loyalty to an impulsive promise I made you.
"The last few seconds of my life have taught me that it would be
hideous to attempt further to deceive myself and you, or to entertain
for an instant longer the possibility of ever becoming your wife,
should we regain civilization."
"Why, Jane," he cried, "what do you mean? What has our providential
rescue to do with altering your feelings toward me? You are but
unstrung--tomorrow you will be yourself again."
"I am more nearly myself this minute than I have been for over a year,"
she replied. "The thing that has just happened has again forced to my
memory the fact that the bravest man that ever lived honored me with
his love. Until it was too late I did not realize that I returned it,
and so I sent him away. He is dead now, and I shall never marry. I
certainly could not wed another less brave than he without harboring
constantly a feeling of contempt for the relative cowardice of my
husband. Do you understand me?"
"Yes," he answered, with bowed head, his face mantling with the flush
And it was the next day that the great calamity befell.
The Treasure Vaults of Opar
It was quite dark before La, the high priestess, returned to the
Chamber of the Dead with food and drink for Tarzan. She bore no light,
feeling with her hands along the crumbling walls until she gained the
chamber. Through the stone grating above, a tropic moon served dimly
to illuminate the interior.
Tarzan, crouching in the shadows at the far side of the room as the
first sound of approaching footsteps reached him, came forth to meet
the girl as he recognized that it was she.
"They are furious," were her first words. "Never before has a human
sacrifice escaped the altar. Already fifty have gone forth to track
you down. They have searched the temple--all save this single room."
"Why do they fear to come here?" he asked.
"It is the Chamber of the Dead. Here the dead return to worship. See
this ancient altar? It is here that the dead sacrifice the living--if
they find a victim here. That is the reason our people shun this
chamber. Were one to enter he knows that the waiting dead would seize
him for their sacrifice."
"But you?" he asked.
"I am high priestess--I alone am safe from the dead. It is I who at
rare intervals bring them a human sacrifice
"Come on, you duffer! Can't waste ammunition.Page 2
cave bear--the monstrous thing that should have been extinct ages before--ran for it and fired even as the beast was almost upon Bradley.Page 3
"Well-known club-man," Tyler had called him.Page 6
" His authoritative tones brought them all up standing, and presently each was occupied with his own duties; but each worked in silence and there was no singing and no bantering such as had marked the making of previous camps.Page 13
That night they camped upon a rocky plateau which was sparsely wooded with jarrah, and here once again they were visited by the weird, nocturnal apparition that had already filled them with a nameless terror.Page 18
With its huge wings partly closed for the dive and its white robe fluttering in its wake, the apparition swooped down upon the Englishman.Page 19
As a hawk dives for a songbird on the wing, so this great, human bird.Page 25
the rapidity with which they attempted to bolt their food, they often lost it all.Page 30
There was no one in sight to the left over a considerable expanse of roof-top, and to the right another building shut off his line of vision at about twenty feet.Page 38
He knew that this could be no Wieroo, but possibly once a man like himself who had been cast into this pit of solitary confinement with this hideous result that might in time be his fate, also.Page 39
In the next stage they became fishes or reptiles, An-Tak was not positive which, and in this form, always developing, they swam far to the south, where, amid the rank and teeming jungles, some of them evolved into amphibians.Page 42
Suddenly the panel flew inward, nearly precipitating the man to the floor.Page 54
Many of the latter were mounted in precious metals and set with colored stones and priceless gems, while thick upon the hides that covered the walls were golden ornaments similar to those worn by the girl and those which had filled the chests he had examined in the storeroom of Fosh-bal-soj, leading the Englishman to the conviction that all such were spoils of war or theft, since each piece seemed made for personal adornment, while in so far as he had seen, no Wieroo wore ornaments of any sort.Page 56
It was evident that he lived in constant dread of being assassinated.Page 64
I had hoped and hoped to find some way to return to my own country.Page 68
"I should be over there with my men," he replied.Page 74
Bradley knew nothing of the disappearance of Bowen Tyler and Miss La Rue, nor of the perfidy of the Germans in shelling the fort and attempting to escape in the U-33; but he was in no way surprised at what he saw before him.Page 76
A short point, with just a twist of the bayonet to the left sent the sharp blade over the Englishman's left shoulder.Page 78
Tyler, Jr.Page 83
Late in the second day, after running through swarms of hideous reptiles, they submerged at the point where the river entered beneath the cliffs and shortly after rose to the sunlit surface of the Pacific; but nowhere as far as they could see was sign of another craft.