TRIAL OF TARZAN ~ 34.05.13
fear Tarzan awaited the trial for the murder of the high priest's men,
for he believed his innocence was his shield. But Haithoreb, the wicked
high priest, said to the temple judges in secret conclave: "Tarzan must
Then Haithoreb conducted his court of priests solemnly
to their dais in the Hall of Judgment, where nobles and princes and great
ones of the realm were gathered in awe to witness the drama of the Ape-man's
trial. Tutamken, the pharaoh, sat on a lower throne, for within these walls
the high priest was supreme. All was in readiness. The great gong of the
temple boomed, and Tarzan was led forth to judgment. Still the Ape-man
knew no fear when the scribe pronounced the charge that he had slain three
retainers of the high priest.
Tarzan answered boldly: "They sought my life and my faithful
elephants slew them."
Then the high priest declared: "The tongues of men can
bear false witness. You shall be judged by Maat, Goddess of Justice."
So Haithoreb commanded that the two sacred caskets of
Maat be brought to him, and said, "In each I shall place a token -- one
inscribed with the symbol of innocence, and one with the sign of guilt.
The invisible hand of the goddess shall guide you to a rightful choice."
Then Haithoreb smiled craftily, for both tokens were marked with the symbol