A NOTE FROM TARZAN ~ 1931.12.20
Tarzan wrote a brief note to the doctor whom he had summoned to attend
Burt in the hut beside the African river. Then he swung himself into the
trees and disappeared into the darkness of the jungle.
When Pennock had told Tarzan that Burt was hopelessly ill with black
fever, Tarzan replied, "He still lives, doesn't he? And there's a serum
that will save him."
Like Bara, the deer, Tarzan sped to a seashore settlement on the West
coast. There he dictated an urgent message to the radio operator. The radio
message was delivered to the head of the French Bacteriological Laboratory
at the African medical center. Within half an hour, a young doctor took
off with a pilot in a seaplane, marking a compass course to the spot Tarzan's
radiogram had indicated. Even before the fleet Tarzan could return from
the seacoast, the seaplane had traversed eight hundred miles to bring serum
to the fever-stricken Burt. Carefully, efficiently, the young doctor attended
the sick man. The day came when Burt was well again, but on that day there
was no sign of Tarzan at the camp. There was only the note he had written
to the doctor. It said. . .
Congratulations, doctor for saving Burt's life. Airplanes, serums,
radio and motors have brought civilization to the jungles; and with civilization
whole armies of man hunters, animal hunters and treasure hunters have invaded
my old domain. They are destroying the Africa I love, but there is some
of it left and I am returning to it. Tell Burt and Pennock to take the
treasure and to reward you handsomely. I need no funds where I go. ~~ Tarzan
of the Apes
As the great seaplane carried Burt and Pennock back to civilization,
Tarzan was deep in the jungle where no white man had ever penetrated. Again
he was one of the leaping horde of apes in the mad dance of the Dum-Dum.