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Volume 6520

TARZAN'S DOOM ~ 35.03.31 ~ #212
The howling Waioris led Tarzan from the hall and locked him in a cage to await the fiery sacrifice. Haughtily Sybil Stoneley approached him.

"Now I am ruler of the tribe," she said, "and you are in my power!"

"I trust you are satisfied ," Tarzan replied. "Tonight  they will kill me and you will be rid of me."

"Kill you?' the girl cried out in astonishment. "I want you imprisoned -- not killed. I won't allow it!"

Tarzan shrugged. "The witch-doctors have told the people that you demand me as a sacrifice."

Sybil looked about her. Already the savages were gathering faggots for the sacrificial fire. "Tell them I forbid it!" she commanded.

Knowing the hopelessness of his effort, Tarzan conveyed her command to the Waioris but they laughed: "You cannot deceive us so easily."

Sybil Stoneley stormed and fumed, because she had no power to prevent the death of Tarzan. Garu, who posed as interpreter of her divine words, assured the people that she was heaping curses on Tarzan the evil one.  Suddenly then the imperious maiden, who was goddess-queen of the Waioris, burst into womanly tears. "Forgive me," she implored.

"Ask forgiveness first of your own proud heart, which has brought us both to this circumstance," said the ape-man.

Soon twilight fell. Tarzan was bound to a tree, and the ritual drums boomed out the first weird rhythms of the dance of death!

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