The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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called aloud in French, asking what
they would of him. His reply was the flash of a long gun, and with the
sound of the shot Tarzan of the Apes plunged forward upon his face.

The Arabs did not rush out immediately; instead, they waited to be sure
that their victim did not rise. Then they came rapidly from their
concealment, and bent over him. It was soon apparent that he was not
dead. One of the men put the muzzle of his gun to the back of Tarzan's
head to finish him, but another waved him aside. "If we bring him
alive the reward is to be greater," explained the latter. So they
bound his hands and feet, and, picking him up, placed him on the
shoulders of four of their number. Then the march was resumed toward
the desert. When they had come out of the mountains they turned toward
the south, and about daylight came to the spot where their horses stood
in care of two of their number.

From here on their progress was more rapid. Tarzan, who had regained
consciousness, was tied to a spare horse, which they evidently had
brought for the purpose. His wound was but a slight scratch, which had
furrowed the flesh across his temple. It had stopped bleeding, but the
dried and clotted blood smeared his face and clothing. He had said no
word since he had fallen into the hands of these Arabs, nor had they
addressed him other than to issue a few brief commands to him when the
horses had been reached.

For six hours they rode rapidly across the burning desert, avoiding the
oases near which their way led. About noon they came to a DOUAR of
about twenty tents. Here they halted, and as one of the Arabs was
releasing the alfa-grass ropes which bound him to his mount they were
surrounded by a mob of men, women, and children. Many of the tribe,
and more especially the women, appeared to take delight in heaping
insults upon the prisoner, and some had even gone so far as to throw
stones at him and strike him with sticks, when an old sheik appeared
and drove them away.

"Ali-ben-Ahmed tells me," he said, "that this man sat alone in the
mountains and slew EL ADREA. What the business of the stranger who
sent us after him may be, I know not, and what he may do with this man
when we turn him over to

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