The Arabs drew together. The sheik ordered the Manyuema to take up the
march, and as he spoke he cocked his rifle and raised it. But at the
same instant one of the blacks threw down his load, and, snatching his
rifle from his back, fired point-blank at the group of Arabs. In an
instant the camp was a cursing, howling mass of demons, fighting with
guns and knives and pistols. The Arabs stood together, and defended
their lives valiantly, but with the rain of lead that poured upon them
from their own slaves, and the shower of arrows and spears which now
leaped from the surrounding jungle aimed solely at them, there was
little question from the first what the outcome would be. In ten
minutes from the time the first porter had thrown down his load the
last of the Arabs lay dead.
When the firing had ceased Tarzan spoke again to the Manyuema:
"Take up our ivory, and return it to our village, from whence you stole
it. We shall not harm you."
For a moment the Manyuema hesitated. They had no stomach to retrace
that difficult three days' trail. They talked together in low
whispers, and one turned toward the jungle, calling aloud to the voice
that had spoken to them from out of the foliage.
"How do we know that when you have us in your village you will not kill
us all?" he asked.
"You do not know," replied Tarzan, "other than that we have promised
not to harm you if you will return our ivory to us. But this you do
know, that it lies within our power to kill you all if you do not
return as we direct, and are we not more likely to do so if you anger
us than if you do as we bid?"
"Who are you that speaks the tongue of our Arab masters?" cried the
Manyuema spokesman. "Let us see you, and then we shall give you our
Tarzan stepped out of the jungle a dozen paces from them.
"Look!" he said. When they saw that he was white they were filled with
awe, for never had they seen a white savage before, and at his great
muscles and giant frame they were struck with wonder and admiration.
"You may trust me," said Tarzan. "So long as you do as I tell you, and
harm none of my people, we shall do you no hurt. Will you take up our
ivory and return in peace
Before the reading of that letter was completed lions and lion-hunting had fled my thoughts, and I was in a state of excitement bordering upon frenzy.Page 17
I shouted to him in warning, and then I raised my rifle and fired into the broad breast of the creature.Page 22
In the nearer foreground I discerned a small, dark blob of color upon the shimmering whiteness of the snow.Page 39
A brass pin would have been almost as effective against the ferocious monster they had loosed upon her.Page 42
To my question, put through the Sagoth interpreter, I received the reply that having spared my life they considered that Tu-al-sa's debt of gratitude was canceled.Page 46
The Mahars listened to the report of the Sagoth chieftain, and so difficult is it to judge their emotions from their almost expressionless countenance, that I was at a loss to know how terrible might be their wrath as they learned that their great secret, upon which rested the fate of.Page 55
The questions which the sight of this planet, so tantalizingly close, raised in my mind were numerous and unanswerable.Page 56
We struck the cliff-face once in our descent and then plunged into the salt sea.Page 61
At last my eyes fell upon the bow of a small dugout protruding scarce a foot from behind a large boulder lying half in the water at the edge of the beach.Page 65
I have to take his word for it--and I guess you will, unless you know more of such matters than I.Page 80
If they had scaled that cliff I could, and if I couldn't I should die in the attempt.Page 83
He said he could, and in the strange yet explicit fashion of the Pellucidarians he explained minutely how I might reach the cave where he had been imprisoned, and through the hole in its wall reach Dian.Page 90
"Quick!" I urged Dian.Page 91
I thought of my promise to Dian--the awful abyss was behind me--a big devil with a huge bludgeon in front of me.Page 106
"But upon the water that power is denied us.Page 111
And while we were suffering all these disappointments Hooja's fleet appeared in the distance! They evidently had gone far to the left of our course, for they were now almost behind us as we ran parallel to the coast; but we were not much afraid of being overtaken in the wind that was blowing.Page 113
There I saw moving slowly out into the sea that which filled my soul with wonder.Page 116
The handling of our fleet by the red island warriors of Ja's clan was far from perfect.Page 118
" Perry agreed with me.Page 131
I noticed that they always fled toward the north.