The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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but Jenssen knew Malbihn well, and so, having
secured meat, he turned immediately back toward camp, while his boys
brought in his kill.

He had covered about half the return journey when a scream came faintly
to his ears from the direction of camp. He halted to listen. It was
repeated twice. Then silence. With a muttered curse Jenssen broke
into a rapid run. He wondered if he would be too late. What a fool
Malbihn was indeed to thus chance jeopardizing a fortune!

Further away from camp than Jenssen and upon the opposite side another
heard Meriem's screams--a stranger who was not even aware of the
proximity of white men other than himself--a hunter with a handful of
sleek, black warriors. He, too, listened intently for a moment. That
the voice was that of a woman in distress he could not doubt, and so he
also hastened at a run in the direction of the affrighted voice; but he
was much further away than Jenssen so that the latter reached the tent
first. What the Swede found there roused no pity within his calloused
heart, only anger against his fellow scoundrel. Meriem was still
fighting off her attacker. Malbihn still was showering blows upon her.
Jenssen, streaming foul curses upon his erstwhile friend, burst into
the tent. Malbihn, interrupted, dropped his victim and turned to meet
Jenssen's infuriated charge. He whipped a revolver from his hip.
Jenssen, anticipating the lightning move of the other's hand, drew
almost simultaneously, and both men fired at once. Jenssen was still
moving toward Malbihn at the time, but at the flash of the explosion he
stopped. His revolver dropped from nerveless fingers. For a moment he
staggered drunkenly. Deliberately Malbihn put two more bullets into
his friend's body at close range. Even in the midst of the excitement
and her terror Meriem found herself wondering at the tenacity of life
which the hit man displayed. His eyes were closed, his head dropped
forward upon his breast, his hands hung limply before him. Yet still
he stood there upon his feet, though he reeled horribly. It was not
until the third bullet had found its mark within his body that he
lunged forward upon his face. Then Malbihn approached him, and with an
oath kicked him viciously. Then he returned once more to Meriem.
Again he seized her, and at the same instant the flaps of the tent
opened silently and a tall white man stood

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