The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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be
discovered by the girl he had not cared to venture into the open after
her. It would do as well to keep in touch with the young man, and that
was precisely what he intended doing.

To you or me the possibility of locating the Hon. Morison in the jungle
after having permitted him to get such a considerable start might have
seemed remote; but to Korak it was not at all so. He guessed that the
white man would return to his camp; but should he have done otherwise
it would be a simple matter to The Killer to trail a mounted man
accompanied by another on foot. Days might pass and still such a spoor
would be sufficiently plain to lead Korak unfalteringly to its end;
while a matter of a few hours only left it as clear to him as though
the makers themselves were still in plain sight.

And so it came that a few minutes after the Hon. Morison Baynes entered
the camp to be greeted by Hanson, Korak slipped noiselessly into a
near-by tree. There he lay until late afternoon and still the young
Englishman made no move to leave camp. Korak wondered if Meriem were
coming there. A little later Hanson and one of his black boys rode out
of camp. Korak merely noted the fact. He was not particularly
interested in what any other member of the company than the young
Englishman did.

Darkness came and still the young man remained. He ate his evening
meal, afterward smoking numerous cigarettes. Presently he began to
pace back and forth before his tent. He kept his boy busy replenishing
the fire. A lion coughed and he went into his tent to reappear with an
express rifle. Again he admonished the boy to throw more brush upon
the fire. Korak saw that he was nervous and afraid, and his lip curled
in a sneer of contempt.

Was this the creature who had supplanted him in the heart of his
Meriem? Was this a man, who trembled when Numa coughed? How could
such as he protect Meriem from the countless dangers of the jungle?
Ah, but he would not have to. They would live in the safety of
European civilization, where men in uniforms were hired to protect
them. What need had a European of prowess to protect his mate? Again
the sneer curled Korak's lip.

Hanson and his boy had ridden directly to the clearing. It was already
dark when

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