THE MIRACLE WOMAN OF THE JUNGLE
they were cubs, new to captivity, La Belle Lenida had trained her lions.
Now she was called upon to save her own life by demonstrating her magic
control over these beasts that she had brought back to the jungle. As the
savages gathered in a circle to watch her, Tarzan recalled the first night
he had seen her with her trained lions in a French provincial circus. Now
with Tarzan's aid, she performed the same act in the jungle.
"Next you will see her put her head into numa's
mouth," said Tarzan.
A shudder went through the lion tamer as she was
called upon to perform this action, for it was when she had put her head
in the red lion's mouth at the circus that the great beast had struck.
But now numa was as gentle with her as a puppy.
"You say this woman is not brave!" Tarzan exclaimed.
"Is there one of you who dares like her to put his head between numa's
"I am brave, braver than all women!" cried the
warrior Mumkivro. "I will dare what she will dare."
But as the fearless warrior knelt. . . numa
And so Tarzan made the savages recognize Lenida
as braver than their bravest. They had seen the power of her magic as she
saved the great warrior Mumkivro from the lion's jaws. They had seen her
make numa and sabor obey like children. And now they hailed her as a new
goddess and knelt before her to pay her homage.