The Return of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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last man I saw as I rode away," replied Tarzan. "What
about him?"

"He is dead. He shot himself about eight o'clock this morning."

Two days later Tarzan reached Algiers. There he found that he would
have a two days' wait before he could catch a ship bound for Cape Town.
He occupied his time in writing out a full report of his mission. The
secret papers he had taken from Rokoff he did not inclose, for he did
not dare trust them out of his own possession until he had been
authorized to turn them over to another agent, or himself return to
Paris with them.

As Tarzan boarded his ship after what seemed a most tedious wait to
him, two men watched him from an upper deck. Both were fashionably
dressed and smooth shaven. The taller of the two had sandy hair, but
his eyebrows were very black. Later in the day they chanced to meet
Tarzan on deck, but as one hurriedly called his companion's attention
to something at sea their faces were turned from Tarzan as he passed,
so that he did not notice their features. In fact, he had paid no
attention to them at all.

Following the instructions of his chief, Tarzan had booked his passage
under an assumed name--John Caldwell, London. He did not understand
the necessity of this, and it caused him considerable speculation. He
wondered what role he was to play in Cape Town.

"Well," he thought, "thank Heaven that I am rid of Rokoff. He was
commencing to annoy me. I wonder if I am really becoming so civilized
that presently I shall develop a set of nerves. He would give them to
me if any one could, for he does not fight fair. One never knows
through what new agency he is going to strike. It is as though Numa,
the lion, had induced Tantor, the elephant, and Histah, the snake, to
join him in attempting to kill me. I would then never have known what
minute, or by whom, I was to be attacked next. But the brutes are more
chivalrous than man--they do not stoop to cowardly intrigue."

At dinner that night Tarzan sat next to a young woman whose place was
at the captain's left. The officer introduced them.

Miss Strong! Where had he heard the name before? It was very
familiar. And then the girl's mother gave him the clew, for when she
addressed her daughter she called her

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