The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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"Go back! Go back!" cried Korak. "He will kill you."

Meriem paused. "Tantor!" she called to the huge brute. "Don't you
remember me? I am little Meriem. I used to ride on your broad back;"
but the bull only rumbled in his throat and shook his tusks in angry
defiance. Then Korak tried to placate him. Tried to order him away,
that the girl might approach and release him; but Tantor would not go.
He saw in every human being other than Korak an enemy. He thought the
girl bent upon harming his friend and he would take no chances. For an
hour the girl and the man tried to find some means whereby they might
circumvent the beast's ill directed guardianship, but all to no avail;
Tantor stood his ground in grim determination to let no one approach

Presently the man hit upon a scheme. "Pretend to go away," he called
to the girl. "Keep down wind from us so that Tantor won't get your
scent, then follow us. After a while I'll have him put me down, and
find some pretext for sending him away. While he is gone you can slip
up and cut my bonds--have you a knife?"

"Yes, I have a knife," she replied. "I'll go now--I think we may be
able to fool him; but don't be too sure--Tantor invented cunning."

Korak smiled, for he knew that the girl was right. Presently she had
disappeared. The elephant listened, and raised his trunk to catch her
scent. Korak commanded him to raise him to his head once more and
proceed upon their way. After a moment's hesitation he did as he was
bid. It was then that Korak heard the distant call of an ape.

"Akut!" he thought. "Good! Tantor knew Akut well. He would let him
approach." Raising his voice Korak replied to the call of the ape; but
he let Tantor move off with him through the jungle; it would do no harm
to try the other plan. They had come to a clearing and plainly Korak
smelled water. Here was a good place and a good excuse. He ordered
Tantor to lay him down, and go and fetch him water in his trunk. The
big beast deposited him upon the grass in the center of the clearing,
then he stood with cocked ears and attentive trunk, searching for the
slightest indication of danger--there seemed to

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