A giant white man, swinging through the trees, approached the camp of the fifty warriors. He was naked but for a leopard skin, and armed only with a long rope and a hunting knife. Through the darkness of the jungle, he moved with perfect sureness and in utter silence. Numa, the hunting lion, down wind from him, caught his scent and growled. It was a scent that Numa knew well, and feared. It was not alone the scent of man—it was the scent of The Man.
Presently he dropped lightly to the ground beside the camp. Instantly the warriors were upon their feet, their weapons ready in their hands.
“It is I, my children,” said the man. “It is I, Tarzan of the Apes!”
The warriors tossed aside their weapons. “Welcome Big Bwana!” “Welcome, Tarzan!” they called.
“What luck, Muviro?” demanded the ape man.
“None, master,” replied a mighty black. “We have searched in all directions, but we have seen no spoor of the white boys.”
“Nor I,” said Tarzan. “I am half convinced that the Mugalla whom we questioned a week ago lied to us, when he said that they had come to his village and that Galla Galla, their chief, had sent them on toward my country with some friendly Karendo traders. Tomorrow we shall set out for the village of Galla Galla.”