the west, the village of The Sheik lay directly in their path,
barring them effectually. To the east the trail was unknown to them,
and to the south there was no trail. So the two Swedes approached the
village of Kovudoo with friendly words upon their tongues and deep
craft in their hearts.
Their plans were well made. There was no mention of the white
prisoner--they chose to pretend that they were not aware that Kovudoo
had a white prisoner. They exchanged gifts with the old chief,
haggling with his plenipotentiaries over the value of what they were to
receive for what they gave, as is customary and proper when one has no
ulterior motives. Unwarranted generosity would have aroused suspicion.
During the palaver which followed they retailed the gossip of the
villages through which they had passed, receiving in exchange such news
as Kovudoo possessed. The palaver was long and tiresome, as these
native ceremonies always are to Europeans. Kovudoo made no mention of
his prisoner and from his generous offers of guides and presents seemed
anxious to assure himself of the speedy departure of his guests. It
was Malbihn who, quite casually, near the close of their talk,
mentioned the fact that The Sheik was dead. Kovudoo evinced interest
"You did not know it?" asked Malbihn. "That is strange. It was during
the last moon. He fell from his horse when the beast stepped in a
hole. The horse fell upon him. When his men came up The Sheik was
Kovudoo scratched his head. He was much disappointed. No Sheik meant
no ransom for the white girl. Now she was worthless, unless he
utilized her for a feast or--a mate. The latter thought aroused him.
He spat at a small beetle crawling through the dust before him. He
eyed Malbihn appraisingly. These white men were peculiar. They
traveled far from their own villages without women. Yet he knew they
cared for women. But how much did they care for them?--that was the
question that disturbed Kovudoo.
"I know where there is a white girl," he said, unexpectedly. "If you
wish to buy her she may be had cheap."
Malbihn shrugged. "We have troubles enough, Kovudoo," he said,
"without burdening ourselves with an old she-hyena, and as for paying
for one--" Malbihn snapped his fingers in derision.
"She is young," said Kovudoo, "and good looking."
The Swedes laughed. "There are no good looking white women in
Ere Tarzan could prevent the creature had struck the ape-man's companion a blow upon the head with his knotted club that felled him, unconscious, to the earth; but before he could inflict further injury upon his defenseless prey the ape-man had closed with him.Page 16
"The three as one," repeated Om-at, drawing his weapon and duplicating Ta-den's act.Page 17
Dizzy and terrifying was the way that Om-at chose across the summit as he led them around the shoulder of a towering crag that rose a sheer two thousand feet of perpendicular rock above a tumbling river.Page 33
They saw it fall and rise and fall again--each time with terrific force and in its wake they saw a crimson stream trickling down JA's gorgeous coat.Page 72
Ta-den's explanation of the Ho-don methods of house construction accounted for the ofttimes remarkable shapes and proportions of the buildings which, during the ages that must have been required for their construction, had been hewn from the limestone hills, the exteriors chiseled to such architectural forms as appealed to the eyes of the builders while at the same time following roughly the original outlines of the hills in an evident desire to economize both labor and space.Page 79
So what higher honor could Ko-tan offer than to give place beside him to the Dor-ul-Otho? And so he invited Tarzan to ascend the pyramid and take his place upon the stone bench that topped it.Page 96
"Dost think Jad-ben-Otho goes about crying 'I am god! I am god!' Hast ever heard him Lu-don? No, you have not.Page 113
"Oh, look, Pan-at-lee," cried O-lo-a presently; "there is the king of them all.Page 114
"For the duration of a moon I was with him constantly.Page 125
Ja-don turned upon him.Page 137
To cross the courtyard armed only with a knife, in the face of this great throng of savage fighting men seemed even to the giant ape-man a thing impossible of achievement.Page 139
And thus they came down out of the hills from which A-lur is carved, to the meadows that skirt the lower end of Jad-ben-lul, with Jane Clayton carried between two of Mo-sar's men.Page 156
those who bear the torches to extinguish them suddenly and before the stranger was aware of what had happened, the stone gates could be dropped, thus safely securing him.Page 159
These poles she carried high into her tree and with them constructed a flooring across two stout branches binding the poles together and also to the branches with fibers from the tough arboraceous grasses that grew in profusion near the stream.Page 160
What luck! A beautiful buck stood drinking in the stream.Page 178
The forest and the jungle were his birthright.Page 183
The impetus carried it into the river's current and the current bore it out upon the lake.Page 187
He had doubted that he could control the beast should it take it into its head to charge a victim and had intended abandoning it before they reached the Kor-ul-JA.Page 194
And one was the strange warrior who had met Ja-don and Tarzan outside the city of Ja-lur as they had approached it the previous day; and he was the same warrior who had entered the temple a short hour before, but the faces of his fellows were unfamiliar, even to one another, since it is seldom that.Page 211
And then they turned once more toward the north and with light hearts and brave hearts took up their long journey toward the land that is best of all--home.