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HOTEP ~ 1933.12.31
the death of the bull ape, Tarzan's mighty victory cry thundered through
the forest so that the shrieks of little Hotep could not be heard as the
she-ape Yahara carried him off. The frenzy of Tarzan's cry stirred the
lust of battle in the heart of fat old Buwang, heaviest of the apes, as
he saw Yahara approaching with the boy. But Yahara fled when he challenged
her and made for the high branches of a tree, where, because of his great
weight, he could not follow. With wild cries she taunted him. As Yahara
loosed her hold upon him, Hotep wriggled free and climbed out on a bending
branch. The she-ape shook the branch ferociously as Hotep struggled to
hold on. Below the apes of the tribe had gathered in a bloodthirsty mood.
Desperately the boy clung.
But finally his strength gave way. He fell senseless
into the midst of the ravenous tribe. Modug, the king-ape halted them as
they prepared to attack the boy. He ordered a feast for all and commanded
them to gather at the secret glade of the dum-dum. He himself carried little
Hotep off to the place of the strange ritual. Three old shes started beating
steadily upon the earth mound beside which Hotep lay very still. It was
the call to the mad dance of death. As Tarzan heard it the savagery of
his ape-life stirred within him. He rushed to join the feast of the beasts.
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