"Nothing, please," she replied.
"You are content that these two scoundrels should continue persecuting
She did not seem to know what answer to make, and looked very troubled
and unhappy. Tarzan saw a malicious grin of triumph curl Rokoff's lip.
The girl evidently was in fear of these two--she dared not express her
real desires before them.
"Then," said Tarzan, "I shall act on my own responsibility. To you,"
he continued, turning to Rokoff, "and this includes your accomplice, I
may say that from now on to the end of the voyage I shall take it upon
myself to keep an eye on you, and should there chance to come to my
notice any act of either one of you that might even remotely annoy this
young woman you shall be called to account for it directly to me, nor
shall the calling or the accounting be pleasant experiences for either
"Now get out of here," and he grabbed Rokoff and Paulvitch each by the
scruff of the neck and thrust them forcibly through the doorway, giving
each an added impetus down the corridor with the toe of his boot. Then
he turned back to the stateroom and the girl. She was looking at him
in wide-eyed astonishment.
"And you, madame, will confer a great favor upon me if you will but let
me know if either of those rascals troubles you further."
"Ah, monsieur," she answered, "I hope that you will not suffer for the
kind deed you attempted. You have made a very wicked and resourceful
enemy, who will stop at nothing to satisfy his hatred. You must be
very careful indeed, Monsieur--"
"Pardon me, madame, my name is Tarzan."
"Monsieur Tarzan. And because I would not consent to notify the
officers, do not think that I am not sincerely grateful to you for the
brave and chivalrous protection you rendered me. Good night, Monsieur
Tarzan. I shall never forget the debt I owe you," and, with a most
winsome smile that displayed a row of perfect teeth, the girl curtsied
to Tarzan, who bade her good night and made his way on deck.
It puzzled the man considerably that there should be two on board--this
girl and Count de Coude--who suffered indignities at the hands of
Rokoff and his companion, and yet would not permit the offenders to be
brought to justice. Before he turned in that night his thoughts
reverted many times to the beautiful young woman into the evidently
tangled web of whose life fate had so strangely introduced him.
Apparently less cautious was the hunted thing moving even as silently as the lion a hundred paces ahead of the tawny carnivore, for instead of skirting the moon-splashed natural clearings it passed directly across them, and by the tortuous record of its spoor it might indeed be guessed that it sought these avenues of least resistance, as well it might, since, unlike its grim stalker, it walked erect upon two feet--it walked upon two feet and was hairless except for a black thatch upon its head; its arms were well shaped and muscular; its hands powerful and slender with long tapering fingers and thumbs reaching almost to the first joint of the index fingers.Page 25
It was quickly evident that its owner had discovered Om-at for immediately he started upward in pursuit.Page 36
There flashed before him a vision of his lost mate and a great and sickening regret surged through him with the realization that if she still lived she might no longer hope, for though she might never know of the passing of her lord the fact of it must inevitably seal her doom.Page 43
the sound of bellowing, and it was answered from above the village.Page 55
Then she looked down.Page 62
Keen to the necessities of the moment he made no effort to locate his jailers lest in the act he might apprise them of his movements.Page 64
And so it was that she waited that day and night, hoping that he would return that she might accompany him back to Om-at, for her experience had taught her that in the face of danger two have a better chance than one.Page 106
" "He is right, Om-at," said Ta-den, "promise him that they shall have their liberty.Page 122
"Now, Beautiful One!" he cried, and then, "Ja-don! what do you here?" Jane Clayton turned to follow the direction of Lu-don's eyes and there she saw framed in the entrance-way to the apartment the mighty figure of a warrior, upon whose massive features sat an expression of stern and uncompromising authority.Page 131
Perhaps, then, this would give him the opportunity he had long awaited--a pretext for inciting the revolt that would dethrone Ko-tan and place Mo-sar in power--with Lu-don the real ruler of Pal-ul-don.Page 149
Following the winding river which bore a considerable distance to the north before doubling back to empty into the Jad-in-lul, the ape-man missed a portage that would have saved him hours of paddling.Page 152
" "We did," replied the priests, "but they told us nothing of the purpose of their journey.Page 158
It had brought her this toothsome dainty and with it a feeling of greater confidence and safety than she had enjoyed since that frightful day that she and Obergatz had spent their last cartridge.Page 160
Only her ability to sleep quickly and soundly made them endurable.Page 163
"She wanted to hang around and see me go, but I told her that her eyes would be blasted by the fire surrounding my departure and that she must leave at once and not return to the spot for at least an hour.Page 172
It was Obergatz; the curse had told her that.Page 176
at a distance and hurl their clubs and this they did, but the ape-man had learned something of the use of this weapon since he had arrived in Pal-ul-don.Page 180
And now," he said, "we must plan upon our return.Page 185
If Obergatz taught them not to love their god more he taught them to fear him as they never had before, so that the name of Jad-ben-Otho was whispered in the city and little children were frightened into obedience by the mere mention of it.Page 213
Dak-at (fat tail).