The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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said. "This is Korak. Korak is the son of Tarzan who
was king of the apes. I, too, was king of the apes who dwelt in the
midst of the great waters. We have come to hunt with you, to fight
with you. We are great hunters. We are mighty fighters. Let us come
in peace."

The king ceased his rocking. He eyed the pair from beneath his
beetling brows. His bloodshot eyes were savage and crafty. His
kingship was very new and he was jealous of it. He feared the
encroachments of two strange apes. The sleek, brown, hairless body of
the lad spelled "man," and man he feared and hated.

"Go away!" he growled. "Go away, or I will kill you."

The eager lad, standing behind the great Akut, had been pulsing with
anticipation and happiness. He wanted to leap down among these hairy
monsters and show them that he was their friend, that he was one of
them. He had expected that they would receive him with open arms, and
now the words of the king ape filled him with indignation and sorrow.
The blacks had set upon him and driven him away. Then he had turned to
the white men--to those of his own kind--only to hear the ping of
bullets where he had expected words of cordial welcome. The great apes
had remained his final hope. To them he looked for the companionship
man had denied him. Suddenly rage overwhelmed him.

The king ape was almost directly beneath him. The others were formed
in a half circle several yards behind the king. They were watching
events interestedly. Before Akut could guess his intention, or
prevent, the boy leaped to the ground directly in the path of the king,
who had now succeeded in stimulating himself to a frenzy of fury.

"I am Korak!" shouted the boy. "I am the Killer. I came to live among
you as a friend. You want to drive me away. Very well, then, I shall
go; but before I go I shall show you that the son of Tarzan is your
master, as his father was before him--that he is not afraid of your
king or you."

For an instant the king ape had stood motionless with surprise. He had
expected no such rash action upon the part of either of the intruders.
Akut was equally surprised. Now he shouted excitedly for Korak to come

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