The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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only to be shot in their tracks, without the
ghost of a chance to gain the inside of the palisade, and then the
whole attack crumpled, and the remaining warriors scampered back into
the forest. As they ran the raiders opened the gates, rushing after
them, to complete the day's work with the utter extermination of the
tribe. Tarzan had been among the last to turn back toward the forest,
and now, as he ran slowly, he turned from time to time to speed a
well-aimed arrow into the body of a pursuer.

Once within the jungle, he found a little knot of determined blacks
waiting to give battle to the oncoming horde, but Tarzan cried to them
to scatter, keeping out of harm's way until they could gather in force
after dark.

"Do as I tell you," he urged, "and I will lead you to victory over
these enemies of yours. Scatter through the forest, picking up as many
stragglers as you can find, and at night, if you think that you have
been followed, come by roundabout ways to the spot where we killed the
elephants today. Then I will explain my plan, and you will find that
it is good. You cannot hope to pit your puny strength and simple
weapons against the numbers and the guns of the Arabs and the Manyuema."

They finally assented. "When you scatter," explained Tarzan, in
conclusion, "your foes will have to scatter to follow you, and so it
may happen that if you are watchful you can drop many a Manyuema with
your arrows from behind some great trees."

They had barely time to hasten away farther into the forest before the
first of the raiders had crossed the clearing and entered it in pursuit
of them.

Tarzan ran a short distance along the ground before he took to the
trees. Then he raced quickly to the upper terrace, there doubling on
his tracks and making his way rapidly back toward the village. Here he
found that every Arab and Manyuema had joined in the pursuit, leaving
the village deserted except for the chained prisoners and a single
guard.

The sentry stood at the open gate, looking in the direction of the
forest, so that he did not see the agile giant that dropped to the
ground at the far end of the village street. With drawn bow the
ape-man crept stealthily toward his unsuspecting victim. The prisoners
had already discovered him, and with wide eyes filled with wonder and
with hope they watched their would-be rescuer.

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