The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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home. Lady Greystoke was horrified at the suggestion. The
boy was insistent. Tarzan explained that he had wished to purchase
Akut and return him to his jungle home, and to this the mother
assented. Jack asked to be allowed to visit the ape, but again he was
met with flat refusal. He had the address, however, which the trainer
had given his father, and two days later he found the opportunity to
elude his new tutor--who had replaced the terrified Mr. Moore--and
after a considerable search through a section of London which he had
never before visited, he found the smelly little quarters of the
pock-marked old man. The old fellow himself replied to his knocking,
and when he stated that he had come to see Ajax, opened the door and
admitted him to the little room which he and the great ape occupied.
In former years Paulvitch had been a fastidious scoundrel; but ten
years of hideous life among the cannibals of Africa had eradicated the
last vestige of niceness from his habits. His apparel was wrinkled and
soiled. His hands were unwashed, his few straggling locks uncombed.
His room was a jumble of filthy disorder. As the boy entered he saw
the great ape squatting upon the bed, the coverlets of which were a
tangled wad of filthy blankets and ill-smelling quilts. At sight of
the youth the ape leaped to the floor and shuffled forward. The man,
not recognizing his visitor and fearing that the ape meant mischief,
stepped between them, ordering the ape back to the bed.

"He will not hurt me," cried the boy. "We are friends, and before, he
was my father's friend. They knew one another in the jungle. My
father is Lord Greystoke. He does not know that I have come here. My
mother forbid my coming; but I wished to see Ajax, and I will pay you
if you will let me come here often and see him."

At the mention of the boy's identity Paulvitch's eyes narrowed. Since
he had first seen Tarzan again from the wings of the theater there had
been forming in his deadened brain the beginnings of a desire for
revenge. It is a characteristic of the weak and criminal to attribute
to others the misfortunes that are the result of their own wickedness,
and so now it was that Alexis Paulvitch was slowly recalling the events
of his past life and as he did so laying at the door of

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