The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the baboons of the hill country," suggested another. "They
are as many as the leaves of the forest. They, too, hate the
Gomangani. They love to fight. They are very savage. Let us ask them
to accompany us. Then can we kill all the Gomangani in the jungle." He
rose and growled horribly, bristling his stiff hair.

"That is the way to talk," cried The Killer, "but we do not need the
baboons of the hill country. We are enough. It will take a long time
to fetch them. Meriem may be dead and eaten before we could free her.
Let us set out at once for the village of the Gomangani. If we travel
very fast it will not take long to reach it. Then, all at the same
time, we can charge into the village, growling and barking. The
Gomangani will be very frightened and will run away. While they are
gone we can seize Meriem and carry her off. We do not have to kill or
be killed--all that Korak wishes is his Meriem."

"We are too few," croaked the old ape again.

"Yes, we are too few," echoed others.

Korak could not persuade them. They would help him, gladly; but they
must do it in their own way and that meant enlisting the services of
their kinsmen and allies of the hill country. So Korak was forced to
give in. All he could do for the present was to urge them to haste,
and at his suggestion the king baboon with a dozen of his mightiest
bulls agreed to go to the hill country with Korak, leaving the balance
of the herd behind.

Once enlisted in the adventure the baboons became quite enthusiastic
about it. The delegation set off immediately. They traveled swiftly;
but the ape-man found no difficulty in keeping up with them. They made
a tremendous racket as they passed through the trees in an endeavor to
suggest to enemies in their front that a great herd was approaching,
for when the baboons travel in large numbers there is no jungle
creature who cares to molest them. When the nature of the country
required much travel upon the level, and the distance between trees was
great, they moved silently, knowing that the lion and the leopard would
not be fooled by noise when they could see plainly for themselves that
only a handful of baboons were on the trail.

For two days the party raced through the

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