The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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guess that she had not been to the
manner born.

They had been home but a week when Lord Greystoke received a message
from his friend of many years, D'Arnot.

It was in the form of a letter of introduction brought by one General
Armand Jacot. Lord Greystoke recalled the name, as who familiar with
modern French history would not, for Jacot was in reality the Prince de
Cadrenet--that intense republican who refused to use, even by courtesy,
a title that had belonged to his family for four hundred years.

"There is no place for princes in a republic," he was wont to say.

Lord Greystoke received the hawk-nosed, gray mustached soldier in his
library, and after a dozen words the two men had formed a mutual esteem
that was to endure through life.

"I have come to you," explained General Jacot, "because our dear
Admiral tells me that there is no one in all the world who is more
intimately acquainted with Central Africa than you.

"Let me tell you my story from the beginning. Many years ago my little
daughter was stolen, presumably by Arabs, while I was serving with the
Foreign Legion in Algeria. We did all that love and money and even
government resources could do to discover her; but all to no avail.
Her picture was published in the leading papers of every large city in
the world, yet never did we find a man or woman who ever had seen her
since the day she mysteriously disappeared.

"A week since there came to me in Paris a swarthy Arab, who called
himself Abdul Kamak. He said that he had found my daughter and could
lead me to her. I took him at once to Admiral d'Arnot, whom I knew had
traveled some in Central Africa. The man's story led the Admiral to
believe that the place where the white girl the Arab supposed to be my
daughter was held in captivity was not far from your African estates,
and he advised that I come at once and call upon you--that you would
know if such a girl were in your neighborhood."

"What proof did the Arab bring that she was your daughter?" asked Lord
Greystoke.

"None," replied the other. "That is why we thought best to consult you
before organizing an expedition. The fellow had only an old photograph
of her on the back of which was pasted a newspaper cutting describing
her and offering a reward. We feared that having found this somewhere
it had aroused his cupidity and led him

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