The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the ebony of
his companions. Except for color he was one of them. His ornaments
and weapons were the same as theirs--he spoke their language--he
laughed and joked with them, and leaped and shouted in the brief wild
dance that preceded their departure from the village, to all intent and
purpose a savage among savages. Nor, had he questioned himself, is it
to be doubted that he would have admitted that he was far more closely
allied to these people and their life than to the Parisian friends
whose ways, apelike, he had successfully mimicked for a few short

But he did think of D'Arnot, and a grin of amusement showed his strong
white teeth as he pictured the immaculate Frenchman's expression could
he by some means see Tarzan as he was that minute. Poor Paul, who had
prided himself on having eradicated from his friend the last traces of
wild savagery. "How quickly have I fallen!" thought Tarzan; but in his
heart he did not consider it a fall--rather, he pitied the poor
creatures of Paris, penned up like prisoners in their silly clothes,
and watched by policemen all their poor lives, that they might do
nothing that was not entirely artificial and tiresome.

A two hours' march brought them close to the vicinity in which the
elephants had been seen the previous day. From there on they moved
very quietly indeed searching for the spoor of the great beasts. At
length they found the well-marked trail along which the herd had passed
not many hours before. In single file they followed it for about half
an hour. It was Tarzan who first raised his hand in signal that the
quarry was at hand--his sensitive nose had warned him that the
elephants were not far ahead of them.

The blacks were skeptical when he told them how he knew.

"Come with me," said Tarzan, "and we shall see."

With the agility of a squirrel he sprang into a tree and ran nimbly to
the top. One of the blacks followed more slowly and carefully. When
he had reached a lofty limb beside the ape-man the latter pointed to
the south, and there, some few hundred yards away, the black saw a
number of huge black backs swaying back and forth above the top of the
lofty jungle grasses. He pointed the direction to the watchers below,
indicating with his fingers the number of beasts he could count.

Immediately the hunters started toward the elephants. The black in the
tree hastened down, but

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