35. HAWK OF THE DESERT ~
soldiers safely back in Fort Bek-El-Abir, Tarzan determines to disguise
himself and seek Captain D'Arnot and young Lieutenant Carnot, captured
by Moorish horsemen during the fight in the desert. As night bathes the
desert, Tarzan puts many miles between himself and the safety of fort Bek-El-Abir.
At dawn a Moorish robber attempts to hold up and rob the lone rider. But
after a brief struggle the Ape-Man is the victor.
"I am one of the men of Abd-El-Krim, called the Hawk of the Desert,"
the robber admits.
"Quick!" cries Tarzan, "Where can I find him?"
The robber hands him a map. The map contains the information the Ape-Man
desires. It shows the location of Abd-El-Krim's stronghold, the oasis of
Safe in his desert stronghold, Abd-El-Krim taunts his two prisoners.
"Infidels!" He cries, "You are my slaves. Never again will you see men
of your own race."
"Courage!" Captain D'Arnot whispers to h is young companion, "A fight's
never lost while we breathe!"
Trusting to his disguise, the Ape-Man penetrates to Abd-El-Krim's tent.
Tarzan attempts to make the Moorish leader believe that he is a native
trader. But the shrewd eyes of the Hawk of the Desert penetrate his disguise.
The Moor gives a signal with his hand and in response to his master's signal,
the giant slave strikes Tarzan a stunning blow, and the Ape-Man is thrown
'"My friend," Captain D'Arnot says, "while Tarzan lives we all live!"