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Volume 6535

Tragic Maid ~ 35.07.14 ~ #227

In vain did Thorik seek to dissuade Tarzan from his hazardous journey to the Viking town.

"If we would lay plans to regain your throne," the ape-man answered calmly," we must know what is astir there." Then he went down into the valley and when night fell he ventured into the stronghold of Thorik's enemies. Sounds of the merrymaking drew him toward the feasting hall, were a guard leaped suddenly from the shadows. But Tarzan's fatal fingers flew out and throttled the outcry in his enemy's throat. Then he was free to look upon the boisterous scene within, where Red Erik occupied a lordly throne, ensconced among his warriors. Beside the brutal usurper sat a beautiful fair-haired girl. Weighed down with a heavy sadness, while . . . a bard sand of Erik's strong and bloody deeds -- how he slew king Thorgest and sent Thorik, his son, into fatal exile.

"And tomorrow," a drunken warrior laughed, "our new king shall wed the fair Sigreda, who was Thorik's betrothed.

The heart of Tarzan was filled with pity and anger as he pondered the forced marriage of Thorik's beloved.

Then Sigreda arose majestically. "My dear Thorik is dead," she cried. "Rather than wed his slayer, I too shall die!"

Swiftly she plucked a dagger from Erik's belt. The shining steel fluttered like a bird -- then flew straight for Sigreda's aching heart!

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