The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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sanctity of your home is this minute in jeopardy.

A certain man who for months has been a constant visitor there during
your absence is now with your wife. If you go at once to your
countess' boudoir you will find them together.

A FRIEND.


Twenty minutes after Paulvitch had called Tarzan, Rokoff obtained a
connection with Olga's private line. Her maid answered the telephone
which was in the countess' boudoir.

"But madame has retired," said the maid, in answer to Rokoff's request
to speak with her.

"This is a very urgent message for the countess' ears alone," replied
Rokoff. "Tell her that she must arise and slip something about her and
come to the telephone. I shall call up again in five minutes." Then
he hung up his receiver. A moment later Paulvitch entered.

"The count has the message?" asked Rokoff.

"He should be on his way to his home by now," replied Paulvitch.

"Good! My lady will be sitting in her boudoir, very much in negligee,
about now. In a minute the faithful Jacques will escort Monsieur
Tarzan into her presence without announcing him. It will take a few
minutes for explanations. Olga will look very alluring in the filmy
creation that is her night-dress, and the clinging robe which but half
conceals the charms that the former does not conceal at all. Olga will
be surprised, but not displeased.

"If there is a drop of red blood in the man the count will break in
upon a very pretty love scene in about fifteen minutes from now. I
think we have planned marvelously, my dear Alexis. Let us go out and
drink to the very good health of Monsieur Tarzan in some of old
Plancon's unparalleled absinth; not forgetting that the Count de Coude
is one of the best swordsmen in Paris, and by far the best shot in all
France."

When Tarzan reached Olga's, Jacques was awaiting him at the entrance.

"This way, Monsieur," he said, and led the way up the broad, marble
staircase. In another moment he had opened a door, and, drawing aside
a heavy curtain, obsequiously bowed Tarzan into a dimly lighted
apartment. Then Jacques vanished.

Across the room from him Tarzan saw Olga

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