The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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against the cabin that the older
man had built.

Jane Porter was glad that it was to be so, and in her heart of hearts
she wondered at the marvelous fineness of character of this wondrous
man, who, though raised by brutes and among brutes, had the true
chivalry and tenderness which only associates with the refinements of
the highest civilization.

They had proceeded some three miles of the five that had separated them
from Tarzan's own beach when the Waziri who were ahead stopped
suddenly, pointing in amazement at a strange figure approaching them
along the beach. It was a man with a shiny silk hat, who walked slowly
with bent head, and hands clasped behind him underneath the tails of
his long, black coat.

At sight of him Jane Porter uttered a little cry of surprise and joy,
and ran quickly ahead to meet him. At the sound of her voice the old
man looked up, and when he saw who it was confronting him he, too,
cried out in relief and happiness. As Professor Archimedes Q. Porter
folded his daughter in his arms tears streamed down his seamed old
face, and it was several minutes before he could control himself
sufficiently to speak.

When a moment later he recognized Tarzan it was with difficulty that
they could convince him that his sorrow had not unbalanced his mind,
for with the other members of the party he had been so thoroughly
convinced that the ape-man was dead it was a problem to reconcile the
conviction with the very lifelike appearance of Jane's "forest god."
The old man was deeply touched at the news of Clayton's death.

"I cannot understand it," he said. "Monsieur Thuran assured us that
Clayton passed away many days ago."

"Thuran is with you?" asked Tarzan.

"Yes; he but recently found us and led us to your cabin. We were
camped but a short distance north of it. Bless me, but he will be
delighted to see you both."

"And surprised," commented Tarzan.

A short time later the strange party came to the clearing in which
stood the ape-man's cabin. It was filled with people coming and going,
and almost the first whom Tarzan saw was D'Arnot.

"Paul!" he cried. "In the name of sanity what are you doing here? Or
are we all insane?"

It was quickly explained, however, as were many other seemingly strange
things. D'Arnot's ship had been cruising along the coast, on patrol
duty, when at the lieutenant's suggestion they had anchored off the
little landlocked harbor to have another look at

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