biting at its neck
and knifing it in the side.
Akut, startled by the sudden rush from his rear, and following hoary
instinct, was in the tree beside the girl with an agility little short
of marvelous in so heavy a beast. But the moment that he turned to see
what was going on below him brought him as quickly to the ground again.
Personal differences were quickly forgotten in the danger which menaced
his human companion, nor was he a whit less eager to jeopardize his own
safety in the service of his friend than Korak had been to succor him.
The result was that Sheeta presently found two ferocious creatures
tearing him to ribbons. Shrieking, snarling and growling, the three
rolled hither and thither among the underbrush, while with staring eyes
the sole spectator of the battle royal crouched trembling in the tree
above them hugging Geeka frantically to her breast.
It was the boy's knife which eventually decided the battle, and as the
fierce feline shuddered convulsively and rolled over upon its side the
youth and the ape rose and faced one another across the prostrate
carcass. Korak jerked his head in the direction of the little girl in
"Leave her alone," he said; "she is mine."
Akut grunted, blinked his blood-shot eyes, and turned toward the body
of Sheeta. Standing erect upon it he threw out his great chest, raised
his face toward the heavens and gave voice to so horrid a scream that
once again the little girl shuddered and shrank. It was the victory
cry of the bull ape that has made a kill. The boy only looked on for a
moment in silence; then he leaped into the tree again to the girl's
side. Akut presently rejoined them. For a few minutes he busied
himself licking his wounds, then he wandered off to hunt his breakfast.
For many months the strange life of the three went on unmarked by any
unusual occurrences. At least without any occurrences that seemed
unusual to the youth or the ape; but to the little girl it was a
constant nightmare of horrors for days and weeks, until she too became
accustomed to gazing into the eyeless sockets of death and to the feel
of the icy wind of his shroud-like mantle. Slowly she learned the
rudiments of the only common medium of thought exchange which her
companions possessed--the language of the great apes. More quickly she
perfected herself in jungle craft, so that the time soon came when she
She discovered suddenly that she might find it difficult to explain just why the steward had pointed out the handsome Monsieur Tarzan to her.Page 25
I can explain it to them once for you, and that I shall do this very day, but hereafter you must obey the law.Page 29
He would have had to leave the war department.Page 33
He will understand, and then, Monsieur Nikolas, beware!" "You shall tell him nothing," said Rokoff.Page 62
Tarzan cocked his jungle-trained ears, and presently there came to him the sound of horses walking quietly through the sand to the east of him, to the west, to the north, and to the south.Page 65
Said Miss Porter had already postponed the wedding on three different occasions.Page 70
Tarzan made casual inquiries among the men, but none could tell him why they had left, or in what direction they had gone.Page 77
" "As you say," growled Rokoff.Page 82
The watching girl was transfixed by astonishment at the ease with which the crouching man eluded the great paws.Page 91
Just then he heard the others calling to him to hurry--the train was coming to a stop at the little platform.Page 102
" Monsieur Thuran was delighted at the prospect, and lost no time in saying so.Page 109
Now he knew that something more than revenge had prompted Rokoff to pitch him overboard--the Russian had managed to obtain possession of the papers Tarzan had wrested from him at Bou Saada.Page 114
Afterward he returned to his cabin, and breakfasted off the flesh of Horta.Page 127
A few reached the barred gates,.Page 146
"Gentlemen," said Monsieur Thuran, "you see the fate that awaits us all unless we are picked up within a day or two.Page 169
A scant five miles north of their rude shelter, all unknown to them, and practically as remote as though separated by thousands of miles of impenetrable jungle, lay the snug little cabin of Tarzan of the Apes.Page 194
Should he descend and make a race for the distant cliffs, or should he hide here until night? And then a glance at the girl's white face determined him.Page 201
Whether it was because they recalled the futility of their former long and irksome search, or after witnessing the ease with which the ape-man swung along before them, and the last burst of speed, they realized the utter hopelessness of further pursuit, it is difficult to say; but as Tarzan reached the woods that began at the base of the foothills which skirted the barrier cliffs they turned their faces once more toward Opar.Page 204
At sight of him they danced and cried out in exuberant joy.