The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...The Return Of Tarzan


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




CONTENTS


CHAPTER

I The Affair on...

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...not very gallant, my husband," replied the young woman,
smiling, "but as I am equally bored...

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...the woman whom both he and
Clayton had loved, and whom a strange freak of fate...

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...four men sat at cards.
Presently one of them rose to leave, and then another approached,...

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...palm, and then the others closed in between them.

"There is some mistake, sir," cried one...

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...did so
tense silence reigned in the little group. The count went dead white,
and then...

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...that
neither of these two will ever find the means to harm me."

"Let us hope not,...

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...the authorities. In fact, I am half minded to explain all to the
captain before...

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...fair play had thrust him. And then he came most unexpectedly upon
Rokoff and Paulvitch...

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...The hammer fell with a futile
click on an empty chamber--the ape-man's hand shot out like...

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...to their captives;
the petty jealousies of the civil and military officers of the West
Coast colony...

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...have with the surly, bearded Russian.

After dinner that evening Tarzan strolled forward, where he remained
until...

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...door, speaking in a low whisper to the woman, whom Tarzan
could not see. Then...

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...think that ever again will
you, at least, annoy me," and there came a moment's silence...

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...asked.

"Nothing, please," she replied.

"You are content that these two scoundrels should continue persecuting
you?"

She did not...

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... It
occurred to him that he had not learned her name. That she was...

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...in the rush of landing on the
following morning he missed her entirely, but there had...

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...my Tarzan? Would it repay the services you did me in
Africa? I do...

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...Kala as my mother
as I would be to try to picture the poor, unhappy little...

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...were opened to him in this seat of culture and
learning fairly appalled him when he...

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...noisy and garish streets
surrounding it. If you are familiar with your Paris you will...

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...had coped with the
mighty strength and cruel craftiness of Terkoz and Numa in the fastness
of...

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...the hallway as quickly as
they could; but even before the first one staggered, bleeding and
broken,...

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...to her cries for help had I seen her."

"Come, come," said one of the officers;...

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...and so on, with much climbing, until at a
cross street he discovered another pole, down...

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...impossible to place any other construction upon her acts.
Rokoff must have known that I frequently...

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...remembered Tarzan from the visit the
two had made him several months prior in the matter...

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...battle like a wild beast in
self-preservation. It became plain to them that the man...

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...be rid of his unwelcome thoughts, and at the same
instant he felt eyes upon him....

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...to a little curtained alcove off the
apartment in which the countess was wont to serve...

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...to the gallows in Russia if it were known
by the police of St. Petersburg. ...

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...a scandal for a time, but after a while it was
partially forgotten, and my father...

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...I do not do
just as he wishes me to."

Tarzan laughed. "You are still but...

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...departure, she
found herself face to face with Nikolas Rokoff.

"How long have you been here?" she...

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...his love.

She was much younger than her husband, and without having realized it
she had been...

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...following evening by
the German minister. De Coude's name was among those of the invited
guests....

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...sanctity of your home is this minute in jeopardy.

A certain man who for months has...

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...seated before a little desk on
which stood her telephone. She was tapping impatiently upon...

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...the Apes? He took the panting figure into his mighty arms,
and covered the hot...

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...His eyes
fell upon the figure of the kneeling woman. "Olga," he whispered. She
looked...

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...found should the occasion demand. It is
only the same precaution that we take with...

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...fingers at his throat, and Paulvitch, who attempted to
dodge them and reach the door, was...

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...without disloyalty to her I tell you that I do not
love her, nor does she...

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...at twenty paces, or spears at the
same distance," laughed Tarzan. "Make it pistols, Paul."

"He...

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...me that Count de Coude is a
splendid marksman?"

"You mean that you hope to be killed?"...

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... The Count de Coude and Tarzan stood apart at opposite sides of
the field. ...

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...this that could
stand complacently with two bullets in him, waiting for the third?

And so De...

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...and Monsieur Flaubert had drawn
near. They were interested spectators of this strange ending of...

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...I recovered--recovered to lie in
bed because of a tiny scratch that one of the jungle...

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...and, best of all, to travel and see
the world.

He could scarcely wait to get well...

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...who understood that tongue, but could not note the slight
imperfections of accent and pronunciation that...

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...him.

As his eyes lingered on the two, Gernois looked up and caught the
intent expression on...

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...white
turban," replied Tarzan. "Is it he you mean?"

"Yes. I suspected him because he...

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...he thought nothing of the matter, but presently he noticed
from the corner of his eye...

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...you are a liar."

The attention of those near by had now been attracted by the
altercation,...

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...which
led to their respective rooms, the only light in the courtyard coming
from the sickly candles...

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...you will be safe within the hotel."

But even as she spoke, several men had started...

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...her across his shoulder.

"Wait here until I reach down for you from above," he said...

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...wished to; I have been a prisoner."

"A prisoner!" ejaculated Tarzan incredulously.

"A slave would be the...

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...the cafe were deserted. Cautiously Tarzan lowered
himself to the sill of the girl's window....

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...my friend, even to his life,"
he said very simply, but Tarzan knew that those were...

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...you
should not ride in peace."

"If you stop we shall stop," said Kadour ben Saden. ...

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...galloping horses came suddenly out of
the darkness below him, and a moment later he discerned...

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...new charge. But scarcely had the first gun spoken ere a dozen
shots rang out...

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...girl
had added her entreaties to those of her father; but, though he could
not explain it...

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...into the officers' dining-room, Tarzan
saw something which brought a look of interest to his eyes....

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...your desire and resolve to go back
eventually to your native jungle. I was sorry...

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...Olga's heart I am afraid that there would
have been no hope for either of you.

She...

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...had been thrown together had been
distinctly hostile.

That he might keep up the appearance of the...

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...but the
captain would have been astonished had he known the real reason of
Tarzan's pleasure. ...

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...to the southwest,
from whence word had come that the marauders were operating against the
tribes whose...

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...Gernois himself who spoke.

"If my captain will forego the pleasure of Monsieur Tarzan's company
for this...

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... Inwardly he
swore at Gernois for the trick he had played upon him. A...

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...rope, his knife, or his bare hands. Instinctively
he wished that he had his arrows...

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...toward
the valley.

Tarzan was now confident that Gernois had no intention of returning for
him, but he...

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...called aloud in French, asking what
they would of him. His reply was the flash...

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...him, I care not; but the prisoner is a brave
man, and while he is in...

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...presently."

"Not within the precincts of my DOUAR," returned the sheik. "When he
leaves here he...

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...them near those strong teeth of
his. He felt a wild wave of madness sweep...

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...his name.

"Yes, it is I," he whispers in reply. "But in the name of...

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...one another if they wish. It is none of our
affair, and if we go...

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...been!

They had entered the mountains now, and were progressing more slowly,
for the trail was steeper...

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...the same--it was inevitable; but she could not repress a thrill of
admiration as her eyes...

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...the girl breathed freely once again,
smiling in response.

"What manner of man are you?" she asked....

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...His friendship and liking for the girl were
potent factors in urging him toward an affirmative...

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...him there in the hands
of another agent whose name and address were given. That...

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..."You have hounded me until I
have lost the last shred of my honor. You...

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... You had a close call tonight, Rokoff; do not tempt fate a
second time."

Then Gernois...

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...great coward squealed like a stuck pig, until Tarzan had
shut off his wind. Then...

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...last man I saw as I rode away," replied Tarzan. "What
about him?"

"He is dead....

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...Hazel.

Hazel Strong! What memories the name inspired. It had been a letter
to this...

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...You will be happy,
though; I am sure you shall--you must be. You may tell...

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...drive his
machine back to New York. He is anxious to see more of America...

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..."I am disappointed, but I shall let my
trip to England wait a month; then we...

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...ever have meant to him, was back in his savage forest.

And upon the deck of...

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...from what Jane tells me he must be a very
wonderful person. It seems that...

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...watching the man at
the time, and noticed the awkward manner in which he handled the
chair--his...

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...find the
means to search Monsieur Caldwell's stateroom--eh?"

Two hours later fate was kind to them, for...

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...the two leaped for
their victim. Each grasped a leg, and before Tarzan of the...

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...said. "He seemed a most estimable gentleman, however.
Can it be that he is indisposed,...

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...was--a bundle of refuse. But if Mr. Caldwell is
not found on board I shall...

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...his
investigation.

Hazel Strong was prostrated. For two days she did not leave her cabin,
and when...

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...for St. Petersburg.

But now another idea had obtruded itself, and was rapidly crowding his
original intentions...

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...a very dear friend. I shall
not give you my answer now. Forget that...

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...will of Lord Tennington by many little
acts of hospitality.

Monsieur Thuran had heard dropped a hint...

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...date.

"Mercy, Lord Tennington, you haven't even given us an opportunity to
thank you, much less decide...

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...any one but me."

"What do you mean, Jane?" cried Hazel, now thoroughly alarmed. "Who...

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...an engine broke down, and they drifted for two
days while temporary repairs were being made....

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...to be prepared. Go at once, please.
And, Captain Jerrold, send some competent man below,...

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...to the Primitive


As Tarzan struck the water, his first impulse was to swim clear of...

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...had no intention to remain there
inactive--a prey to hunger and thirst. If he must...

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...the
beach, the little brook, the dense jungle, the black, impenetrable
forest. The myriad birds in...

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...it was yet light Tarzan came to a drinking place by the side of a
jungle...

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...the work the choking noose had
commenced. The ape-man had no knife, but nature had...

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...have bound him to that other
life forever, and made the thought of this savage existence...

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...taught him to be, and that
he had been for the first twenty years of his...

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...huts.

As the warrior emerged from the forest, Tarzan caught a fleeting
glimpse of a tawny hide...

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...that Numa must be
quickly finished before those mighty teeth had found and parted the
slender cord...

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...his would-be slayer.
Tarzan of the Apes was ashamed. Hereafter he would at least wait...

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...just what he was about. In the past he had had
experience with the rodents...

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...and lead
and death to many times the distance that our mightiest warrior could
place an arrow....

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...they cooked in vessels made
all of solid metal like my armlet.

"They lived in a great...

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...mountain-top. In this cave was the mother of the
river.

"I remember that we camped there...

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...the ebony of
his companions. Except for color he was one of them. His...

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...Tarzan stalked, after his own fashion, along
the leafy way of the middle terrace.

It is no...

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...to save the
black warrior's life.

He still grasped his spear, and while Tantor was yet six...

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...of
guns ahead warned them to haste, but finally the reports dwindled to an
occasional shot, presently...

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...all were to follow.

"Wait!" cautioned Tarzan. "If there are even fifty guns within the
palisade...

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...only to be shot in their tracks, without the
ghost of a chance to gain the...

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... Now he halted not ten
paces from the unconscious Manyuema. The shaft was drawn...

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...off chance lions.

When they had come close to the encampment Tarzan called aloud to let
them...

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...in their
very midst--a thin arrow protruding from his heart.

Tarzan had placed the finest marksmen of...

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...found within the village; but, worse yet, they hated to
leave the ivory behind.

Finally the entire...

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...camp of the previous night, and, lighting
great fires, ate and recounted the adventures of the...

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...purplish hue--there was a convulsive tremor of the
stiffening muscles, and the Manyuema sentry lay quite...

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...moan, and as the
raiders looked up in the direction from which the sound seemed to...

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...any better explanation.

With at least fifty of their number flying through the black jungle,
and without...

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...sweep the
entire country for miles around, until no vestige of human life
remained.

They had looked in...

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...in a constant state of panic--panic
at the uncertainty of who the next would be to...

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...their backs.

The Arabs drew together. The sheik ordered the Manyuema to take up the
march,...

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...to our village, or shall we follow along your
trail toward the north as we have...

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...of a
single life. There is only one, and that is the white man who...

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...Tarzan of the Apes came into a real kingship among men--slowly
but surely was he following...

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...angry words and recriminations which followed the sailors
nearly came to blows, but Clayton succeeded in...

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...divided into two camps, and when the
provisions had been apportioned each immediately set to work...

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...the pitiless tropic
sun, with parched lips and swollen tongues, waiting for the death they
were beginning...

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...dared not sleep, and yet so exhausted was he that it was
a constant fight to...

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...posed as a man of
culture and refinement, from a gentleman, she could scarcely credit.

"It is...

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...order shall we draw?" asked Monsieur Thuran, knowing from past
experience that the majority of men...

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... Spider bent, wide-eyed, toward the
hand that was to decide his fate, for whatever luck...

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...was shortly to be enacted. He took her hand and
raised it to his cracked...

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...close beside him. He heard a
cackling laugh, something touched his face, and he lost...

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...Tarzan. For days they marched--up one river, across a low divide;
down another river; up...

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...night they camped outside the city. Once, at midnight, they were
awakened by a shrill...

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...tall pillars, each capped by a huge, grotesque
bird carved from the solid rock of the...

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...passed through several of these chambers, finding many
evidences of the fabulous wealth of the original...

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...From
room to room he went, until he came to one at which a rude, barred...

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...their arms long and muscular. About their
loins they wore the skins of leopards and...

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...took up
the refrain of a low, weird chant. Presently those about Tarzan began
to dance...

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...had only to cast his eyes upon the brownish-red stains that caked
the stone altar and...

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...she let her eyes rest for the first time
upon Tarzan. With every indication of...

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...rolled his head in their direction in time to see the burly
brute of a priest...

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...the inner temple--the high priestess and the mad
priest had disappeared.

And then a muffled scream came...

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...by fear as the two men fought,
had just commenced to give thought to her probable...

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...followed the teachings
of your religion. I cannot blame YOU for that, no matter what...

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...of our
people who mate with apes, and so in time we shall descend to the...

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...then return alone," she said, "telling them that
I was long unconscious after you killed Tha,...

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..."If he lives and this rain revives
him--" But he stopped there, remembering too late...

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...the jungle of Tarzan of the Apes had taught him which of
the many growing things...

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...poor
Monsieur Tarzan who was lost from the ship that brought you and Miss
Strong to Cape...

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...worse for the experience.

All were buoyed by the hope that the fourth boat had been...

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...readily as the others the theory that Jane,
Clayton, and Monsieur Thuran had been picked up...

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... Thuran acted like one.

Nearly two months of this existence had passed when the first...

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...tableau below him he hopped up and down,
shrieking to them in Russian.

"Run! Run!" he...

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...loyalty to an impulsive promise I made you.

"The last few seconds of my life have...

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...from the world above. I
alone may enter here in safety."

"Why have they not seized...

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...quite motionless, then he moved a few feet to one
side. Again he returned, only...

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...for far below him he saw
the shimmering surface of water. He had come upon...

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...metal ingots of an odd though uniform shape. To his groping
hands they felt not...

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...lay well out in the plain
between the city and the distant cliffs he and his...

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...legs, and now and then one would go
upon all fours like Bolgani, the gorilla. ...

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...before had Tarzan been to this secluded spot, which
was so densely surrounded by thorn bushes...

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...time with his knife. There was but a single
hope--a lone alternative. And with...

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...am no protection whatever," he added
bitterly.

"Do not say that, William," she hastened to urge, acutely...

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... But soon they were thrust
forth once more, as the girl gave no sign of...

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...even to her knees.

As the beasts surrounded her, chattering threateningly the while they
goaded her with...

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...taut muscles that held the poisoned shaft directed
at the Englishman's heart, Tarzan had been swayed...

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...A few nursing babes
clung close to the shaggy necks of their savage mothers.

Tarzan recognized many...

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...old enough to remember him
sidled up on all fours to sniff at him, and one...

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...decided to see no more his black friends
of the Waziri. He had foresworn humanity...

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...passed me they were going toward the morning, upward
along the edge of the water."

"When was...

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...food for both. The
men never spoke except as necessity demanded. Clayton now occupied...

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...of the dying Englishman were getting on his
nerves. So he stole Clayton's spear and...

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...long black coat, and his
top hat was set firmly down upon his head, as with...

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...he blurted out. "Heavens,
no!" she cried. "I did not care for him at...

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...the day came, and a young woman whom Jane Porter had not seen
before came with...

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...humanity who
inhabit the ruins of Opar. And the girl's fate he could picture as
plainly...

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...mighty
bars upon the other side were proof even against such muscles as his.
It needed but...

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...unknown depths
below?




Chapter 25

Through the Forest Primeval


For a brief, sickening moment Tarzan felt the slipping of...

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...rather
than to return to the sacrificial altar.

But when she had gone to explain her plan...

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...and through it come
upon the treasure chamber. It was in his mind to return...

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...had let himself out, running like a deer
that he might have ample time to descend...

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...the altar, dear," he replied. "Do
you not remember?" "Save me from death?" she asked,...

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...the wonderful happiness that had
come to them. The past, with all its hideous disappointments...

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...angry with me, then?" he asked.

And her reply, though apparently most irrelevant, was truly feminine.

"Is...

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...an
English nobleman. Tears came to the girl's eyes as she saw the poor,
sunken cheeks...

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...ago." He fumbled in the pocket of the ulster beneath him for
something that he had...

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...against the cabin that the older
man had built.

Jane Porter was glad that it was to...

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...the cabin and the
jungle in which many of the officers and men had taken part...

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...presence of strangers in
the camp. He saw the black warriors palavering with the sailors...

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...ever
looked down upon. There were French officers and sailors, two English
lords, Americans, and a...

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...her rail to watch the receding shore line upon which danced
twenty naked, black warriors of...