An officer escorted them to the great hall, and presently
a dark visaged captain of cavalry entered and approached them.
"His Majesty, the King," he announced, "has returned to Blentz. In
accordance with the commands of the Regent I deliver his august
person into your safe keeping, Captain Maenck."
Maenck nodded. He was looking at Barney with evident curiosity.
"Where did you find him?" he asked Butzow.
He made no pretense of according to Barney the faintest indication
of the respect that is supposed to be due to those of royal blood.
Barney commenced to hope that he had finally come upon one who would
know that he was not king.
Butzow recounted the details of the finding of the king. As he
spoke, Maenck's eyes, restless and furtive, seemed to be appraising
the personal charms of the girl who stood just back of Barney.
The American did not like the appearance of the officer, but he saw
that he was evidently supreme at Blentz, and he determined to appeal
to him in the hope that the man might believe his story and untangle
the ridiculous muddle that a chance resemblance to a fugitive
monarch had thrown him and the girl into.
"Captain," said Barney, stepping closer to the officer, "there has
been a mistake in identity here. I am not the king. I am an American
traveling for pleasure in Lutha. The fact that I have gray eyes and
wear a full reddish-brown beard is my only offense. You are
doubtless familiar with the king's appearance and so you at least
have already seen that I am not his majesty.
"Not being the king, there is no cause to detain me longer, and as I
am not a fugitive and never have been, this young lady has been
guilty of no misdemeanor or crime in being in my company. Therefore
she too should be released. In the name of justice and common
decency I am sure that you will liberate us both at once and furnish
the Princess von der Tann, at least, with a proper escort to her
Maenck listened in silence until Barney had finished, a half smile
upon his thick lips.
"I am commencing to believe that you are not so crazy as we have all
thought," he said. "Certainly," and he let his eyes rest upon Emma
von der Tann, "you are not mentally deficient in so far as your
judgment of a good-looking woman is concerned. I could not have made
a better selection myself.
"As for my familiarity with your appearance, you know as well as I
"And you, my friends," he said, "are free to go among my people; the cave of my ancestors is yours, do what you will.Page 36
And consequent to this thought there enveloped him a blind frenzy of hatred for these creatures who dared thwart his purpose and menace the welfare of his wife.Page 44
that secured his wrists.Page 49
And then it did what the strange creature had said that it would do--it released its hold upon her hair as it prepared to charge.Page 53
He reached the foot of the cliff and strode into the jungle and here he halted, his keen eyes and ears watchful and alert, his sensitive nostrils searching each shifting air current for the scent spoor of game.Page 74
Tarzan stepped quickly back as though from a profaning hand, a feigned expression of horror and disgust upon his face.Page 87
"Tarzan-jad-guru!" she exclaimed in tones of mingled astonishment and relief.Page 90
" It was a challenge but despite the king's bold front there was a note of apology in it, indicating that in his superstitious mind there flourished the inherent fear of man for his Maker.Page 96
"And if I am wrong may Jad-ben-Otho pierce my heart with his lightnings as I stand here before you all.Page 109
Quickly cutting a thin strip of hide from the loin cloth of the priest, Tarzan tied it securely about the upper end of the severed member and then tucking the tail under his loin cloth behind him, secured it in place as best he could.Page 122
In the hypocritical priest there was no redeeming quality.Page 128
He had had enough of fighting and of risk.Page 129
And then, too, was not Mo-sar a powerful chief to whose orders disobedience might prove a dangerous thing? They were but common fighting men disciplined in the rough school of tribal warfare, but they had learned to obey a superior and so they departed for the banquet hall--the place-where-men-eat.Page 143
" If Obergatz had held any doubt as to the sincerity of her word it would have been wholly dissipated by the scathing contempt of her tone.Page 151
The warriors withdrew again to the concealment of the foliage.Page 161
And you? You have changed too, is it not?" He was looking at her naked limbs and her golden breastplates, the loin cloth of JATO-hide, the harness and ornaments that constitute the apparel of a Ho-don woman--the things that Lu-don had dressed her in as his passion for her grew.Page 199
"Bring the woman and follow me," he directed.Page 205
" "We have at least found each other, John," she replied, "and our last days have been spent together.Page 217