The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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aided the boy whole
heartedly in the consummation of the lad's, which would have been
better for Paulvitch, could he have but read the future but a few short
hours ahead.

That afternoon Lord and Lady Greystoke bid their son good-bye and saw
him safely settled in a first-class compartment of the railway carriage
that would set him down at school in a few hours. No sooner had they
left him, however, than he gathered his bags together, descended from
the compartment and sought a cab stand outside the station. Here he
engaged a cabby to take him to the Russian's address. It was dusk when
he arrived. He found Paulvitch awaiting him. The man was pacing the
floor nervously. The ape was tied with a stout cord to the bed. It
was the first time that Jack had ever seen Ajax thus secured. He
looked questioningly at Paulvitch. The man, mumbling, explained that
he believed the animal had guessed that he was to be sent away and he
feared he would attempt to escape.

Paulvitch carried another piece of cord in his hand. There was a noose
in one end of it which he was continually playing with. He walked back
and forth, up and down the room. His pock-marked features were working
horribly as he talked silent to himself. The boy had never seen him
thus--it made him uneasy. At last Paulvitch stopped on the opposite
side of the room, far from the ape.

"Come here," he said to the lad. "I will show you how to secure the
ape should he show signs of rebellion during the trip."

The lad laughed. "It will not be necessary," he replied. "Ajax will
do whatever I tell him to do."

The old man stamped his foot angrily. "Come here, as I tell you," he
repeated. "If you do not do as I say you shall not accompany the ape
to Dover--I will take no chances upon his escaping."

Still smiling, the lad crossed the room and stood before the Russ.

"Turn around, with your back toward me," directed the latter, "that I
may show you how to bind him quickly."

The boy did as he was bid, placing his hands behind him when Paulvitch
told him to do so. Instantly the old man slipped the running noose
over one of the lad's wrists, took a couple of half hitches about his
other wrist, and knotted the cord.

The moment that the boy was secured the attitude

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