The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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A movement on the
ground beneath caught his eye. An antelope was entering the clearing.
Immediately Korak became aware that he was empty--again he was a beast.
For a moment love had lifted him to sublime heights of honor and
renunciation.

The antelope was crossing the clearing. Korak dropped to the ground
upon the opposite side of the tree, and so lightly that not even the
sensitive ears of the antelope apprehended his presence. He uncoiled
his grass rope--it was the latest addition to his armament, yet he was
proficient with it. Often he traveled with nothing more than his knife
and his rope--they were light and easy to carry. His spear and bow and
arrows were cumbersome and he usually kept one or all of them hidden
away in a private cache.

Now he held a single coil of the long rope in his right hand, and the
balance in his left. The antelope was but a few paces from him.
Silently Korak leaped from his hiding place swinging the rope free from
the entangling shrubbery. The antelope sprang away almost instantly;
but instantly, too, the coiled rope, with its sliding noose, flew
through the air above him. With unerring precision it settled about
the creature's neck. There was a quick wrist movement of the thrower,
the noose tightened. The Killer braced himself with the rope across
his hip, and as the antelope tautened the singing strands in a last
frantic bound for liberty he was thrown over upon his back.

Then, instead of approaching the fallen animal as a roper of the
western plains might do, Korak dragged his captive to himself, pulling
him in hand over hand, and when he was within reach leaping upon him
even as Sheeta the panther might have done, and burying his teeth in
the animal's neck while he found its heart with the point of his
hunting knife. Recoiling his rope, he cut a few generous strips from
his kill and took to the trees again, where he ate in peace. Later he
swung off in the direction of a nearby water hole, and then he slept.

In his mind, of course, was the suggestion of another meeting between
Meriem and the young Englishman that had been borne to him by the
girl's parting: "Tonight!"

He had not followed Meriem because he knew from the direction from
which she had come and in which she returned that wheresoever she had
found an asylum it lay out across the plains and not wishing to

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