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April 1 and today's post is not an April Fool's Day joke, although I was inclined to write about the newly discovered Tarzan novel written in 1935. It was called, "The Final Problem" and featured Tarzan in an epic battle with Estaban Miranda and the German officer, Von Horst. The three of them are washed over Victoria Falls and .... Actually, in 1947, the Rex Maxon Tarzan daily story, "The Rage of Tantor," concluded. The drabble today is "Angry Elephant."

Manzen and his men were ivory poachers. They captured an injured Jane and held her hostage.

“You give me elephants, I’ll free your wife.”

Tarzan pretended to comply. He rode Tantor all night through a field. He led Manzen to the field. “Look, tracks from many elephants. They will return.”

Tantor came alone. Tarzan fought the men, but one shot Tantor’s shoulder. The elephant trampled the poachers, chased Manzen into the jungle, caught, and killed him.

Tarzan freed Jane. She asked, “Tantor killed them all?”

“They shot him. It made him mad.”

“How stupid. No one likes an angry elephant.”

April 2 and of this day in 1932, Argosy Magazine published part four of Tarzan and the City of Gold. The cover art for the issue was based on the story, "Red Emeralds" by Sinclair Gluck, a prolific mystery writer and occasional screen writer. The art is by Paul Stahr. Today's drabble is "It's Me or the Lions."

Nemone, the Queen of Cathne, summoned Tarzan to her throne room. Even bound, he was strong, confident and handsome. She was fascinated.

Tarzan said, “Release me. I mean you no harm.”

“It is lonely being Queen. Perhaps you could help.”

“I don’t help my captors.”

She ordered her palace guards, “Release him and leave us."

The guards reluctantly left. Nemone caressed the apeman. “I could love you. We’re well suited. Rule with me or die in the lion pit.”

“What kind of Queen threatens death to seduce a lover? Take me to the pits. I’d rather live with the lions.”

April 3 and on this day in 1920, All-Story Weekly published part three of "Tarzan and the Valley of Luna" The story listed and illustrated on the cover is "The Shadowers: Novel Number One, The Man who convicted Himself" by David Fox. I haven't been able to identify the artist for the menacing cover. The 100 word Edgar Rice Burroughs' inspired drabble today is "Not A Blushing Bride."

The British soldiers arrived just in time to save Tarzan, Smith-Oldwick and Bertha Krisher. Tarzan and Smith-Oldwick were injured. The Xujans and their lions were about to kill the three fate-entwined companions.

Tarzan intoduced himself. “Colonel Capell, the woman is a German spy.

Smith-Oldwick said, “Spy or not, I love her.”

Capell said, “Don’t worry. You fell in with good companions. The woman’s Patricia Canby, British Intelligence. The apeman is John Clayton, Lord Greystoke.

“Patricia said, “Sill want to marry me. You really haven‘t any choice. I outrank you. I order it.”

“I've never followed orders with more pleasure.”


On April 4, 1914 All-Story Weekly published part one of  "At the Earth’s Core." The 100 word drabble for the day is "Dinner Time."

David Innes and Abner Perry were captured by the brutish Saggoths and chained with native captives. Dian was chained near David. They were intrigued with each other.

She taught him to speak her language. He asked, “What are the creatures? Why are they holding us captive?”

“Saggoths. They serve the evil mind lizards, the Mahars. This is their pantry. We will be fed to them.”

“In my world, men and women are never imprisoned together. The captives might become intimate or men might force themselves on the women.”

“Never happen here. Mahars hate it if you play with their food.”

Today is April 5 and on this day in 1935, Edgar Rice Burroughs and the former Florence Gilbert boarded the S.S. Lurline for Honolulu. During the voyage the newlyweds dined at the Captain's table with Jeanette McDonald and her mother. The steamship owner, William Roth and his wife were also on board. Bon Voyage. The drabble today is "The Lurline."

William Roth said, “Mr. Burroughs, my wife and I would like you to join us at our table.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs said, “May I present my wife, Florence.”
“And my wife, Lurline Matson Roth.”

Florence smiled, “Isn’t this ship named the S. S. Lurline?”

“So it is. I christened her three years ago. My father named a steamship for me and my husband duplicated the honor. It’s nice to have celebrities on board. Over Christmas, we carried Amelia Earhart and her airplane to Hawaii. She flew back to Oakland.”

Burroughs replied, “Keep our stateroom ready. We’ve already booked return tickets.”

April 6, and on this day in 1927, Edgar Rice Burroughs began writing the play, "Mary Who?" aka "Why Razz the Kids" aka "Holy Bonds of Wedlock." The play addressed generational issues during the roaring 20's. It was perhaps written for Joan but was never published. "Mary Who" is the drabble today.

“I started writing a play today. Maybe someday Joan could star in it.”

“What’s it called?”

“The working title is ‘Mary, Who?” I want a woman with Jane’s or Dejah Thoris’s strength and perseverance, but born into today’s world.”

“A woman like that will be hard for people to accept.”

“Not for the young folks. Consider flappers. The world’s changing.”

“Flappers look cheap and sinful.”

“Don’t razz the kids. The story line will reflect the conflict between generations.”

“If Joan’s playing the role, write her character as married. Otherwise, she’ll seem like a floozy.”

“Holy bonds of wedlock. I promise.”

On April 7, 1917, All-Story Weekly published part two of "The Cave Man." The cover illustration is for the "The Killer" [Part 1 of 4]; by J. U. Giesy & Junius B. Smith. I haven't indentified the artist. April 7th's ERB inspired drabble is "Late for Departure."

Thandar, born Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones, recognized his family’s ship, the Priscilla, from the mountaintop on the island where he had been marooned. He and his lover, Nadara, ran to meet the ship. Thurg, a native who desired Nadara intervened.

“Thurg kill.”

Thandar said, “No, Thurg die.”

The battle was short. Thanda beat the mighty Thurg for the second time, but the Priscilla left during the short delay. The couple walked to Nadara’s village. King Big Fist, challenged Thandar, but quickly changed his mind.

Nadara asked, “Can’t we go live with your people?”

“Maybe later. For now, that ship has sailed.”

April 9, 2019 and on this day in 1916, All-Story Weekly published part one of "Thuvia Maid of Mars." The cover art was by P. J. Monahan and was used as the cover to the A.C. McClurg first edition, as well. The All-Story contained no interior illustrations for the Burroughs story but the issue included stories by George Allan England, Robert Ames Bennett, and Achmed Abdullah. The 100 word drabble today is "Marry for State."

Carthoris arrived in Ptarth in a flyer with special object avoidance technology. He hurried to the royal gardens of Thuvan Dihn, Jeddak of Ptarth, and was found Princess Thuvia, fending off unwanted advances from the Dusarian prince, Astok.

“Unhand the princess or die,” screamed Carthoris and he knocked the man unconscious.”

The next morning Carthoris pledged his love. Thuvia said, “You do me great honor, but my father promised me to your father’s friend, Kulan Tith, the Jeddak of Kaol.

“I respect that, but I shall never give up. We belong together.”

“Only fate and the gods can know that.”

April 9 and on this day in 1938, Argosy Weekly published part four of "Red Star of Tarzan," later released as the novel "Tarzan and the Forbidden City."The outstanding cover art for the issue is of wolves stalking a dog sled on the ice and is by V. E. Pyles. It illustrates the story, "The Fowl of the Air", an epic of the far north by Frank Richardson Pierce. The drabble today is "Severance Pay."

Wolff was angry when Tarzan became leader of the Gregory safari and he stole the map to Ashair. He sold a copy to Lal Taask, who'd kidnapped Helen Gregory.

“Lead the safari astray. Don’t let Tarzan find Ashair.”

“Of course not, my share is worthless if they find the diamonds.”

“A question, Mr. Wolff, you betray your people. My tribesmen don’t betray each other for money.”

“They lied to me. I was to lead the expedition, but they demoted me and hired the jungle man.”

“You break your word for pride?”

“I can’t spend pride I consider this severance pay.”

April 10 and on this in 1920, All-Story Weekly published part four of "Tarzan and the Valley of Luna." The cover art illustrates the story, "Clung," by Max Brand (Frederick Schiller Faust). 'An oriental soul in an occidental body." I can't identify the cover artist with certainty, but the style of the drawing makes me believe it could be W. C. Fairchild, who illustrated the August 7, 1914 cover for "Barney Custer of Beatrice." The drabble today is based on Valley of Luna and is titled "At My Command."

Lieutenant Obergatz was weak. Jane injured him and his time in the jungle destroyed his mind. The pride of the German army was now a gibbering idiot.

Obergatz returned to the shores of A-lur. He remembered their religion and believed himself to be the great god, Jad-ben-otho.

Lo-don, the high priest immediately bowed and announced that Obergatz was truly the god, Jad-ben-otho.

His acolytes hid the crazed man in the deepest recesses of the temple. One said, “Lo-don, this man is a fool, not a god.”

“I say who is god. What is better than a god who I command?”

April 11 and on this day in 1914, All-Story Weekly published part tow of “At the Earth’s Core.” The cover illustration is for the story, “Dumb Terror” by Chauncey C. Hotchkiss. Nothing says buy me like a damsel in distress. Hotchkiss wrote over a hundred stories published in several pulp magazines. Westerns, pirate stories, and historicals seemed to be his specialties. His best known book is “Betsy Ross, A Romance of the Flag.” Today’s drabble is “Drink When You’re Dry.”

David Innes asked Dian, “The sun never moves. There is no way to measure time. How do you know when it’s time to do things?”

“I don’t know this time. Is it dangerous?”

“No, it tells my people when to sleep and eat. It tells us when to celebrate Christmas and Easter.”

I don’t know those words. Nothing tells us these things. We eat when we hunger. We drink when we thirst and we sleep when we are tired.”

“But it’s better to have a schedule.”

“I think not. We aren’t so foolish that we don’t recognize our own hunger.”

April 12 and in 1963, the first day of the John Celardo Tarzan Daily strip, “Krona and the Treasures of Opar” began. Celardo drew a total of 4350 daily strips and 724 Sunday strips. You have to love La's long-tailed cat outfit. The drabble for April 12, 2019 is “Blinded by the Light.”

Krona marched his captive, Jane to Opar. He gloated, “Tarzan won’t fight as long as I have you.”

Tarzan beat Krona’s army to Opar. “La, we aren’t strong enough to fight him, but we’re smart enough to trick him. Let him have what he wants. My men will pretend to be prisoners. Free them to help Krona carry the gold he needs to conquer Africa.”

“I’d rather fight.”

“And fight, we will, but where and when we choose.”

“Will he believe our deception?”

“Glitter enough gold in a greedy despots face, and he’ll believe the sun rises in the west.”

April 13 and on this in 1892, Edgar Rice Burroughs was confined to barracks. He attempted to escape the Michigan Military Academy by climbing through a window but was apprehended and taken before Commandant Charles King. Burroughs ultimately attended the academy for five years. The drabble today is “Try Again.”

“Well Burroughs. Attempted AWOL. What do you have to say for yourself?”
“Sir, Cadet Burroughs wishes to resign his commission, Sir.”
“Edgar, this is the Michigan Military Academy, not the army. Your father enrolled you here. You can’t resign or leave.”
“Yes, Sir.”
Commander King spoke to the orderlies. “Confine him to quarters. Convene the Student Court after lunch tomorrow. They’ll decide his punishment.”
At one o’clock the next afternoon, Burroughs didn’t appear. The student judge said, “Where’s the prisoner?”
The orderly said, “Gone with the wind before dawn. If he caught a train, he’s south of Detroit by now.”

April 14

On April 15, 1933, Argosy Weekly published part seven of Lost on Venus. The cover illustrates “The Earth Shaker” by Murray Leinster (Will A. Jenkins) and was drawn by Robert A Graef.

The drabble today is ‘Lost on Amtor.”

Carson Napier slogged out of the swamp and rested on a dry hummock of strange plants.

An old Amtorian with a fishing pole wandered by. “I wouldn’t sit there. Those bushes are full of blood leaches.”

Carson stood and brushed off his pants. “Can you tell me where I am? I’m lost.”

“Maybe. Where you headed.”

“It doesn’t matter. Somewhere new. Everywhere I’ve been, people try to kill me.”

“So you don’t where you’re going.”

“Sad to say, no.”

“I wish you luck. If you don’t know where you’re going, you can’t be lost. It doesn’t matter where you are.”

On April 16, 1938 Argosy Weekly published part five of Tarzan and the Forbidden City as Red Star of Tarzan. Rudolph Belarski drew the cover of the issue to illustrate the story, Pardon My Glove by Judson P. Philips. The cover is great even though it doesn’t illustrate the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. Today’s ERB inspired drabble is “God of the Day.”

D’Arnot asked, “Tarzan, these savages from Ashair call their god, Brulor. Their diamond, The Father of Diamonds, has the same name. Which is which.”

Tarzan struggled against his bindings. “I’m not sure.”

“Does Brulor live inside the diamond or in Lake Horus like the priest said?”

“Gods live where they choose.”

“Does every city in Africa have their own god?”

“Men want their own god. They want him close enough for the priest to control, but far enough away that he doesn’t interfere with the private plans of the priest and king.”

“That’s a scam.”

“Oldest one in the world.”

On April 17, 1932, the last episode of the Hal Foster and George Carlin Tarzan Sunday strip Hulvia the Beautiful appeared. The art is, of course, by Hal Foster.Today’s drabble is “We Gotta Get Out of this Place."

Warriors of the Al-Alba tribe captured Tarzan. Their Council of Old Men sentenced him to death. “We’ll feast on the stranger.”
Hulvia, a blonde castaway worshiped as the Al-Alba’s high priestess, intervened and saved Tarzan.

“Why help me? You don’t know me.”

“I don’t need to know you. I know the Al-Alba and I know my parents were Vikings.”

“What can I do?”

“Being a captive priestess is not unlike slavery. I don’t know your world, but it must be better than this one. Take me away.”

“Hulvia, I’m married.”

“I don’t seek a mate. I seek my father’s people.”

April 18th in 1942, the Rex Maxon-Don Garden Tarzan daily comic strip “The Path of Lions” concluded. That story is the basis for the April 18th drabble, “Fool Me Once.”

Tarzan stopped Jagger, a rogue, pirate, and slaver, from attacking the natives stranded on an island. The eldest tribeswoman encouraged Tarzan. “Kill him. Snakes don’t get better.”

Others asked Tarzan to relent and the apeman did.

Jagger feigned gratitude and inserted himself into the tribe’s daily life. He did chores, hunted, cooked, and submitted to the tribe’s elders. One day he contacted his fellow pirates and together, they raided the castaways.

After a great battle, Tarzan and the tribe prevailed. While the elders debated Jagger’s fate, Tarzan killed the scoundrel. “I don’t let a scorpion sting me a second time.”

April 19 and on that day the Russ Manning Daily Tarzan strip “Tarzan and the Renegade Part One, Chapter Two, Tarzan and the Tyrannosaurs” concluded in 1969 (April 14). How’s that for a long title. Bet you can guess who did the artwork. No clues. The drabble today is “In Sheep’s Clothing,” based on that story.

Marta was appalled that Auric held Tarzan and Jane captive and intended to put them on trial for exploitation of the Waziri.
Tarzan said, “These are my people. I’m one of them. I’d don’t profit from their labor.”

“No, you’re like all English lords. You work them to death for personal gain.”

Auric addressed the Warziri. “I offer you freedom and modern civilization.”

Muviro said, “We are free. Want nothing from your civilization. We know your kind, you’re another would be king clothed as a freedom fighter. Release Tarzan. We won’t obey you and we’ll fight you to the death.”

April 20

 April 21 and All-Story Weekly published “The Mad King” on thiat day in 1914. The cover art was by Fred W. Small and the interior headpiece was drawn by Modest Stein. The drabble for today is “Robin Hood of Lutha.”

Yellow Franz, a bandit, held Barney Custer captive. “I recognize you. You’re King Leopold. I saw you when I was younger. You have nothing to fear from me. I am a loyal citizen.”

“Are all loyal citizens, highwaymen?”

“I’ll contact the regent, Peter of Blentz, and arrange for your safe return. A little ransom money for my men, of course.”

“Once a thief, always a thief.”

Peter sent word he’d only pay ransom for a dead king. Who’s the bigger thief, Peter who robs the whole kingdom, or me, a poor highwayman who only takes what crumbs needed to survive?”

On April 22 in 1916, All-Story Weekly published part three of “Thuvia, Maid of Mars.” Thuvia didn’t make the cover, that honor went to “When the Devil was Sick” by E.J. Rath, the pseudonym of J. Chauncey Corey Brainerd and his wife Edith Rathbone Brainerd. Chauncey and Edith, who were both writers, went on to collaborate on a number of stories together under the pen name E.J. Rath. Chauncey was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. At the time of his death he had been the Washington bureau chief for the Brooklyn Eagle for over ten years. They were married on June 4, 1903.

While watching a movie one snowy night in Washington, DC, Chauncey Corey Brainerd and his wife Edith were killed when the flat roof of Crandall's Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed under the weight of over two feet of heavy snow. The drabble today is “Wish in One Hand.”

Carthoris and Thuvia were admitted to Lothar after the city’s bowmen killed many of the Torquas green Martian warriors.
Carthoris asked the guard, “Where are the people? There were thousands of bowmen.”

“This city is empty. Our Jeddak’s mind makes the warriors."

“But thousands of dead lie outside."

“Belief in illusionary arrows can kill.

“If I believe a flyer waits for me, will it be there?”

“As the Jeddak wills.”

“What about as I will?”

“You were raised not believing your wishes come true, and your doubts are too strong. If everyman’s wishes were flyers, the sky would be full.”

On April 23, 1927, Argosy All-Story Weekly published part two of “The War Chief. The cover was painted by C. Clyde Squires and illustrated the story, Forged Faces by John Wilstach. Wilstach had over 100 stories and novels published in the pulps and Squires supplied more than fifty covers. Squires specialized in romance covers. Wilstach wrote four circus related novels for Argosy, Circus Blood, Circus Revenge, Circus Runaway, and Hey, Rube. He also wrote the short story, Circus Clean-up. Gotta love the Big Top. The Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired drabble of the day is “Plain Sight.”

Shoz-Dijiji, or Black Bear, held fire as the Apache force surrounded the U. S. Cavalry.

Geronimo didn’t yell fire, he chirped and the Apache’s opened attqacked.

By nightfall, half the army lay dead. Geronimo left Black Bear with three warriors to keep the soldiers pinned down while his main force retreated.

Black Bear rejoined Geronimo two days later. “Why are the soldiers so easy to kill?”

“They have eyes, but do not see. Ears, but do not hear. We hide in plain sight and move silently as the coyote.”

“So we’ll win.”

“Maybe not. They are relentless as falling water.”

JANE FROM NEBRASKOn April 24, 1925  in Wisner, Nebraska, Virginia Huston, Jane in "Tarzan's Peril," was born just about 150 miles north of Beatrice, where ERB's longtime friends Bert and Margaret Weston lived. I have it on good authority that the Hustons and the Custers were not acquainted. Today’s drabble is “Jane from Nebraska.”

Brian Haskins said, “Welcome, Miss Huston. You’ll be perfect as Jane in “Tarzan Peril.”

“Why will I be perfect?”

“Jane’s the ultimate good girl. You’ve always played good girls. You were a shining beacon in those 1940’s film noir movies.

“Is that a compliment?”

“Absolutely. Nothing sells tickets like a good girl in danger. Your wardrobe’s in this suitcase.”

“Small suitcase. Are the costumes few in number or skimpy in coverage?”

“Skimpy. That a problem.”

“Not as long as I don’t watch the film with my parents in Wisner, Nebraska.”

“Virginia, Nebraska’s dress code doesn’t play on the big screen.

April 25-May, 1997: To quote Danton Burroughs, “Hugh Munro Neely approached me with the idea of The Palmdale Playhouse, of the Antelope Valley Community Arts Center, Palmdale, California producing the play, 'You Lucky Girl.' I enthusiastically gave my permission and on April 25th through May 4th, 1997 'You Lucky Girl!' was performed on stage for the first time.” Today’s drabble is “Pay Attention.”

The couple left from the Palmdale Playhouse. The man asked, “Did you like “You Lucky Girl. Seemed pretty strong about women’s rights for something written in 1927."

The woman answered. “That’s your takeaway. Burroughs couldn’t have written a play where a woman isn’t subservient to her husband and isn’t the happy to be barefoot and pregnant. Have you read any of his books?”

“Well, she seemed unhappy?”

“Her mother-in-law was a witch and her husband a clueless buffoon.”

“I didn’t think they were that bad.”

“You’ll have plenty of time to think about it while you sleep on the couch.”

On April 2, 1942, the Burne Hogarth and Don Garden Tarzan Sunday strip "Tarzan Against Dagga Ramba" concluded. It was followed later by"The Return of Dagga Ramba." The drabble today is "Dagga Ramba."

Jane said, “Tarzan, welcome home. It’s been almost a year.”

“You remember the lost Viking tribe, the Ibeks, in northern Africa. A man named Dagga Ramba attacked them.”

“What a strange name. It sounds like some strange tribal dance.”

“He was African, but he dressed like a Foreign Legion officer. He assembled tribes of nomads and unhappy soldiers. After the Vikings, he turned on the Bedouins, his former allies.

“What did he want?”

“He wanted everything. I stopped him, but he escaped. I think he’ll return.”

“No doubt, bad men turn up like distant relatives at a rich man’s funeral.”

On April 27, 1942, Ashton Dearholt died. Dearholt was ERB's Partner in Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises Inc. and the producer/director of The New Adventures of Tarzan and former husband of ERB's second wife, Florence Gilbert. He was also a veteran film actor, having starred in dozens of silent movies. Today's drabble is "Rest In Peace, Ashton."

“Florence, I just received a telegram about your ex-husband. Ashton Dearholt passed away.”

“How sad. We were married for eight years. He was a good teacher and friend. I’ll miss him.”

“I’ll miss him too. He taught me a lot. He worked hard, but in vain, to make Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprise Inc. a success.”

“Ed, I liked “The Phantom of Santa Fe” and “Thunda”.

Flo, he did a great job with “New Adventures of Tarzan.” His portrayal of the villain, Raglan, was amazing.”

“Be nice, Ed. He wasn’t the best husband, but he was well-intentioned.”

“Intentions don’t produce films on budget.”

April 28, 1934 on this day, Tit-Bits Magazine, an English magazine, published Tarzan and the Lion Man. Today's drabble is "Golden Marmalade."

“Mr. Burroughs, we received a copy of Tit-Bits Magazine from England in today’s mail. It’s the first issue with “Tarzan and the Lion Man.” What do you think?’

“Well, my story blurb is above the masthead. It would have been nice to see my name somewhere on the front.”

“The Golden and Silver Spread Marmalade advertisements cover half the front page.”

“I know. As long as their check clears and they don’t edit my story or have Tarzan and Jane sit down for a spot of tea and marmalade covered crumpets, what they do is their business. File the copy.”

Some sources report that it was April 29, 1935 rather than March 29, 1935 as the date that Argosy rejected the story, "Tarzan and Jane", aka Tarzan’s Quest.

Exploration of various websites reveal contradictory information, sometimes on the same site, but at different locations within the site. Nevertheless, the story was rejected by Argosy in early 1935 and purchased almost immediately by Blue Book Magazine. Blue Book produced some outstanding covers and the cover for this story was no exception. The drabble today is "Come Back When You Grow Up Girl."

The pilot made a successful crash landing in the African jungle. Everyone survived including Jane and Princess Sborov, the former Kitty Krause.

The Princess was helpless and required her maid, Annette, to wait on her hand and foot.

Jane said, “Everyone must take care of themselves.”

The Princess said, “Of course, I plan to terminate Annette. I haven’t had any tea and my clothes are filthy. She’s been entirely too lax. I shan’t give her a reference.

Jane said, “I’m amazed that a woman as stupid as you survived to grow up. No doubt the jungle will rectify that oversight.”

On April 30, 1935, All-Story Weekly (Argosy) published part three The War Chief 1927 The cover illustration by Stockton Mulford was for the first part of the story, “Faster Than Broadway” by John Holden, who had more than 50 pulp stories to his credit. The second picture attached is of the Edgar Rice Burroughs first day issue stamp envelope I made for "The War Chief." The drabble is "Always and Forever."

Andy McDuff embraced his life as an Apache warrior. He thought of himself as Shoz-Dijiji and he was in love with Ish-Kay-Nay, an Apache maiden.

An Apache chief, Juh, hated Shoz-Dijiji and he desired Ish-Kay-Way for her beauty and to punish Shoz-Dijiji. Ish-Kay-Way came to marriageable age before Shoz-Dijiji became a man. She waited in a teepee while suitors, including Juh, tethered their horses outside.

Geronimo said, “She will choose a horse and marry the owner.”

She stayed inside for ten days until all the horses were gone.

She told Shoz-Dijiji, “I will wait for you forever.”

“And I you.”

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