The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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drove me back. Then came Baynes, angry because he had
lost the girl, and shot me. If you want her, go to The Sheik and ask
him for her--she has passed as his daughter since childhood."

"She is not The Sheik's daughter?" asked Korak.

"She is not," replied Malbihn.

"Who is she then?" asked Korak.

Here Malbihn saw his chance. Possibly he could make use of his
knowledge after all--it might even buy back his life for him. He was
not so credulous as to believe that this savage ape-man would have any
compunctions about slaying him.

"When you find her I will tell you," he said, "if you will promise to
spare my life and divide the reward with me. If you kill me you will
never know, for only The Sheik knows and he will never tell. The girl
herself is ignorant of her origin."

"If you have told me the truth I will spare you," said Korak. "I shall
go now to The Sheik's village and if the girl is not there I shall
return and slay you. As for the other information you have, if the
girl wants it when we have found her we will find a way to purchase it
from you."

The look in the Killer's eyes and his emphasis of the word "purchase"
were none too reassuring to Malbihn. Evidently, unless he found means
to escape, this devil would have both his secret and his life before he
was done with him. He wished he would be gone and take his evil-eyed
companion away with him. The swaying bulk towering high above him, and
the ugly little eyes of the elephant watching his every move made
Malbihn nervous.

Korak stepped into the Swede's tent to assure himself that Meriem was
not hid there. As he disappeared from view Tantor, his eyes still
fixed upon Malbihn, took a step nearer the man. An elephant's eyesight
is none too good; but the great tusker evidently had harbored
suspicions of this yellow-bearded white man from the first. Now he
advanced his snake-like trunk toward the Swede, who shrank still deeper
into his hammock.

The sensitive member felt and smelled back and forth along the body of
the terrified Malbihn. Tantor uttered a low, rumbling sound. His
little eyes blazed. At last he had recognized the creature who had
killed his mate long years before. Tantor, the elephant, never forgets
and never forgives. Malbihn saw in the demoniacal visage above him the
murderous purpose of

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