The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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by Numa, who was
empty. It was Numa's right to prey; but one was a she. Korak felt an
intuitive urge to rush to her protection. Why, he could not guess.
All Tarmangani were enemies now. He had lived too long a beast to feel
strongly the humanitarian impulses that were inherent in him--yet feel
them he did, for the girl at least.

He urged Tantor forward. He raised his heavy spear and hurled it at
the flying target of the lion's body. The girl's pony had reached the
trees upon the opposite side of the clearing. Here he would become
easy prey to the swiftly moving lion; but Numa, infuriated, preferred
the woman upon his back. It was for her he leaped.

Korak gave an exclamation of astonishment and approval as Numa landed
upon the pony's rump and at the same instant the girl swung free of her
mount to the branches of a tree above her.

Korak's spear struck Numa in the shoulder, knocking him from his
precarious hold upon the frantically plunging horse. Freed of the
weight of both girl and lion the pony raced ahead toward safety. Numa
tore and struck at the missile in his shoulder but could not dislodge
it. Then he resumed the chase.

Korak guided Tantor into the seclusion of the jungle. He did not wish
to be seen, nor had he.

Hanson had almost reached the wood when he heard the lion's terrific
roars, and knew that the charge had come. An instant later the Hon.
Morison broke upon his vision, racing like mad for safety. The man lay
flat upon his pony's back hugging the animal's neck tightly with both
arms and digging the spurs into his sides. An instant later the second
pony appeared--riderless.

Hanson groaned as he guessed what had happened out of sight in the
jungle. With an oath he spurred on in the hope of driving the lion
from his prey--his rifle was ready in his hand. And then the lion came
into view behind the girl's pony. Hanson could not understand. He
knew that if Numa had succeeded in seizing the girl he would not have
continued in pursuit of the others.

He drew in his own mount, took quick aim and fired. The lion stopped
in his tracks, turned and bit at his side, then rolled over dead.
Hanson rode on into the forest, calling aloud to the girl.

"Here I am," came a quick response from the foliage of

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