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RIVER OF CROCODILES ~ 34.06.10
the death mask fell and exposed Tarzan's disguise, the high priest frantically
summoned the soldiers, who stormed into the chamber of the vault with spears
raised to run the Ape-man through. But Tarzan retreated and hoisted the
great lid of the sarcophagus as a shield. Thus protected, he crept along
the wall, entered the corridor, and blocked the passage with the stone
shell. So great was the haste of the soldiers in pulling away the obstruction
that it fell and wounded them grievously. Tarzan fled through the corridors
and came to the doorway, where the outer guard blocked his escape! But
before they could seize him, he leaped to a tree. While the soldiers stood
powerless he paused and ripped away the confining mummy bandages.
Then he swung from tree to tree down the long lane of
death that stretched from the tomb to the river where he found a dugout
and set out to brave the crocodile-infested stream. He paddled swiftly,
resolved to leave forever this strange Egyptian land where death constantly
shadowed his footsteps. But a giant saurian, rising from the slimy depths,
capsized the frail craft, and Tarzan was flung toward the gaping jaws of
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