The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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savage country, passing out of
the dense jungle into an open plain, and across this to timbered
mountain slopes. Here Korak never before had been. It was a new
country to him and the change from the monotony of the circumscribed
view in the jungle was pleasing. But he had little desire to enjoy the
beauties of nature at this time. Meriem, his Meriem was in danger.
Until she was freed and returned to him he had little thought for aught
else.

Once in the forest that clothed the mountain slopes the baboons
advanced more slowly. Constantly they gave tongue to a plaintive note
of calling. Then would follow silence while they listened. At last,
faintly from the distance straight ahead came an answer.

The baboons continued to travel in the direction of the voices that
floated through the forest to them in the intervals of their own
silence. Thus, calling and listening, they came closer to their
kinsmen, who, it was evident to Korak, were coming to meet them in
great numbers; but when, at last, the baboons of the hill country came
in view the ape-man was staggered at the reality that broke upon his
vision.

What appeared a solid wall of huge baboons rose from the ground through
the branches of the trees to the loftiest terrace to which they dared
entrust their weight. Slowly they were approaching, voicing their
weird, plaintive call, and behind them, as far as Korak's eyes could
pierce the verdure, rose solid walls of their fellows treading close
upon their heels. There were thousands of them. The ape-man could not
but think of the fate of his little party should some untoward incident
arouse even momentarily the rage of fear of a single one of all these
thousands.

But nothing such befell. The two kings approached one another, as was
their custom, with much sniffing and bristling. They satisfied
themselves of each other's identity. Then each scratched the other's
back. After a moment they spoke together. Korak's friend explained
the nature of their visit, and for the first time Korak showed himself.
He had been hiding behind a bush. The excitement among the hill
baboons was intense at sight of him. For a moment Korak feared that he
should be torn to pieces; but his fear was for Meriem. Should he die
there would be none to succor her.

The two kings, however, managed to quiet the multitude, and Korak was
permitted to approach. Slowly the hill baboons came closer

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