let us understand each other once and for all. For all
thou dost and hast done to blight and curse the nobleness of his nature,
I have done and shall continue to do all in my power to controvert. As
thou hast been his bad angel, so shall I try to be his good angel, and
when all is said and done and Norman of Torn swings from the King's
gibbet, as I only too well fear he must, there will be more to mourn his
loss than there be to curse him.
"His friends are from the ranks of the lowly, but so too were the
friends and followers of our Dear Lord Jesus; so that shall be more
greatly to his honor than had he preyed upon the already unfortunate.
"Women have never been his prey; that also will be spoken of to his
honor when he is gone, and that he has been cruel to men will be
forgotten in the greater glory of his mercy to the weak.
"Whatever be thy object: whether revenge or the natural bent of a cruel
and degraded mind, I know not; but if any be curst because of the Outlaw
of Torn, it will be thou--I had almost said, unnatural father; but I do
not believe a single drop of thy debased blood flows in the veins of him
thou callest son."
The grim old man of Torn had sat motionless throughout this indictment,
his face, somewhat pale, was drawn into lines of malevolent hatred and
rage, but he permitted Father Claude to finish without interruption.
"Thou hast made thyself and thy opinions quite clear," he said bitterly,
"but I be glad to know just how thou standeth. In the past there has
been peace between us, though no love; now let us both understand
that it be war and hate. My life work is cut out for me. Others, like
thyself, have stood in my path, yet today I am here, but where are they?
Dost understand me, priest?" And the old man leaned far across the table
so that his eyes, burning with an insane fire of venom, blazed but a few
inches from those of the priest.
Father Claude returned the look with calm level gaze.
"I understand," he said, and, rising, left the castle.
Shortly after he had reached his cottage, a loud knock sounded at the
door, which immediately swung open without waiting the formality of
permission. Father Claude looked up to see the tall figure of Norman of
Torn, and his face lighted with a pleased smile of
We can go aboard, get the child, and return without the slightest fear.Page 14
With a low snarl the beast now hurled himself at Tarzan, but the ape-man had found, among other things in the haunts of civilized man, certain methods of scientific warfare that are unknown to the jungle folk.Page 15
His strong, white teeth sank into the hairy throat of his enemy as he sought the pulsing jugular.Page 19
He had noted during the brief incursion he had made into the forest that a short distance up-stream from his tree there was a much-used watering place, where, from the trampled mud of either bank, it was evident beasts of all sorts and in great numbers came to drink.Page 20
Even as these thoughts passed through his mind some noise of the stalker in his rear must have come to the buck, for with a sudden start he paused for an instant, trembling, in his tracks, and then with a swift bound dashed straight for the river and Tarzan.Page 41
He lay, securely bound, in the bottom of his own canoe.Page 45
At last he hit upon a plan, and after seeing that he was concealed from the view of those below, he gave a few hoarse grunts in imitation of a panther.Page 60
Then without interruption you will be able to witness the death of the baby.Page 77
" "Where are they?" asked Tarzan.Page 79
Her tent was always pitched in the most favourable location.Page 85
"This is the village to which the child was destined from the first.Page 95
No sooner, therefore, had the beasts passed him than he rose and raced through the jungle as fast as he could go, in order that he might put as much distance as possible between himself and these frightful beasts.Page 100
For a moment he could not realize the good fortune that had befallen him--all that he could see was the figure of a silent, struggling white man disappearing beneath the surface of the river to unthinkable death in the slimy mud of the bottom.Page 101
Over the ship's.Page 106
For a few minutes Tarzan rested in the tree that had proved the means of his salvation.Page 118
Hastening through the dense jungle, his mind centred upon his one fetich--revenge--the Russian forgot even his terror of the savage world through which he moved.Page 122
Trembling with nervous excitement, the Russian remained motionless for several minutes; but there was no sound from the great bulk above him to indicate that his coming had.Page 126
Ah! just as I feared," he ejaculated an instant later as he withdrew a roll of bank-notes from Paulvitch's inside coat pocket.Page 127
Every condition seemed ideal for the commencement of the return voyage to Jungle Island, where the beasts were to be left.Page 143
There was no moon, but the sky was brilliant with stars.