said. "Are you going to keep
your word and return my identity?"
"I have promised," replied Barney, "and what I promise I always
"Then exchange clothing with me at once," cried the king, half
rising from his cot.
"Not so fast, my friend," rejoined the American. "There are a few
trifling details to be arranged before we resume our proper
"Do you realize that you should be hanged for what you have done?"
snarled the king. "You assaulted me, stole my clothing, left me here
to be shot by Peter, and sat upon my throne in Lustadt while I lay a
prisoner condemned to death."
"And do you realize," replied Barney, "that by so doing I saved your
foolish little throne for you; that I drove the invaders from your
dominions; that I have unmasked your enemies, and that I have once
again proven to you that the Prince von der Tann is your best friend
and most loyal supporter?"
"You laid your plebeian hands upon me," cried the king, raising his
voice. "You humiliated me, and you shall suffer for it."
Barney Custer eyed the king for a long moment before he spoke again.
It was difficult to believe that the man was so devoid of gratitude,
and so blind as not to see that even the rough treatment that he had
received at the American's hands was as nothing by comparison with
the service that the American had done him. Apparently Leopold had
already forgotten that three times Barney Custer had saved his life
in the courtyard below. From the man's demeanor, now that his life
was no longer at stake, Barney caught an inkling of what his
attitude might be when once again he was returned to the despotic
power of his kingship.
"It is futile to reason with you," he said. "There is only one way
to handle such as you. At present I hold the power to coerce you,
and I shall continue to hold that power until I am safely out of
your two-by-four kingdom. If you do as I say you shall have your
throne back again. If you refuse, why by Heaven you shall never have
it. I'll stay king of Lutha myself."
"What are your terms?" asked the king.
"That Prince Peter of Blentz, Captain Ernst Maenck, and old Von
Coblich be tried, convicted, and hanged for high treason," replied
"That is easy," said the king. "I should do so anyway immediately I
resumed my throne. Now get up and give me my clothes. Take this cot
and I will take the bed. None will
A little farther on, a gaily feathered bird strutted about before the admiring eyes of his somber-hued mate.Page 16
He was not long kept in suspense, however, as to the whereabouts of the ape-man, for a second later the youth dropped lightly to the broad head of his old friend.Page 25
Then he stood listening.Page 29
cocked his head upon one side, and stared.Page 34
Quickly Taug drew himself to a position of safety and shook off the noose.Page 64
He feared the jungle days with their long excursions through the dizzy tree tops.Page 78
Momaya threw herself at Tarzan's feet, raising.Page 80
Little Go-bu-balu had been stolen again, and this time by another than Tarzan.Page 81
When she saw who it was, she breathed a sigh of partial relief, though she still clung tightly to Tibo.Page 90
He shouted, jumped up and down, and made frightful grimaces; then he put his face close over the mouth of the vessel and appeared to be communing with the spirits within.Page 103
And they did.Page 107
The hairless ape-thing with the man scent was worst of all, for he had even the temerity to advance upon the ground to within a few yards of the Lord of the Jungle, that he might with greater accuracy and force hurl the sharp bits of granite and the heavy sticks at him.Page 109
Numa's talons missed him by little more than inches.Page 129
as they would fight for their own.Page 136
"A stranger bull has been here," said Tarzan.Page 139
To you or me there would have been no spoor, even before the coming of the rain, except, possibly, where Toog had come to earth and followed a game trail.Page 149
A slow, grim smile touched his lips.Page 159
And then the lion was in the midst of the warriors, clawing and tearing to right and left.Page 163
Once he had, in investigating an abandoned fire in the village of the blacks, picked up a live coal.