The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Tarzan stalked, after his own fashion, along
the leafy way of the middle terrace.

It is no child's play to hunt wild elephants with the crude weapons of
primitive man. Tarzan knew that few native tribes ever attempted it,
and the fact that his tribe did so gave him no little pride--already he
was commencing to think of himself as a member of the little community.
As Tarzan moved silently through the trees he saw the warriors below
creeping in a half circle upon the still unsuspecting elephants.
Finally they were within sight of the great beasts. Now they singled
out two large tuskers, and at a signal the fifty men rose from the
ground where they had lain concealed, and hurled their heavy war spears
at the two marked beasts. There was not a single miss; twenty-five
spears were embedded in the sides of each of the giant animals. One
never moved from the spot where it stood when the avalanche of spears
struck it, for two, perfectly aimed, had penetrated its heart, and it
lunged forward upon its knees, rolling to the ground without a struggle.

The other, standing nearly head-on toward the hunters, had not proved
so good a mark, and though every spear struck not one entered the great
heart. For a moment the huge bull stood trumpeting in rage and pain,
casting about with its little eyes for the author of its hurt. The
blacks had faded into the jungle before the weak eyes of the monster
had fallen upon any of them, but now he caught the sound of their
retreat, and, amid a terrific crashing of underbrush and branches, he
charged in the direction of the noise.

It so happened that chance sent him in the direction of Busuli, whom he
was overtaking so rapidly that it was as though the black were standing
still instead of racing at full speed to escape the certain death which
pursued him. Tarzan had witnessed the entire performance from the
branches of a nearby tree, and now that he saw his friend's peril he
raced toward the infuriated beast with loud cries, hoping to distract
him.

But it had been as well had he saved his breath, for the brute was deaf
and blind to all else save the particular object of his rage that raced
futilely before him. And now Tarzan saw that only a miracle could save
Busuli, and with the same unconcern with which he had once hunted this
very man he hurled himself into the path of the elephant

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