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A CRY IN THE WILDS ~ 1932.05.22
majestic, stood sabor, the lioness, guarding her cubs. Down wind had come
the man scent and sabor was alert to danger. But she had not seen hunters
aiming at her from ambush. She was never to see them. Their expert shots
ended her life. What the huntsmen wanted were her cubs. The beasts were
sold to La Belle Lenida, the great lion tamer. Trained for the circus,
they never knew the perils of the jungle. But now Lenida had given their
freedom back to them and they ventured into their native wilds with Tarzan
watching them from the trees above. From a great distance came a drum like
sound. It was Bolgani, the gorilla, beating a loud tattoo upon his chest
as a challenge to battle. Tarzan quivered as his keen ears heard the noise.
The lions, untrained in jungle life, took no notice. But when bolgani was
overcome in battle and Toog the great ape, uttered the weird and terrible
cry of the bull ape at the kill. . . the circus lions fled. Panic stricken
by the unknown terror. They fled back to the woman who had offered them
their freedom. By the time Tarzan arrived, the lions had sought the safe
comfort of their cage.
"They'll want their food soon," said Lenida.
"Then I will hunt for them," said Tarzan.
Swinging through the trees, Tarzan trailed horta
the boar. He had hurled his unerring noose. . . and had the boar
halfway up to him when he suddenly dropped the noose and his prey with
it. Through the jungle had come to him the wild scream of a frightened
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