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Volume 5945

COMBAT ~ 1933.10.29
The barbaric tribesmen shouted in anticipated triumph as their champion, Prince Kamur, rushed upon the ape-man. But Tarzan ducked and met the giant with a deadly blow. Kamur staggered breathless and the ape-man leaped upon his back, locking him in the steely grip that had broken the back of Numa the lion. Nikotris, torn between love and duty, could desire neither defeat for Kamur, who fought for her love, nor defeat for Tarzan, who fought for her people. As she saw her barbaric lover quiver with pain when Tarzan increased the fearsome pressure, she cried out for the ape-man to stop. But Tarzan did not loose his grip until Kamur lay like a wilted thing on the ground. Then, placing his foot on the Ibek's chest, he roared the victory cry of the bull ape at the kill. The battle was over so quickly that the watchers stood stunned to silence, all but Nikotris, who clasped Kamur to her and implored him to speak.

The Pharaoh called upon Tarzan to name his own reward for the victory.

"I ask no reward for myself, O Pharaoh," said the ape-man. "I ask it for Nikotris. Yield her in marriage to Prince Kamur." The Egyptians cried out in horror at the request. But the Pharaoh said, "So be it. I have promised only if my sister weds Kamur, she dies to me and mine. And you Tarzan, stand forever banished from my kingdom."

Nikotris pleaded for her brother's blessing, but the Pharaoh turned his back upon her and led his soldiers back across the desert. Nikotris quivered with fear as the uncouth Ibeks gathered around her and she sought the protection of Tarzan's arms. Swiftly Tarzan took command.

"Carry your Prince upon your shields," he ordered. And he followed with Nikotris as the Ibeks led the way to their mountain kingdom.

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