The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the cabin and the
jungle in which many of the officers and men had taken part in exciting
adventures two years before. On landing they had found Lord
Tennington's party, and arrangements were being made to take them all
on board the following morning, and carry them back to civilization.

Hazel Strong and her mother, Esmeralda, and Mr. Samuel T. Philander
were almost overcome by happiness at Jane Porter's safe return. Her
escape seemed to them little short of miraculous, and it was the
consensus of opinion that it could have been achieved by no other man
than Tarzan of the Apes. They loaded the uncomfortable ape-man with
eulogies and attentions until he wished himself back in the
amphitheater of the apes.

All were interested in his savage Waziri, and many were the gifts the
black men received from these friends of their king, but when they
learned that he might sail away from them upon the great canoe that lay
at anchor a mile off shore they became very sad.

As yet the newcomers had seen nothing of Lord Tennington and Monsieur
Thuran. They had gone out for fresh meat early in the day, and had not
yet returned.

"How surprised this man, whose name you say is Rokoff, will be to see
you," said Jane Porter to Tarzan.

"His surprise will be short-lived," replied the ape-man grimly, and
there was that in his tone that made her look up into his face in
alarm. What she read there evidently confirmed her fears, for she put
her hand upon his arm, and pleaded with him to leave the Russian to the
laws of France.

"In the heart of the jungle, dear," she said, "with no other form of
right or justice to appeal to other than your own mighty muscles, you
would be warranted in executing upon this man the sentence he deserves;
but with the strong arm of a civilized government at your disposal it
would be murder to kill him now. Even your friends would have to
submit to your arrest, or if you resisted it would plunge us all into
misery and unhappiness again. I cannot bear to lose you again, my
Tarzan. Promise me that you will but turn him over to Captain
Dufranne, and let the law take its course--the beast is not worth
risking our happiness for."

He saw the wisdom of her appeal, and promised. A half hour later
Rokoff and Tennington emerged from the jungle. They were walking side
by side. Tennington was the first to note the

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