sea food as is obtainable close to
shore, for they had no boats, nor any knowledge of such things.
Their weapons were most primitive, consisting of rude spears tipped
with pieces of metal pounded roughly into shape. They had no
literature, no religion, and recognized no law other than the law of
might. They produced fire by striking a bit of flint and steel
together, but for the most part they ate their food raw. Marriage is
unknown among them, and while they have the word, mother, they did not
know what I meant by "father." The males fight for the favor of the
females. They practice infanticide, and kill the aged and physically
The family consists of the mother and the children, the men dwelling
sometimes in one hut and sometimes in another. Owing to their bloody
duels, they are always numerically inferior to the women, so there is
shelter for them all.
We spent several hours in the village, where we were objects of the
greatest curiosity. The inhabitants examined our clothing and all our
belongings, and asked innumerable questions concerning the strange
country from which we had come and the manner of our coming.
I questioned many of them concerning past historical events, but they
knew nothing beyond the narrow limits of their island and the savage,
primitive life they led there. London they had never heard of, and
they assured me that I would find no human beings upon the mainland.
Much saddened by what I had seen, I took my departure from them, and
the three of us made our way back to the launch, accompanied by about
five hundred men, women, girls, and boys.
As we sailed away, after procuring the necessary ingredients of our
chemical fuel, the Grubittens lined the shore in silent wonder at the
strange sight of our dainty craft dancing over the sparkling waters,
and watched us until we were lost to their sight.
It was during the morning of July 6, 2137, that we entered the mouth of
the Thames--to the best of my knowledge the first Western keel to cut
those historic waters for two hundred and twenty-one years!
But where were the tugs and the lighters and the barges, the lightships
and the buoys, and all those countless attributes which went to make up
the myriad life of the ancient Thames?
Gone! All gone! Only silence and desolation reigned where once the
commerce of the world had centered.
I could not help but compare this once great water-way with the waters
about our New York,
and bamboo covered the windows, and, most arduous task of all, with his meager assortment of tools he had fashioned lumber to neatly seal the walls and ceiling and lay a smooth floor within the cabin.Page 29
So far as the ape was concerned, Sabor reasoned correctly.Page 59
All he knew was that he could not eat the flesh of this black man, and thus hereditary instinct, ages old, usurped the functions of his untaught mind and saved him from transgressing a worldwide law of whose very existence he was ignorant.Page 66
As he was dragged, still resisting, into the village street, the women and children set upon him with sticks and stones, and Tarzan of the Apes, young and savage beast of the jungle, wondered at the cruel brutality of his own kind.Page 88
Philander, after much insistence on the part of the latter, had finally turned their steps toward camp, they were as completely lost in the wild and tangled labyrinth of the matted jungle as two human beings well could be, though they did not know it.Page 95
Esmeralda weighed.Page 108
As Mr.Page 116
Clayton says.Page 128
The sides of the latter were crowded with men gazing shoreward, and it was evident to Clayton, as to the others who had now joined him, that the gun which they had heard had been fired to attract their attention if they still remained at the cabin.Page 132
A perfect type of the strongly masculine, unmarred by dissipation, or brutal or degrading passions.Page 142
The path wound through the jungle in a northeasterly direction, and along it the column moved in single file.Page 157
And so D'Arnot commenced at once, pointing out familiar objects and repeating their names in French, for he thought that it would be easier to teach this man his own language, since he understood it himself best of all.Page 160
D'Arnot sighted along the blue barrel at the crack of the door--and then he pulled the trigger.Page 161
"I most certainly should like to see him.Page 171
She simply ate what she needed when she needed it, and if the supply was very scarce, even though she found plenty for several meals, she would never gather any ahead.Page 175
On another occasion as Tarzan and D'Arnot sat at dinner with a number of other whites, the talk fell upon lions and lion hunting.Page 182
There are resemblances, yet--well, we had better leave it for Monsieur Desquerc to solve.Page 189
It was he! "My forest man!" she murmured.Page 193
"I do not wish you to become a murderer.Page 196
She should be very proud of such a husband.