had let himself out, running like a deer
that he might have ample time to descend the face of the cliffs before
the Oparians could reach the summit and hurl rocks down upon them. And
so it was that he was half a mile down the mountainside ere the fierce
little men came panting to the edge.
With cries of rage and disappointment they ranged along the cliff top
shaking their cudgels, and dancing up and down in a perfect passion of
anger. But this time they did not pursue beyond the boundary of their
own country. Whether it was because they recalled the futility of
their former long and irksome search, or after witnessing the ease with
which the ape-man swung along before them, and the last burst of speed,
they realized the utter hopelessness of further pursuit, it is
difficult to say; but as Tarzan reached the woods that began at the
base of the foothills which skirted the barrier cliffs they turned
their faces once more toward Opar.
Just within the forest's edge, where he could yet watch the cliff tops,
Tarzan laid his burden upon the grass, and going to the near-by rivulet
brought water with which he bathed her face and hands; but even this
did not revive her, and, greatly worried, he gathered the girl into his
strong arms once more and hurried on toward the west.
Late in the afternoon Jane Porter regained consciousness. She did not
open her eyes at once--she was trying to recall the scenes that she had
last witnessed. Ah, she remembered now. The altar, the terrible
priestess, the descending knife. She gave a little shudder, for she
thought that either this was death or that the knife had buried itself
in her heart and she was experiencing the brief delirium preceding
death. And when finally she mustered courage to open her eyes, the
sight that met them confirmed her fears, for she saw that she was being
borne through a leafy paradise in the arms of her dead love. "If this
be death," she murmured, "thank God that I am dead."
"You spoke, Jane!" cried Tarzan. "You are regaining consciousness!"
"Yes, Tarzan of the Apes," she replied, and for the first time in
months a smile of peace and happiness lighted her face.
"Thank God!" cried the ape-man, coming to the ground in a little grassy
clearing beside the stream. "I was in time, after all."
"In time? What do you mean?" she questioned.
"In time to save you from death upon
He knew, or at least he used, but two arguments in his dealings with them--a belaying pin and a revolver--nor is it likely that the motley aggregation he signed would have understood aught else.Page 60
All things outside his own tribe were his deadly enemies, with the few exceptions of which Tantor, the elephant, was a marked example.Page 64
Tarzan had not broken fast this day, and it was many miles to where lay the toothsome remains of Horta the boar.Page 74
The blacks had not as yet come upon Tarzan's cabin on the distant beach, but the ape-man lived in constant dread that, while he was away with the tribe, they would discover and despoil his treasure.Page 104
" "Eh?" ejaculated Professor Porter.Page 113
Soon he discovered a spade hidden by the underbrush which they had laid upon the grave.Page 125
Here he looks to find a tiny particle of the demolished larva, ofttimes.Page 131
Hunger was changing them from human beasts to wild beasts.Page 132
Chapter XX Heredity When Jane realized that she was being borne away a captive by the strange forest creature who had rescued her from the clutches of the ape she struggled desperately to escape, but the strong arms that held her as easily as though she had been but a day-old babe only pressed a little more tightly.Page 136
Then they sat down together again upon the edge of the drum and tried to talk by signs.Page 138
So Tarzan of the Apes did the only thing he knew to assure Jane of her safety.Page 148
You shall see," she said, addressing Clayton, "that he will come back and that he will prove that you are wrong.Page 151
He was indeed an officer and a gentleman--a title conferred on many, but deserved by so few.Page 155
"If you are English why is it then that you cannot speak English?" And then in a flash it came to him--the man was a mute, possibly a deaf mute.Page 162
" "That is true," interjected Clayton, "yet we must not overlook the fact that except for himself the only human beings within hundreds of miles are savage cannibals.Page 164
It was not the roaring and growling of the big beasts that affected me so much as it was the stealthy noises--the ones that you heard suddenly close by and then listened vainly for a repetition of--the unaccountable sounds as of a great body moving almost noiselessly, and the knowledge that you didn't KNOW how close it was, or whether it were creeping closer after you ceased to hear it? It was those noises--and the eyes.Page 175
Once a huge black, crazed by drink, had run amuck and terrorized the town, until his evil star had led him to where the black-haired French giant lolled upon the veranda of the hotel.Page 179
It had become evident to Tarzan that without money one must die.Page 184
You had no idea that the venture would succeed.Page 188
From tree to tree swung the giant figure which bore her, and it seemed to Jane that she was living over in a dream the experience that had been hers in that far African jungle.