deceived her; but now
with the growing beard and the similarity of conditions recognition
came swift and sure.
But today there would be no Bwana to save her.
The black boy whom Malbihn had left awaiting him in the clearing with
instructions to remain until he returned sat crouched at the foot of a
tree for an hour when he was suddenly startled by the coughing grunt of
a lion behind him. With celerity born of the fear of death the boy
clambered into the branches of the tree, and a moment later the king of
beasts entered the clearing and approached the carcass of an antelope
which, until now, the boy had not seen.
Until daylight the beast fed, while the black clung, sleepless, to his
perch, wondering what had become of his master and the two ponies. He
had been with Malbihn for a year, and so was fairly conversant with the
character of the white. His knowledge presently led him to believe
that he had been purposely abandoned. Like the balance of Malbihn's
followers, this boy hated his master cordially--fear being the only
bond that held him to the white man. His present uncomfortable
predicament but added fuel to the fires of his hatred.
As the sun rose the lion withdrew into the jungle and the black
descended from his tree and started upon his long journey back to camp.
In his primitive brain revolved various fiendish plans for a revenge
that he would not have the courage to put into effect when the test
came and he stood face to face with one of the dominant race.
A mile from the clearing he came upon the spoor of two ponies crossing
his path at right angles. A cunning look entered the black's eyes. He
laughed uproariously and slapped his thighs.
Negroes are tireless gossipers, which, of course, is but a roundabout
way of saying that they are human. Malbihn's boys had been no
exception to the rule and as many of them had been with him at various
times during the past ten years there was little about his acts and
life in the African wilds that was not known directly or by hearsay to
And so, knowing his master and many of his past deeds, knowing, too, a
great deal about the plans of Malbihn and Baynes that had been
overheard by himself, or other servants; and knowing well from the
gossip of the head-men that half of Malbihn's party lay in camp by the
great river far to the west,
"This will explain to you" [the note read] "the exact nature of my intentions relative to your offspring and to you.Page 15
The bullet-head crumpled forward upon its flaccid neck against the great hairy chest--the roaring and the shrieking ceased.Page 17
" For answer the ape-man hurled himself upon the great brute who during the conversation had slightly relaxed his vigilance.Page 26
Tarzan shuddered as he thought of the cruel suffering the little one must endure in such a life, even though he might fall into the hands of individuals whose intentions toward him were of the kindest.Page 28
When one made a kill he called the other, and thus they fed well and often.Page 42
They passed up the river three days ahead of the very bad white man.Page 61
" Quick hands snatched the bundle from the cook, and hungry mother arms folded the sleeping infant to her breast, while hot tears of joy ran down her cheeks and her whole frame shook with the emotion of the moment.Page 66
A few individuals had advanced a short distance toward the village and were exhorting the others to follow them.Page 67
The little band had been reduced by three, for three of Akut's apes had fallen in the fighting at the village.Page 76
When the dance is run well into the morning they are to come to the hut.Page 92
"He has doubtless hastened there," argued the old woman.Page 93
It was where Anderssen had hidden her--where he had given up his life in the vain effort to save her from Rokoff.Page 96
As her gaze fell upon the figure of the man a little cry of terror rose to her lips.Page 111
With a stifled sob she gave up the unequal battle.Page 112
As quickly as his awkward companions could paddle the dugout down-stream toward the Ugambi and the Kincaid they moved through the darkness.Page 115
It was Sheeta, and with grinning jaws the mighty beast slunk silently toward the terror-stricken man.Page 124
"Shut up," admonished.Page 129
If they come back, though, I hope they won't come by night.Page 134
you did a whole lot of loud talking, and there isn't any doubt but that that warship was a-lyin' off south of us listenin' to it all.Page 143
" The ape-man turned and raised his head toward the jungle, while there pealed from his lips, time after time, the fearsome cry of the bull-ape who would summon his fellows.