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Sigreda's Love ~ 35. 11.10
lion rose on his hind legs and fell fiercely upon his victim; and thus
died Rabold the Viking. But before the beast could devour his prey, a sudden
flight of arrows rained from the platform and ended his life. Tarzan turned
to the cannibal chief, surprised that the venerated Lord Simba should be
slain, Mengo explained: "We favor Simba by killing him at the height of
his triumph. His happy work is done. He has given us a victim for our feast."
Now Mengo ordered that TArzan be unbound for entrance
into the fatal arena, from which no man ever returned alive. Sharp spears
were pressed against his flesh. One false move, and the lances would penetrate
his body! Tears streamed now from Sigreda's eyes as she whispered: "Farewell,
beloved. We shall be united in death!"
Mengo returned Tarzan's hunting knife; but of what avail
was that small blade in the coming combat! Now the cannibal chief signaled
triumphantly and five raging lions leaped from their cages. "Haste!" Mengo
roared. "Thrust Tarzan into the pit, or the lions will rush here to attack
As the spearmen drove the ape-man into the arena, a cry
arose behind him. It was Sigreda screaming! "Rather than witness his death,
I shall die." and the distraught maiden ran past Tarzan to face the raging
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