the woman whom both he and
Clayton had loved, and whom a strange freak of fate had given to
Clayton instead of to him.
That she loved him made the thing doubly difficult to bear, yet he knew
that he could have done nothing less than he did do that night within
the little railway station in the far Wisconsin woods. To him her
happiness was the first consideration of all, and his brief experience
with civilization and civilized men had taught him that without money
and position life to most of them was unendurable.
Jane Porter had been born to both, and had Tarzan taken them away from
her future husband it would doubtless have plunged her into a life of
misery and torture. That she would have spurned Clayton once he had
been stripped of both his title and his estates never for once occurred
to Tarzan, for he credited to others the same honest loyalty that was
so inherent a quality in himself. Nor, in this instance, had he erred.
Could any one thing have further bound Jane Porter to her promise to
Clayton it would have been in the nature of some such misfortune as
this overtaking him.
Tarzan's thoughts drifted from the past to the future. He tried to
look forward with pleasurable sensations to his return to the jungle of
his birth and boyhood; the cruel, fierce jungle in which he had spent
twenty of his twenty-two years. But who or what of all the myriad
jungle life would there be to welcome his return? Not one. Only
Tantor, the elephant, could he call friend. The others would hunt him
or flee from him as had been their way in the past.
Not even the apes of his own tribe would extend the hand of fellowship
If civilization had done nothing else for Tarzan of the Apes, it had to
some extent taught him to crave the society of his own kind, and to
feel with genuine pleasure the congenial warmth of companionship. And
in the same ratio had it made any other life distasteful to him. It
was difficult to imagine a world without a friend--without a living
thing who spoke the new tongues which Tarzan had learned to love so
well. And so it was that Tarzan looked with little relish upon the
future he had mapped out for himself.
As he sat musing over his cigarette his eyes fell upon a mirror before
him, and in it he saw reflected a table at which
It seems incredible that all that I have passed through--all those weird and terrifying experiences--should have been encompassed within so short a span as three brief months.Page 6
The old scalawag just closed his eyes and put on one of the softest "sugar-wouldn't-melt-in-my-mouth" expressions you ever saw and stood there taking it and asking for more.Page 10
her and took her out on her first run.Page 26
I covered him with my revolver, and at the same instant the torpedo struck the raider, the terrific explosion drowning the German's command to his men.Page 27
That evening the girl asked permission to go on deck.Page 29
We were sailing due west.Page 30
From the very slow submergence of the boat I knew that Benson was doing the entire trick alone--that he was merely permitting the diving-tanks to fill and that the diving-rudders were not in use.Page 37
Nobs and I met with no sharks upon our return journey to the submarine.Page 39
"A U-boat isn't constructed to navigate space, but it is designed to travel below the surface of the water.Page 43
Not only could any of them easily outdistance the U-33, but the further upstream we progressed the greater the number of our besiegers, until fearful of navigating a strange river.Page 48
We ran along beside them for a matter of ten miles, arriving off a broad cleft which led into what appeared to be another lake.Page 51
To the west the country was flat and sparsely wooded, and here it was that we saw our first game--a large red deer.Page 53
The creature was quite dead, and an examination resulted in disclosing the fact that Whitely's bullet had pierced its heart, and mine had severed the spinal cord.Page 57
Nor did he move until I said to him: "Plesser, you may return to your quarters and dress your wound.Page 58
"You have evolved a beautiful philosophy," I said.Page 59
Then she looked away across the weird moonlit landscape and sighed.Page 71
" The creature showed us the mouth of a black cave, but he kept at a distance while he did it, and Lys followed me as I crawled in to explore.Page 73
watched them from our "apartment," as Lys called it.Page 76
It took me just about.Page 77
thirty seconds to break the elbow of one of my assailants, trip another and send him stumbling backward among his fellows, and throw the third completely over my head in such a way that when he fell his neck was broken.