four men sat at cards.
Presently one of them rose to leave, and then another approached, and
Tarzan could see that he courteously offered to fill the vacant chair,
that the game might not be interrupted. He was the smaller of the two
whom Tarzan had seen whispering just outside the smoking-room.
It was this fact that aroused a faint spark of interest in Tarzan, and
so as he speculated upon the future he watched in the mirror the
reflection of the players at the table behind him. Aside from the man
who had but just entered the game Tarzan knew the name of but one of
the other players. It was he who sat opposite the new player, Count
Raoul de Coude, whom an over-attentive steward had pointed out as one
of the celebrities of the passage, describing him as a man high in the
official family of the French minister of war.
Suddenly Tarzan's attention was riveted upon the picture in the glass.
The other swarthy plotter had entered, and was standing behind the
count's chair. Tarzan saw him turn and glance furtively about the
room, but his eyes did not rest for a sufficient time upon the mirror
to note the reflection of Tarzan's watchful eyes. Stealthily the man
withdrew something from his pocket. Tarzan could not discern what the
object was, for the man's hand covered it.
Slowly the hand approached the count, and then, very deftly, the thing
that was in it was transferred to the count's pocket. The man remained
standing where he could watch the Frenchman's cards. Tarzan was
puzzled, but he was all attention now, nor did he permit another detail
of the incident to escape him.
The play went on for some ten minutes after this, until the count won a
considerable wager from him who had last joined the game, and then
Tarzan saw the fellow back of the count's chair nod his head to his
confederate. Instantly the player arose and pointed a finger at the
"Had I known that monsieur was a professional card sharp I had not been
so ready to be drawn into the game," he said.
Instantly the count and the two other players were upon their feet.
De Coude's face went white.
"What do you mean, sir?" he cried. "Do you know to whom you speak?"
"I know that I speak, for the last time, to one who cheats at cards,"
replied the fellow.
The count leaned across the table, and struck the man full in the mouth
with his open
great toes protruded at right angles from the foot.Page 14
Om-at, the hairy black, also seemed to feel that there rested upon his broad shoulders a portion of the burden of responsibility for Tarzan's education, with the result that either one or the other of them was almost constantly coaching the ape-man during his waking hours.Page 22
Selecting five of these she made them into a little bundle about which she twined the lower extremity of her sinuous tail and thus carrying them made her way to the outer edge of the balcony.Page 27
It was the law of his own jungle--the law of the tribe of Kerchak, the bull ape--the ancient law of primitive man that needed but the refining influences of civilization to introduce the hired dagger and the poison cup.Page 29
"Now tell me, where are Pan-at-lee, her father, and her brothers?" An old warrior spoke.Page 36
The warriors of Kor-ul-lul, doubtless as valorous as their foemen, retreated only to a more strategic position in the brush, nor were they long in guessing that the number of their pursuers was fewer than their own.Page 50
The muscles of the Tor-o-don relaxed in death with the last thrust of Tarzan's knife and with its hold upon the ape-man released it shot from sight into the gorge below.Page 72
The apes cared more for a grubworm in a rotten log than for all the majestic grandeur of the forest giants waving above them.Page 97
"The proposition was a fair one," he cried.Page 110
As Tarzan sat within the concealing foliage of the shrubbery meditating upon the hideous priest-mask which he held in his hands he became aware that he was not alone in the garden.Page 144
Even the open water in the center chanced to be deserted at the time by its frightful denizens which the drought and the receding waters had driven southward toward the mouth of Pal-ul-don's largest river which carries the waters out of the Valley of Jad-ben-Otho.Page 154
"We have every proof that he is only mortal, a strange creature from another country.Page 158
They had not been long in this strange country, yet they thought that they were hardened to dangers, for daily they had had encounters with ferocious creatures; but this day--she shuddered when she thought of it.Page 161
" "But how have you escaped them?" she asked.Page 167
The result was that Lu-don's power increased while that of Ja-don waned.Page 171
in the damp corridor and they were twelve to one.Page 178
As myrrh and frankincense were the dank odors of rotting vegetation in the nostrils of the great Tarmangani.Page 189
"It is he!" he shouted to those about him.Page 214