the hallway as quickly as
they could; but even before the first one staggered, bleeding and
broken, from the room, Rokoff had seen enough to convince him that
Tarzan would not be the one to lie dead in that house this night, and
so the Russian had hastened to a nearby den and telephoned the police
that a man was committing murder on the third floor of Rue Maule, 27.
When the officers arrived they found three men groaning on the floor, a
frightened woman lying upon a filthy bed, her face buried in her arms,
and what appeared to be a well-dressed young gentleman standing in the
center of the room awaiting the reenforcements which he had thought the
footsteps of the officers hurrying up the stairway had announced--but
they were mistaken in the last; it was a wild beast that looked upon
them through those narrowed lids and steel-gray eyes. With the smell
of blood the last vestige of civilization had deserted Tarzan, and now
he stood at bay, like a lion surrounded by hunters, awaiting the next
overt act, and crouching to charge its author.
"What has happened here?" asked one of the policemen.
Tarzan explained briefly, but when he turned to the woman for
confirmation of his statement he was appalled by her reply.
"He lies!" she screamed shrilly, addressing the policeman. "He came to
my room while I was alone, and for no good purpose. When I repulsed
him he would have killed me had not my screams attracted these
gentlemen, who were passing the house at the time. He is a devil,
monsieurs; alone he has all but killed ten men with his bare hands and
So shocked was Tarzan by her ingratitude that for a moment he was
struck dumb. The police were inclined to be a little skeptical, for
they had had other dealings with this same lady and her lovely coterie
of gentlemen friends. However, they were policemen, not judges, so
they decided to place all the inmates of the room under arrest, and let
another, whose business it was, separate the innocent from the guilty.
But they found that it was one thing to tell this well-dressed young
man that he was under arrest, but quite another to enforce it.
"I am guilty of no offense," he said quietly. "I have but sought to
defend myself. I do not know why the woman has told you what she has.
She can have no enmity against me, for never until I came to this room
And then came a letter that started me for Africa twelve days ahead of my schedule.Page 7
What thoughts were passing through the convolutions of her reptilian brain? I do not know.Page 19
The roar of our rifles was constantly shattering the world-old silence of stupendous canons upon which the eye of man had never before gazed.Page 24
He has an axiom which carries the thought-kernel that what man has done, man can do, and it doesn't cut any figure with Perry whether a fellow knows how to.Page 49
"It was Hooja who caused the first trouble between you and the Beautiful One.Page 63
And so we walked on together toward Thuria--I talking to the beast at my side, and he seeming to enjoy my company no less than I enjoyed his.Page 65
"I am Goork," he said.Page 68
I had covered quite a little distance, and I was passing through a strip of wood which lay at the foot of one of the flat-topped hills, when I became conscious of the sensation of being watched.Page 75
I felt that perhaps my time had come when he reached for me with one of his giant paws; but I dodged him, and running a few paces to the right hurled down another missile.Page 84
A low bluff ran diagonally across one end of the mesa, and in the face of this bluff were the mouths of many caves.Page 89
How Juag ever had hit it I could not guess.Page 94
In Pellucidar, where it is always today, the wait may not be so long, and so it proved for us.Page 96
When he was opposite me I sprang for the heavy mane that covered his huge neck.Page 97
At the same instant I leaped clear of the stumbling animal.Page 100
The man on the lidi's back was prodding at the hyaenodon with his long spear, but still Raja kept springing up and snapping.Page 116
Perry and Dian and I were so full of questions that we fairly burst, but we had to contain ourselves for a while, since the battle with the rest of Hooja's fleet had scarce commenced.Page 125
With them were the thousand lidi from Thuria.Page 126
On the long march I schooled them in their duties, and as fast as one learned I sent him among the others as a teacher.Page 128
They wavered for a moment, then dived; nor did we see them again for.Page 134
I am content here.