had coped with the
mighty strength and cruel craftiness of Terkoz and Numa in the fastness
of their savage jungle were not to be so easily subdued as these
apaches of Paris had believed.
Selecting his most formidable antagonist, the fellow with the bludgeon,
Tarzan charged full upon him, dodging the falling weapon, and catching
the man a terrific blow on the point of the chin that felled him in his
Then he turned upon the others. This was sport. He was reveling in
the joy of battle and the lust of blood. As though it had been but a
brittle shell, to break at the least rough usage, the thin veneer of
his civilization fell from him, and the ten burly villains found
themselves penned in a small room with a wild and savage beast, against
whose steel muscles their puny strength was less than futile.
At the end of the corridor without stood Rokoff, waiting the outcome of
the affair. He wished to be sure that Tarzan was dead before he left,
but it was not a part of his plan to be one of those within the room
when the murder occurred.
The woman still stood where she had when Tarzan entered, but her face
had undergone a number of changes with the few minutes which had
elapsed. From the semblance of distress which it had worn when Tarzan
first saw it, it had changed to one of craftiness as he had wheeled to
meet the attack from behind; but the change Tarzan had not seen.
Later an expression of surprise and then one of horror superseded the
others. And who may wonder. For the immaculate gentleman her cries
had lured to what was to have been his death had been suddenly
metamorphosed into a demon of revenge. Instead of soft muscles and a
weak resistance, she was looking upon a veritable Hercules gone mad.
"MON DIEU!" she cried; "he is a beast!" For the strong, white teeth of
the ape-man had found the throat of one of his assailants, and Tarzan
fought as he had learned to fight with the great bull apes of the tribe
He was in a dozen places at once, leaping hither and thither about the
room in sinuous bounds that reminded the woman of a panther she had
seen at the zoo. Now a wrist-bone snapped in his iron grip, now a
shoulder was wrenched from its socket as he forced a victim's arm
backward and upward.
With shrieks of pain the men escaped into
I made a report on these generators three years ago.Page 7
He left the bridge finally and went below.Page 9
As I thought upon my misfortune, I considered more clearly than ever before the unrighteousness of the regulation which was to prove my doom, and in the natural revolt against its injustice my anger rose, and there mounted within me a feeling which I imagine must have paralleled that spirit that once was prevalent among the ancients called anarchy.Page 10
degradation and discharge because a lot of old, preglacial fossils had declared over two hundred years before that no man should cross thirty.Page 20
Straight as a torpedo it rushed for Delcarte, and, as Taylor and I stumbled on through the tall grass toward our unfortunate comrade, we saw the tiger rear upon him and crush him to the earth.Page 27
And what, during this same period, had shorn the waters of the Thames of their pristine grandeur? Militarist that I am, I could find but a single word of explanation--war! I bowed my head and turned my eyes downward from the lonely and depressing sight, and in a silence which none of us seemed willing to break, we proceeded up the deserted river.Page 34
These children had, doubtless, been too young to retain in their memories to transmit to their children any but the vaguest suggestion of the cataclysm which had overwhelmed their parents.Page 36
"The Camp of the Lions," I repeated.Page 37
It appears that the line of descent is through the women.Page 41
"Who are you, little girl?" I asked.Page 45
It was a lucky shot, for I had no time to aim carefully, and when the.Page 46
I could not leave her, of course, but what in the world I was to do, cumbered with the care of a young woman, and a queen at that, I was at a loss to know.Page 54
I could not account for it.Page 56
I was sure that the blow she gave you must have disabled you," and she glanced about for the lioness.Page 58
Toward morning I dozed, and the sun was well up when Victory aroused me by gently shaking my shoulder.Page 60
Snider said nothing, but he wore a sullen scowl.Page 66
As we tramped along, we discussed a question that was uppermost in the mind of each--what we should do with Snider when we had captured him, for with the action of pursuit had come the optimistic conviction that we should succeed.Page 77
It was the first intimation that the townspeople had received that the enemy was forcing the imperial troops back upon the city.Page 82
"Out of here! Out of here! Quick, before I kill you!" But for answer I rushed upon him, striking him with the butt of the rifle.Page 87
The emperor told me that the building of this great empire and the spreading of enlightenment among its diversified and savage peoples had required all the best efforts of nearly two hundred years.