The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the trees just
ahead. "Did you hit him?"

"Yes," replied Hanson. "Where are you? You had a mighty narrow
escape. It will teach you to keep out of the jungle at night."

Together they returned to the plain where they found the Hon. Morison
riding slowly back toward them. He explained that his pony had bolted
and that he had had hard work stopping him at all. Hanson grinned, for
he recalled the pounding heels that he had seen driving sharp spurs
into the flanks of Baynes' mount; but he said nothing of what he had
seen. He took Meriem up behind him and the three rode in silence
toward the bungalow.

Chapter 19

Behind them Korak emerged from the jungle and recovered his spear from
Numa's side. He still was smiling. He had enjoyed the spectacle
exceedingly. There was one thing that troubled him--the agility with
which the she had clambered from her pony's back into the safety of the
tree ABOVE her. That was more like mangani--more like his lost Meriem.
He sighed. His lost Meriem! His little, dead Meriem! He wondered if
this she stranger resembled his Meriem in other ways. A great longing
to see her overwhelmed him. He looked after the three figures moving
steadily across the plain. He wondered where might lie their
destination. A desire to follow them came over him, but he only stood
there watching until they had disappeared in the distance. The sight
of the civilized girl and the dapper, khaki clad Englishman had aroused
in Korak memories long dormant.

Once he had dreamed of returning to the world of such as these; but
with the death of Meriem hope and ambition seemed to have deserted him.
He cared now only to pass the remainder of his life in solitude, as far
from man as possible. With a sigh he turned slowly back into the

Tantor, nervous by nature, had been far from reassured by close
proximity to the three strange whites, and with the report of Hanson's
rifle had turned and ambled away at his long, swinging shuffle. He was
nowhere in sight when Korak returned to look for him. The ape-man,
however, was little concerned by the absence of his friend. Tantor had
a habit of wandering off unexpectedly. For a month they might not see
one another, for Korak seldom took the trouble to follow the great
pachyderm, nor did he upon this occasion. Instead he found

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