that Lieutenant Jefferson
Turck had taken his ship across thirty, every man aboard would know
that the first officer had committed a crime that was punishable by
both degradation and death. Johnson turned and eyed me narrowly.
"Shall I place him under arrest?" he asked.
"You shall not," I replied. "Nor shall anyone else."
"You become a party to his crime!" he cried angrily.
"You may go below, Mr. Johnson," I said, "and attend to the work of
unpacking the extra instruments and having them properly set upon the
He saluted, and left me, and for some time I stood, gazing out upon the
angry waters, my mind filled with unhappy reflections upon the unjust
fate that had overtaken me, and the sorrow and disgrace that I had
unwittingly brought down upon my house.
I rejoiced that I should leave neither wife nor child to bear the
burden of my shame throughout their lives.
As I thought upon my misfortune, I considered more clearly than ever
before the unrighteousness of the regulation which was to prove my
doom, and in the natural revolt against its injustice my anger rose,
and there mounted within me a feeling which I imagine must have
paralleled that spirit that once was prevalent among the ancients
For the first time in my life I found my sentiments arraying themselves
against custom, tradition, and even government. The wave of rebellion
swept over me in an instant, beginning with an heretical doubt as to
the sanctity of the established order of things--that fetish which has
ruled Pan-Americans for two centuries, and which is based upon a blind
faith in the infallibility of the prescience of the long-dead framers
of the articles of Pan-American federation--and ending in an adamantine
determination to defend my honor and my life to the last ditch against
the blind and senseless regulation which assumed the synonymity of
misfortune and treason.
I would replace the destroyed instruments upon the bridge; every
officer and man should know when we crossed thirty. But then I should
assert the spirit which dominated me, I should resist arrest, and
insist upon bringing my ship back across the dead line, remaining at my
post until we had reached New York. Then I should make a full report,
and with it a demand upon public opinion that the dead lines be wiped
forever from the seas.
I knew that I was right. I knew that no more loyal officer wore the
uniform of the navy. I knew that I was a good officer and sailor, and
I didn't propose submitting to
He made a sudden lunge for Tarzan, but the ape-boy leaped nimbly to one side, eluding him, and with the quickness of a cat wheeled and leaped back again to close quarters.Page 4
He took risks only when it seemed necessary, and then he would hesitate at nothing.Page 36
Now she sat upon a high branch, safe out of harm's way, cuddling the little thing close to her hairy breast, the while her savage little eyes bored down upon the contestants in the clearing, and her ferocious voice urged Taug and the other bulls to leap into the melee.Page 48
Against Numa, the lion, they would have charged fearlessly.Page 49
The apes were astir in search of food.Page 62
Their every attitude and expression was a menace.Page 66
The warrior even went to Momaya's husband, who, in turn, having little authority over the vixenish lady of his choice, went to Mbonga, the chief.Page 68
Even now he and Tarzan could converse in a fairly satisfactory manner by supplementing the meager ape speech with signs; but for the most part, Go-bu-balu was silent other than to answer questions put to him.Page 69
That strange functioning of the mind which sometimes is called association of ideas snapped Teeka and Gazan before the ape-man's mental vision.Page 86
A shaggy forearm protruded into the chamber.Page 104
It was an angry Numa that quitted the river and prowled, fierce, dangerous, and hungry, into the jungle.Page 113
Instantly the tribe took up the cry until "Kreeg-ahs!" rang through the jungle about.Page 122
His whole body seemed on fire, a great sickness surged upward to his throat.Page 131
Early that morning, Tarzan of the Apes had gone to the cabin.Page 146
The big bull ape seemed to have lost whatever sense of humor he once may have possessed.Page 151
The powerful black warrior struggled to free himself; but he was as a child in the grip of his adversary.Page 156
Bending low, sometimes resting for a moment.Page 158
The women and children already had fled to the questionable safety of the nearest huts, and the warriors were not long in following their example, so that presently Tarzan was left in sole possession of the village street.Page 161
His eyes, his ears and his keen nostrils were ever on the alert.Page 172
The trumpeting of a mad tusker rose shrill above the cries.