decided to see no more his black friends
of the Waziri. He had foresworn humanity forever. He had started life
an ape--as an ape he would die.
He could not, however, erase from his memory the fact that the woman he
loved was within a short journey of the stamping-ground of his tribe;
nor could he banish the haunting fear that she might be constantly in
danger. That she was illy protected he had seen in the brief instant
that had witnessed Clayton's inefficiency. The more Tarzan thought of
it, the more keenly his conscience pricked him.
Finally he came to loathe himself for permitting his own selfish sorrow
and jealousy to stand between Jane Porter and safety. As the days
passed the thing preyed more and more upon his mind, and he had about
determined to return to the coast and place himself on guard over Jane
Porter and Clayton, when news reached him that altered all his plans
and sent him dashing madly toward the east in reckless disregard of
accident and death.
Before Tarzan had returned to the tribe, a certain young bull, not
being able to secure a mate from among his own people, had, according
to custom, fared forth through the wild jungle, like some knight-errant
of old, to win a fair lady from some neighboring community.
He had but just returned with his bride, and was narrating his
adventures quickly before he should forget them. Among other things he
told of seeing a great tribe of strange-looking apes.
"They were all hairy-faced bulls but one," he said, "and that one was a
she, lighter in color even than this stranger," and he chucked a thumb
The ape-man was all attention in an instant. He asked questions as
rapidly as the slow-witted anthropoid could answer them.
"Were the bulls short, with crooked legs?"
"Did they wear the skins of Numa and Sheeta about their loins, and
carry sticks and knives?"
"And were there many yellow rings about their arms and legs?"
"And the she one--was she small and slender, and very white?"
"Did she seem to be one of the tribe, or was she a prisoner?"
"They dragged her along--sometimes by an arm--sometimes by the long
hair that grew upon her head; and always they kicked and beat her. Oh,
but it was great fun to watch them."
"God!" muttered Tarzan.
"Where were they when you saw them, and which way were they going?"
continued the ape-man.
"They were beside the second water back there," and he pointed to the
south. "When they
Here were the great males towering in all the majesty of their imposing height; here were the gleaming white tusks protruding from their massive lower jaws to a point near the centre of their foreheads, the laterally placed, protruding eyes with which they could look forward or backward, or to either side without turning their heads, here the strange antennae-like ears rising from the tops of their foreheads; and the additional pair of arms extending from midway between the shoulders and the hips.Page 20
The limb upon which I found myself ascended at a slight angle toward the cliff, and as I followed it I found that it terminated a few feet above a narrow ledge which protruded from the cliff's face at the entrance to a narrow cave.Page 27
The banth is a fierce beast of prey that roams the low hills surrounding the dead seas of ancient Mars.Page 49
CHAPTER VI THE BLACK PIRATES OF BARSOOM "What is it?" I asked of the girl.Page 54
As I turned to meet this new enemy an object passed over my shoulder, striking one of my assailants squarely in the face and knocking him senseless to the sward.Page 66
Then it would mean short shrift for me.Page 72
The red men had always considered it a miracle that caused great columns of water to spurt from the solid rock of their reservoir sides to increase the supply of the precious liquid which is so scarce in the outer world of Mars.Page 76
In long stretches they move at a sickening speed, especially on the upward trip, since the small force of gravity inherent to Mars results in very little opposition to the powerful force above.Page 81
" Then she disappeared, followed by her retinue.Page 86
"Xodar," I said, "let us be friends.Page 96
In this and other ways his manner of fighting was similar to that which had always marked me on the field of combat.Page 100
For a second I toppled there upon the brink.Page 122
Had they, their squealing and grunting would have grown to such a volume as.Page 125
Presently I came to a place where five corridors diverged from a common point.Page 136
As we approached the little craft I looked about for the members of my party and for the first time noticed that Thuvia was not among them.Page 140
Some there were who looked upon him with scorn and drew toward me, while one, a man long in the service and confidence of Tardos Mors, spoke to me in a low tone as I passed him.Page 141
When we reached Helium there must be an accounting, and if Tardos Mors had not returned I feared that the enmity of Zat Arras might weigh heavily against us, for he represented the government of Helium.Page 159
"In the guard-room of my palace are many fine trappings.Page 171
Then they rose slowly to a position within the centre of the circle.Page 177
"Not that, other than as a last resort," he replied.