The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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and lead
and death to many times the distance that our mightiest warrior could
place an arrow. At last, when my father was a young man, the Arabs
came again, but our warriors saw them a long way off, and Chowambi, who
was chief then, told his people to gather up their belongings and come
away with him--that he would lead them far to the south until they
found a spot to which the Arab raiders did not come.

"And they did as he bid, carrying all their belongings, including many
tusks of ivory. For months they wandered, suffering untold hardships
and privations, for much of the way was through dense jungle, and
across mighty mountains, but finally they came to this spot, and
although they sent parties farther on to search for an even better
location, none has ever been found."

"And the raiders have never found you here?" asked Tarzan.

"About a year ago a small party of Arabs and Manyuema stumbled upon us,
but we drove them off, killing many. For days we followed them,
stalking them for the wild beasts they are, picking them off one by
one, until but a handful remained, but these escaped us."

As Busuli talked he fingered a heavy gold armlet that encircled the
glossy hide of his left arm. Tarzan's eyes had been upon the ornament,
but his thoughts were elsewhere. Presently he recalled the question he
had tried to ask when he first came to the tribe--the question he could
not at that time make them understand. For weeks he had forgotten so
trivial a thing as gold, for he had been for the time a truly primeval
man with no thought beyond today. But of a sudden the sight of gold
awakened the sleeping civilization that was in him, and with it came
the lust for wealth. That lesson Tarzan had learned well in his brief
experience of the ways of civilized man. He knew that gold meant power
and pleasure. He pointed to the bauble.

"From whence came the yellow metal, Busuli?" he asked.

The black pointed toward the southeast.

"A moon's march away--maybe more," he replied.

"Have you been there?" asked Tarzan.

"No, but some of our people were there years ago, when my father was
yet a young man. One of the parties that searched farther for a
location for the tribe when first they settled here came upon a strange
people who wore many ornaments of yellow metal. Their spears were
tipped with it, as were their arrows, and

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