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THE LION TAMER
Tarzan, close in
spirit to all wild beasts, bitterly resented the caging of animals but
when he lived in civilization as Lord Greystoke, he frequently sought their
companionship. He might often be seen talking to the apes at the zoo...
and he always prowled around the cages at the circus, feeling that he too
was caged by the bars of civilized life. One night when the famous lion
tamer Lenida was doing her act in a provincial city of France, Tarzan was
watching her from a ringside box. That afternoon when the circus was at
a railroad siding, lightning had struck the car in which the lions were
caged. The cage caught on fire and the lions fought furiously to escape
as the flames licked their feet. The flames were put out, but for the rest
of the day the beasts were in a ferocious mood, attacking even their faithful
keeper when he came to feed them. Their constant roars spread fear; so
that, before Lenida went on that night at the circus, the manager pleaded
with her not to attempt that part of her act where she put her head between
the red lion's jaws. But, supremely confident of her power, the great Lenida
had appeared in the ring. When she attempted to put her head between the
red lion's jaws. . . the great beast struck! Then Tarzan leaped into
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