The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...The Son Of Tarzan


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




To Hulbert Burroughs




Chapter 1


The long boat of the Marjorie W....

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...Kincaid, and in his terror
lest Tarzan pursue and capture him he had stumbled on deep...

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...rescued him. He was
too weak to work and too morose for company, and so...

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...Russian that the ape represented a certain considerable
money value, and before they reached the sailors...

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...about him at the
havoc he had wrought, but whether he was awaiting a renewal of...

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...one of the men. "He stuck a pin into the monk
from behind, and the...

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...nosing about in various parts of the ship; but after
he had seen and examined each...

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...studious young man. He
took himself very seriously, and life, and his work, which latter...

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... It was the boy's mother who
finally broke the silence.

"It is very necessary, Mr. Moore,"...

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... And he turned toward his wife, but that lady only shook
her head in a...

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...be in the wrong direction at times."

But Lady Greystoke only shook her head as she...

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...surprised to find the future Lord Greystoke fully dressed for
the street and about to crawl...

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...room
in which Lord and Lady Greystoke had been sitting when he left them was
directly beneath...

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...into the box with the handsome boy, who,
doubtless, would be terror stricken by proximity to...

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...expression which gave the trainer pause, and beside
him stood the giant anthropoid growling and ready.

What...

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...newcomer a slight flush mounted the boy's cheeks.

"Father!" he exclaimed.

The ape gave one look at...

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...the two left the theater. Neither spoke for
several minutes after they had entered the...

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...home. Lady Greystoke was horrified at the suggestion. The
boy was insistent. Tarzan...

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...the man whom he
and Rokoff had so assiduously attempted to ruin and murder all the
misfortunes...

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...the ape,
and upon receipt of the money to deliver the beast to a vessel that...

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...from responsibility, placing
that upon the ape, who would thus also be punished for his refusal
longer...

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...aided the boy whole
heartedly in the consummation of the lad's, which would have been
better for...

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...of the man changed.
With an angry oath he wheeled his prisoner about, tripped him and
hurled...

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...was free. Then he opened one of his bags and drew forth some
garments. ...

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...with his own
hands assisted her from the chair to the interior of their
stateroom--and that was...

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...into the God-made jungle. A little shiver of anticipation
tingled his spine, and then, quite...

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...African wilds.

Having come to a decision the lad felt a sense of relief from the...

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...that reached over
his shoulders from behind. He cast a terrified glance backward, and
the hairs...

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...the bank roll in the pocket
in which he had been accustomed to carry it. ...

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...mad
adventure. Now he knew that he might never return to them. The blood
of...

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... Then he
gave a little shudder, for even in the semi-darkness he saw a dark...

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...had simply vanished into thin air, for the
native he had sent to inspect the ground...

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...miles of sand to the little garrison post where, upon the
morrow, he should find awaiting...

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...yards from the
camp. Jacot could see him in conversation with a tall, white-robed
figure--evidently the...

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...to his people," he ordered. "See that they
leave at once. Shoot the first...

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...more renegade Arabs and Negro slaves--a
fierce, relentless band of cut-throats. Remember them--Carl Jenssen
and Sven...

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...little heart. Only when The Sheik was near was she quiet
and subdued. Him...

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...influenced solely by
her own pathetic desire for love.

Now, as she pressed Geeka close to her,...

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...men. They were alone, but as they approached
she learned from the talk of the...

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...an Arab, Jenssen, than money,"
returned the first speaker--"revenge is one of them."

"Anyhow it will not...

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...months beneath the burning sun that will be consumed in carrying it
to its destination!"

"The fool...

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...he said. "I am cold and hungry. We will search for food, out
there...

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...is being blown in the other direction,
and so I bent my ears and eyes down...

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...an enemy behind every bush, in every
tree and amongst every clump of jungle grass. ...

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...himself. Thus it
happened that he dropped some little way behind Akut, and the next...

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...as a boy he too had taunted and tantalized the
great cats of the jungle.

The lioness...

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...now beneath the sun and wind. He had removed his pajama
jacket one day to...

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...fled toward the village. At their heels ran their mothers, and
from the village gate,...

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...no longer neglected the possibilities of other dangers which
might lurk on either hand or ahead--his...

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...His whole being quivered and thrilled.
Involuntarily he leaped to his feet and placed one foot...

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...an open book
to the keen eyes of the lad, and those other indefinite spoor that
elude...

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...his heart. He had
approached them in such innocent good fellowship and with such
childlike assurance...

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...was with him for a long time. The lions he met were
well-fed, perhaps, or...

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...a thorn
tree--only a few feet beyond him. It was the nearest sanctuary but
Numa stood...

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...the ape lay up while the former recovered
from the painful wounds inflicted by the sharp...

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...men, accompanying him
upon what he believed would be their last journey together.

The spoor was but...

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...he added,
after a moment's thought, "I can ask them the whereabouts of the
nearest port, and...

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...to pieces at sight.
Black men would kill me with their spears or arrows. And...

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...the tree tops.

The Sheik had been away for a long time, conducting a caravan of...

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...physical powers and
mental cunning. He was still but a boy, yet so great was...

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...or slunk, or flew, or wriggled through
the dark mazes of the forest. Each had...

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...He was happy and expectant. The moment he had
looked forward to for so long...

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...that the stinging hail of
blows released upon him always found their mark and effectually stopped
him--effectually...

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...however, that Akut kept the boy from rushing into the
midst of the dancing anthropoids--an act...

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...said. "This is Korak. Korak is the son of Tarzan who
was king of...

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...for he knew that in the sacred arena the other bulls might be
expected to come...

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...stopped and
released Korak. The boy was furious.

"Why did you drag me away?" he cried....

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...one another from time to time. Finally the lad caught a
glimpse of a palisade...

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...skin torso--Geeka of the splinter limbs
and the disreputable appearance. The little girl raised the...

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...slip down beside
the little girl and talk with her, though he knew from the words...

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...and mother far away in London.

He returned to his place in the tree above the...

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...and stood wide eyed and
frightened, looking first into his face and then, horror struck, at...

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...The
Sheik. There was no one in all the world to whom she might turn,...

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...and
therefore to be killed. He bared his yellow fangs as he approached,
and to his...

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...along dizzy ways as they searched for food. Once they hid
her in the branches...

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...in the language of the apes; but she shook her head,
and spoke to him in...

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...biting at its neck
and knifing it in the side.

Akut, startled by the sudden rush from...

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...important factor in the chase, watching while the others slept,
or helping them to trace the...

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...masterful manifestation of the
protective instinct which was apparent in Korak's attitude.

The little girl idolized him...

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...and when both the
males were gone they would come close to Meriem, tugging at her
ornaments...

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...were fashioned into imitations of arm and leg ornaments
of metal. Geeka was a perfect...

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...attentively. There
were two and they were great apes--Korak and Akut. To her Korak...

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...clutching for a new
support. She found it a dozen feet below the broken limb....

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...It was the larger bull who arose alone from the
last embrace. He shook himself....

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...youth's heart stood still in terror as he saw the limp body of the
girl across...

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...cried. "Korak! My Korak! I knew that you would come.
Kill him, Korak!...

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...slow flush suffused his own. Now, indeed, was
he looking upon her through new eyes--the...

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...kissed Korak.

Korak wanted her to say something. He wanted to tell her how he...

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...find an easier way to
victory. Crouching, he prepared to meet the charge which he...

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...wished. What shall
we do for a king?"

Korak turned toward Akut.

"There is your king," he...

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...ape had traveled slowly and with no precautions
against a successful pursuit. Nor was their...

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...bedlam of savage war cries and a
score of shrieking blacks were upon them.

Korak turned to...

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...with terror as the most hideous possibilities of the girl's
fate suggested themselves to him out...

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...their greediness
they prevent the weaker from approaching the covered bait, and when
once within the ordinary...

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...surprised and angry herd. For an instant Korak
thought that the baboons were about to...

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...to Korak, nor did the young man expect thanks. He
knew that none of the...

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...him not, yet Numa, lord of the jungle, gave him a wide berth.
Among the younger...

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...Korak sniffed eagerly about the
structure--tense and palpitant as a hunting hound. Toward the front
and...

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...his cavernous mouth in a wide
yawn, and stretched his arms above his head. Korak...

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...running to investigate.
The yapping cur was still at Korak's heels leading the searchers
unerringly in pursuit....

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...they found more
drastic measures would be necessary.

Weighted down as he was by dogs and warriors...

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...jungle.




Chapter 13


Meriem, again bound and under heavy guard in Kovudoo's own hut, saw the
night pass...

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...she lay waiting for him she dreamed of him and of all that he
meant to...

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...disquieting. They would have given
much for a clean shot at him, for to him...

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...the west, the village of The Sheik lay directly in their path,
barring them effectually. ...

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...the
jungle, Kovudoo," said Jenssen. "You should be ashamed to try to make
fun of old...

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...from a great distance recollection of the
once familiar tongue returned to her.

"I should like to...

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...life and loveliness
she suggested other seductive and alluring possibilities. He came
closer to her and...

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...had been in Swedish; but what Jenssen had
just said to her in Arabic she understood...

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...Korak. She knew it. He would never come
now, and these men would take...

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...but Jenssen knew Malbihn well, and so, having
secured meat, he turned immediately back toward camp,...

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...in the aperture. Neither
Meriem or Malbihn saw the newcomer. The latter's back was...

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...my own
hands. You understand?"

Malbihn blustered and threatened, finishing by applying a most
uncomplimentary name to...

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...keen gray eyes. She must have found
there an unquestionable assurance of the honorableness of...

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...be
well, Bwana, to kill the other."

"I wish that I might; but a new law is...

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...your ape, or he finds you. It is better thus, little one.
You will be...

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...least of all. He is great and noisy. I can hear him, or...

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...The man kissed her, and
turning toward Meriem introduced them, speaking in the Arab tongue the
girl...

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...advanced
slowly, warily, and still stiff-legged. He must have the confirmatory
evidence of his nose before...

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...the baboons of the hill country," suggested another. "They
are as many as the leaves...

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...savage country, passing out of
the dense jungle into an open plain, and across this to...

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...to him.
They sniffed at him from every angle. When he spoke to them in...

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...in his prime--else he had been
no longer king--growled ferociously. The forest echoed to his...

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...gave, and
turned in terrified rout. Into their ranks, upon their backs, sinking
strong fangs into...

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...them. And because of this belief
there were many who offered but little defense, feeling...

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...misery until a new day had come.

Had he guessed that by any possibility Meriem might...

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...an individual. Bwana was more than
fully convinced that Korak was a creature of the...

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...days in a
systematic search of the environs for traces of Meriem's Korak; but in
this quest,...

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...trying to force recollection of
something all but forgotten which the new words suggested, and then,...

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...still
lived. It was this last suggestion that caused her the greatest
perturbation. Korak might...

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...loved best. She knew a dozen places where lions laired, and
every drinking hole in...

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...the wild, free existence of
her earlier childhood.

Then would come again visions of Korak, and, tired...

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...in sight of the little animal and knew. The kid was tethered
to a stake...

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...her. He lashed his tail
against his tawny sides. He roared terribly; but, for...

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...He saw the
girl fling a grimace at the angry, roaring, maneater beneath her, and
then, laughing,...

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...his
eyes expressed a pleasurable emotion of anticipation, for they had now
recognized the pony as the...

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...them. They
chattered to her and she chattered back. The Hon. Morison Baynes sat
down...

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...the language of beasts?"

"They are not hideous, and they are not degraded," replied Meriem.
"Friends are...

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...as she recalled it. The
other side seldom obtruded itself upon her memory--the long, black
nights--the...

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...he committed himself even
to the program he was considering.

"Who were Korak and A'ht?" he asked.

"A'ht...

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...in most
all manly sports. He was telling Meriem stories of London and Paris,
of balls...

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...Morison was perfectly sure that he had not
mentioned marriage--he had been particularly careful not to...

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...the coast by the big
Englishman's orders because of unwarranted cruelty to their black
followers, and one,...

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...through the other's mind, the
stranger vouchsafed an explanation.

"I came down from the north to do...

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...rough trader's
bashfulness. He accompanied the men on several hunting trips where
they found him perfectly...

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...once more that evening, and the girl's mind was in such
a turmoil that she had...

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...they discovered Hanson's
mount.

"Why here's the trader's pony," remarked Baynes.

"He's probably down visiting with the foreman,"...

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...creature which
commanded no respect unless accompanied by the acrid odor which spelled
to the monarch's sensitive...

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...and in front, prowling ahead waiting a favorable
opportunity, skulked Numa, the lion.

Out upon the plain...

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...Englishman for a fool, and spurred rapidly
after them.

Meriem and Baynes had drawn up in a...

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...understand. It
will be all right. We will go to London. I cannot...

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...by Numa, who was
empty. It was Numa's right to prey; but one was a...

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...the trees just
ahead. "Did you hit him?"

"Yes," replied Hanson. "Where are you? ...

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...a
comfortable perch in a large tree and was soon asleep.

At the bungalow Bwana had met...

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...Presently the trader
coughed in an embarrassed manner as though there was something on his
mind he...

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...the foreman, Jervis,
that they might get an early start.

The farewell exchanges between the Hon. Morison...

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...common fellow, was mollified by Hanson's
final remark, and immediately commenced to see in him a...

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...was
practically the same thing he had been planning upon himself. It had
sounded brutal and...

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...vicinity of the camp, keeping a careful watch
upon the Englishman. He had half expected...

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...the bushes a naked black
runner squatted, peering through the foliage. He saw her take...

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...She was abreast the Englishman now. Korak saw the man take both
her hands and...

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...the rein to his pony's neck and moved off toward the
north. Still sat Korak,...

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...woman he loved and lay his love at her feet. He was ashamed to...

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... A movement on the
ground beneath caught his eye. An antelope was entering the...

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...be
discovered by the girl he had not cared to venture into the open after
her. ...

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...they arrived. Leaving the boy there Hanson rode to the edge
of the plain, leading...

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...the most part they followed this well-marked trail along
elephant paths and through park-like groves. ...

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...She had seen him there! She
almost seized upon his identity and then in an...

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...deceived her; but now
with the growing beard and the similarity of conditions recognition
came swift and...

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...it was not difficult for the boy to put
two and two together and arrive at...

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... The man was greeted with shouts of welcome from his
fellows, to whom he imparted...

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...mercies of the Big Bwana's lusty warriors, between whom and his
people there was long-standing blood...

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...when he let his mind dwell upon it. He had lost her. No...

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...way through the dense
underbrush, riding stooped low over his horse's neck, or often he
dismounted where...

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...a halt. A dozen
times in the afternoon he had threatened the black with instant...

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...of
appeals for succor in the savage world of her up-bringing.

But as she fought to free...

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...the
revolver she might hope to bag small game, and to protect herself from
all but the...

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...baffled by the puzzle that her search for ammunition had
revealed. She stood gazing at...

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...the eyes of the
rest-loving blacks, to cut down. So they had terminated the boma...

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...the canoe.

Up stream, beyond the bend, Malbihn ordered his canoes in to shore. He
landed...

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...instant that his finger tightened upon
the trigger--an accident to which Meriem owed her life--the
providential presence...

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...to right
the wrong he had done the woman he now knew he really loved had...

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...the canoe in which Meriem had
escaped. The Negro grasped Baynes' arm and pointed toward...

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...his knees and then
lunged upon his face. Baynes stiffened. His head flew back
spasmodically....

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...Negroes and half-castes leaped out upon her from the
dark interiors of surrounding huts. She...

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...and a few parting shots
that were returned from the canoes the Arab called his men...

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...been for
her clothing and the fact that she had grown in stature she might well
have...

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... A little glow of happiness
warmed her heart as she recalled her first meeting with...

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...have just hidden. It is you
when you were a child--a very young child. ...

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...was an idea that
might be furthered if the girl were kept in ignorance of the...

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...gate. But here he must surely be intercepted. Already
the two blacks stationed there...

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...down a great African river in a
native canoe--alone, wounded, and lost.

Painfully he dragged himself to...

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...sorrow and remorse.

His one thought now was to atone--win to Meriem's side and lay down...

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...ebbing. He knew that he must gain the branch
above at once or it would...

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...captured Meriem to his own
stockaded village. Korak pretty well knew who it was that...

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...branch.

"My God!" he exclaimed. "Are you a man?"

"What did you think I was?" asked...

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...feet of a horse behind
him. Instinctively he drew into the concealing foliage of the
underbrush...

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...Korak broke
through the trees into the presence of Tantor, standing with upraised
trunk, waving his great...

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...saw them running
toward the gate. And then from around the corner of his tent...

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...drove me back. Then came Baynes, angry because he had
lost the girl, and shot...

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...the beast. He shrieked aloud to Korak. "Help!
Help! The devil is going...

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...of London," replied his prisoner.

The title sounded promising, and at once the wily old robber...

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...his
entire willingness to pay. He would have promised a sum far beyond his
resources just...

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...guide toward a native hut which lay close beside one
of the outside goatskin tents. ...

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...his ears. With an oath, the Hon. Morison struggled
to a sitting posture. The...

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...ape-man deserted his bulky comrade and took to the trees in a rapid
race toward the...

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...upon a rug, smoking. The Sheik was standing.
The Sheik and Ali ben Kadin had...

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...felt around upon
the ground beside him searching for some missile, and at last his
fingers touched...

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...cried Meriem.

"I will remain," replied the ape-man. "I have business with The Sheik."

Meriem would...

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...might be
beaten--ofttimes until death relieved their agonies.

To this stake they bound Korak. Then they...

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...life of an
ant that chanced to be in our pathway.

And then, bearing his burden carefully,...

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...an offer of
honest love, which will realize the honor of having such as you share
my...

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...into the front room.
It, too, was deserted. She crossed to the door of the...

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...run for it. Ride through
the gap that Tantor made," and as she saw Baynes...

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...scowl; but he waited to hear Meriem's story before
giving vent to the long anger in...

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...knife. The doe-skin, he fashioned into a loin cloth,
the rope he looped over one...

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..."No!" he announced. "Bwana says I take you
home. So I take you home."

"You...

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...warning.

"Go back! Go back!" cried Korak. "He will kill you."

Meriem paused. "Tantor!"...

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...be none and he moved
away in the direction of the little brook that Korak knew...

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...dry and parched. Never in all his savage
existence had he suffered such blighting terror--never...

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...his heart was a great
yearning to take the girl in his arms; but in time...

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...the gate, her eyes filled with questioning and
sorrow, for she saw that Meriem was not...

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...eyes.

"My little girl," she said, "in the midst of our happiness a great
sorrow awaits you--Mr....

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...guess that she had not been to the
manner born.

They had been home but a week...

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...to believe that in some way he
could obtain the reward, possibly by foisting upon us...

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...said General Armand Jacot. "She is a
princess in her own right."...