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COMBAT ~ 1933.10.29
barbaric tribesmen shouted in anticipated triumph as their champion, Prince
Kamur, rushed upon the ape-man. But Tarzan ducked and met the giant with
a deadly blow. Kamur staggered breathless and the ape-man leaped upon his
back, locking him in the steely grip that had broken the back of Numa the
lion. Nikotris, torn between love and duty, could desire neither defeat
for Kamur, who fought for her love, nor defeat for Tarzan, who fought for
her people. As she saw her barbaric lover quiver with pain when Tarzan
increased the fearsome pressure, she cried out for the ape-man to stop.
But Tarzan did not loose his grip until Kamur lay like a wilted thing on
the ground. Then, placing his foot on the Ibek's chest, he roared the victory
cry of the bull ape at the kill. The battle was over so quickly that the
watchers stood stunned to silence, all but Nikotris, who clasped Kamur
to her and implored him to speak.
The Pharaoh called upon Tarzan
to name his own reward for the victory.
"I ask no reward for myself,
O Pharaoh," said the ape-man. "I ask it for Nikotris. Yield her in marriage
to Prince Kamur." The Egyptians cried out in horror at the request. But
the Pharaoh said, "So be it. I have promised only if my sister weds Kamur,
she dies to me and mine. And you Tarzan, stand forever banished from my
Nikotris pleaded for her brother's
blessing, but the Pharaoh turned his back upon her and led his soldiers
back across the desert. Nikotris quivered with fear as the uncouth Ibeks
gathered around her and she sought the protection of Tarzan's arms. Swiftly
Tarzan took command.
"Carry your Prince upon your
shields," he ordered. And he followed with Nikotris as the Ibeks led the
way to their mountain kingdom.
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