The Monster Men

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...THE MONSTER MEN


by

Edgar Rice Burroughs



CONTENTS

1 THE RIFT
2 THE HEAVY...

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...then I shall come into that room, if I have to use an
axe, and bring...

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...the remains of a
chemically produced counterfeit created in my own laboratory," they
would have smiled, and...

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...his recent
triumph with feelings of renewed hope and anticipation.

The morbid fears superinduced by the shock...

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...she was not long in discerning that it
was in no sense through accident that this...

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...the young man's face, Virginia
followed it up in an endeavor to elicit the details.

The result...

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...uninhabited, fertile and possessed a clear, sweet brook which
had its source in a cold spring...

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...glaring example of it in
his having left her alone upon the boat without a single...

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...side of the prahu.

Sing realized that the boat might contain friendly natives, but he had
cruised...

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...which
confronted them. A score of muskets belched forth their missiles at
the fearless girl behind...

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...a practical
nature. Professor Maxon wished to watch the building of the houses and
the stockade,...

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...mate, Bududreen,
came on deck, and it was Sing alone who noted the quickly concealed
flash of...

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...less than half a mile from the opposite shore of
the island which was but two...

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...and lascar crew
divided their time between watch duty on board the Ithaca, policing the
camp, and...

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...would have results that would not
be countenanced by civilized society or government. Am I...

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...place within the inner campong.

"She is only a child," he said, "and would not understand...

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...type.
For years he had roved the world in search of adventure and excitement.
Just why he...

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...horrified. He was a man of little sentiment. He could in
cold blood have married...

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...girl to
me, and if you doubt the loyalty of any of your own people a...

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... It is unfortunate that they
are as they are, but without them I could have...

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...but most of all to your daughter."

A cunning look came into the professor's eyes.

"I understand,"...

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...The creature looked about him in a dazed,
uncomprehending manner. A great question was writ...

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...which was its shelter. Presently a slow idea was born in
the poor, malformed brain.

The...

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...with the roof at the east end of the shed.
Quickly he crossed to the low...

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...eyes denoted the absence of
pigment; a characteristic of albinos.

One eye was fully twice the diameter...

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...giant
buttress tree. Then lifting Virginia in his arms once more he dived
into the impenetrable...

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...and plucked a blossom, tenderly, he
wondered that it did not flutter in his hand. ...

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...futilely at the face of his enemy, but at last
the agony of choking compelled him...

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...had seen so marvellously clean cut features, or
a more high and noble countenance, and she...

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...trail of the creature was bewilderingly erratic. A dozen paces
straight through the underbrush, then...

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...struggled back and forth about the little clearing.

"This way," cried Sing presently, and started off...

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...went down to the rotting vegetation of the
jungle with five sinewy fingers at his throat.

His...

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...her gently from the scene. At Professor Maxon's
direction Sing accompanied them.

Now in Number Thirteen's...

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...father's confidence I
prefer that you remain silent."

"You do not understand," broke in the man, "you...

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...to one of his creatures."

The girl broke from him with an angry cry.

"It is not...

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...either from
his machinations.

The presence of the uncanny creatures of the court of mystery had
become known...

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...giant. The breach between the latter
and von Horn had been patched over by Professor...

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...actually live under the same roof with her and see
her every day--sit at the same...

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...places where your antecedents would
be neither known nor questioned. You might be very happy...

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...Captain," he answered. "We should all be
hanged were we caught."

"There will be no danger...

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...him for a long walk. It is possible
that the hard study and close confinement...

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...the north campong. There was murder in the cowardly hearts of
several of them, and...

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...exquisite thrill that had run
through every fiber of his being at the sight of her...

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...against the
man who had created him. With clenched fists, and tight set jaws the
great,...

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...campong the Malay was about to congratulate
himself upon the ease with which the theft had...

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...campong without. Almost simultaneously Professor Maxon
and Sing rushed into the living room to ascertain...

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...free hand. The fourth
Dyak danced around the two with raised parang watching for an...

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...found Professor Maxon lying in a pool of
his own blood, a great gash in his...

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... An expression of pain crossed his features,
and he shuddered--but not from fear.



7

THE BULL WHIP


As...

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...can have an opportunity to restore his enfeebled
mentality. Come, Virginia! Come with me...

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...the camp.

"I must go back there to my father," she said, "and so must you....

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...befallen us--we became
separated."

"He will be safe," said Bududreen, "for two of my men are waiting...

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...her.

Shortly after von Horn became separated from Virginia he collided with
the fleeing lascar who had...

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...lascars and Dyaks. Then he saw Sing and the young man lift
Professor Maxon tenderly...

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...hung open. Through the dark interior he strode
straight to the opposite door which let...

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...court of mystery for the
others.

Three more herculean efforts he made before he beat the last...

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...was the first great storm
of the breaking up of the monsoon, and under the cover...

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...English, and, after a fashion, reasoned in a
crude sort of way. These were by...

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...him.

"I have spoken fairly to you," said Number Thirteen in a low voice.
"If you cannot...

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...hand
gripped the stock of the bull whip. A single blow was all that would
have...

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...One long minute dragged after another, yet no suffocating
deluge poured in upon the girl, and...

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...Number Thirteen came into the campong after quitting the bungalow
his heart was a chaos of...

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...for one like theirs."

The sudden equatorial dawn found the man still musing. The storm...

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...their attention.

"Come!" he said.

Nine of them shuffled after him as he turned toward the outer
gate--only...

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...structure, Number Thirteen regained his feet, and with the
heavy stock of the bull whip beat...

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...had scurried for shelter
within one of the many tiny coves which indent the island's entire
coast....

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...that had taught them the danger of submerging their
heads. They could not swim, but...

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...who had fought
for her and saved her once before, from the hideous creature of her
father's...

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...the man upon the deck. She
thought that they were about to attack him, and...

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...The thought of the girl's danger and
suffering were of but secondary consideration to him, for...

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...distant horizon,
a vagrant land breeze suddenly bellied the flapping sail. The prahu
swung quickly about...

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...the lascar came from his hiding place, and dancing up and down
upon the shore screamed...

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...the jungle for some such emergency. It will carry
us to Borneo, but what can...

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...professor.

"That is simple," returned von Horn. "You have held out hopes to him
that soon...

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... With a low command to his fellows he urged them to
redoubled speed. At...

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...feathers of the Argus pheasant
waving from their war-caps, the brilliant colors of their war-coats
trimmed with...

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...boat out
into the river, jumping aboard himself as its prow cleared the gravelly
beach.

For several minutes...

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...title of honor partly in view of his wonderful fighting ability
and partly because the sight...

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...the jungle night into the untracked heart of savage Borneo to rescue
her from her abductors...

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...his chief disappear beneath the swift waters of the river,
but the word of command that...

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...huge centipede.

The dwellers in the long-house extended every courtesy to Ninaka and
his crew. At...

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...said significantly. Barunda smiled.

"And the girl?" he continued. "And the treasure?"

Ninaka's eyes narrowed....

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...decided that it
would be best for each to advance a little way in the direction...

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...it came up the
river. The idea grew upon her as the day advanced until...

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...gorge for half an hour.

The moment that Virginia Maxon felt the waters close above her...

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...she was
being drawn by an irresistible force; but of one thing she was certain,
her strength...

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...full with provisions
and cooking utensils. Von Horn had been careful to see that the...

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...of
the white giant's forces.

In excited tones the head hunters called von Horn's attention to these
evidences...

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...stern, and what was a Chinaman doing
perched there upon the bow?

The prahu was nearly opposite...

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...Saffir, seeing that it would be as well to
simulate friendship for the white man for...

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...half closed eyes,
apparently oblivious to all that passed before him. What were the
workings of...

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...heads would be when properly dried and
decorated! The savages fairly trembled in anticipation of...

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...the ocean far below
in the remarkable manner that news travels in the wild places of...

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...in an angry snarl that exposed
wicked looking fighting fangs, but the beasts did not seem...

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...Horn taught
us well. So I believe that it would be better were we to...

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...description of the MIAS PAPPAN was such as to half convince von
Horn that she might...

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...in mad pursuit of a female ourang outang, and an
instant later he saw Number Twelve...

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...thoroughly frightened at the mere sight of the white giant of whom
they had heard such...

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...searched in every direction, but finally, fearing
that he might become lost in the mazes of...

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...all hope of capture. How can we ever repay
you, dear friend?"

"That you were generous enough...

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...my life," replied the girl in a quiet voice,
"and while I am now positive that...

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...her mind.

What was it then? Was it the memory of the moments that she...

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...the assistance of a rascally Malay
who dwelt at Gunung Tebor, where he carried on a...

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...to renew the encounter. Bulan was weakening rapidly under
the terrific strain to which he...

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...Twelve.

"Then let us live by ourselves," suggested Number Three.

"We hate each other," retorted the pessimistic...

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...of returning to the spot
where he had last seen the girl, as he wished to...

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...do you wish of the Rajah Muda
Saffir?"

"We are men of his company and we have...

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...say you?"

The two natives consulted together in low tones. At last they drew
nearer the...

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...bury the treasure.

And so it was that Bulan was not the only one who watched...

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...long-house lay to the other, and though not all the tribes admitted
allegiance to him, yet...

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...one of the men in a low whisper.
"Muda Saffir has sent us for her. ...

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...the shadows of the shore as the
two larger boats met and passed it, nor answered...

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...the wrecked Ithaca.

Like a great cat Bulan drew himself cautiously to all fours--every
nerve and muscle...

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...her she shrank back in fear. Then, to her
surprise, she heard in whispered English;...

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...opportunity to see the features of the
man, but after a glimpse at those of his...

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...country now was becoming rougher and more open. The flight seemed
to be leading into...

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...into the hills that he
might call forth all his demons and destroy them.

For a moment...

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...helpless woman."

He smiled.

"Just Bulan," he said. "There is no need for Miss or Mister...

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...a relapse."

"Why do you loathe them so?" asked Bulan. "Is it because they are
hideous,...

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...her before she learned the
truth.

As he pondered the future there came to him the thought...

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...unhappy in the life
that he had been mapping for them. He was silent--thinking. ...

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...she did not know whether to be angry, or frightened, or glad
of the truth that...

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...knew
that their plight was no fault of his. The strange and uncanny noises
of the...

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...and
protecting her sick mate. The analogy did not occur to her, but
something else did...

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...lonely rivers.

For two days Bulan lay raving in the delirium of fever, while the
delicate girl,...

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...I am, you will hate and loathe me."

On the girl's lips was an avowal of...

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...the still
body of the man at their feet. "He was one of the creatures...

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...a moment later he raised them and looked about him.

The first face he saw was...

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...Sing hear
you all timee. You tly getee tleasure away from Dlyaks for your self.
Then--"

"Stop!"...

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...the man's disloyalty and
villainy. He wondered that he had been so blind as not...

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...in this decision
she must concur, for the truth might reveal some insurmountable
obstacle to our marriage....

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...was going directly into the
country of the tribe of the two men he had killed,...

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...to push on at once in pursuit;
and as Professor Maxon feared again to remain unprotected...

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...accredited to be one of the
shrewdest swindlers and adventurers in America! But come, we...

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... During your delirium your ravings
were, for the most part, quite incoherent, but there was...