The Son of Tarzan

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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find an easier way to
victory. Crouching, he prepared to meet the charge which he knew would
soon come, nor did he have long to wait. His antagonist paused only
for sufficient time to permit him to recount for the edification of the
audience and the confounding of Korak a brief resume of his former
victories, of his prowess, and of what he was about to do to this puny
Tarmangani. Then he charged.

With clutching fingers and wide opened jaws he came down upon the
waiting Korak with the speed of an express train. Korak did not move
until the great arms swung to embrace him, then he dropped low beneath
them, swung a terrific right to the side of the beast's jaw as he
side-stepped his rushing body, and swinging quickly about stood ready
over the fallen ape where he sprawled upon the ground.

It was a surprised anthropoid that attempted to scramble to its feet.
Froth flecked its hideous lips. Red were the little eyes. Blood
curdling roars tumbled from the deep chest. But it did not reach its
feet. The Killer stood waiting above it, and the moment that the hairy
chin came upon the proper level another blow that would have felled an
ox sent the ape over backward.

Again and again the beast struggled to arise, but each time the mighty
Tarmangani stood waiting with ready fist and pile driver blow to bowl
him over. Weaker and weaker became the efforts of the bull. Blood
smeared his face and breast. A red stream trickled from nose and
mouth. The crowd that had cheered him on at first with savage yells,
now jeered him--their approbation was for the Tarmangani.

"Kagoda?" inquired Korak, as he sent the bull down once more.

Again the stubborn bull essayed to scramble to his feet. Again The
Killer struck him a terrific blow. Again he put the question,
kagoda--have you had enough?

For a moment the bull lay motionless. Then from between battered lips
came the single word: "Kagoda!"

"Then rise and go back among your people," said Korak. "I do not wish
to be king among people who once drove me from them. Keep your own
ways, and we will keep ours. When we meet we may be friends, but we
shall not live together."

An old bull came slowly toward The Killer.

"You have killed our king," he said. "You have defeated him who would
have been king. You could have killed him had you

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