A Random "Tarzan And The Jewels Of Opar" Cutup

Scarce quitted his lips, and hurling him from side to side brushed away crime against his superior officer be charged against him.

He dropped to the ground and moved slowly toward the river. The game again came the soft sound of padded footsteps in the reeds--closer this halted behind them, listening in perplexed interest. When Werper the Belgian officer eyed the almost naked, white giant with curiosity. Chief. I was already a witch-doctor when you slew Kulonga and the and a party of Waziri; but as she did not know upon which side victory and over upon the floor to come to a final rest beside the bed of the reeds along the river below them a small party of naked, black warriors ear. Then he left, and made his way back to the tent of Mohammed Beyd. There came, however, an interruption which put an end to the deadlock fate, aided by natural selection, the old Atlantean strain had remained shaded them with his palms and gazed long and earnestly toward the spot determine the social status of this strange creature; but he knew that the place above him. He cursed himself for a fool that he had ever yesterday's battle.

From me. If any come from the bungalow of the Englishman, tell them a smile of relief passed over the raider's face.

Sudden fear of detection; but a second glance convinced him that the night I shall torture him," she muttered to her priests, "and at the hurled jungle invective back and forth. How long this bloodless duel back to the tree where La and Tarzan perched came Tantor, the elephant. And whispered that all was working out as he had planned. Thus skins of their broad shoulders and high cheek bones.

"We are nearing the Waziri, Jane," he said. "I can hear them ahead of their cruel Arab master, had taken advantage of their separation from the coming of the Belgian and the Arab. Forgotten were the sorrows and same uniform, dirty yellow, until a pile of them lay upon the ground, a and semblance of a sleeping man--Albert Werper had fled.

Feathers and a fringe, and so the ape hung about Mugambi's boma, riflemen had not even seen; and then Achmet Zek circled inward a half taking care to fold inward the scorched and bullet-torn fabric that had in all the jungle could bear the weight of a grown woman as lightly as your black heart. If you have a God pray to him now--in a minute more again and continued his pitiful way toward safety. After what seemed and hideous village of the raiders she saw no better course than that in fact they did not question either. To them she was a goddess and tarzan of the Apes, and yet which were, even in their fragmentary form, heels of another in quick succession. No spoor of the Belgian was sacrificial weapon had not been upon Tarzan's person when they captured so far as he could judge, than upon the day of his arrival, but at that mourak.

Danger the echo of that frightful sound seemed to portend, had he not that at Opar would have filled the golden sacrificial goblets. Jungle and look for Chulk, and so he turned his steps once more toward the air, roaring and growling horribly in savage attempt to reach the detachment of Abyssinian soldiers, had been assiduously searching for security, and from which he sallied forth by day to hunt the flesh will slay me and you and all that fall in his path, searching out with securing her prisoner's feet and hands. In an instant Tarzan was upon the rear and sneak cautiously to the tent which the prisoner had was that as she saw the lion preparing to charge she saw, too, a "And the woman?" asked Werper.

Death. As a matter of fact as his end approached, his mind was set forth again. The jungle was wide; but wide too were the experience the leaves of his hiding place. Across the trail a vine moved. Occupied by thoughts of the pretty pebbles he had lost, yet his every strength returned, until at last his giant frame had regained all of well-appointed bedchamber, and to the chorus of the hunters and the the nearer soldiers looked in surprise at the ape-man. Some of them enemy.

Broken, unless Fate should bring other men to Opar. Before Tarzan came inanimate, which had fallen within the range of his vision since he had days passed he came to center his resentment upon the representative in "Achmet Zek," he cried, "Allah alone knows which one of us may leave cunning smile crossed his lips. "Stay here?" he asked himself. "Stay picture faded into a jungle scene where a naked, white youth danced in nimbly over the palisade, tearing his burnoose in the effort, and fled drawing the noose taut, he tested the solidity of its hold. Satisfied, that they should prepare a force of fighting men and carriers to change, Tarzan repeated his question in French. Werper suddenly came lie between herself and the nearest village of her faithful Waziri. Cunning smile crossed his lips. "Stay here?" he asked himself. "Stay fingers discovered the pouch still in its place beneath his shirt, and decided to secure the person of the she before further prosecuting his lord Greystoke."

Village of Achmet Zek, and tall, even among the giant Waziri, loomed a hearing had been brought to a marvelous state of development by the there fell upon her trained hearing the stealthy padding of a stalking lesser vines inextricably matted into two solid ramparts of vegetation. Again and again the Arabs charged, at last forming a stationary circle never before had heard in all his life, nor dreamed that such a surveyed the ape-man intently for a moment, then he crouched, his hind the broad head, and then he was down and the carnivore was standing was too wise in the ways of the jungle to chance her safety for a his fellow-man--forever.

And pain reverberated through the jungle, till the lesser creatures of disguise. Where it could have walked boldly to the very sides of the relief.

Tree he made his way to the drinking place at the river's edge. There the cunning of Sheeta, the panther, those who would hide from him, for "We were offering up his soul as a gift to the Flaming God," she said. Fusillade of shots intermingled with increased and savage roaring of a but never before had need been so insistent. The sacred knife was in this instance it was the anthropoid that retired in stiff dignity to semi-barbarian, who esteemed the life of an unbeliever less highly pause in argument with an antagonist. The primitive instinct of later the four were grouped about a human skull and a little litter of swinging back through the jungle in a wide circle the ape-man came to they mouthed; they but repeated the ritual that had been handed down explain their murder. Of the little party only these three had not in one corner he found a pile of blankets and clothing scattered about; It had been before he had raised it.

What was there in common between that pile of dirty metal and the his mistress. He continued along the trail, halting to examine the barred his way, and right and left the black soldiers stumbled aside in what would Achmet Zek say, if he knew? Werper grinned. How the old about them in expectation of the ghost's early return to the scene of from the north came Achmet Zek, riding to the summons of his

Was followed by the shrill neighing of horses, and an almost continuous against the foe.

It when first the wife of the Englishman had fallen into the hands of saw the friendly relations which seemed to exist between the European vented upon them her dissatisfaction and her thwarted love. She made tarzan showed not the slightest surprise or interest in the discovery. Was that by saving her he would win the gratitude of the English, and had almost reached it when one of the Arabs laid a hand upon his too, the scent spoor of Taglat, the ape. Tarzan uttered a low, ominous directly before Tarzan, a woman stood beside a block of stone. Upon bend. As the arrow sank deeply into his side, Numa leaped to his feet him, revealing to the eyes of the horror-struck woman the hideous face within the village Werper passed hurriedly toward the silken tent of the forest to the north and west.

Mountains--a plain which Tarzan remembered and which aroused within him patrician, sniffed with him. Each caught the scent spoor of the woman hanger, or the cheap perfume emanating from the person of the wondrous behind him, and, having satisfied his curiosity, he would then have his mind, reverted to the primitive, was untroubled by any more serious inches apart.

His clutches, another pair of eyes looked down upon the entire scene an instant later he rose with a curse upon his lips. It was Achmet satisfaction.

Made no outcry; but presently she gained sufficient courage to look reflected back from the surface of a pool of water. He had come upon a body of Buto, hacked off a steak and vanished into the jungle. The which might be needed the next instant to turn the charge of a savage the shadow of the shrubbery growing profusely about the bungalow, made he reached the brink of the well, stepped outward into space, lunged drawing his own weapon, the officer fired, and Tarzan fearing the blazing, charging madly toward him and already so close that escape religious thoughts that damned the infidel who had desecrated the holy the east. Instantly his eyes confirmed what his nose had previously tarzan's brow clouded as he discovered that he had been despoiled. Back to the spot where he had left Werper went the ape-man, joy in his as the flames ate their way into the living-room, reaching out forked belgian's view. He saw the formidable creature rise to a standing are riding WEST. Then, when the Abyssinians come they will be put upon his crime; but he could find only the body of the man he had so side of the enclosure. The white giant, one hand freed, had struggled it was mattered little to Tarzan of the Apes--he was ready and willing welcome decision. And that he did entirely disguise it from the keen and it came from Tarzan's rear. He and the lions had been making so terrified by night and by day, came Albert Werper. A dozen times he it was in a state of mind superinduced by these conditions that La led separated silently and gave entrance to a dark-robed figure, which that his giant muscles could not part the many strands that bound his their master.

Enough with Tarzan to render him either cowardly or effeminate. He saw cut-throats of Achmet Zek.

Dense-growing trees closely interwoven with thick-stemmed creepers and the quavering old voice.

Achmet Zek took the Belgian into his confidence to a great extent, and lady Greystoke never rode alone at any great distance from the aid, and no longer susceptible of it.

Overhanging branch the anthropoid dropped to the ground within the there was no sign of any spoor which might denote that the she had been carnage below.

Thing about his head and eyes could not be for the performance of the into a little, wrinkled heap and died. Tarzan wondered what else he for a time Tarzan stood in statuesque silence, listening, his sensitive vengeance which the spirit would inflict upon them should he return to at his side hung a long, rawhide rope--a natural and more dependable lest, however, he might again fall into the hands of the raider, he the Belgian. Foaming with anger, Achmet Zek called his followers to the meal completed, their guard ordered them to rise and come forward through leafy branches, the hoarse cries of birds, and the chattering for it was with difficulty that he kept his footing.

Abdul Mourak laughed loudly. "Pay for it?" he cried. "What with--the huge Chulk; but Taglat did not follow them. Instead he turned and on the march a separate tent had been provided for the captive, and at his attention was attracted toward the horseman.

Times to pace restlessly back and forth between the tethered horses and herself incarcerated in the filthy, little hut from which she had tarzan was sure that there was another and more lovely world than that isolation and the loneliness had wrought a change. The young man werper had managed to sit up. He, too, saw the savage faces of the downward with the body of the ape lying half across him. In this him."

Along the game trail that Werper and Tarzan had been following, there tongues to lick up the bodies of the dead, one of that gruesome company and then a reflection moved within the polished surface of the tiny the gold is gone and the jewels of Opar, Jane; but we have each other the ape's back was toward the lion. He did not see the broad head, we shall all suffer the same fate as Achmet Zek."

A plump young mare and a fat stallion grazed nearest to him as he glared and muttered but she did not strike. "Tonight!" she thought. His enemy. The pouch lay there in full view, while a short distance those who have spent lifetimes hunting the big game of Africa will tell ape-man in the control of his emotions that no slightest change of had thrown him down and dazed him; but he was far from dead. Rising knew that the jungle god would slay Simba and the old black was even soldiery, so that it was not long before a frightful tale of black werper into the concealment of thick brush, and waited. Presently, strength returned, until at last his giant frame had regained all of rolled over, gaining a few more feet and again she lay in rigid the two set out in the direction of the Greystoke bungalow.

Sprawled in his rickety chair to enjoy a final cigaret before retiring. To defend his kill against any other denizen of the jungle. If he were almost stumbled into the path of one of the searchers. Though she was village where he might obtain guides; but night found him still as far forth from behind Opar's crumbling walls, yet their very numbers zeal might have commanded the union; but there could have been no love clubs.

Among his black warriors. None had seen him go and none saw him again Tarzan loosed a swift bolt. This time the missile, aimed with flames licked upward, crackling. La stood there like a beautiful the Belgian lost his temper. "I have no disposition to argue with a begging for his life, they bound him and hurled him to the floor of the we should not only be avenged upon him; but repaid for much that he has raised sword to annihilate this presumptuous stranger. He aimed a still some distance away, the ape-man swung into the lower branches of satisfied that the she was where he had hoped to find her, Tarzan led statue of despair gazing at Tarzan and at the spreading flames. In a let him go to lie in the bed that he has made for himself."

Charge, stumbled over the projecting obstacle and crashed to the existed, for she knew only her hideous little priests and the bulls of before a little fire where cooked a wild pig that had fallen to one of awaken the sleeping camp, he leaped toward the flickering watch fire a giant black raised his spear above his head, and gave voice to a how many more of the hideous creatures were so close upon her trail. Pain of death to dispatch the Abyssinians and bring the gold back to they squatted beneath the trees upon the southern edge of a clearing. Reason why he did not wish to interfere with the Waziri--they were african home? Could this wild beast, with blazing eyes, and bloody disappeared into the jungle. Now Tantor turned his attention once more but no one had seen it and each was positive in his assurance that the woman, he failed signally to expel her from his thoughts. A hundred "If it is not there I will forfeit my life," replied the Belgian. "I level of the floor. Above, and circling the courtyard, was a series of and ofttimes more lucid than is the printed page to us.

Lull in the encounter he sank limply to his knees and rolled over upon dozen of them fell to the arrows of the defenders; but the majority me prisoner; but now that I am to die I cannot get it back. Of what upon the ground, spilling a portion of its contents on the sward. Head of the column, laughing and talking together in that easy center.

The Abyssinians lay dead upon the ground, or had galloped off toward wondering pause, and, taking advantage of their momentary distraction, admit that success was but delayed. He would eat and sleep, and then which the girl's speech had presumed had reawakened them both within your lifeless body."

Upon him. In desperation the European waited until Mohammed Beyd was was that of a stranger--old and a male, for race and sex and age each out of the forest at the edge of the plain and advanced toward the less fortunate than the others. He was in the center of the temple. The jeweled and holy weapon. Like leaves before a gale, the Oparians the ape's back was toward the lion. He did not see the broad head, of elation disturbed his phlegmatic calm, yet inwardly he was aroused looked down the trail in the direction the party had gone. Then he chasm. Going back twenty paces, he took a running start, and at the started slowly after them.

"The great Tarmangani lies asleep there," he said, pointing in the fingers for a chance beetle or a luscious grub.

It was decided that Frecoult and his party should remain several days, his breath for his defense in court.

Outhouses for plunder he rode with her beyond the gates and waited the reached out a strong hand and grasped him by the shoulder.

An instant later he rose with a curse upon his lips. It was Achmet safety of the tree from which he had dropped, and, still haunted by pate. Tarzan recognized the ear-marks of the witch-doctor and awaited it away sticky with clotted blood. He sniffed at his fingers, as a acknowledged her love for the stranger, when by the worldly customs of hanger, or the cheap perfume emanating from the person of the wondrous thus unheralded. Sometimes they had come in peace and sometimes they honest and intelligent men of any races.

Guardians. The floor was covered by the bodies of those who already adopting the tactics of the desert fighters from which he had sprung, he spoke to his fellow-apes upon the matter, in an attempt to persuade and his heart all but ceased its beating as he awaited the result of with quite a different sensation that she again entered the vile and onward through the forest. Behind them the uprooted tree crashed charge of a maddened lion with brute force greater than the brute's. As the giant ape-man rose, a startled expression of recognition entered trees to her side and allowed the gold of Opar to remain forever hidden achmet Zek's trusted blacks to his tent, and dispatched him to watch facing both death and despoilment of his treasure, the Belgian cast the man should not have her. She was for him and him alone. He would the broad head, and then he was down and the carnivore was standing guarded by an additional sentry, but bound as well.

Of his beloved Bwana, from Jungle Island, almost to the headwaters of in fact they did not question either. To them she was a goddess and in his escape from the village, the ape-man had lost the spoor of the stolen from me while I slept in the jungle is my shame and my disgrace; "Because," replied Mugambi, "I filled the Belgian's pouch with river his side. Tarzan's spear had done its work. It was the man-made the Belgian nodded. He was thinking rapidly. If he could persuade creeping ever nearer. Turning, he slunk away through the night, toward pushing past the three, surrounded the ape-man and his captive. His breast, fled precipitately through the jungle. Aroused by attack, "The Arabs," he said, as his men clustered about him.

Which was represented by the riderless horse electrified the ape-man to the crackling fire. The girl could see his great frame silhouetted the only hut before the door of which a sentry had been posted. Dispel that dream the memory of the old witch-doctor and his warning. Which now contained no member more jealous of its traditions and its and his eyes directed in careful watchfulness along the way that he had in an open glade he came upon the bodies of three of the blacks, appeal to those softer sentiments to which, as a matter of fact, he was ramparts and behind him slunk Werper, jackal-like, and only God knew two large branches which grew outward, almost horizontally, but a few above him. The death chant fell upon his tortured ears. His staring the terror-stricken camp.

Elephant path led into the forest from the clearing. Parallel to this his eyes wandered to something beyond the altar and out of the "What have we here?" he cried, swinging from his saddle, and a moment marauders within the grounds.

The sentry's back was toward the corner of the hut which hid the giant watched the blacks. They saw them dig a trench with their knives and there was a quick leap, and the Belgian felt a heavy body hurtle onto "There is no other way half so easy to obtain another fortune, as to go seemed that the long night would never end, yet end it did at last, and trick that the Arab had played upon him the sight of the weapon was the ape-man eyed the blacks with curiosity. In the back of his brain horses.

To one of the fires where their hands would be unfettered that they "Who are you?" he cried. "What have you there?"

With his hands for the thing that instinct warned him was gone. At whom they had mourned as dead.

"The great Tarmangani lies asleep there," he said, pointing in the "Oh, I thought it was Greek," replied the officer; "but it has been so cooled the hot passion which had dominated him when he entered the tent. Raider's before I knew the nature of the man, and those at the camp are returned their attention to the other survivor.

What had been his past? He shook his head. Vaguely the memory of his a feeling of greater comfort and refreshment than follows a clean recalling to his memory.

And so it was that as Tarzan, stripped to the loin cloth and armed upon the great beast, only a long knife ready to meet those ferocious "Yes," replied Werper.

A moment later the man walked out into the camp, the body of the woman seizing the lion by the mane, Taglat buried his yellowed fangs deep in hidden his face; and now in the broad light of a new day he trembled more down stream from the point where he had seen the pile of yellow belgian's view. He saw the formidable creature rise to a standing swaying and toppling upon their insecure perch the three great beasts once in the jungle he struck out directly eastward.

Of another portion of the treasure, the very existence of which they he might safely believe he did not know; but as it afforded him an new-found chances of escape. His one hope seemed, then, to lie in imagination. To him the expedition savored of adventure, and so and presently, the inspection satisfactorily concluded, the apes again but there came a time when he learned a very surprising thing, by the apes spread itself in a slow panorama before him, and as it overheard filled him with excitement. Lady Greystoke was speaking as abyssinians and there are no others to carry it away. Let us ride in tarzan was eyeing the man and the woman, a puzzled expression in his "They will not kill you," contradicted the ape-man. "No one will kill woman and fled in the opposite direction from the horrid sound which could not know; but if so the watcher saw no indication of the nervous the clearing. At last they halted for a second time upon the girl. A share even a portion of it with him he would be well satisfied. That they might fill their golden goblets and drink to the glory of very fortunate indeed to have stumbled so providentially upon succor. Terrific battle between these two lords of the jungle. His sunken eyes the carnivora which infested the region, lay rotting upon the ground, huge bulk serving ofttimes to discount in his favor the superior smoke and the flames rising far into the heavens until the winding of life; but the cruel fingers denied him speech, as they were as surely ranged the lofty rows of precious ingots for the rulers of that great upon the fire without, lighted up the interior of the shelter. Close figure, that was Neeta, the little playmate of his boyhood.

Werper could scarce disguise the joy with which he received this arraignment of his true purposes was unanswerable.

Were now tightly strapped about his waist, beneath his clothing. The suspicion and won the acceptance of his false explanation of his skins of their broad shoulders and high cheek bones.

Which was soon to be restored by the willing black hands of laughing charge, or the beast might pass on without returning--no one might belgian's bonds and motioned him to follow.

Leaping to his feet the conqueror placed a foot upon the carcass of his and suddenly there happened that which had to happen under the to remain where he was until he had recuperated his strength and anyway? She was a European, doubtless, a member of organized society. Lion, and to keep the fire blazing which was an even more effectual yes, he would kill Werper, retain all the jewels and keep the ignorant, as zealously as though they spelled life or death to him. Neck. What further pitfalls and dangers lay ahead he could not guess; Proportion of the diet of the apes.

So far as lay within his power, the evil that his criminal avarice had as the Abyssinians rode toward the south, a giant figure hovered ever tree he made his way to the drinking place at the river's edge. There avarice, sought another avenue from his dilemma.

Invariably act similarly under like circumstances. Whether it was bara, he had thought that his eyes must be playing him false, so had seen.

Tarzan constituted a protection that was by no means despicable, even drawn face and he saw tears blinding her eyes. "Tarzan, my Tarzan!" He said, "when you ranged the jungle in the country of Mbonga, the do with Lady Greystoke, in view of the mental affliction of her downward to the floor of the chamber.

Master and their comrade; but no answering call rewarded their during these two days had his cunning eyes peered greedily from beneath broken, unless Fate should bring other men to Opar. Before Tarzan came pieces, the contented growling, all attested the nearness of the king a respectful distance until Tarzan had concluded his meal. After the my heart when the lion interrupted the fiendish ritual. Come! Before at the ape-man's feet lay the discarded rifle of the dead Abyssinian jane Clayton's horse shied suddenly at an object half hidden in the cat, and dropping upon his hands and knees plunged his face into the return. The fact that he had brought back with him the woman prisoner "I do not know," replied Tarzan. "The man took it with him when he along the trail to slay me, although he had promised to molest me no surrounding the bungalow. Half a dozen he sent to the bungalow itself eventually reach one of the numerous Waziri villages that were english, the result would have been the same.

Nor had they long to wait before they saw him emerge from a leafy gruesome form that he was totally unnerved by the sight.

Been expected of an ape, yet there were times when he, too, would have zek, "has terrorized the entire country. Your Waziri are either until he was directly over the deer. In the ape-man's right hand was violent passion for you and that he so regretted the act by which he arab--a mercy with which he was well acquainted.

Answered but he did not advance. Instead he stood waving his tail coming hour.

Immemorial resting place and weighed it in his hands. He clutched it werper. He is a liar, a thief, and a murderer. He killed his captain the apes rose suddenly and sniffed the breeze. In a low guttural he virus of hypocrisy that even the stalwart ape-man hesitated to give jungle and look for Chulk, and so he turned his steps once more toward letters. At dinner he seemed distraught, and early in the evening he turned and looked down upon the sleeper.

The fierce and brutal raiders would tear to pieces a Christian who had contact with Tarzan of the Apes and he was much mystified. Here was hairy rescuers, Chulk, who bore Werper across one broad shoulder, tarzan cheated the god of her fathers. At the thought La paused and times a day he found his eyes wandering in her direction and feasting inured to danger, she maintained her self-possession in the face of the safety of the tree from which he had dropped, and, still haunted by effective service in greater security, and after the first assault, sufficiently so as not to be goaded by pangs of hunger and as for trail with a naked, white giant kneeling upon his breast.

Of a large tree and quickly bore her upward beyond reach of the sinuous carnage below.

Ankles and lifted her to her feet. Then her wrists were loosed, she rushed in upon him.

Quitted his kill and was well filled, merely made a slight detour and "Well, and if I promise," he said. "How far is this gold?"

Complete the sacrifice of Tarzan to the Flaming God. At last the agility and ferocity of a second quick charge.

Senses of the Oparians. La commanded. She arranged the order of the depth of the original hole there was no sign of pouch or jewels. Roared out their rage and terror according to the temper of their straight through the encircling ranks of his fellows.

Terribly mutilated, nor did it require considerable deductive power to gentleman, to have entertained even for a moment the part that he had offering to the Flaming God--and not once but thrice. Three times had englishman was dead. From a great gash in the man's head a pool of my heart when the lion interrupted the fiendish ritual. Come! Before for the departure of Tarzan, returning immediately to advise Werper of suspicious of the ape-man, and in his mind had constantly revolved many the Belgian did not have long to wait, for the following day his and then La, the woman, collapsed weakly upon the body of the man she small aperture. Within the hut his nostrils were assailed by many their backs, and before they could scramble to their feet, the ape was commenced to dig a hole in the ground before him. With the blade he altar in the center of the clearing, and while they worked they chanted glance which had swept the ground for some weapon of defense discovered dangerous gulf by distracting their attention from their altercation to of the country than we. They finally deserted us two days since. I am downward with the body of the ape lying half across him. In this which naturally occurred to him in the contemplation of the venture, handiwork and be pleased."

By the Oparians. Among the legends of Opar were tales of godlike men at his waist, take a quick glance downward within the palisade, and, to his bosom in an ecstasy of avarice.

Convinced that he slept, Tarzan withdrew his hunting knife and achmet Zek himself, might collect the woman's price and make good his treasure chamber beneath the ruined walls of Opar. He lay as one dead; Open palm. Mugambi's eyes went wide at the sight, and the others another. At ease lay Tarzan of the Apes, sleeping heavily upon a full means which now seemed even remotely possible--the hitherto detested to remain was to court death. Tarzan seized Jane Clayton and lifted lull in the encounter he sank limply to his knees and rolled over upon numa. One after another as rapidly as he could gather and hurl them, "Achmet Zek is dead--you need not deny it. I was not his mother, or affectionately he let his fingers press the hard outlines of the unsteady gait that he was hard hit. He lagged far behind the others, surrounded the palisade, and here they clambered into the lower for the gold that the Waziri buried by the bungalow of the Englishman?" An old man suffering and dying, and he stooped and felt of his wounds behind you. See, I lay my gun thus, with the butt toward you. Go." with all his strength, Numa accomplished his design, and the

But none came. For a time he wondered that they should so bravely treasure vault, reconnoitering, for he had determined that caution the ruins of the Englishman's bungalow. Someone had forestalled presently he saw the muzzle of a rifle appear suddenly and mysteriously with his shining baubles. Werper asked him what they were and where he "Are you quite mad?" she asked. "Do you imagine that the sentries will expression, much less any hysterical demonstration that might have the approaching elephant and then back at La.

Kept him from recalling to Werper's attention the identity which the of another portion of the treasure, the very existence of which they he had desecrated the altar and the temple. For these things he should not well that we be burdened by the women and children, for then indeed the doorway. Werper pressed close behind, casting backward glances approaching anthropoids and scarcely knew whether to be relieved or subsidiary design completely dashed. From the moment that he had first this SHE would kill you and keep me for herself. It is no place anyway beyond the clearing. Then an ape sought a comfortable couch beneath a as though searching for the tangible form of a legitimate excuse for with the reckless courage of desperation the Belgian urged his mount to fifty others, each burdened with two dull-yellow ingots lashed upon his a single pony raced, riderless, in the wake of the charging horde. The witch-doctor shook convulsively and closed his eyes. When he of the ape, scattered about the ground, attested the fact of what had from the concealment of the shrubbery Tarzan watched the sanguinary returned to his own tent, entered, fastened down the canvas, and afterward, than kill him first and then question him.

The carnivore was crouching to spring as Tarzan discovered the tragic then Tarzan turned his attention to the man. He had not slain Numa to the ape-man to the girl's side was wafted in the opposite direction; Were now tightly strapped about his waist, beneath his clothing. The seven lions and badly wounded the three remaining when in a momentary plain view of the Belgian and his every act.

Behind you. See, I lay my gun thus, with the butt toward you. Go." Village in this part of Africa unless he was sure of a friendly upon the stronghold of Achmet Zek; but to Tarzan they were enemies--he yet, too, there was another possibility--a chance which hinged entirely among them came one whom Tarzan recognized, but so schooled was the mugambi did not like the haste with which the strangers advanced. High Priest looked questioningly toward her--the brand was burning with me--and you shall live. Even in the face of the anger of my the following morning he was awakened by the excited voice of Mohammed "Achmet Zek is dead--you need not deny it. I was not his mother, or both to guard against the sudden charge of an overbold, or overhungry and wrists, pulling and gnawing upon the cords.

That happened in the instant that Tarzan turned to meet the charge of an escort toward the north.

As Tarzan let the pebbles from the recovered pouch run through his growls rewarded his efforts. He tore small branches from a nearby limb miles to the east of the same spot.

It was a dispirited company which went into camp, waterless and hungry, first he had been humbly thankful, too, that they had sent him to this tarzan untied the thong which held the mouth of the leathern bag realized that he never before had looked upon such a vision of went out of his tent.

Quarry must be within; but how was he to find him among so many huts? Mighty head swung slowly around until the yellow eyes rested upon the slowly the Belgian prepared for bed. If he were being watched, he the boar, Tarzan waited a favorable opportunity to enter the village. Lived with the hairy apes and made life miserable in the village of presently he was again making his way along the tunnel in search of an an effort to locate that in which his master's mate was imprisoned. But one of the black soldiers mumbled in a low voice to a companion: "I a cry that both La and Werper trembled as it reverberated through the life of the lesser monkeys and the birds.

His half-formed intention to call for help was expunged by the burning with white-hot anger was the High Priestess, her heart a places, Tarzan followed it with comparative ease. A white man could taking up the return march toward Abyssinia the following morning. Trampled by the feet of horses and men, gave no clew. It was as though sentries, it chose rather to sneak upon them, unseen, from the rear. Straight out before him.

Cylinder, which now seemed infinitely more precious to him than all the for it was with difficulty that he kept his footing.

Body of the dead horse dragging his limp and bloody burden with him. The barking tones of the Oparian priests: "We come! We come!" Again you shall be dead," and with that he rushed viciously upon the Belgian, the presence of an enemy in this direction, and while the animal was was dashing upon him. Again Werper struck the other in the face, and returning to the body, he lifted it to his shoulder, and risking all on a half hour later a naked giant, swinging easily through the lower again and again the Arabs charged, at last forming a stationary circle his head more than halfway around. She would attempt a ruse. Silently "Who are you?" asked the old man in a trembling voice.

Him, when it suddenly occurred to him that by keeping Tarzan in silence.

Were, swung, monkey-like, through the trees in the direction of the her by Mohammed Beyd's Negro slave--a meal of cassava cakes and a your person. Eh?"

Day he lay up under the shade of a tree near the ruins of his burned evolution from the grass rope of his childhood. Loosening this, he beautiful, sparkling pebbles that had formerly been in his pouch? What branches. The tree was empty--Jane Clayton had vanished during the he was destined to become acquainted with anew--the instinct which and it was several minutes after they had halted at Tarzan's command self-preservation, and turning upon his back he closed with the are gold and jewels to these?"

Did one dare to question her authority or her right to such services. A hapless priest seeking shelter in the jungle chanced to show himself lips. Sloughed from him was the last vestige of artificial caste--once fate awaited him at the hands of this feared demon of the woods. "Why to the veranda, where he smoked numerous cigarets in rapid succession crouched without his tent, waiting for the time when he might enter in the bribe taker naturally inferred that Werper had slain his fellow and tarzan was not long in following the way that his prey had fled. The elephant path led into the forest from the clearing. Parallel to this a moon-bathed clearing. Noiselessly Tarzan crept through the trees of the Belgian for his savage companion. He had never understood the jane Clayton was of sterner stuff than that which bends in spineless upraised weapon and wrenched it from the hands of the frenzied fanatic time to make his escape before Tarzan returned, for it was the we may note the garlic and whisky on the breath of a fellow strap alone through the gloomy jungle, a wrinkled, dried up, little old man sacrificial altar at this very spot years before. Their long arms, for another hour the battle raged nor did it cease until the last of and a stout spear shoot forward toward the lion, to bury itself in the the departure of the girl; yet could she afford to chance so improbable jungle attracted his attention for a moment. His eyes did not again state in which his childhood and young manhood had been spent. Was the metal? From whence had it come? What was that tantalizing nothing above the humming of the jungle insects, and the chattering he found himself unhurt. Groping his way toward the far end of the blankets, the man crossed to the little table and extinguished the south. The men of Achmet Zek occupy the plain about your former "I was completely lost," M. Frecoult was explaining. "My head man had big cat. Close by were many trees bearing large, hard fruits and to in the Congo country and fled to the protection of Achmet Zek. He led imagined that his superior held him in contempt, and so he chafed and appealed so strongly to his savage sentiments; though the thought-word with all the lordly majesty of Numa, the lion, he strode straight to view. One by one they unearthed many similar pieces, all of the arab's, pictured himself as Jane Clayton's protector, and presently from me. If any come from the bungalow of the Englishman, tell them to eat his fill without labor--Tarzan had told him that that should be affection--objects of sane love become the objects of insane hatred. In the instant that the lion sank, lifeless, to the ground, Jane formerly revolted at much slighter provocation.

Zek, "has terrorized the entire country. Your Waziri are either river for a few minutes with that stony fixity of attention which is a taglat withdrew a few paces to the rear of the hut, gathered himself revenge!

Thing about his head and eyes could not be for the performance of the shoulders. He took a step toward one of the exits, and then he halted, tarzan. The ape-man grinned, and let Werper go before him, brandishing point against the ape-man's side and pressed upon the hilt; but Tarzan chamber, he sought the candle which Tarzan had left stuck in its own I can show you the very spot where I saw your wife last night," he a couple of the apes turned and fled at the sound of the firearm; but with the discovery of the Arab close behind him, the Belgian hid in the his hands.

Last falling again beneath the weight of his burden and the shock of of the battle between the Abyssinians and the lions smote more and more safety of the branches above his reach.

Make his escape alone through a country hostile to Europeans while the commotion, in his interest forgetting that he alone of the assemblage what is your answer?"

Asked or given by either the ferocious Abyssinians or the murderous confirmatory witness--for did you not say that Achmet Zek was never pouch about Chulk's shoulder, and transfer it from his waist band to ranged the lofty rows of precious ingots for the rulers of that great his side. Over and over rolled Numa, the lion, clawing and biting at mind upon an even greater reward than a woman's ransom.

Smoking, as mute evidence of the wrath and vengeance of a powerful that the body was that of he who had robbed him that he made no effort to play upon it for all that it might yield.

The tent. He saw that the figure leaning over the bed was that of a she and the metal it seemed useless to wait for her now that the latter it was not necessary that he enter each habitation--through a door, a followers were for running a spear through the body of their hereditary doorway, and a moment later was within the hut. A hasty examination two sat upon the veranda of their common quarters, smoking their view, and, after, his keen ears marked the movements of the carnivore. Possessor of the wealth which lay scattered upon this stained and incautiously. He came to the stone steps leading upward to the higher primitive by his accident, had no conception of the fabulous value of he heard excited exclamations from the quarters of the soldiers and he destination, that he might enjoy all the good things which they assured odors; but clear and distinct among them was one that half aroused a long, oval shields--shields well adapted, perhaps, to stop a hostile simba and held his own despite the mighty muscles of the king of beasts not even dared hope for a realization of his imaginings.

Upraised weapon and wrenched it from the hands of the frenzied fanatic could it be that Tarzan had survived the bullet of the Arab? Who else of a hundred feet or more, where it terminated in a stone grating scintillating gems which had first caught and held the attention of the your black heart. If you have a God pray to him now--in a minute more then he turned to see Buto, the rhinoceros, his little, pig eyes palisade he unslung his spear and lowered one end of it to Chulk. Us. Cut them and I may yet save you."

Haste, except when engendered by terror, by rage, or by hunger, is the roaring of the lions rose in sudden fury until the earth trembled advantageous terms to a certain slave broker whose name he gave me." sacrifice."

Her as his mate. For an instant, as he had approached closer to her in die; but he had scorned the love of La, the woman, and for this he right of hers. It approached the sentry before the doorway and taxed the swiftest lens to record. As his spear left his hand the and in the shelter of the hut, La paced to and fro beside the stoic mugambi laughed. "Look within, Bwana," he cried, "and you will see dared not admit that he had permitted him to enter the hut, fearing as the rounds of the camp.

Beyond the ken of man, live out his life, hunting and battling among "Achmet Zek is dead--you need not deny it. I was not his mother, or at last the glare of the camp fire shone plainly through the

Stirred. Her perfect arm pressed Tarzan closer to her--a smile parted kept silent, lest she distract Frecoult's attention, or guide his foe that he had at last escaped their villainous clutches.

That particular moment the weapon should stick in its leather scabbard. Of Achmet Zek's blacks, clothed in habiliments similar to their all in one last attempt to reach the tree and clamber to the lower wide berth, for he was hunting with a purpose that was not to be to play upon it for all that it might yield.

He had pounced upon. He would sit in apparent indifference, gazing in fired, and the little leaden pellet unstoppered the vials of hell upon to remove Mugambi's loin cloth without awakening him would be when it departed from Opar brought down no thoughts of vengeance upon around a bend in the tortuous trail, and one by one they scrutinized befall her at the hands of the Arabs; but there was the chance, the farther to the south of him, Achmet Zek gave orders to his lieutenants taking advantage of such cover as the ground afforded.

Within, Werper called in French and in a low whisper: "Lady Greystoke! To expect succor. No man nor beast who roamed the savage continent formerly rendered him immune from the dangers of surprise? Could this became apparent. Only Lady Greystoke found aught to praise in the nearing fulfillment of his carefully nursed plan. It is true that bringing him down a hundred yards from where Werper lay preparing to so far as he could judge, than upon the day of his arrival, but at that stood, naked and unarmed. There was not even an instant's hesitation "Come! We will make all possible haste to reach the camp before those their garments to shreds in a similar attempt, he had directed them to miserable night of bondage had almost expunged.

She saw the sinewy form leap to the shoulder of the lion, hurtling number of the raiders crowded about the corpse, now cold and stiff. To remain was to court death. Tarzan seized Jane Clayton and lifted thorny enclosure, Mugambi was wont to stretch himself in the shade of uprooted and fall.

Them were the captured women of the tribe whom they had found in the banks of a clear and beautiful stream. The bottom of the river was safety and prosecute his search for the missing pouch and the pretty revealed his presence, betrayed the fact of his inward excitement. Of elation disturbed his phlegmatic calm, yet inwardly he was aroused represented.

Instantly he altered his course to glide silently through the branches position, and around and into them galloped the yelling raiders, now friendship for the raider, and so she grasped with alacrity the seeming again the lord of the wilderness roared, turning his baleful gaze upon priestess of the degraded remnants of the oldest civilization upon his clutches, another pair of eyes looked down upon the entire scene our queen."

To take your body into the jungle. This seemingly unnecessary act I rested again upon the gems. Without haste, he replaced them in the village of the Tarmangani.

Surprised her, but still she had no doubts. Again she called him by the broad head, and then he was down and the carnivore was standing together, the hideous little men fingering their knives and bludgeons, it was late in the afternoon of the second day before they reached floor before he could take a single forward step. How long he crept on it never had been mined.

Be thus returning fearlessly of his own volition, seemed to disarm them the thought. Dusk came and after dusk came night. A great fire blazed the cunning, cruel brain of the great beast might send it hither and that interested him greatly.

Occupied, but as she realized that this was but a part of the deception at his find.

They realized that they could force him to their will they were as his searchers set forth to overhaul Werper. The only man who had seen that particular moment the weapon should stick in its leather scabbard. Void, and there upon the opposite side he saw the continuation of the moment that he obtained his first near view of the scattered pebbles he and ofttimes more lucid than is the printed page to us.

Toward the east for hope, his chances were lessened, and another, tarzan's wife.

Circular chamber, the gloom of which was relieved by a faint light a thatched shelter within it, where he might sleep by night in lightly, his fingers sought and found the bulk beneath the

The darkness of the jungle night had settled down upon the camp, upon the fire without, lighted up the interior of the shelter. Close in the mind of the Belgian only the presence of a sinister and frightfully, and then upon the startled ears of the Belgian, broke a naturally superstitious, they fully believed that they had seen the and deep in the gloomy jungle amidst the darkening shadows of the passage through the corridors and chambers of the ancient temple. Werper shuddered in contemplation of the disastrous consequences to the first intimation of danger that came to Tarzan was the impact of surprise to his lips.

Tarzan found difficulty in keeping the minds of his fellows set upon to prosecute his design.

Motioning for Chulk to follow him, he passed out of the tent by the from the foliage of an adjacent tree.

Water greedily, and at the approach of Tarzan along the trail in his growl. Those who were pressing forward at the doorway to seize him, forest into a rich country, teeming with game.

A portion of the contents of the pouch; but fearing that the man would the concealing verdure at the side that the deer was still unaware of the boundaries of Menelek's domain.

Deserved, turned his horse's head and dashed madly away in an effort to these could he attribute the disappearance of his pouch and knob-stick immediate future. He was positive that the Waziri would pursue Achmet and so do I. When I am through with you, he may have you. Tell me what back and forth the length of the shelter.

Very fortunate indeed to have stumbled so providentially upon succor. Beside the rotting bole, from beneath which he was assiduously engaged always upon the Belgian, he no longer doubted the identity of the man, away alone out into the plain.

Whereabouts of Tarzan, or the authorship of the raid upon the bungalow, characteristic of his kind. But for the ruffling of his black mane to evening cigarets in a silence which neither seemed desirous of werper, helpless upon the altar, saw the great carnivore preparing to werper nodded. "I have heard of him; but I do not know him." In his mind he revolved a plan to enter and search the Arab camp, after how many more of the hideous creatures were so close upon her trail. Sitting in the safety of his tree, munching upon the leg bone of Horta, he was little short of omnipotent in his native world--this world of into the village. He saw white-robed figures, and half-naked blacks; View of his dead horse and the pouch, and raising his rifle covered the their escape before the beasts and the man were upon them. Achmet Zek his spear, he struck the water, and sank beneath its surface, plumbing scarcely had he quitted the trail when a tall, black warrior, moving at the lion advanced a few steps and crouched. The tip of his sinuous the gold. You shall go north with the woman, carrying a letter to a loved.

Finally got away with his safari, accompanied by a single Waziri guide laughed, while others drew away in evident superstitious fear. The attempted to dislodge this savage enemy, and all the while one great, wondering what could have become of his possessions, the ape-man turned imagined that his superior held him in contempt, and so he chafed and courage by fanatical hate and frenzy. Werper was terrified. Tarzan master's, came down the trail on foot, returning to the camp. Satisfied, at last, that no one had seen him, he stooped and raised the "and your power to enforce your commands are only apparent--not real. Fact remains that I have lost everything, and there is nothing for it mohammed Beyd listened in silence. How much of the unbeliever's story name, and at the same instant the ape, fretting under the restraints of set forth again. The jungle was wide; but wide too were the experience again was the weird sound repeated, followed almost immediately by a ransom of the woman shall be mine?"

The fellow seemed sane enough--yet ten loads of gold! It was "Now," said the ape-man, "keep your promise to me. Lead me to the spot "The prisoner is safe within?" asked the newcomer.

Rags that you have upon your back? Or, perhaps you are concealing draws the male to his mate.

Ground beneath him nor the three apes that swung quietly into the tree "My keep only, at first," replied Werper. "Later, if I am worth more, almost instantly Jane Clayton recognized the man as M. Jules Frecoult, until he came to the ancient wooden door. A moment later he stood on La's part. She had grown to young womanhood a cold and heartless mighty blow at the ape-man's head, a blow which swung harmlessly first person the big black's eyes fell upon as he was hustled into the immensity of his crime. He had wrested the sacred knife from La; he stones! But Achmet Zek was standing now, his eagle eyes commanding a a definite destination in view, is one thing, to remember that purpose minded to allow this frail opportunity for life to entirely elude her the ruin they had inflicted upon him during their recent raid upon his before the gates of the walled village, Werper cautioned the girl to of the pouch, and the latter was drawn quickly from his view into the handful and filled the pouch which dangled at his side--the uncut by striking numerous matches the Belgian at last found what he sought, appeal to those softer sentiments to which, as a matter of fact, he was patiently in the firm conviction that his sufferings could not endure safety of the tree from which he had dropped, and, still haunted by "Go your way, then," he growled, "leaving the pouch in plain sight opening his eyes, he stretched his giant thews, yawned, rose and gazed loose. A trooper, braver than his fellows, leaped among the kicking, through the inner wall. From there the well-worn trail led them beyond adis Abeba and present him to Menelek. A few moments later Mugambi and disembodied spirit of the dead man, and now they cast fearful glances and while she hoped, there came through the dark jungle another. No sentry there, either! And now, boldly, he walked to the entrance there fell upon her trained hearing the stealthy padding of a stalking leap upon him. He saw the sudden change in the beast's expression as sacrificial knife from his belt, and plunged it into the ground. In the darkness he passed, unchallenged, as one of their number, and as advance with Achmet Zek, hovering above him, as silent and as sure as accidents of conversation for this information, not daring to acquaint "My wife?" he asked. "What has become of her? The farm is in ruins. A different matter--alone, and unenraged.

Above him, through the aperture, Werper could see sunlight glancing commenced gathering up the spilled contents of the pouch, and the inspect an unhappy caterpillar, which he presently devoured. For a little progress toward the north since the beginning of his flight. Plans for eluding this giant Englishman, who was at once his savior and trooper just beyond. The man clubbed his rifle and struck futilely at his superior officer."

And when morning came Tarzan slept on long after the sun had risen. Found the passage completely clogged and choked by impenetrable masses she ran her hands in mute caress over his naked flesh; she covered his during the balance of the day the priests of Opar were busy erecting an treachery and greed back toward his former home it is difficult to it when first the wife of the Englishman had fallen into the hands of longer in the Belgian's possession.

Escaped; but I doubt if any of Achmet Zek's men live, and the gold they had entered the hut alone, and yet with their own ears they had heard the Belgian watched his companion. To his horror, he saw the man stoop understanding. The forgotten name had reawakened the returning memory all day he traveled, stopping occasionally to call aloud the single fastened upon him from beneath the shadow of the Belgian's forearm. Peace and ease and the safe-guarding of property rights. That the fine the new altar erected in the center of the clearing, arousing in the him ever to hope entirely to redeem himself; but in the first, sudden untoward accident might turn upon him with rending fangs. Not for a frequent arguments in which more hair than blood is wasted, the apes "but it seems incredible that they should have failed for so enormous a days; but within a few minutes a fallen tree attracted his attention inconceivable to us. Through counter currents of the heavy stench of at the first word the man looked up, reining in in surprise, and as she hands above his head and toppled from his saddle, pierced by a deadly slowly to his feet he let his eyes wander toward the spot where last he onward through the forest. Behind them the uprooted tree crashed tail twitched nervously. He was upon the point of charging when his "and your power to enforce your commands are only apparent--not real. That the anthropoid had witnessed his fight with Achmet Zek, seen the figure passed to the rear of Jane Clayton's tent and spoke again to the she gave little thought. The fact that the knife had been in his hand arousing all the bestial fury of the little brain; but abating not a a futile effort to rise, and then mighty muscles dragged its head far was that of a stranger--old and a male, for race and sex and age each the following morning at breakfast, Werper announced his intention of stretched upon the floor just within the doorway. Werper drew back in recalling to his memory.

Him, guessing what was passing in the little brain of the carnivore and abdul Mourak nodded, and the Belgian returned to his guards. The trophies to them, explaining in low gutturals the details of his tired nature at last overcame even her fears, and she dropped into a warn off the man-eaters. Tarzan lay quietly in his bonds. He suffered more careful investigation, such as his woodcraft made possible, scintillating gems which had first caught and held the attention of the body of the dead horse dragging his limp and bloody burden with him. But Werper only dug the spurs deeper into the bleeding sides of his but, instead, wheeled and sprang back into the reeds as Tarzan arose suddenly a silent, rigid statue, with ears and nostrils straining to racing safely through the circling lions, leaping the boma, and sufficient, I have but just now received from your own lips even more to have accompanied me from the last village we passed knew even less the east for a few days and then return and search for the Arabs, and days passed he came to center his resentment upon the representative in leap upon the Tarmangani, unseen. A quick snap of those mighty jaws you know. You have had something to do with all this. You followed me and hideous village of the raiders she saw no better course than that tree where he could still view the trail beneath, cut a juicy steak repulsed. La knew that she was beautiful--and she was beautiful, not dared return to his camp, unless you be either a braver man or a bigger modest safari for a big game hunter. At the head of this party Werper beyd's slave calling to him at the entrance of his tent.

That had healed before he pitted himself again against the guns of the descended. Again and again it rose and fell, and each time the long for it was with difficulty that he kept his footing.

Half-conviction which seemed to demand the recognition of his memory proof of death was as strong as though both the lighter missiles and but no pouch of pretty pebbles. A careful examination of the balance "John Clayton, Lord Greystoke!" repeated Tarzan. Then for a moment he of the gems. This would make it easier for the Belgian to obtain carnivore in a death struggle so fearless and abandoned, that for a one so beautiful. With a shake of his head, Tarzan stepped to the though they thought that we were ahead of them."

The concealing verdure at the side that the deer was still unaware of properly ordered military tribunal would do so just as effectively, the witch-doctor shook convulsively and closed his eyes. When he werper, going over his head, rolled a few yards farther on, scrambled one of the parties. An Arab, as familiar with the trails and tribes as ape-man was looking down upon the mighty horn lowered to toss him, so glance which had swept the ground for some weapon of defense discovered upon the second day out Mohammed Beyd reined his horse to the side of back to the reeds went Tarzan, and through them toward the river. A she looked questioningly at Frecoult, and at a moment that the Arab's bearing the great burden of treasure in the direction he wished it on La's part. She had grown to young womanhood a cold and heartless mugambi took the matter less to heart, for he had not the slightest the dark, discovered a blotch of lesser blackness near the base of the might have free action, the ape-man took a short running start, and anthropoid.

A brave leader. He knew the futility of charging mounted men armed abdul Mourak nodded, and the Belgian returned to his guards. The in the mind of the Belgian only the presence of a sinister and to him she was as any other jungle she, and he had set his heart upon of a hundred feet or more, where it terminated in a stone grating laborers, made happy again by the return of the master and mistress forest into a rich country, teeming with game.

To say that Albert Werper was terrified would be putting it mildly. He the nations and races which it touches, though it had not yet gone far and that was the end.