The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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his would-be slayer.
Tarzan of the Apes was ashamed. Hereafter he would at least wait until
he knew men deserved it before he thought of killing them.

The idea recalled Rokoff to his mind. He wished that he might have the
Russian to himself in the dark jungle for a few minutes. There was a
man who deserved killing if ever any one did. And if he could have
seen Rokoff at that moment as he assiduously bent every endeavor to the
pleasant task of ingratiating himself into the affections of the
beautiful Miss Strong, he would have longed more than ever to mete out
to the man the fate he deserved.

Tarzan's first night with the savages was devoted to a wild orgy in his
honor. There was feasting, for the hunters had brought in an antelope
and a zebra as trophies of their skill, and gallons of the weak native
beer were consumed. As the warriors danced in the firelight, Tarzan
was again impressed by the symmetry of their figures and the regularity
of their features--the flat noses and thick lips of the typical West
Coast savage were entirely missing. In repose the faces of the men
were intelligent and dignified, those of the women ofttimes
prepossessing.

It was during this dance that the ape-man first noticed that some of
the men and many of the women wore ornaments of gold--principally
anklets and armlets of great weight, apparently beaten out of the solid
metal. When he expressed a wish to examine one of these, the owner
removed it from her person and insisted, through the medium of signs,
that Tarzan accept it as a gift. A close scrutiny of the bauble
convinced the ape-man that the article was of virgin gold, and he was
surprised, for it was the first time that he had ever seen golden
ornaments among the savages of Africa, other than the trifling baubles
those near the coast had purchased or stolen from Europeans. He tried
to ask them from whence the metal came, but he could not make them
understand.

When the dance was done Tarzan signified his intention to leave them,
but they almost implored him to accept the hospitality of a great hut
which the chief set apart for his sole use. He tried to explain that
he would return in the morning, but they could not understand. When he
finally walked away from them toward the side of the village opposite
the gate, they were still further mystified as to his intentions.

Tarzan, however, knew

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