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THE BLACK PIT! ~ 32.01.31
Members of a pigmy
tribe seek Tarzan in the jungle. They ask his aid against a fierce tribe
of warrior blacks. "Unless you help us," they say, "our tribe soon will
be no more." They rush to the Lord of the Jungle for protection. A lookout
for the warrior tribe sees Tarzan as he leads the pigmies through the jungle.
The signal drum booms through the forest, reporting the advance of Tarzan.
Summoned by the drum, the warriors of the black tribe seek their tiny enemies,
hoping to crush them in a surprise attack.
Realizing that he and his allies are badly outnumbered, Tarzan puts
the pigmies to work digging a deep pit and, when it is completed, he cunningly
conceals the opening by grass, boughs, and underbrush. Bidding the pigmies
wait on the other side of the trap, Tarzan advances into the enemy territory.
The black warriors greet him with howls of rage. Pretending to retreat,
Tarzan draws the black warriors behind him. With a mighty jump, the ape
man clears the hidden pit. The black warriors rush headlong into the trap.
The pigmies return to their village in safety. The pigmies shower the ape
man with thanks, but he waves them aside, for it is only just for the strong
to protect the weak.
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