to the gallows in Russia if it were known
by the police of St. Petersburg. I dared him to carry out his plan,
and then I leaned toward him and whispered a name in his ear. Like
that"--and she snapped her fingers--"he flew at my throat as a madman.
He would have killed me had you not interfered."
"The brutes!" muttered Tarzan.
"They are worse than that, my friend," she said.
"They are devils. I fear for you because you have gained their hatred.
I wish you to be on your guard constantly. Tell me that you will, for
my sake, for I should never forgive myself should you suffer through
the kindness you did me."
"I do not fear them," he replied. "I have survived grimmer enemies
than Rokoff and Paulvitch." He saw that she knew nothing of the
occurrence in the Rue Maule, nor did he mention it, fearing that it
might distress her.
"For your own safety," he continued, "why do you not turn the
scoundrels over to the authorities? They should make quick work of
She hesitated for a moment before replying.
"There are two reasons," she said finally. "One of them it is that
keeps the count from doing that very thing. The other, my real reason
for fearing to expose them, I have never told--only Rokoff and I know
it. I wonder," and then she paused, looking intently at him for a long
"And what do you wonder?" he asked, smiling.
"I was wondering why it is that I want to tell you the thing that I
have not dared tell even to my husband. I believe that you would
understand, and that you could tell me the right course to follow. I
believe that you would not judge me too harshly."
"I fear that I should prove a very poor judge, madame," Tarzan replied,
"for if you had been guilty of murder I should say that the victim
should be grateful to have met so sweet a fate."
"Oh, dear, no," she expostulated; "it is not so terrible as that. But
first let me tell you the reason the count has for not prosecuting
these men; then, if I can hold my courage, I shall tell you the real
reason that I dare not. The first is that Nikolas Rokoff is my
brother. We are Russians. Nikolas has been a bad man since I can
remember. He was cashiered from the Russian army, in which he held a
captaincy. There was
In their rage they had torn her to pieces.Page 7
The few words I had already overheard whetted my curiosity, and I was anxious to learn what manner of vengeance Thurid was planning against me.Page 13
Even as my mind framed the thought, Woola halted suddenly before a narrow, arched doorway in the cliff by the trail's side.Page 20
A more hideous aggregation of monsters.Page 25
After all, his strange instinct might be more dependable than my faulty human judgment.Page 29
Helium, shall become the plaything of my lieutenants--perhaps of thy most hated enemy, Thurid, the black dator.Page 38
Immense trees reared their mighty heads far above us, their broad fronds completely shutting off the slightest glimpse of the sky.Page 45
I owed no fealty to the Jeddak of Kaol, but he was of the same race of noble.Page 52
For an instant my hand touched against human flesh, and then, as I lunged headforemost through the darkness to seize my nocturnal visitor, my foot became entangled in my sleeping silks and I fell sprawling to the floor.Page 58
" As he spoke he looked straight at Matai Shang, not as a devotee should look at a high priest, but as a ruler of men looks at one to whom he issues a command.Page 67
Finally I suggested a plan to Thuvan Dihn, and as it seemed as good as any that we had discussed we decided to put it to the test.Page 71
How may I aid you? My palace is at your disposal, if you wish to honor me by coming to Marentina.Page 87
"Knows that he can do all that he claims.Page 88
But an instant did I crush that dear form to me ere Salensus Oll, trembling with rage and jealousy, shouldered his way to us.Page 89
One of them carried a long rope in his hands, which he commenced to make ready as we approached.Page 92
Then, down through the darkness above, a little parcel fell to the floor at my side.Page 93
Courage! That was the word the yellow guardsman had whispered in my ear as I stood upon the verge of the Pit of Plenty.Page 96
A look of combined greed and apprehension overspread his none too beautiful features.Page 106
As he raises his head aloft to fling a challenge at the men upon the palace walls I see his face, and my heart swells in pride and happiness as the red warriors leap to the side of their leader and win back the ground that they had but just lost--the face of him upon the mighty thoat is the face of my son--Carthoris of Helium.Page 110
The result of the sudden coming of the guardsmen had been to compel me to seek seclusion in the first passageway that I could find, and that to my disappointment proved to be not the one with which I was familiar, but another upon its left.