I agreed, "for their extreme boldness and
fearlessness in the presence of man would suggest either that man is
entirely unknown to them, or that they are extremely familiar with him
as their natural and most easily procured prey."
"But where did they come from?" asked Delcarte. "Could they have
traveled here from Asia?"
I shook my head. The thing was a puzzle to me. I knew that it was
practically beyond reason to imagine that tigers had crossed the
mountain ranges and rivers and all the great continent of Europe to
travel this far from their native lairs, and entirely impossible that
they should have crossed the English Channel at all. Yet here they
were, and in great numbers.
We continued up the Tamar several miles, filled our casks, and then
landed to cook some of our deer steak, and have the first square meal
that had fallen to our lot since the Coldwater deserted us. But scarce
had we built our fire and prepared the meat for cooking than Snider,
whose eyes had been constantly roving about the landscape from the
moment that we left the launch, touched me on the arm and pointed to a
clump of bushes which grew a couple of hundred yards away.
Half concealed behind their screening foliage I saw the yellow and
black of a big tiger, and, as I looked, the beast stalked majestically
toward us. A moment later, he was followed by another and another, and
it is needless to state that we beat a hasty retreat to the launch.
The country was apparently infested by these huge Carnivora, for after
three other attempts to land and cook our food we were forced to
abandon the idea entirely, as each time we were driven off by hunting
It was also equally impossible to obtain the necessary ingredients for
our chemical fuel, and, as we had very little left aboard, we
determined to step our folding mast and proceed under sail, hoarding
our fuel supply for use in emergencies.
I may say that it was with no regret that we bid adieu to Tigerland, as
we rechristened the ancient Devon, and, beating out into the Channel,
turned the launch's nose southeast, to round Bolt Head and continue up
the coast toward the Strait of Dover and the North Sea.
I was determined to reach London as soon as possible, that we might
obtain fresh clothing, meet with cultured people, and learn from the
lips of Englishmen the secrets of the two centuries since the East had
been divorced from the West.
For an hour or more they heard it sniffing and clawing at the trees which supported their platform, but at last it roamed away across the beach, where Clayton could see it clearly in the brilliant moonlight--a great, handsome beast, the largest he had ever seen.Page 29
The little fellow crouched trembling just.Page 34
long dead day did little Tarzan give but passing heed.Page 50
Several small animals passed unharmed beneath him.Page 53
That they more greatly feared an attack from the rear than whatever unknown enemies lurked in their advance was evidenced by the formation of the column; and such was the fact, for they were fleeing from the white man's soldiers who had so harassed them for rubber and ivory that they had turned upon their conquerors one day and massacred a white officer and a small detachment of his black troops.Page 54
The apes scattered by ones, and twos, and threes in all directions, but ever within sound of a signal of alarm.Page 58
He searched the ground below the tree, and he searched the tree above the ground; but there was no sign of either bow or arrows or of the nocturnal marauder.Page 93
No, this could not be Tarzan of the Apes, for it was very evident that he was an utter stranger to English.Page 107
Philander were deeply interested in examining the skeletons.Page 108
Even Manu, the monkey, was more intelligent than they.Page 129
Philander and the weeping Esmeralda.Page 138
Slowly the circumstances of her position crept one by one into her mind.Page 140
Tarzan pointed toward the sounds, touched his breast and pointed again.Page 141
"Jane!" he cried.Page 149
Slowly she turned and walked back to the cabin.Page 159
Tarzan was nowhere in sight.Page 167
If you know him and can speak his language carry my thanks to him, and tell him that I waited.Page 169
At last the vision of a beautiful face, and the memory of warm lips crushed to his dissolved the fascinating picture he had been drawing of his old life.Page 197
"Here is a message for you, forwarded from Baltimore; it is a cablegram from Paris.