The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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but the
captain would have been astonished had he known the real reason of
Tarzan's pleasure. Gernois was sitting opposite the ape-man. He did
not seem so pleased with his captain's invitation.

"You will find lion hunting more exciting than gazelle shooting,"
remarked Captain Gerard, "and more dangerous."

"Even gazelle shooting has its dangers," replied Tarzan. "Especially
when one goes alone. I found it so today. I also found that while the
gazelle is the most timid of animals, it is not the most cowardly."

He let his glance rest only casually upon Gernois after he had spoken,
for he did not wish the man to know that he was under suspicion, or
surveillance, no matter what he might think. The effect of his remark
upon him, however, might tend to prove his connection with, or
knowledge of, certain recent happenings. Tarzan saw a dull red creep
up from beneath Gernois' collar. He was satisfied, and quickly changed
the subject.

When the column rode south from Bou Saada the next morning there were
half a dozen Arabs bringing up the rear.

"They are not attached to the command," replied Gerard in response to
Tarzan's query. "They merely accompany us on the road for
companionship."

Tarzan had learned enough about Arab character since he had been in
Algeria to know that this was no real motive, for the Arab is never
overfond of the companionship of strangers, and especially of French
soldiers. So his suspicions were aroused, and he decided to keep a
sharp eye on the little party that trailed behind the column at a
distance of about a quarter of a mile. But they did not come close
enough even during the halts to enable him to obtain a close scrutiny
of them.

He had long been convinced that there were hired assassins on his
trail, nor was he in great doubt but that Rokoff was at the bottom of
the plot. Whether it was to be revenge for the several occasions in
the past that Tarzan had defeated the Russian's purposes and humiliated
him, or was in some way connected with his mission in the Gernois
affair, he could not determine. If the latter, and it seemed probable
since the evidence he had had that Gernois suspected him, then he had
two rather powerful enemies to contend with, for there would be many
opportunities in the wilds of Algeria, for which they were bound, to
dispatch a suspected enemy quietly and without attracting suspicion.

After camping at Djelfa for two days the column moved

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