TO THE DEATH! ~ 1933.10.22
battle-cry of the great apes burst from Tarzan's throat as the Ibeks charged.
It rallied the Egyptians and grimly they waited, for the Ibeks outnumbered
them two to one. Behind them the Pharaoh Tutamken, drawing his sword, rushed
upon Kamur. "Die, Monster!" he shouted. But Nikotris threw herself before
the Ibek prince so that the Pharaoh could not strike.
"Do you turn against your people,
O traitorous Nikotris?" cried Tutamken.
"No Pharaoh," she answered. "For
Kamur alone can save us!"
The Ibek giant softened before
her gaze. Quietly Nikotris spoke to him, at once he faced the charging
Ibeks and roared a single word. The horses reared and plunged as the Ibeks
checked their mad advance. Fiercely they glared at the Egyptians, but they
would not disobey their prince.
Kamur grasped Nikotris by the
"The Princess comes with me, Pharaoh," he said. "It is that --- or death
"Death then it is!" cried Tutamken,
"And the traitoress Nikotris shall be the first to die!"
The Ibeks shouted in savage joy
of battle as they heard his words. As the warriors raised their spears
to strike, Tarzan suddenly called to them to halt. The Ibeks hesitated
before his commanding presence. "All need not die, O Pharaoh!" said Tarzan.
"Let the Ibeks choose the strongest man among them. Let me -- alone --
fight him to decide the issue!"
"Well said, man of the apes!"
said Kamur. "I, Prince Kamur, shall be the champion of my people. Let us
fight -- to the death!"
"To the death!" shouted Tutamken.
"Tarzan, great shall be your reward!"
Quickly the warriors formed a
ring. The giant Kamur smiled as Tarzan faced him. "Ask no quarter, man
of the apes!" He said and slowly the two advanced, their hands tensed for
the death-grip, their feet braced for the spring.!