The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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any better explanation.

With at least fifty of their number flying through the black jungle,
and without the slightest knowledge of when their uncanny foemen might
resume the cold-blooded slaughter they had commenced, it was a
desperate band of cut-throats that waited sleeplessly for the dawn.
Only on the promise of the Arabs that they would leave the village at
daybreak, and hasten onward toward their own land, would the remaining
Manyuema consent to stay at the village a moment longer. Not even fear
of their cruel masters was sufficient to overcome this new terror.

And so it was that when Tarzan and his warriors returned to the attack
the next morning they found the raiders prepared to march out of the
village. The Manyuema were laden with stolen ivory. As Tarzan saw it
he grinned, for he knew that they would not carry it far. Then he saw
something which caused him anxiety--a number of the Manyuema were
lighting torches in the remnant of the camp-fire. They were about to
fire the village.

Tarzan was perched in a tall tree some hundred yards from the palisade.
Making a trumpet of his hands, he called loudly in the Arab tongue:
"Do not fire the huts, or we shall kill you all! Do not fire the huts,
or we shall kill you all!"

A dozen times he repeated it. The Manyuema hesitated, then one of them
flung his torch into the campfire. The others were about to do the
same when an Arab sprung upon them with a stick, beating them toward
the huts. Tarzan could see that he was commanding them to fire the
little thatched dwellings. Then he stood erect upon the swaying branch
a hundred feet above the ground, and, raising one of the Arab guns to
his shoulder, took careful aim and fired. With the report the Arab who
was urging on his men to burn the village fell in his tracks, and the
Manyuema threw away their torches and fled from the village. The last
Tarzan saw of them they were racing toward the jungle, while their
former masters knelt upon the ground and fired at them.

But however angry the Arabs might have been at the insubordination of
their slaves, they were at least convinced that it would be the better
part of wisdom to forego the pleasure of firing the village that had
given them two such nasty receptions. In their hearts, however, they
swore to return again with such force as would enable them to

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