A few nursing babes
clung close to the shaggy necks of their savage mothers.
Tarzan recognized many members of the tribe. It was the same into
which he had come as a tiny babe. Many of the adults had been little
apes during his boyhood. He had frolicked and played about this very
jungle with them during their brief childhood. He wondered if they
would remember him--the memory of some apes is not overlong, and two
years may be an eternity to them.
From the talk which he overheard he learned that they had come to
choose a new king--their late chief had fallen a hundred feet beneath a
broken limb to an untimely end.
Tarzan walked to the end of an overhanging limb in plain view of them.
The quick eyes of a female caught sight of him first. With a barking
guttural she called the attention of the others. Several huge bulls
stood erect to get a better view of the intruder. With bared fangs and
bristling necks they advanced slowly toward him, with deep-throated,
"Karnath, I am Tarzan of the Apes," said the ape-man in the vernacular
of the tribe. "You remember me. Together we teased Numa when we were
still little apes, throwing sticks and nuts at him from the safety of
The brute he had addressed stopped with a look of half-comprehending,
dull wonderment upon his savage face.
"And Magor," continued Tarzan, addressing another, "do you not recall
your former king--he who slew the mighty Kerchak? Look at me! Am I
not the same Tarzan--mighty hunter--invincible fighter--that you all
knew for many seasons?"
The apes all crowded forward now, but more in curiosity than
threatening. They muttered among themselves for a few moments.
"What do you want among us now?" asked Karnath.
"Only peace," answered the ape-man.
Again the apes conferred. At length Karnath spoke again.
"Come in peace, then, Tarzan of the Apes," he said.
And so Tarzan of the Apes dropped lightly to the turf into the midst of
the fierce and hideous horde--he had completed the cycle of evolution,
and had returned to be once again a brute among brutes.
There were no greetings such as would have taken place among men after
a separation of two years. The majority of the apes went on about the
little activities that the advent of the ape-man had interrupted,
paying no further attention to him than as though he had not been gone
from the tribe at all.
One or two young bulls who had not been
Scarcely had he released his hold upon the edge of the hatch than the heavy covering fell clattering above him.Page 7
"I might jest as well of 'ad the whole bloomin' wad.Page 23
As the startled Akut looked up he saw the panther almost above him, and already upon the panther's back the white ape that had bested him that day near the great water.Page 28
For several days this strangely assorted pair roamed the jungle together.Page 37
The next breaker rolled them over and over, but eventually they all succeeded in crawling to safety, and in a moment more their ungainly craft had been washed up beside them.Page 39
Presently from a great distance and faintly there came an answering scream, and a half-hour later the lithe form of Sheeta bounded into view where the others of the pack were clambering gingerly into the canoe.Page 64
She wondered, and when she looked at him--at his close-set, shifty eyes and repulsive features, she shuddered, for she was convinced that no lofty characteristics could be hid behind so foul an exterior.Page 79
He had been terribly chagrined on discovering the mistake he had made in the identity of the baby, but once the young woman became convinced that his motives were truly chivalrous she would not permit him longer to upbraid himself for the error that he could not by any means have avoided.Page 80
The men had been staunch enough in their devotion and loyalty as long as they were in no danger of being overtaken by the Russian and his party.Page 81
"There is a village about a mile farther on," he said to her.Page 91
Thus Rokoff and the seven white sailors found themselves deserted and robbed in the midst of a wilderness.Page 101
He had sent the little steamer away to coal while he had gone up the river, leaving Paulvitch in charge of her, and he could have cried aloud in his relief as he saw that she had returned in time to save him.Page 105
To his utter amazement he found that the beast was dead.Page 106
It gave him excruciating pain, that was all.Page 117
Who the baby could have been, or what had become of their own, they could not imagine, and as both Rokoff and Paulvitch were gone, there was no way of discovering.Page 123
Afterward it will be.Page 124
You two treated us like dogs, and if you think we got any love for you you better forget it.Page 126
the clockwork, lay a key, and this Paulvitch now withdrew and fitted to the winding stem.Page 140
Instantly she saw that she had been made the victim of a plot.Page 144
Once again the hideous crew entered the service of their master, and without question took up their places in the skiff.