff shuddered as the weird and terrible alarm fell upon his ears.
Cowering in the bottom of the boat, his teeth chattering in terror, he
watched the man he feared above all other creatures upon the face of
the earth as he ran quickly to the edge of the water.
Even though the Russian knew that he was safe from his enemy, the very
sight of him threw him into a frenzy of trembling cowardice, which
became frantic hysteria as he saw the white giant dive fearlessly into
the forbidding waters of the tropical river.
With steady, powerful strokes the ape-man forged out into the stream
toward the drifting dugout. Now Rokoff seized one of the paddles lying
in the bottom of the craft, and, with terrorwide eyes still glued upon
the living death that pursued him, struck out madly in an effort to
augment the speed of the unwieldy canoe.
And from the opposite bank a sinister ripple, unseen by either man,
moved steadily toward the half-naked swimmer.
Tarzan had reached the stern of the craft at last. One hand
upstretched grasped the gunwale. Rokoff sat frozen with fear, unable
to move a hand or foot, his eyes riveted upon the face of his Nemesis.
Then a sudden commotion in the water behind the swimmer caught his
attention. He saw the ripple, and he knew what caused it.
At the same instant Tarzan felt mighty jaws close upon his right leg.
He tried to struggle free and raise himself over the side of the boat.
His efforts would have succeeded had not this unexpected interruption
galvanized the malign brain of the Russian into instant action with its
sudden promise of deliverance and revenge.
Like a venomous snake the man leaped toward the stern of the boat, and
with a single swift blow struck Tarzan across the head with the heavy
paddle. The ape-man's fingers slipped from their hold upon the gunwale.
There was a short struggle at the surface, and then a swirl of waters,
a little eddy, and a burst of bubbles soon smoothed out by the flowing
current marked for the instant the spot where Tarzan
Without more ado I swung the door wide open and, followed by the huge Thark, stepped into the chamber.Page 31
"What if I were from the Temple of Issus?" I hazarded on a wild guess.Page 42
At Thuvia's suggestion two of the released prisoners bore the body of the dead thern upon their shoulders with us as we continued our journey toward the storeroom, which we reached without further mishap.Page 52
As though his cry was but a signal to the others, the entire great pack hurled themselves among the fighters.Page 55
Presently the vessel veered toward the west and then swung gracefully to the south.Page 56
With one mighty downward surge I swept him clear of the deck.Page 60
No sound of conflict reached our ears, for in the rarefied atmosphere of our great altitude no sound wave could penetrate; they were dissipated in thin air far below us.Page 67
" "But do you not by every means encourage the superstition among those of the outside world?" I argued.Page 74
Very clumsily too, I.Page 76
"Come," he said, and we followed him through the hatchway which had been opened by one of the seamen.Page 83
The big fellow spun around like a top, his knees gave beneath him and he crumpled to the ground at my feet.Page 101
There we may live for a time, and who knows what may transpire to aid us to escape?" He had spoken all in a low whisper, evidently fearing spying ears even here, and so I answered him in the same subdued tone.Page 104
We had slightly reduced our speed with the dawning of a sense of security, but now I took the helm once more and pulled the noble little engine wide open, so that again we raced north at terrific velocity.Page 119
She would have thrown her arms about my neck and smothered me with caresses, had I not gently but firmly disengaged myself.Page 155
Kantos Kan and Xodar were to attend to the remodelling of the ships.Page 156
That any knew of this panel outside my own household, I was doubtful.Page 172
Then I joined Kantos Kan.Page 186
Coming from within as I did, I found myself behind the blacks, and, without waiting to even calculate their numbers or the foolhardiness of my venture, I charged swiftly across the chamber and fell upon them from the rear with my keen long-sword.Page 193
"Let me die here beside my Princess--there is no hope or happiness elsewhere for me.