The next morning they set out upon the short journey to Tarzan's cabin. Fou_aziri bore the body of the dead Englishman. It had been the ape-man'_uggestion that Clayton be buried beside the former Lord Greystoke near th_dge of the jungle against the cabin that the older man had built.
Jane Porter was glad that it was to be so, and in her heart of hearts sh_ondered at the marvelous fineness of character of this wondrous man, who,
though raised by brutes and among brutes, had the true chivalry and tendernes_hich only associates with the refinements of the highest civilization.
They had proceeded some three miles of the five that had separated them fro_arzan's own beach when the Waziri who were ahead stopped suddenly, pointin_n amazement at a strange figure approaching them along the beach. It was _an with a shiny silk hat, who walked slowly with bent head, and hands claspe_ehind him underneath the tails of his long, black coat.
At sight of him Jane Porter uttered a little cry of surprise and joy, and ra_uickly ahead to meet him. At the sound of her voice the old man looked up,
and when he saw who it was confronting him he, too, cried out in relief an_appiness. As Professor Archimedes Q. Porter folded his daughter in his arm_ears streamed down his seamed old face, and it was several minutes before h_ould control himself sufficiently to speak.
When a moment later he recognized Tarzan it was with difficulty that the_ould convince him that his sorrow had not unbalanced his mind, for with th_ther members of the party he had been so thoroughly convinced that the ape-
man was dead it was a problem to reconcile the conviction with the ver_ifelike appearance of Jane's "forest god." The old man was deeply touched a_he news of Clayton's death.
"I cannot understand it," he said. "Monsieur Thuran assured us that Clayto_assed away many days ago."
"Thuran is with you?" asked Tarzan.
"Yes; he but recently found us and led us to your cabin. We were camped but _hort distance north of it. Bless me, but he will be delighted to see yo_oth."
"And surprised," commented Tarzan.
A short time later the strange party came to the clearing in which stood th_pe-man's cabin. It was filled with people coming and going, and almost th_irst whom Tarzan saw was D'Arnot.
"Paul!" he cried. "In the name of sanity what are you doing here? Or are w_ll insane?"
It was quickly explained, however, as were many other seemingly strang_hings. D'Arnot's ship had been cruising along the coast, on patrol duty, whe_t the lieutenant's suggestion they had anchored off the little landlocke_arbor to have another look at the cabin and the jungle in which many of th_fficers and men had taken part in exciting adventures two years before. O_anding they had found Lord Tennington's party, and arrangements were bein_ade to take them all on board the following morning, and carry them back t_ivilization.
Hazel Strong and her mother, Esmeralda, and Mr. Samuel T. Philander wer_lmost overcome by happiness at Jane Porter's safe return. Her escape seeme_o them little short of miraculous, and it was the consensus of opinion tha_t could have been achieved by no other man than Tarzan of the Apes. The_oaded the uncomfortable ape-man with eulogies and attentions until he wishe_imself back in the amphitheater of the apes.
All were interested in his savage Waziri, and many were the gifts the blac_en received from these friends of their king, but when they learned that h_ight sail away from them upon the great canoe that lay at anchor a mile of_hore they became very sad.
As yet the newcomers had seen nothing of Lord Tennington and Monsieur Thuran.
They had gone out for fresh meat early in the day, and had not yet returned.
"How surprised this man, whose name you say is Rokoff, will be to see you,"
said Jane Porter to Tarzan.
"His surprise will be short-lived," replied the ape-man grimly, and there wa_hat in his tone that made her look up into his face in alarm. What she rea_here evidently confirmed her fears, for she put her hand upon his arm, an_leaded with him to leave the Russian to the laws of France.
"In the heart of the jungle, dear," she said, "with no other form of right o_ustice to appeal to other than your own mighty muscles, you would b_arranted in executing upon this man the sentence he deserves; but with th_trong arm of a civilized government at your disposal it would be murder t_ill him now. Even your friends would have to submit to your arrest, or if yo_esisted it would plunge us all into misery and unhappiness again. I canno_ear to lose you again, my Tarzan. Promise me that you will but turn him ove_o Captain Dufranne, and let the law take its course—the beast is not wort_isking our happiness for."
He saw the wisdom of her appeal, and promised. A half hour later Rokoff an_ennington emerged from the jungle. They were walking side by side. Tenningto_as the first to note the presence of strangers in the camp. He saw the blac_arriors palavering with the sailors from the cruiser, and then he saw _ithe, brown giant talking with Lieutenant D'Arnot and Captain Dufranne.
"Who is that, I wonder," said Tennington to Rokoff, and as the Russian raise_is eyes and met those of the ape-man full upon him, he staggered and wen_hite.
"SAPRISTI!" he cried, and before Tennington realized what he intended he ha_hrown his gun to his shoulder, and aiming point-blank at Tarzan pulled th_rigger. But the Englishman was close to him—so close that his hand reache_he leveled barrel a fraction of a second before the hammer fell upon th_artridge, and the bullet that was intended for Tarzan's heart whirre_armlessly above his head.
Before the Russian could fire again the ape-man was upon him and had wreste_he firearm from his grasp. Captain Dufranne, Lieutenant D'Arnot, and a doze_ailors had rushed up at the sound of the shot, and now Tarzan turned th_ussian over to them without a word. He had explained the matter to the Frenc_ommander before Rokoff arrived, and the officer gave immediate orders t_lace the Russian in irons and confine him on board the cruiser.
Just before the guard escorted the prisoner into the small boat that was t_ransport him to his temporary prison Tarzan asked permission to search him,
and to his delight found the stolen papers concealed upon his person.
The shot had brought Jane Porter and the others from the cabin, and a momen_fter the excitement had died down she greeted the surprised Lord Tennington.
Tarzan joined them after he had taken the papers from Rokoff, and, as h_pproached, Jane Porter introduced him to Tennington.
"John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, my lord," she said.
The Englishman looked his astonishment in spite of his most herculean effort_o appear courteous, and it required many repetitions of the strange story o_he ape-man as told by himself, Jane Porter, and Lieutenant D'Arnot t_onvince Lord Tennington that they were not all quite mad.
At sunset they buried William Cecil Clayton beside the jungle graves of hi_ncle and his aunt, the former Lord and Lady Greystoke. And it was at Tarzan'_equest that three volleys were fired over the last resting place of "a brav_an, who met his death bravely."
Professor Porter, who in his younger days had been ordained a minister,
conducted the simple services for the dead. About the grave, with bowed heads,
stood as strange a company of mourners as the sun ever looked down upon. Ther_ere French officers and sailors, two English lords, Americans, and a score o_avage African braves.
Following the funeral Tarzan asked Captain Dufranne to delay the sailing o_he cruiser a couple of days while he went inland a few miles to fetch his
"belongings," and the officer gladly granted the favor.
Late the next afternoon Tarzan and his Waziri returned with the first load of
"belongings," and when the party saw the ancient ingots of virgin gold the_warmed upon the ape-man with a thousand questions; but he was smilingl_bdurate to their appeals—he declined to give them the slightest clew as t_he source of his immense treasure. "There are a thousand that I left behind,"
he explained, "for every one that I brought away, and when these are spent _ay wish to return for more."
The next day he returned to camp with the balance of his ingots, and when the_ere stored on board the cruiser Captain Dufranne said he felt like th_ommander of an old-time Spanish galleon returning from the treasure cities o_he Aztecs. "I don't know what minute my crew will cut my throat, and tak_ver the ship," he added.
The next morning, as they were preparing to embark upon the cruiser, Tarza_entured a suggestion to Jane Porter.
"Wild beasts are supposed to be devoid of sentiment," he said, "bu_evertheless I should like to be married in the cabin where I was born, besid_he graves of my mother and my father, and surrounded by the savage jungl_hat always has been my home."
"Would it be quite regular, dear?" she asked. "For if it would I know of n_ther place in which I should rather be married to my forest god than beneat_he shade of his primeval forest."
And when they spoke of it to the others they were assured that it would b_uite regular, and a most splendid termination of a remarkable romance. So th_ntire party assembled within the little cabin and about the door to witnes_he second ceremony that Professor Porter was to solemnize within three days.
D'Arnot was to be best man, and Hazel Strong bridesmaid, until Tenningto_pset all the arrangements by another of his marvelous "ideas."
"If Mrs. Strong is agreeable," he said, taking the bridesmaid's hand in his,
"Hazel and I think it would be ripping to make it a double wedding."
The next day they sailed, and as the cruiser steamed slowly out to sea a tal_an, immaculate in white flannel, and a graceful girl leaned against her rai_o watch the receding shore line upon which danced twenty naked, blac_arriors of the Waziri, waving their war spears above their savage heads, an_houting farewells to their departing king.
"I should hate to think that I am looking upon the jungle for the last time,
dear," he said, "were it not that I know that I am going to a new world o_appiness with you forever," and, bending down, Tarzan of the Apes kissed hi_ate upon her lips.