The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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of the man changed.
With an angry oath he wheeled his prisoner about, tripped him and
hurled him violently to the floor, leaping upon his breast as he fell.
From the bed the ape growled and struggled with his bonds. The boy did
not cry out--a trait inherited from his savage sire whom long years in
the jungle following the death of his foster mother, Kala the great
ape, had taught that there was none to come to the succor of the fallen.

Paulvitch's fingers sought the lad's throat. He grinned down horribly
into the face of his victim.

"Your father ruined me," he mumbled. "This will pay him. He will think
that the ape did it. I will tell him that the ape did it. That I left
him alone for a few minutes, and that you sneaked in and the ape killed
you. I will throw your body upon the bed after I have choked the life
from you, and when I bring your father he will see the ape squatting
over it," and the twisted fiend cackled in gloating laughter. His
fingers closed upon the boy's throat.

Behind them the growling of the maddened beast reverberated against the
walls of the little room. The boy paled, but no other sign of fear or
panic showed upon his countenance. He was the son of Tarzan. The
fingers tightened their grip upon his throat. It was with difficulty
that he breathed, gaspingly. The ape lunged against the stout cord
that held him. Turning, he wrapped the cord about his hands, as a man
might have done, and surged heavily backward. The great muscles stood
out beneath his shaggy hide. There was a rending as of splintered
wood--the cord held, but a portion of the footboard of the bed came
away.

At the sound Paulvitch looked up. His hideous face went white with
terror--the ape was free.

With a single bound the creature was upon him. The man shrieked. The
brute wrenched him from the body of the boy. Great fingers sunk into
the man's flesh. Yellow fangs gaped close to his throat--he struggled,
futilely--and when they closed, the soul of Alexis Paulvitch passed
into the keeping of the demons who had long been awaiting it.

The boy struggled to his feet, assisted by Akut. For two hours under
the instructions of the former the ape worked upon the knots that
secured his friend's wrists. Finally they gave up their secret, and
the boy

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