The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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to save the
black warrior's life.

He still grasped his spear, and while Tantor was yet six or eight paces
behind his prey, a sinewy white warrior dropped as from the heavens,
almost directly in his path. With a vicious lunge the elephant swerved
to the right to dispose of this temerarious foeman who dared intervene
between himself and his intended victim; but he had not reckoned on the
lightning quickness that could galvanize those steel muscles into
action so marvelously swift as to baffle even a keener eyesight than
Tantor's.

And so it happened that before the elephant realized that his new enemy
had leaped from his path Tarzan had driven his iron-shod spear from
behind the massive shoulder straight into the fierce heart, and the
colossal pachyderm had toppled to his death at the feet of the ape-man.

Busuli had not beheld the manner of his deliverance, but Waziri, the
old chief, had seen, and several of the other warriors, and they hailed
Tarzan with delight as they swarmed about him and his great kill. When
he leaped upon the mighty carcass, and gave voice to the weird
challenge with which he announced a great victory, the blacks shrank
back in fear, for to them it marked the brutal Bolgani, whom they
feared fully as much as they feared Numa, the lion; but with a fear
with which was mixed a certain uncanny awe of the manlike thing to
which they attributed supernatural powers.

But when Tarzan lowered his raised head and smiled upon them they were
reassured, though they did not understand. Nor did they ever fully
understand this strange creature who ran through the trees as quickly
as Manu, yet was even more at home upon the ground than themselves; who
was except as to color like unto themselves, yet as powerful as ten of
them, and singlehanded a match for the fiercest denizens of the fierce
jungle.

When the remainder of the warriors had gathered, the hunt was again
taken up and the stalking of the retreating herd once more begun; but
they had covered a bare hundred yards when from behind them, at a great
distance, sounded faintly a strange popping.

For an instant they stood like a group of statuary, intently listening.
Then Tarzan spoke.

"Guns!" he said. "The village is being attacked."

"Come!" cried Waziri. "The Arab raiders have returned with their
cannibal slaves for our ivory and our women!"




Chapter 16

The Ivory Raiders


Waziri's warriors marched at a rapid trot through the jungle in the
direction of the village. For a few minutes, the sharp cracking

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