it was yet light Tarzan came to a drinking place by the side of a
jungle river. There was a ford there, and for countless ages the
beasts of the forest had come down to drink at this spot. Here of a
night might always be found either Sabor or Numa crouching in the dense
foliage of the surrounding jungle awaiting an antelope or a water buck
for their meal. Here came Horta, the boar, to water, and here came
Tarzan of the Apes to make a kill, for he was very empty.
On a low branch he squatted above the trail. For an hour he waited.
It was growing dark. A little to one side of the ford in the densest
thicket he heard the faint sound of padded feet, and the brushing of a
huge body against tall grasses and tangled creepers. None other than
Tarzan might have heard it, but the ape-man heard and translated--it
was Numa, the lion, on the same errand as himself. Tarzan smiled.
Presently he heard an animal approaching warily along the trail toward
the drinking place. A moment more and it came in view--it was Horta,
the boar. Here was delicious meat--and Tarzan's mouth watered. The
grasses where Numa lay were very still now--ominously still. Horta
passed beneath Tarzan--a few more steps and he would be within the
radius of Numa's spring. Tarzan could imagine how old Numa's eyes were
shining--how he was already sucking in his breath for the awful roar
which would freeze his prey for the brief instant between the moment of
the spring and the sinking of terrible fangs into splintering bones.
But as Numa gathered himself, a slender rope flew through the air from
the low branches of a near-by tree. A noose settled about Horta's
neck. There was a frightened grunt, a squeal, and then Numa saw his
quarry dragged backward up the trail, and, as he sprang, Horta, the
boar, soared upward beyond his clutches into the tree above, and a
mocking face looked down and laughed into his own.
Then indeed did Numa roar. Angry, threatening, hungry, he paced back
and forth beneath the taunting ape-man. Now he stopped, and, rising on
his hind legs against the stem of the tree that held his enemy,
sharpened his huge claws upon the bark, tearing out great pieces that
laid bare the white wood beneath.
And in the meantime Tarzan had dragged the struggling Horta to the limb
beside him. Sinewy fingers completed
With a single wrench the ape tore the weapon from the man's grasp and flung it to one side, then his yellow fangs were buried in the sailor's shoulder.Page 21
No sooner had they left him, however, than he gathered his bags together, descended from the compartment and sought a cab stand outside the station.Page 38
They demurred, and then The Sheik threatened.Page 63
however, that Akut kept the boy from rushing into the midst of the dancing anthropoids--an act that would have meant the instant extermination of them both, since the hysterical frenzy into which the great apes work themselves during the performance of their strange rites is of such a nature that even the most ferocious of the carnivora give them a wide berth at such times.Page 90
Love raced hot through his young veins.Page 94
The fastenings of the door that had eluded the mental powers of the baboons, yielded their secret immediately to the human intelligence of The Killer, and a moment later the king baboon stepped forth to liberty.Page 98
Korak propped the dead body against the door frame.Page 101
She gloried in his prowess and worshipped him for the tender thoughtfulness that always had marked his treatment of her.Page 110
Malbihn, interrupted, dropped his victim and turned to meet Jenssen's infuriated charge.Page 112
I only wish to discover if you have fever--if you are entirely well.Page 127
He would go himself, he assured her, as soon as he could find the time, and at last Meriem consented to abide by his wishes; but it was months before she ceased to mourn almost hourly for her Korak.Page 135
They quite surrounded her now so that Baynes could not have fired without endangering the girl's life; but he no longer desired to fire.Page 146
"I guess you didn't hear him.Page 153
So I follows them and it's just as well I did.Page 154
Presently the trader coughed in an embarrassed manner as though there was something on his mind he felt in duty bound to say, but hated to.Page 162
Now that it was too late, he regretted it.Page 167
For the moment her fears had been allayed by the sight of the camp, which she had come to look upon as more or less a myth.Page 170
" The Negro assented with a grunt.Page 196
feet of a horse behind him.Page 220
Tarzan of the Apes had regained his civilized clothing from the tree where he had hidden it, and as Korak refused to enter the presence of his mother in the savage half-raiment that he had worn so long and as Meriem would not leave him, for fear, as she explained, that he would change his mind and run off into the jungle again, the father went on ahead to the bungalow for horses and clothes.