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Volume 5960

HUMAN TARGETS: 1934.02.11
Sathor, Chief of the Brigands, smiled cruelly as he proclaimed that Tarzan, Kamur and Hotep should die, while Nikotris should be held captive. Then Pestaban, the hunchback, spoke: "This maiden, my lord, is sister to the pharaoh. She will fetch a king's ransom. The chief praised Pestaban's wisdom and the Brigands took counsel to lay their crafty plans. A swift messenger was dispatched to the city. 

Outside the palace, the messenger drew his strong bow. Into the court of the sun an arrow whirred and dropped at the feet of the astonished pharaoh. Around it was rolled a sheet of parchment. The Brigands demanded for Nikotris a ransom of fifty thousand pieces of fine gold, to be brought to the dunes of Diskara. The chancellor said the sum would empty the royal coffers, but the pharaoh answered: "Even though an exile, Nikotris is more precious than gold."

As required by the Brigands, the pharaoh himself led the treasure caravan into the desert, while Sathor and forty picked men brought forth ladders, and left their secret lair for their rendezvous with the treasure bearers. By order of Sathor, Nikotris was to be guarded until his return, but Tarzan, Kamur and Hotep were to be slain at once. The cruel bandits would use the prisoners to practice their skill in archery. Tarzan was chosen as the first target!

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