great white apes.
The brutal beasts moved among the crowd as pet dogs might. If they
were in the way the blacks pushed them roughly to one side, or whacked
them with the flat of a sword, and the animals slunk away as in great
Presently we came upon our destination, a great amphitheatre situated
at the further edge of the plain, and about half a mile beyond the
Through a massive arched gateway the blacks poured in to take their
seats, while our guards led us to a smaller entrance near one end of
Through this we passed into an enclosure beneath the seats, where we
found a number of other prisoners herded together under guard. Some of
them were in irons, but for the most part they seemed sufficiently awed
by the presence of their guards to preclude any possibility of
During the trip from Shador I had had no opportunity to talk with my
fellow-prisoner, but now that we were safely within the barred paddock
our guards abated their watchfulness, with the result that I found
myself able to approach the red Martian youth for whom I felt such a
"What is the object of this assembly?" I asked him. "Are we to fight
for the edification of the First Born, or is it something worse than
"It is a part of the monthly rites of Issus," he replied, "in which
black men wash the sins from their souls in the blood of men from the
outer world. If, perchance, the black is killed, it is evidence of his
disloyalty to Issus--the unpardonable sin. If he lives through the
contest he is held acquitted of the charge that forced the sentence of
the rites, as it is called, upon him.
"The forms of combat vary. A number of us may be pitted together
against an equal number, or twice the number of blacks; or singly we
may be sent forth to face wild beasts, or some famous black warrior."
"And if we are victorious," I asked, "what then--freedom?"
"Freedom, forsooth. The only freedom for us death. None who enters
the domains of the First Born ever leave. If we prove able fighters we
are permitted to fight often. If we are not mighty fighters--" He
shrugged his shoulders. "Sooner or later we die in the arena."
"And you have fought often?" I asked.
"Very often," he replied. "It is my only pleasure. Some hundred black
devils have I accounted for during
Soon after, he lowered the curtain walls, tying them securely to the trees so that, except for a little opening toward the beach, they were entirely enclosed.Page 22
With the death of the babe his fit of demoniacal rage passed as suddenly as it had seized him.Page 26
After roaming about the vicinity for a short time, they started back for the deeper forests and the higher land from whence they had come.Page 32
The other apes derived unlimited amusement from Tublat's discomfiture, for Broken Nose was a disagreeable old fellow, whom no one liked, anyway.Page 35
He had taken scarce a dozen steps toward the jungle when a great form rose up before him from the shadows of a low bush.Page 39
In his hands was a primer opened at a picture of a little ape similar to himself, but covered, except for hands and face, with strange, colored fur, for such he thought the jacket and trousers to be.Page 46
Tublat, however, was close upon his heels, so that he had no opportunity to seek a place of concealment, but saw that he would be put to it to escape at all.Page 56
The sinewy black arm had drawn the shaft far back; Horta, the boar, was charging, and then the black released the little poisoned arrow, and Tarzan saw it fly with the quickness of thought and lodge in the bristling neck of the boar.Page 66
It was the signal for fifty others.Page 77
In another instant she was back at the lattice, and with renewed fury was clawing at the aperture, but with lessened effect, since the wounded member was almost useless.Page 130
When restoratives had been applied several of the men regained consciousness, and then the whole story was told.Page 132
Within a few minutes the little body of sailors and the two French officers, together with Professor Porter and Clayton, set off upon their hopeless and ill-fated quest into the untracked jungle.Page 133
Though they had come many miles, it was still but midafternoon, and the amphitheater was bathed in the half light which filtered through the maze of encircling foliage.Page 145
Struggling and shrieking, his body, rolling from side to side, moved quickly toward the shadows beneath the trees.Page 166
With a cry of anguish D'Arnot sprang to the ape-man's side, and kneeling, lifted the latter's head in his arms--calling Tarzan's name aloud.Page 180
" He drew from the little case a square of plate glass, a little tube of thick ink, a rubber roller, and a few snowy white cards.Page 186
To the east the black smoke clouds rose higher into the heavens, suddenly they eddied, and then commenced to drift rapidly toward the west.Page 187
" "There was something most startlingly familiar about him," exclaimed Mr.Page 191
"You are quite right, Monsieur Clayton," he said, in French.