It is unfortunate that they
are as they are, but without them I could have never reached the
perfection that I am sure we are to find here," and he tapped lovingly
upon the heavy glass cover of the vat before which he stood. "And this
is but the beginning. There can be no more mistakes now, though I
doubt if we can ever improve upon that which is so rapidly developing
here." Again he passed his long, slender hand caressingly over the
coffin-like vat at the head of which was a placard bearing the words,
"But the others, Professor!" insisted von Horn. "We must decide.
Already they have become a problem of no small dimensions. Yesterday
Number Five desired some plantains that I had given to Number Seven. I
tried to reason with him, but, as you know, he is mentally defective,
and for answer he rushed at Number Seven to tear the coveted morsel
from him. The result was a battle royal that might have put to shame
two Bengal tigers. Twelve is tractable and intelligent. With his
assistance and my bull whip I succeeded in separating them before
either was killed. Your greatest error was in striving at first for
such physical perfection. You have overdone it, with the result that
the court of mystery is peopled by a dozen brutes of awful muscularity,
and scarcely enough brain among the dozen to equip three properly."
"They are as they are," replied the professor. "I shall do for them
what I can--when I am gone they must look to themselves. I can see no
way out of it."
"What you have given you may take away," said von Horn, in a low tone.
Professor Maxon shuddered. Those three horrid days in the workshop at
Ithaca flooded his memory with all the gruesome details he had tried
for so many months to forget. The haunting ghosts of the mental
anguish that had left him an altered man--so altered that there were
times when he had feared for his sanity!
"No, no!" he almost shouted. "It would be murder. They are--"
"They are THINGS," interrupted von Horn. "They are not human--they are
not even beast. They are terrible, soulless creatures. You have no
right to permit them to live longer than to substantiate your theory.
None but us knows of their existence--no other need know of their
passing. It must be done. They are a constant and growing menace to
Werper construed his superior's action into an attempt to close with him.Page 28
In the forefront of her protectors stood the giant Mugambi.Page 29
He raised his hand to his head and brought it away sticky with clotted blood.Page 37
In this instance it was the anthropoid that retired in stiff dignity to inspect an unhappy caterpillar, which he presently devoured.Page 39
He had never understood the transformation that had been wrought in Tarzan by the blow upon his head, other than to attribute it to a form of amnesia.Page 41
"The women they would have taken.Page 51
The beast surveyed the ape-man intently for a moment, then he crouched, his hind feet drawn well beneath him, his tail lashing from side to side.Page 58
The zeal of the religious fanatic whose altar has been desecrated was triply enhanced by the rage of a woman scorned.Page 91
Until dark they remained where they were, for from his point of vantage, Tarzan could view the enclosure within the palisade.Page 93
But Taglat's wicked, bloodshot eyes, narrowed to the realization of the nearing fulfillment of his carefully nursed plan.Page 99
and his sense of smell discovered, too, the scent spoor of Taglat, the ape.Page 108
But Achmet Zek was no fool to expose himself to the blackened honor of a thief and a murderer.Page 111
It was some time after Mugambi awoke that he missed the pouch.Page 120
That the discredited and hunted lieutenant should be thus returning fearlessly of his own volition, seemed to disarm them quite as effectually as his manner toward Lady Greystoke had deceived her.Page 127
As they faced each other Werper struck the Arab a heavy blow in the face, sending him staggering backward.Page 132
Quickly he turned and made his way back to camp.Page 133
"Quick! Quick!" cried the black in a frightened tone.Page 135
Tarzan puckered his brow in puzzled study of the wonderful problem.Page 140
A company of uniformed blacks stepped quickly forward and pushing past the three, surrounded the ape-man and his captive.Page 142
In future, however, I will thank you to speak in a language which I am more familiar with.