The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Inwardly he
swore at Gernois for the trick he had played upon him. A mean little
revenge, thought Tarzan, and then suddenly it occurred to him that the
man would not be such a fool as to antagonize him through a trivial
annoyance of so petty a description. There must be something deeper
than this behind it. With the thought he arose and removed his rifle
from its boot. He looked to its loads and saw that the magazine was
full. Then he inspected his revolver. After this preliminary
precaution he scanned the surrounding heights and the mouths of the
several gorges--he was determined that he should not be caught napping.

The sun sank lower and lower, yet there was no sign of returning
SPAHIS. At last the valley was submerged in shadow Tarzan was too
proud to go back to camp until he had given the detachment ample time
to return to the valley, which he thought was to have been their
rendezvous. With the closing in of night he felt safer from attack,
for he was at home in the dark. He knew that none might approach him
so cautiously as to elude those alert and sensitive ears of his; then
there were his eyes, too, for he could see well at night; and his nose,
if they came toward him from up-wind, would apprise him of the approach
of an enemy while they were still a great way off.

So he felt that he was in little danger, and thus lulled to a sense of
security he fell asleep, with his back against the tree.

He must have slept for several hours, for when he was suddenly awakened
by the frightened snorting and plunging of his horse the moon was
shining full upon the little valley, and there, not ten paces before
him, stood the grim cause of the terror of his mount.

Superb, majestic, his graceful tail extended and quivering, and his two
eyes of fire riveted full upon his prey, stood Numa EL ADREA, the black
lion. A little thrill of joy tingled through Tarzan's nerves. It was
like meeting an old friend after years of separation. For a moment he
sat rigid to enjoy the magnificent spectacle of this lord of the

But now Numa was crouching for the spring. Very slowly Tarzan raised
his gun to his shoulder. He had never killed a large animal with a gun
in all his life--heretofore he had depended upon his spear, his
poisoned arrows, his

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