The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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ape-man deserted his bulky comrade and took to the trees in a rapid
race toward the south and the spot where the Swede had told him Meriem
might be. It was dark when he came to the palisade, strengthened
considerably since the day that he had rescued Meriem from her pitiful
life within its cruel confines. No longer did the giant tree spread
its branches above the wooden rampart; but ordinary man-made defenses
were scarce considered obstacles by Korak. Loosening the rope at his
waist he tossed the noose over one of the sharpened posts that composed
the palisade. A moment later his eyes were above the level of the
obstacle taking in all within their range beyond. There was no one in
sight close by, and Korak drew himself to the top and dropped lightly
to the ground within the enclosure.

Then he commenced his stealthy search of the village. First toward the
Arab tents he made his way, sniffing and listening. He passed behind
them searching for some sign of Meriem. Not even the wild Arab curs
heard his passage, so silently he went--a shadow passing through
shadows. The odor of tobacco told him that the Arabs were smoking
before their tents. The sound of laughter fell upon his ears, and then
from the opposite side of the village came the notes of a once familiar
tune: God Save the King. Korak halted in perplexity. Who might it
be--the tones were those of a man. He recalled the young Englishman he
had left on the river trail and who had disappeared before he returned.
A moment later there came to him a woman's voice in reply--it was
Meriem's, and The Killer, quickened into action, slunk rapidly in the
direction of these two voices.

The evening meal over Meriem had gone to her pallet in the women's
quarters of The Sheik's tent, a little corner screened off in the rear
by a couple of priceless Persian rugs to form a partition. In these
quarters she had dwelt with Mabunu alone, for The Sheik had no wives.
Nor were conditions altered now after the years of her absence--she and
Mabunu were alone in the women's quarters.

Presently The Sheik came and parted the rugs. He glared through the
dim light of the interior.

"Meriem!" he called. "Come hither."

The girl arose and came into the front of the tent. There the light of
a fire illuminated the interior. She saw Ali ben Kadin, The Sheik's
half brother, squatted

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