mountain-top. In this cave was the mother of the
"I remember that we camped there that night, and that it was very cold,
for the mountains were high. The next day we decided to ascend to the
top of the mountains, and see what the country upon the other side
looked like, and if it seemed no better than that which we had so far
traversed we would return to our village and tell them that they had
already found the best place in all the world to live.
"And so we clambered up the face of the rocky cliffs until we reached
the summit, and there from a flat mountain-top we saw, not far beneath
us, a shallow valley, very narrow; and upon the far side of it was a
great village of stone, much of which had fallen and crumbled into
The balance of Waziri's story was practically the same as that which
Busuli had told.
"I should like to go there and see this strange city," said Tarzan,
"and get some of their yellow metal from its fierce inhabitants."
"It is a long march," replied Waziri, "and I am an old man, but if you
will wait until the rainy season is over and the rivers have gone down
I will take some of my warriors and go with you."
And Tarzan had to be contented with that arrangement, though he would
have liked it well enough to have set off the next morning--he was as
impatient as a child. Really Tarzan of the Apes was but a child, or a
primeval man, which is the same thing in a way.
The next day but one a small party of hunters returned to the village
from the south to report a large herd of elephant some miles away. By
climbing trees they had had a fairly good view of the herd, which they
described as numbering several large tuskers, a great many cows and
calves, and full-grown bulls whose ivory would be worth having.
The balance of the day and evening was filled with preparation for a
great hunt--spears were overhauled, quivers were replenished, bows were
restrung; and all the while the village witch doctor passed through the
busy throngs disposing of various charms and amulets designed to
protect the possessor from hurt, or bring him good fortune in the
At dawn the hunters were off. There were fifty sleek, black warriors,
and in their midst, lithe and active as a young forest god, strode
Tarzan of the Apes, his brown skin contrasting oddly with
"The love of Carthoris of Helium," she said simply, "could be naught but an honour to any woman; but you must not speak, my friend, of bestowing upon me that which I may not reciprocate.Page 7
Carthoris raised his hand.Page 10
No light shone from the enshadowed craft.Page 22
with which the hordes of Torquas were perpetually warring.Page 26
Across the yielding moss of the sea-bottom there had been no spoor to follow, for the soft pads of the thoat but pressed down in his swift passage the resilient vegetation which sprang up again behind his fleeting feet, leaving no sign.Page 29
Carthoris quickly guessed that the second brute was the one he had blinded during the fight in the tunnel, but it was the dead thoat that centred his interest more than either of the savage carnivores.Page 31
Almost immediately after sunrise the green warriors commenced firing upon the little figures upon the wall.Page 32
Beside him he dragged a captive, and as the surrounding warriors parted to let the two pass, Carthoris caught a fleeting glimpse of the prisoner.Page 33
From every point rose similar savage cries, until the world seemed to tremble to their reverberations.Page 39
Nowhere upon any of them was the sign of mortal wound, nor even slightest scratch or abrasion.Page 45
For answer she turned her back full upon him, but not without first throwing him such a look of contempt that brought the scarlet to his cheek.Page 51
I see it all! I see it all!" The blood of indignation and anger had been rising to Thuvia's face.Page 57
"We are to die the death," whispered Jav faintly.Page 63
Certainly she should have been safer with him than left here alone with the Lotharian.Page 66
"Good!" exclaimed the other, when he had done.Page 94
The journey to Dusar seemed interminable to the impatient Carthoris, though as a matter of fact it was quickly accomplished.Page 98
The noble was bleeding from a dozen wounds.Page 99
"Come!" cried Carthoris.Page 105
"I am no fool, to be blind to the love that lies between you.