The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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to him.
They sniffed at him from every angle. When he spoke to them in their
own tongue they were filled with wonder and delight. They talked to
him and listened while he spoke. He told them of Meriem, and of their
life in the jungle where they were the friends of all the ape folk from
little Manu to Mangani, the great ape.

"The Gomangani, who are keeping Meriem from me, are no friends of
yours," he said. "They kill you. The baboons of the low country are
too few to go against them. They tell me that you are very many and
very brave--that your numbers are as the numbers of the grasses upon
the plains or the leaves within the forest, and that even Tantor, the
elephant, fears you, so brave you are. They told me that you would be
happy to accompany us to the village of the Gomangani and punish these
bad people while I, Korak, The Killer, carry away my Meriem."

The king ape puffed out his chest and strutted about very stiff-legged
indeed. So also did many of the other great bulls of his nation. They
were pleased and flattered by the words of the strange Tarmangani, who
called himself Mangani and spoke the language of the hairy progenitors
of man.

"Yes," said one, "we of the hill country are mighty fighters. Tantor
fears us. Numa fears us. Sheeta fears us. The Gomangani of the hill
country are glad to pass us by in peace. I, for one, will come with
you to the village of the Gomangani of the low places. I am the king's
first he-child. Alone can I kill all the Gomangani of the low
country," and he swelled his chest and strutted proudly back and forth,
until the itching back of a comrade commanded his industrious attention.

"I am Goob," cried another. "My fighting fangs are long. They are
sharp. They are strong. Into the soft flesh of many a Gomangani have
they been buried. Alone I slew the sister of Sheeta. Goob will go to
the low country with you and kill so many of the Gomangani that there
will be none left to count the dead," and then he, too, strutted and
pranced before the admiring eyes of the shes and the young.

Korak looked at the king, questioningly.

"Your bulls are very brave," he said; "but braver than any is the king."

Thus addressed, the shaggy bull, still

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