to one of his creatures."
The girl broke from him with an angry cry.
"It is not true!" she exclaimed. "It is not true. Oh, Dr. von Horn
how could you tell me such a cruel and terrible untruth."
"As God is my judge, Virginia," and the man reverently uncovered as he
spoke, "it is the truth. Your father told me it in so many words when
I asked his permission to pay court to you myself--you are to marry
Number Thirteen when his education is complete."
"I shall die first!" she cried.
"Why not accept me instead?" suggested the man.
For a moment Virginia looked straight into his eyes as though to read
his inmost soul.
"Let me have time to consider it, Doctor," she replied. "I do not know
that I care for you in that way at all."
"Think of Number Thirteen," he suggested. "It should not be difficult
"I could not marry you simply to escape a worse fate," replied the
girl. "I am not that cowardly--but let me think it over. There can be
no immediate danger, I am sure."
"One can never tell," replied von Horn, "what strange, new vagaries may
enter a crazed mind to dictate this moment's action or the next."
"Where could we wed?" asked Virginia.
"The Ithaca would bear us to Singapore, and when we returned you would
be under my legal protection and safe."
"I shall think about it from every angle," she answered sadly, "and now
good night, my dear friend," and with a wan smile she entered her
For the next month Professor Maxon was busy educating Number Thirteen.
He found the young man intelligent far beyond his most sanguine hopes,
so that the progress made was little short of uncanny.
Von Horn during this time continued to urge upon Virginia the necessity
for a prompt and favorable decision in the matter of his proposal; but
when it came time to face the issue squarely the girl found it
impossible to accede to his request--she thought that she loved him,
but somehow she dared not say the word that would make her his for life.
Bududreen, the Malay mate was equally harassed by conflicting desires,
though of a different nature, for he had his eye upon the main chance
that was represented to him by the great chest, and also upon the
lesser reward which awaited him upon delivery of the girl to Rajah Muda
Saffir. The fact that he could find no safe means for accomplishing
both these ends simultaneously was all that had protected
Tarzan tore open the envelope, and as he read his face went white.Page 3
It would do no good to arrive earlier.Page 4
Here he halted.Page 7
"That's wot I calls rotten luck," he soliloquized.Page 24
Shall it be as Tarzan says?" "Huh!" assented Akut, and from the members of his tribe there rose a unanimous "Huh.Page 32
Sheeta's cruel fangs and tearing talons ripped and tore at the black hides.Page 41
Back of them again squatted several of the hairy apes.Page 51
Jane would never know the manner of it.Page 53
What had brought the beast to him? The fact that he had come augured well for what he might accomplish; but when Tarzan tried to get Sheeta to gnaw his bonds asunder the great animal could not seem to understand what was expected of him, and, instead, but licked the wrists and arms of the prisoner.Page 57
For an instant the dancers paused, and in the silence of the interval there rose from the lips of the fast-bound white man an answering shriek, more fearsome and more terrible than that of the jungle-beast that had roused it.Page 58
" Outside the door Sven Anderssen paused with the noonday meal he had been carrying to Lady Greystoke.Page 63
What a remarkable man the fellow was, indeed! She had thought him ignorant and stupid but a short day before, and now, within the past twenty-four hours, she had learned that he spoke not only English but French as well, and the primitive dialect of the West Coast.Page 64
Others were dragged down in their flight, and it was not until the village was empty and the last of the blacks had disappeared into the bush that Tarzan was able to recall his savage pack to his side.Page 82
Think of the kid, lady, and what it would be for you both to fall into Rokoff's hands again.Page 109
Mugambi knew something of the occurrences which had led up to the landing of Tarzan upon Jungle Island and the pursuit of the whites up the Ugambi.Page 114
The first that either of the sailors knew that there was a new force at work upon the ship was the falling of a mighty hand upon a shoulder of each.Page 124
The other nodded, and then after a momentary pause, during which an idea seemed to have occurred to him, he spoke again.Page 127
The sky was cloudless.Page 141
Jones and Sullivan came up with the black warrior as the latter stood voicing his weird call.Page 146
That they knew that Tarzan was to leave them may be doubted--except possibly in the case of the more intelligent Akut, who alone of all the others remained upon the beach as the small boat drew away toward the schooner, carrying his savage lord and master from him.