The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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great coward squealed like a stuck pig, until Tarzan had
shut off his wind. Then the ape-man dragged him to his feet, still
choking him. The Russian struggled futilely--he was like a babe in the
mighty grasp of Tarzan of the Apes.

Tarzan sat him in a chair, and long before there was danger of the
man's dying he released his hold upon his throat. When the Russian's
coughing spell had abated Tarzan spoke to him again.

"I have given you a taste of the suffering of death," he said. "But I
shall not kill--this time. I am sparing you solely for the sake of a
very good woman whose great misfortune it was to have been born of the
same woman who gave birth to you. But I shall spare you only this once
on her account. Should I ever learn that you have again annoyed her or
her husband--should you ever annoy me again--should I hear that you
have returned to France or to any French possession, I shall make it my
sole business to hunt you down and complete the choking I commenced
tonight." Then he turned to the table, on which the two pieces of
paper still lay. As he picked them up Rokoff gasped in horror.

Tarzan examined both the check and the other. He was amazed at the
information the latter contained. Rokoff had partially read it, but
Tarzan knew that no one could remember the salient facts and figures it
held which made it of real value to an enemy of France.

"These will interest the chief of staff," he said, as he slipped them
into his pocket. Rokoff groaned. He did not dare curse aloud.

The next morning Tarzan rode north on his way to Bouira and Algiers.
As he had ridden past the hotel Lieutenant Gernois was standing on the
veranda. As his eyes discovered Tarzan he went white as chalk. The
ape-man would have been glad had the meeting not occurred, but he could
not avoid it. He saluted the officer as he rode past. Mechanically
Gernois returned the salute, but those terrible, wide eyes followed the
horseman, expressionless except for horror. It was as though a dead
man looked upon a ghost.

At Sidi Aissa Tarzan met a French officer with whom he had become
acquainted on the occasion of his recent sojourn in the town.

"You left Bou Saada early?" questioned the officer. "Then you have not
heard about poor Gernois."

"He was the

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