"Come!" he said.
Nine of them shuffled after him as he turned toward the outer
gate--only Number Ten and Number Three held back. The young man walked
quickly to where they stood eyeing him sullenly. The others halted to
watch--ready to spring upon their new master should the tide of the
impending battle turn against him. The two mutineers backed away
snarling, their hideous features distorted in rage.
"Come!" repeated Number Thirteen.
"We will stay here," growled Number Ten. "We have not yet finished
A loop in the butt of the bull whip was about the young man's wrist.
Dropping the weapon from his hand it still dangled by the loop. At the
same instant he launched himself at the throat of Number Ten, for he
realized that a decisive victory now without the aid of the weapon they
all feared would make the balance of his work easier.
The brute met the charge with lowered head and outstretched hands, and
in another second they were locked in a clinch, tearing at one another
like two great gorillas. For a moment Number Three stood watching the
battle, and then he too sprang in to aid his fellow mutineer. Number
Thirteen was striking heavy blows with his giant hands upon the face
and head of his antagonist, while the long, uneven fangs of the latter
had found his breast and neck a half dozen times. Blood covered them
both. Number Three threw his enormous weight into the conflict with
the frenzy of a mad bull.
Again and again he got a hold upon the young giant's throat only to be
shaken loose by the mighty muscles. The excitement of the conflict was
telling upon the malformed minds of the spectators. Presently one who
was almost brainless, acting upon the impulse of suggestion, leaped in
among the fighters, striking and biting at Number Thirteen. It was all
that was needed--another second found the whole monstrous crew upon the
His mighty strength availed him but little in the unequal
conflict--eleven to one were too great odds even for those powerful
thews. His great advantage lay in his superior intelligence, but even
this seemed futile in the face of the enormous weight of numbers that
opposed him. Time and again he had almost shaken himself free only to
fall once more--dragged down by hairy arms about his legs.
Hither and thither about the campong the battle raged until the
fighting mass rolled against the palisade, and here, at last, with his
back to the
knowing, would have understood.Page 4
And had she looked up she might have seen a sleek body crouching almost directly over her and wicked yellow eyes glaring hungrily down upon her, but Teeka did not look up.Page 12
" The ape drew closer, looking him over carefully.Page 20
He was half way across when directly in his path and but a few yards away there rose from a clump of tall grasses a half dozen chattering birds.Page 22
No longer were they silent, but instead clapped their hands and shouted as they reached the ground.Page 50
Ahead of him he heard the savage snarling of an adult she-ape.Page 64
His heritage of English blood rendered it a difficult thing even to consider a surrender of his project, though he was forced to admit to himself that his balu was not all that he had hoped.Page 73
He came softly, as was his way.Page 75
She strained little Tibo to her, stroking his thin cheek.Page 78
A fire burned brightly before the doorway as it did before other doorways in the village.Page 84
Bukawai seized a stick from the floor of the chamber and struck a vicious blow at the beast, at the same time mumbling forth a volley of execrations.Page 91
loudly the savage snarls of the two hyenas, mingled with the scraping and scratching of their paws upon wood.Page 92
Suddenly Momaya turned ferociously to fall upon Bukawai, for the boy had told her all that he had suffered at the hands of the cruel old man; but Bukawai was no longer there--he had required no recourse to black art to assure him that the vicinity of Momaya would be no healthful place for him after Tibo had told his story, and now he was running through the jungle as fast as his old legs would carry him toward the distant lair where he knew no black would dare pursue him.Page 93
Young Lord Greystoke did not know that they planned against him, nor, knowing, would have cared.Page 101
Tarzan smiled.Page 111
But Tarzan went abroad alone, for Tarzan was a man-thing and sought amusement and adventure and such humor as the grim and terrible jungle offers to those who know it and do not fear it--a weird humor shot with blazing eyes and dappled with the crimson of lifeblood.Page 126
He glanced back at the thought and saw the cabin door standing wide open.Page 144
Teeka saw them first and screamed a warning to Tarzan and Taug.Page 145
There is a spice to such an existence; but even this Tarzan of the Apes varied in activities of his own invention.Page 163
Once he had, in investigating an abandoned fire in the village of the blacks, picked up a live coal.