The DEATH PLOT ~ 35.02.03 ~ #204
the days that followed his ascent to Dester Molu's throne, Tarzan restored
the wounded Bohgdu to health. The Waioris sang the praises of their new
god-king, for they believed he had wrought a miracle. And they set before
him massive trays filled with rich sapphires.
"Whence came these?" Tarzan demanded.
For answer he was escorted to the sapphire pits where
Dester Molu had enslaved many men to gratify his greed for precious jewels.
Tarzan commanded that the slaves be freed. And all that day the tribesmen
feasted and acclaimed his mercy. But there were two who frowned . . . the
witch-doctors who sought Tarzan's downfall. And now they hit upon a plan.
At the height of the feast they poured a secret poison into the food of
Zotar, beloved chieftain of the warriors. And as Zotar writhed in agony,
the crafty witch-doctors shouted to Tarzan:
"Thou can'st cure him, for thou art a god!"
The jungle lord employed his highest skill to heal
the stricken warrior but at last the secret poison claimed its victim.
Then the witch-doctors shouted: "He is a false god. He could not cure Zotar.
Slay him, or evil shall befall us!" A hundred fanatic warriors raised their
"Halt!" the ape-man cried in desperation. "I shall
give proof by a miracle." Tarzan sought thus to gain time, but he knew
it was a vain respite, for no feat he could perform would satisfy the frenzied