The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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his knees and then
lunged upon his face. Baynes stiffened. His head flew back
spasmodically. For an instant he stood thus, and then crumpled very
gently into the bottom of the boat.

The black paddler was at a loss as to what to do. If Malbihn really
were dead he could continue on to join his fellows without fear; but
should the Swede only be wounded he would be safer upon the far shore.
Therefore he hesitated, holding the canoe in mid stream. He had come
to have considerable respect for his new master and was not unmoved by
his death. As he sat gazing at the crumpled body in the bow of the
boat he saw it move. Very feebly the man essayed to turn over. He
still lived. The black moved forward and lifted him to a sitting
position. He was standing in front of him, his paddle in one hand,
asking Baynes where he was hit when there was another shot from shore
and the Negro pitched head-long overboard, his paddle still clutched in
his dead fingers--shot through the forehead.

Baynes turned weakly in the direction of the shore to see Malbihn drawn
up upon his elbows levelling his rifle at him. The Englishman slid to
the bottom of the canoe as a bullet whizzed above him. Malbihn, sore
hit, took longer in aiming, nor was his aim as sure as formerly. With
difficulty Baynes turned himself over on his belly and grasping his
revolver in his right hand drew himself up until he could look over the
edge of the canoe.

Malbihn saw him instantly and fired; but Baynes did not flinch or duck.
With painstaking care he aimed at the target upon the shore from which
he now was drifting with the current. His finger closed upon the
trigger--there was a flash and a report, and Malbihn's giant frame
jerked to the impact of another bullet.

But he was not yet dead. Again he aimed and fired, the bullet
splintering the gunwale of the canoe close by Baynes' face. Baynes
fired again as his canoe drifted further down stream and Malbihn
answered from the shore where he lay in a pool of his own blood. And
thus, doggedly, the two wounded men continued to carry on their weird
duel until the winding African river had carried the Hon. Morison
Baynes out of sight around a wooded point.




Chapter 23


Meriem had traversed half the length of the village street when a score
of white-robed

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