The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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fled toward the village. At their heels ran their mothers, and
from the village gate, in response to the alarm, came a score of
warriors, hastily snatched spears and shields ready in their hands.

At sight of the consternation he had wrought the boy halted. The glad
smile faded from his face as with wild shouts and menacing gestures the
warriors ran toward him. Akut was calling to him from behind to turn
and flee, telling him that the blacks would kill him. For a moment he
stood watching them coming, then he raised his hand with the palm
toward them in signal for them to halt, calling out at the same time
that he came as a friend--that he had only wanted to play with their
children. Of course they did not understand a word that he addressed
to them, and their answer was what any naked creature who had run
suddenly out of the jungle upon their women and children might have
expected--a shower of spears. The missiles struck all about the boy,
but none touched him. Again his spine tingled and the short hairs
lifted at the nape of his neck and along the top of his scalp. His
eyes narrowed. Sudden hatred flared in them to wither the expression
of glad friendliness that had lighted them but an instant before. With
a low snarl, quite similar to that of a baffled beast, he turned and
ran into the jungle. There was Akut awaiting him in a tree. The ape
urged him to hasten in flight, for the wise old anthropoid knew that
they two, naked and unarmed, were no match for the sinewy black
warriors who would doubtless make some sort of search for them through
the jungle.

But a new power moved the son of Tarzan. He had come with a boy's glad
and open heart to offer his friendship to these people who were human
beings like himself. He had been met with suspicion and spears. They
had not even listened to him. Rage and hatred consumed him. When Akut
urged speed he held back. He wanted to fight, yet his reason made it
all too plain that it would be but a foolish sacrifice of his life to
meet these armed men with his naked hands and his teeth--already the
boy thought of his teeth, of his fighting fangs, when possibility of
combat loomed close.

Moving slowly through the trees he kept his eyes over his shoulder,
though he

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