The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the cafe were deserted. Cautiously Tarzan lowered
himself to the sill of the girl's window. The room was empty. He
returned to the roof and let Abdul down, then he lowered the girl to
the arms of the waiting Arab.

From the window Abdul dropped the short distance to the street below,
while Tarzan took the girl in his arms and leaped down as he had done
on so many other occasions in his own forest with a burden in his arms.
A little cry of alarm was startled from the girl's lips, but Tarzan
landed in the street with but an imperceptible jar, and lowered her in
safety to her feet.

She clung to him for a moment.

"How strong m'sieur is, and how active," she cried. "EL ADREA, the
black lion, himself is not more so."

"I should like to meet this EL ADREA of yours," he said. "I have heard
much about him."

"And you come to the DOUAR of my father you shall see him," said the
girl. "He lives in a spur of the mountains north of us, and comes down
from his lair at night to rob my father's DOUAR. With a single blow of
his mighty paw he crushes the skull of a bull, and woe betide the
belated wayfarer who meets EL ADREA abroad at night."

Without further mishap they reached the hotel. The sleepy landlord
objected strenuously to instituting a search for Kadour ben Saden until
the following morning, but a piece of gold put a different aspect on
the matter, so that a few moments later a servant had started to make
the rounds of the lesser native hostelries where it might be expected
that a desert sheik would find congenial associations. Tarzan had felt
it necessary to find the girl's father that night, for fear he might
start on his homeward journey too early in the morning to be
intercepted.

They had waited perhaps half an hour when the messenger returned with
Kadour ben Saden. The old sheik entered the room with a questioning
expression upon his proud face.

"Monsieur has done me the honor to--" he commenced, and then his eyes
fell upon the girl. With outstretched arms he crossed the room to meet
her. "My daughter!" he cried. "Allah is merciful!" and tears dimmed
the martial eyes of the old warrior.

When the story of her abduction and her final rescue had been told to
Kadour ben Saden he extended his hand to Tarzan.

"All that is Kadour ben Saden's is thine,

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