remembered Tarzan from the visit the
two had made him several months prior in the matter of finger prints.
When D'Arnot had concluded the narration of the events which had
transpired the previous evening, a grim smile was playing about the
lips of the policeman. He touched a button near his hand, and as he
waited for the clerk to respond to its summons he searched through the
papers on his desk for one which he finally located.
"Here, Joubon," he said as the clerk entered. "Summon these
officers--have them come to me at once," and he handed the man the
paper he had sought. Then he turned to Tarzan.
"You have committed a very grave offense, monsieur," he said, not
unkindly, "and but for the explanation made by our good friend here I
should be inclined to judge you harshly. I am, instead, about to do a
rather unheard-of-thing. I have summoned the officers whom you
maltreated last night. They shall hear Lieutenant D'Arnot's story, and
then I shall leave it to their discretion to say whether you shall be
prosecuted or not.
"You have much to learn about the ways of civilization. Things that
seem strange or unnecessary to you, you must learn to accept until you
are able to judge the motives behind them. The officers whom you
attacked were but doing their duty. They had no discretion in the
matter. Every day they risk their lives in the protection of the lives
or property of others. They would do the same for you. They are very
brave men, and they are deeply mortified that a single unarmed man
bested and beat them.
"Make it easy for them to overlook what you did. Unless I am gravely
in error you are yourself a very brave man, and brave men are
Further conversation was interrupted by the appearance of the four
policemen. As their eyes fell on Tarzan, surprise was writ large on
"My children," said the official, "here is the gentleman whom you met
in the Rue Maule last evening. He has come voluntarily to give himself
up. I wish you to listen attentively to Lieutenant D'Arnot, who will
tell you a part of the story of monsieur's life. It may explain his
attitude toward you of last night. Proceed, my dear lieutenant."
D'Arnot spoke to the policemen for half an hour. He told them
something of Tarzan's wild jungle life. He explained the savage
training that had taught him to
A more hideous aggregation of monsters.Page 27
Similarly they looked at Woola, growling at my heel.Page 31
In an instant all was wild confusion.Page 32
He even went so far as to snatch his holy wig from his head and throw it in my face, so as to blind.Page 46
In another moment the gate would be opened and the head of the column pass out upon the death-bordered highway.Page 49
"Kaor, Dotar Sojat!" he greeted me.Page 67
Occasionally he would stop to peer intently toward first one of the exits from the chamber and then the other.Page 72
In my palace is one who can make you appear as truly yellow men as does Salensus Oll himself.Page 74
Already the city was astir, and from several of the gates we saw parties of yellow men emerging.Page 81
When we asked our guide why we were quartered so far from the guardroom he replied that the custom of the older members of the guard of picking quarrels with aspirants to try their metal had resulted in so many deaths that it was found difficult to maintain the guard at its full strength while this custom prevailed.Page 86
"For a year.Page 89
" "Neither slave nor queen dictates to Salensus Oll," replied the Jeddak of Jeddaks.Page 92
Now, more interestedly, my fingers traced and retraced them.Page 99
The floor of the tunnel rose rapidly as I advanced, and a moment later the way came to an abrupt end before a heavy door.Page 105
But at last I could doubt no longer, and with a shout of joy that rose strangely in the midst of the cursing and groaning of the battling men at the entrance to the chamber, I called to Tardos Mors.Page 109
That that duel-royal should have taken place in the dark recesses of a cellar, without a single appreciative eye to witness it has always seemed to me almost a world calamity--at least from the viewpoint Barsoomian, where bloody strife is the first and greatest consideration of individuals, nations, and races.Page 110
Before me were a party of perhaps fifty gorgeously clad nobles of the court, standing before a throne upon which sat Salensus Oll.Page 120
With the blow upon my head came unconsciousness.Page 129
That night a messenger came to me as I sat with Dejah Thoris and Carthoris upon the roof of my city palace, where we had long since caused a lovely garden to be made that we three might find seclusion and quiet happiness among ourselves, far from the pomp and ceremony of court, to summon us to the Temple of Reward--"where one is to be judged this night," the summons concluded.Page 131
Straight to the Throne of Righteousness they bore her, and there Tardos Mors assisted her from the car, leading her forward to my side.