The Cannibals' Trap ~
35.10.13 ~ #240
the chieftain's speech, Tarzan judged that the lion was to kill the victims
for the cannibal feast! "That lion shall kill no one," he murmured. He
drew his bow. An arrow whirred -- and pierced the venerated beast. Then
the ape-man's voice boomed from the forest "Free the white prisoners, or
you Chief, shall suffer the same fate!"
Crafty Mengo leaped behind Sigreda for protection, and
called, "Who are you who slays Simba, Lord of the Lion People?"
And the voice answered: "I am Tarzan, Lord of Jungle Beasts
-- and a jungle man who defies me, dies!"
At the mention of his dreaded name, Mengo and his retinue
fled through the gateway, dragging their prisoners. But Sigreda smiled
radiantly as she thought "Tarzan has come to save me, because he loves
Presently Mengo told the elders, "Tonight, surely, the
ape-man will seek to spy upon us from our council tree. Wise Mengo will
From the boughs of the tree, the savages removed sections
of bark, cut deep into the wood, and replaced the bark. "When he leaps
into the branches," Mengo chuckled, "they will break and the man-beast
will drop into our hands!"
As twilight fell, Tarzan swung toward the village, resolved
to find some means of setting Sigreda free. And his goal was the great
council tree, which the cunning cannibal chief had devised as a trap.