FOR LOVE OF AN
UNKNOWN WOMAN ~ 1932.02.28
I'm sailing today,
Tom," said Michael Barry to his nephew, "And remember no boat hits this
port for another six months. But if you must have adventure, go to it.
Only don't bring any heathen goddess h home as your wife. Think what mother
Barry would say."
In spite of warnings, Tom Barry set off alone, bearing the amulet that
Tarzan had given him in proof that he was a hero worthy of Hulvia, high
priestess of Al-Alba. But Tarzan had no mind to let the young adventurer
brave the perils of the jungle alone. As Tom Barry, holding to a compass
course, penetrated the unknown wilderness, Tarzan followed through the
branches of the trees above. At night, after Tom had pitched his lone
camp, green eyes gleamed through the jungle darkness. At last sleep came
to Tom, and as he slept, the moon rose. In the moonlight, Sheeta, the panther,
advanced close to him, stretching out a tentative paw. But as Sheeta prepared
to spring, Tarzan, watching above, drew his bow. The next morning, Tom
Barry awoke to find to his horror a panther by his side. When he saw the
arrows in the beast's body, he thought his life had been saved by a miracle,
and he uttered a prayer of thanks. Three days and three nights he journeyed
before he came to the outposts of the Al-Albas. And there a black warrior
waited. As the black threw the noose, young Barry ducked and caught the
fibre rope in his free hand. He swung the black down from the trees.
"I am the bearer of the amulet of the High Priestess, Hulvia," said
Barry. "Conduct me to her." Of this the black understood no word but he
bowed low before the amulet of the high priestess.
Tarzan watched from the trees, as Tom was led to the door of the temple,
there to face the test of love or death.