ago." He fumbled in the pocket of the ulster beneath him for
something that he had discovered there while he lay between the
paroxysms of fever. Presently he found it--a crumpled bit of yellow
paper. He handed it to the girl, and as she took it his arm fell
limply across his chest, his head dropped back, and with a little gasp
he stiffened and was still. Then Tarzan of the Apes drew a fold of the
ulster across the upturned face.
For a moment they remained kneeling there, the girl's lips moving in
silent prayer, and as they rose and stood on either side of the now
peaceful form, tears came to the ape-man's eyes, for through the
anguish that his own heart had suffered he had learned compassion for
the suffering of others.
Through her own tears the girl read the message upon the bit of faded
yellow paper, and as she read her eyes went very wide. Twice she read
those startling words before she could fully comprehend their meaning.
Finger prints prove you Greystoke. Congratulations.
She handed the paper to Tarzan. "And he has known it all this time,"
she said, "and did not tell you?"
"I knew it first, Jane," replied the man. "I did not know that he knew
it at all. I must have dropped this message that night in the waiting
room. It was there that I received it."
"And afterward you told us that your mother was a she-ape, and that you
had never known your father?" she asked incredulously.
"The title and the estates meant nothing to me without you, dear," he
replied. "And if I had taken them away from him I should have been
robbing the woman I love--don't you understand, Jane?" It was as
though he attempted to excuse a fault.
She extended her arms toward him across the body of the dead man, and
took his hands in hers.
"And I would have thrown away a love like that!" she said.
The Passing of the Ape-Man
The next morning they set out upon the short journey to Tarzan's cabin.
Four Waziri bore the body of the dead Englishman. It had been the
ape-man's suggestion that Clayton be buried beside the former Lord
Greystoke near the edge of the jungle
The Chinaman shook his head.Page 34
There can be no immediate danger, I am sure.Page 44
As he paused to listen there broke suddenly upon the still night the hideous war cries of the Dyaks, and the screams and shrieks of their frightened victims in the.Page 45
In an instant the little room was filled with howling, fighting men.Page 49
"Can it be that our men have mutinied?" He thought the six with Bududreen were carrying out their part in a most realistic manner, and a grim smile tinged his hard face.Page 55
One by one they came lumbering into the moonlight until Sing had counted eleven, and then, after them, came a white man, bull whip and revolver in hand.Page 67
At the sight his own dark countenance went ashen, and with trembling lips he ordered his oarsmen to pull for the open sea.Page 78
A thousand times she had attempted to solve the question of his first appearance on the island at the very moment that his mighty muscles were needed to rescue her from the horrible creature of her father's creation.Page 81
"He says that two hours ago such a war prahu passed on its way up river--he saw the white girl plainly.Page 88
"What girl, Tuan Besar?" inquired the wily Malay innocently.Page 89
Evidently he would be a good ally in wreaking vengeance upon the white giant who had caused all his discomfiture--afterward there was always the kris if the other should become inconvenient.Page 101
Von Horn had left her, and strolled down to the river.Page 102
There was one awful shriek from the tortured brute--the vertebrae parted with a snap, and Bulan's antagonists were reduced to two.Page 104
The thought of regaining the treasure, the while he administered punishment to the traitorous Ninaka, filled his soul with savage happiness.Page 115
Here was a spot where a single man might defy an army, and Bulan had been quick to see the natural advantages of it.Page 117
"It was the only way," said Bulan.Page 118
How then am I to know what attributes denote the possession of the immortal spark? How am I to know whether or not I possess a soul?" Virginia smiled.Page 122
Several times Virginia became obsessed with the idea that Bulan had left her alone there in the jungle, but when she called his name he answered from close beside her shelter.Page 124
The man fought again the recent battles he had passed through, and again suffered the long night watches beside the sleeping girl who filled his heart.