cropping off the
tender vegetation with its razorlike talons and sucking it up from its
two mouths, which lie one in the palm of each hand, through its
In addition to the features which I have already described, the beast
was equipped with a massive tail about six feet in length, quite round
where it joined the body, but tapering to a flat, thin blade toward the
end, which trailed at right angles to the ground.
By far the most remarkable feature of this most remarkable creature,
however, were the two tiny replicas of it, each about six inches in
length, which dangled, one on either side, from its armpits. They were
suspended by a small stem which seemed to grow from the exact tops of
their heads to where it connected them with the body of the adult.
Whether they were the young, or merely portions of a composite
creature, I did not know.
As I had been scrutinizing this weird monstrosity the balance of the
herd had fed quite close to me and I now saw that while many had the
smaller specimens dangling from them, not all were thus equipped, and I
further noted that the little ones varied in size from what appeared to
be but tiny unopened buds an inch in diameter through various stages of
development to the full-fledged and perfectly formed creature of ten to
twelve inches in length.
Feeding with the herd were many of the little fellows not much larger
than those which remained attached to their parents, and from the young
of that size the herd graded up to the immense adults.
Fearsome-looking as they were, I did not know whether to fear them or
not, for they did not seem to be particularly well equipped for
fighting, and I was on the point of stepping from my hiding-place and
revealing myself to them to note the effect upon them of the sight of a
man when my rash resolve was, fortunately for me, nipped in the bud by
a strange shrieking wail, which seemed to come from the direction of
the bluffs at my right.
Naked and unarmed, as I was, my end would have been both speedy and
horrible at the hands of these cruel creatures had I had time to put my
resolve into execution, but at the moment of the shriek each member of
the herd turned in the direction from which the sound seemed to come,
and at the same instant every particular snake-like hair upon their
heads rose stiffly perpendicular as if each had been a sentient
The yellow, mildewed pages of the diary of.Page 6
"Maybe we are borrowing trouble.Page 9
But then the first mate lunged forward upon his face, and at a cry of command from Black Michael the mutineers charged the remaining four.Page 21
Chapter IV The Apes In the forest of the table-land a mile back from the ocean old Kerchak the Ape was on a rampage of rage among his people.Page 27
As Tarzan grew he made more rapid strides, so that by the time he was ten years old he was an excellent climber, and on the ground could do many wonderful things which were beyond the powers of his little brothers and sisters.Page 44
Another male then sprang into the arena, and, repeating the horrid cries of his king, followed stealthily in his wake.Page 54
They followed him, racing through the trees, for a.Page 62
Armed men rushed from the interior of many a hut and raced madly across the clearing toward the excited sentry.Page 72
When the awe-struck savages saw that the food disappeared overnight they were filled with consternation and dread, for it was one thing to put food out to propitiate a god or a devil, but quite another thing to have the spirit really come into the village and eat it.Page 74
Then must Tarzan summon all before him, and if he finds that the wife prefers her new lord he commands that matters remain as they are, or possibly that Mungo give Thaka one of his daughters in exchange.Page 78
you are satisfied?" "HUH," said the ape.Page 80
No other sound did he utter nor was there any creature in sight about him.Page 106
" But scarcely were the words out of his mouth ere he, too, had been seized and securely bound by the neck with the same rope.Page 132
Chapter XX Heredity When Jane realized that she was being borne away a captive by the strange forest creature who had rescued her from the clutches of the ape she struggled desperately to escape, but the strong arms that held her as easily as though she had been but a day-old babe only pressed a little more tightly.Page 135
Again he rose and went into the trees, but first he tried to explain by means of signs that he would return shortly, and he did so well that Jane understood and was not afraid when he had gone.Page 139
Would he take her back to the beach or would he keep her here? Suddenly she realized that the matter did not seem to give her much concern.Page 146
It was slow work, for they bore the bodies of six dead men, two more having succumbed during the night, and several of those who were wounded required support to move even very slowly.Page 150
The French bullets mowed them down, and the French sailors bounded over their prostrate bodies straight for the village gate.Page 169
"But you must learn to eat cooked food, my friend," remonstrated D'Arnot.Page 187
"I do not know," replied Clayton.