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Volume 5522

THE STORY OF HULVIA ~ 1932.02.14
She was born aboard her father's ship, while a wild storm raged in the Arctic. That night her mother died. She grew up with the ship as her schoolroom, her Viking father as her companion and an honest compass as her guide. One night in a Portuguese port, a trio of Mediterranean seamen attacked her father. Hulvia, now grown to young womanhood, came to the cafe, seeking him. At a word from her, the sailors stopped their attack. Men feared her and instinctively obeyed her. Only one of the crew ever dared to make love to her.

"Prove yourself a hero first," she told him. "None but a hero may marry Hulvia."

When his first chance came in a sailor's brawl, the young suitor failed miserably. Hulvia developed a great contempt for men. After her father's ship was wrecked on the African coast, her proud fearlessness made even the cruel Al-Alba savages pause. But that night, the witch doctor of the tribe called for her death.

"You little rat!" cried Hulvia as he touched her. And she tossed him over the tribal fire into the midst of his savage tribesmen.

"And so they turned to me and hailed me as a goddess," Hulvia explained as she told Tarzan her story. "But I am just an ordinary woman. And at last," she said, "I have found a hero worthy of my love."


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