fair play had thrust him. And then he came most unexpectedly upon
Rokoff and Paulvitch at a moment when of all others the two might least
appreciate his company.
They were standing on deck at a point which was temporarily deserted,
and as Tarzan came upon them they were in heated argument with a woman.
Tarzan noted that she was richly appareled, and that her slender,
well-modeled figure denoted youth; but as she was heavily veiled he
could not discern her features.
The men were standing on either side of her, and the backs of all were
toward Tarzan, so that he was quite close to them without their being
aware of his presence. He noticed that Rokoff seemed to be
threatening, the woman pleading; but they spoke in a strange tongue,
and he could only guess from appearances that the girl was afraid.
Rokoff's attitude was so distinctly filled with the threat of physical
violence that the ape-man paused for an instant just behind the trio,
instinctively sensing an atmosphere of danger. Scarcely had he
hesitated ere the man seized the woman roughly by the wrist, twisting
it as though to wring a promise from her through torture. What would
have happened next had Rokoff had his way we may only conjecture, since
he did not have his way at all. Instead, steel fingers gripped his
shoulder, and he was swung unceremoniously around, to meet the cold
gray eyes of the stranger who had thwarted him on the previous day.
"SAPRISTI!" screamed the infuriated Rokoff. "What do you mean? Are
you a fool that you thus again insult Nikolas Rokoff?"
"This is my answer to your note, monsieur," said Tarzan, in a low
voice. And then he hurled the fellow from him with such force that
Rokoff lunged sprawling against the rail.
"Name of a name!" shrieked Rokoff. "Pig, but you shall die for this,"
and, springing to his feet, he rushed upon Tarzan, tugging the
meanwhile to draw a revolver from his hip pocket. The girl shrank back
"Nikolas!" she cried. "Do not--oh, do not do that. Quick, monsieur,
fly, or he will surely kill you!" But instead of flying Tarzan
advanced to meet the fellow. "Do not make a fool of yourself,
monsieur," he said.
Rokoff, who was in a perfect frenzy of rage at the humiliation the
stranger had put upon him, had at last succeeded in drawing the
revolver. He had stopped, and now he deliberately raised it to
Tarzan's breast and pulled the trigger.
"Where is he?" "Didn't he come this way?" I asked.Page 31
The effect was magical.Page 34
He quickly indicated the position of the inland sea and close beside it, the city of Phutra, where one of the powerful Mahar nations had its seat.Page 38
" "And what is that condition?" I asked, though I could guess its terms.Page 40
I think the snarling visage of a huge, enraged, saber-toothed tiger is one of the most terrible sights in the world.Page 47
" CHAPTER VI A PENDENT WORLD The Mahars set me free as they had promised, but with strict injunctions never to approach Phutra or any other Mahar city.Page 54
Following the river downward I soon lost sight of the tiny planet as I entered the mazes of a lofty forest.Page 58
Slowly the beast came to his three good feet.Page 60
He stopped in front of me and deliberately raised his bandaged leg and pawed my knee.Page 71
"We do not kill except in self-defense," he replied; "self-defense and punishment.Page 72
Hasten, therefore.Page 79
I kept close to the edge of the forest, in the very midst of which the hill seemed to rise.Page 80
I drew myself to level ground and stood erect.Page 97
Juag was still running in plain sight ahead of the bull.Page 114
When I could stop shouting I told them, and they shared my joy and shouted with me.Page 117
I learned later that Ja had gone carefully over the plans of various craft with Perry.Page 118
"None other than my word," I replied.Page 124
We came to anchor.Page 127
we halted, and, placing our artillery upon a slight eminence at either flank, we commenced to drop solid shot among them.Page 131
Thus we proceeded, swinging in a great half-circle north and west and south again until we had come back to the edge of.