A LOST LEADER ~
After their retreat
from the ferocity of Tarzan and the apes, the warriors of Al-Alba sought
a scapegoat for their failure and turned upon the witch doctor.
"Go, Mumkimvro," the chief elder commanded. "Find the high priestess.
The gods are angry with us for turning against her. Return to her her sceptre
and give her the magic balm for her wounds.
But Hulvia had given up hope of life. "I have only one wish before I
die," she told Tarzan, "and that is to see once more the sea to which
In a litter they bore her through the jungle until at length they came
to the last outpost of the old trading company at the head of the Gumwi
River. At the sight of the habitations of man, the apes grew restless and
afraid, and Tarzan sent them back into the wilds form which they had come.
And there Mumkimvro found the high priestess, abed at the company shack.
She accepted the magic balm but rejected the sceptre. "Return to your people,"
she commanded. "They shall see me no more."
Down the river toward the sea, Tarzan and Tom Barry took Hulvia, who
had been high priestess of the Al-Alba tribe. As they reached the seashore
Hulvia rose and walked over the sands, exultant. Whether it was the sea
air or the magic of the balm, the daughter of the Vikings was well again.
Tarzan conducted her and Barry to an old French mission. And there, in
the little chapel, they were made man and wife.
Meanwhile, the misfortunes of the Al-Alba tribe had convinced them they
could not survive without their "White Priestess." And the warriors with
spear on high, swore an oath that, though every warrior died, Hulvia must
be captured and returned to the tribe.