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Volume 5925

UNDER THE BLACK ROBE  ~ 1933.06.11
Presently Tutamken regained consciousness. "Your friend Von Harben. . . the temple," he said, and fainted.

Meanwhile, within the temple, Von Harben stood alone under the black robe, facing THE DEATH. The crowds gasped in awe as they saw the god Moloch raise his hands on high. They did not see in back of the god the men who were operating the hands of Moloch by means of chains. Their attention was centered upon the high priest, who pleaded for a voluntary sacrifice before the stranger Von Harben, was given to the god. People came forward and cast into the flames golden vases, pearls, candlesticks -- all their most valued possessions -- but none offered life itself until the Princess Nikotris cried, "Homage to thee O Bal! I shall die for our people." Inspired by her example, ladies of the court cried out, "And we shall die with thee, O daughter of the sun!" But, as the high priest lifted the black robe of death for the princess, she requested an hour's grace to prepare for the end.

On the roof of the temple, she prayed to the sun-god, Ra. Then she saw that for which she prayed! Tarzan and the apes were dashing across the desert toward the temple. But even then the hands of Moloch were reaching out to seize Erich Von Harben who stood under the black robe.


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