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Talons of Death ~ 35-10-27 ~ #242
bound, Tarzan was thrust into a hut to await his doom at the hands of the
Lion People. And Mengo delighted in boasting to Sigreda that he had captured
the ape-man who had come to save her.
Next morning Tarzan heard the hunting parties setting
out to trap the lions which were to kill him. Toward evening they returned,
and savage roars announced their success. Soon the night trembled wit the
thunder of cannibal drums, booming a dismal prelude to the fearful rites
to come. Then the captives were driven forth toward the mystic kraal --
where the talons of death awaited them.
Brave Sigreda smiled at Tarzan. "I know you love me, because
you tried to save me. Now I can die happy." Loath to rob the Viking maid
of her last comfort, Tarzan did not dissent.
Now the captives were led up a stairway to a platform
above an arena where a dozen lions clamored against their cages. And upon
the platform crowded the cannibals, their eyes large with eager expectation
of the bloody spectacle. Then Mengo, the chief, addressed the prisoners,
"You will draw lots to decide the order of your dying!"
"No!" cried Sigreda. "I will go first!"
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