The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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that reached over
his shoulders from behind. He cast a terrified glance backward, and
the hairs of his head stiffened at the sight his eyes revealed, for
grasping him from the rear was a huge, man-like ape. The bared
fighting fangs of the anthropoid were close to his throat. The lad
pinioned his wrists. Neither uttered a sound. Where was the
grandmother? Condon's eyes swept the room in a single all-inclusive
glance. His eyes bulged in horror at the realization of the truth
which that glance revealed. In the power of what creatures of hideous
mystery had he placed himself! Frantically he fought to beat off the
lad that he might turn upon the fearsome thing at his back. Freeing
one hand he struck a savage blow at the lad's face. His act seemed to
unloose a thousand devils in the hairy creature clinging to his throat.
Condon heard a low and savage snarl. It was the last thing that the
American ever heard in this life. Then he was dragged backward upon
the floor, a heavy body fell upon him, powerful teeth fastened
themselves in his jugular, his head whirled in the sudden blackness
which rims eternity--a moment later the ape rose from his prostrate
form; but Condon did not know--he was quite dead.

The lad, horrified, sprang from the bed to lean over the body of the
man. He knew that Akut had killed in his defense, as he had killed
Michael Sabrov; but here, in savage Africa, far from home and friends
what would they do to him and his faithful ape? The lad knew that the
penalty of murder was death. He even knew that an accomplice might
suffer the death penalty with the principal. Who was there who would
plead for them? All would be against them. It was little more than a
half-civilized community, and the chances were that they would drag
Akut and him forth in the morning and hang them both to the nearest
tree--he had read of such things being done in America, and Africa was
worse even and wilder than the great West of his mother's native land.
Yes, they would both be hanged in the morning!

Was there no escape? He thought in silence for a few moments, and
then, with an exclamation of relief, he struck his palms together and
turned toward his clothing upon the chair. Money would do anything!
Money would save him and Akut! He felt for

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