The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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found within the village; but, worse yet, they hated to
leave the ivory behind.

Finally the entire expedition took refuge within the thatched
huts--here, at least, they would be free from the arrows. Tarzan, from
the tree above the village, had marked the hut into which the chief
Arabs had gone, and, balancing himself upon an overhanging limb, he
drove his heavy spear with all the force of his giant muscles through
the thatched roof. A howl of pain told him that it had found a mark.
With this parting salute to convince them that there was no safety for
them anywhere within the country, Tarzan returned to the forest,
collected his warriors, and withdrew a mile to the south to rest and
eat. He kept sentries in several trees that commanded a view of the
trail toward the village, but there was no pursuit.

An inspection of his force showed not a single casualty--not even a
minor wound; while rough estimates of the enemies' loss convinced the
blacks that no fewer than twenty had fallen before their arrows. They
were wild with elation, and were for finishing the day in one glorious
rush upon the village, during which they would slaughter the last of
their foemen. They were even picturing the various tortures they would
inflict, and gloating over the suffering of the Manyuema, for whom they
entertained a peculiar hatred, when Tarzan put his foot down flatly
upon the plan.

"You are crazy!" he cried. "I have shown you the only way to fight
these people. Already you have killed twenty of them without the loss
of a single warrior, whereas, yesterday, following your own tactics,
which you would now renew, you lost at least a dozen, and killed not a
single Arab or Manyuema. You will fight just as I tell you to fight,
or I shall leave you and go back to my own country."

They were frightened when he threatened this, and promised to obey him
scrupulously if he would but promise not to desert them.

"Very well," he said. "We shall return to the elephant BOMA for the
night. I have a plan to give the Arabs a little taste of what they may
expect if they remain in our country, but I shall need no help. Come!
If they suffer no more for the balance of the day they will feel
reassured, and the relapse into fear will be even more nerve-racking
than as though we continued to frighten them all afternoon."

So they marched back to their

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