The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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loved best. She knew a dozen places where lions laired, and
every drinking hole in the drier country twenty-five miles back from
the river. With unerring precision that was almost uncanny she could
track the largest or the smallest beast to his hiding place. But the
thing that baffled them all was her instant consciousness of the
presence of carnivora that others, exerting their faculties to the
utmost, could neither see nor hear.

The Hon. Morison Baynes found Meriem a most beautiful and charming
companion. He was delighted with her from the first. Particularly so,
it is possible, because he had not thought to find companionship of
this sort upon the African estate of his London friends. They were
together a great deal as they were the only unmarried couple in the
little company. Meriem, entirely unaccustomed to the companionship of
such as Baynes, was fascinated by him. His tales of the great, gay
cities with which he was familiar filled her with admiration and with
wonder. If the Hon. Morison always shone to advantage in these
narratives Meriem saw in that fact but a most natural consequence to
his presence upon the scene of his story--wherever Morison might be he
must be a hero; so thought the girl.

With the actual presence and companionship of the young Englishman the
image of Korak became less real. Where before it had been an actuality
to her she now realized that Korak was but a memory. To that memory
she still was loyal; but what weight has a memory in the presence of a
fascinating reality?

Meriem had never accompanied the men upon a hunt since the arrival of
the guests. She never had cared particularly for the sport of killing.
The tracking she enjoyed; but the mere killing for the sake of killing
she could not find pleasure in--little savage that she had been, and
still, to some measure, was. When Bwana had gone forth to shoot for
meat she had always been his enthusiastic companion; but with the
coming of the London guests the hunting had deteriorated into mere
killing. Slaughter the host would not permit; yet the purpose of the
hunts were for heads and skins and not for food. So Meriem remained
behind and spent her days either with My Dear upon the shaded verandah,
or riding her favorite pony across the plains or to the forest edge.
Here she would leave him untethered while she took to the trees for the
moment's unalloyed pleasures of a return to

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