The Davenport New Era (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 22, 1917 Page: 3 of 14
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THE DAVENPORT NEW ERA
Frank A. Munsey Co.
6u EDGAR RICE
JACK LEARNS THE APE LANGUAGE AND HE AND AKUT BE-
COME BOON CRONIES—PAULVITCH ATTEMPTS MUR-
DER AND IS HIMSELF KILLED FOR TREACHERY
Synopsis.—A scientific expedition off the African coast rescues a
human derelict, Alexis Paulviteh. He brings aboard an ape, intelligent
and friendly, and reaches London. Jack, son of Lord Greystoke, the
original Tarzan, has inherited a love of wild life and steals from home
to see the ape, now a drawing card in a music hall. The ape makes
friends with him. The ape refuses to leave Jack despite his trainer.
Tarzan appears and is Joyfully recognized by the ape, for Tarzan had
been king of his tribe. Tarzan agrees to buy Akut, the ape, and seud
him back to Africa.
Knowing nothing of the man's true
character, the boy dared not take him
fully into his confidence for fear that
the old fellow would not only refuse
him aid, but would report the whole
affair to his father.
Instead, he simply asked permission
to take Ajax to Dover, lie explained
that It would relieve the old man of a
tiresome journey, as well as placing a
number of pounds in his pocket, for
the lad purposed paying the Russian
"You see," he went on, "there will
be 110 danger of detection, since I am
supposed to be leaving on an after-
noon train for school. Instead I will
come here after they've left me on the
train. Then I can take Ajax to Dover,
you see, and arrive at school only a
day late. No one will be the wiser, no
harm will be done, and I shall have
had an extra day with Ajax before 7
lose him forever."
That afternoon Lord nnd Lady Grey-
stoke bade their son good-bye and saw
him safely settled in a first class com-
partment of the railway carriage that
would set liim down at school in a few
hours. No sooner had they left him
however, than he gathered his bags
together, descended from the compart
ment and sought a cab stand outside
the station. Here he engaged a cabby
to take him to the Russian's address
It was dusk when he arrived, lie
found Paulviteh awaiting him. The
man was pacing the floor nervously
The ape was tied with a stout cord
to the bed. It was the first time that
Jack had ever seen Ajax thus secured.
He looked questioningly at Paul
vitch. The man mumblingly explained
that he believed the animal had
Tarzan visited Akut the following
day, but though Jack begged to be al-
lowed to accompany liim, he was re-
fused. This time Tarzan saw the pock-
marked old owner of the ape, whom
he did not recognize as the wily Paul-
viteh of former days. Tarzan, influ-
enced by Akut's pleadings, broached
the question of the ape's purchase, but
Paulviteh would not name any price,
saying that he would consider the mat-
When Tarzan returned home Jack
was all excitement to hear the details
of his visit, and finally suggested that
his father buy the ape and bring it
home. Lady Greystroke was horrified
at the suggestion.
The boy was insistent. Tarzan ex-
plained that he had wished to purchase
Akut and return him to his jungle
home, and to this the mother assented.
Jack asked to be allowed to visit the
ape, but again he was met with flat
He had the address, however, which
the trainer had given his father, and
two days later he found the opportunity
to elude his new tutor—who had re-
placed the terrified Mr. Moore—and
after considerable search through a
section of London which he had never
before visited he found the smelly little
quarters of the pockmarked old man.
The old fellow himself replied to his
knocking, and when Jack stated that
he had come to see Ajax, opened the
door and admitted him to the little
room which ho and the great ape oc
At sight of the youth the ape leaped
to the floor and shuffled forward. The
man, not recognizing his visitor and
fearing that the ape meant mischief,
stepped between them, ordering the
ape back to the bed.
"He will not hurt me," cried the boy.
"We are friends, and before, he was my
father's friend. They knew one another
in the jungle. My father is Lord Grey-
stoke. He does not know that 1 have
come here. My mother forbade my
coming, but I wished to see Ajax, and
1 will pay you If you will let me come
here often to see him."
Paulviteh eucouraged the boy to
come and see him often, and always he
played upon the lad's craving for tales
of the savage world, with which Paul-
viteh was all too familiar. He left him
alone with Akut much, and it was not
long until lie was surprised to learn
thut the boy could make the great
beast understand him—that he had
actually learned much of the primitive
language of the anthropoids.
During this period Tarzan came sev-
eral times to visit Paulviteh. He
seemed anxious to purchase Ajax, and
at last he told the man frankly that he
was prompted cot only by a desire
upon liis part to return the beast to the
liberty of his native jungle, but also
because his wife feared that in some
way lier son might learn the where-
abouts of the ape and through his at-
tachment for the beast become Imbued
with the roving instinct which, as Tar-
zan explained to Paulviteh, had so In-
fluenced his own life.
The Russian could scarce repress a
smile as lie listened to Lord Grey-
stoke's words, for scarce a half hour
had passed since the future Lord Grey-
stoke had been sitting upon the disor-
dered bed. jabbering away to Ajax
with all the fluency of a born ape.
It was during this interview that a
plan occurred to Paulviteh, and as a
result of It he agreed to accept a fabu-
lous sum for the ape and upon receipt
of the money to deliver the beast to a
vessel that was sailing south from
Dover for Africa two days later.
Everything played into l'aulvitch's
hands. As chance would have it, Tar-
zan's sou overheard his father relating
to the boy's mother the steps he was
taking to return Akut safely to his
Jungle home, and, having overheard, he
begged them to bring the ape home that
he might have him for a playfellow.
Tarzan would not have been averse to
this plan, but Lady Greystoke was hor-
rified at the very thought of it.
Jack pleaded with his mother, but all
unavallingly. She was obdurate, and
at last the lad appeared to acquiesce
in his mother's decision that the ape
must be returned to Africa and the boy
to school, from which he had been ab-
sent upon a vacation.
He did not attempt to visit l'aul-
vitch's room again that day, but in-
stead busied himself in other ways. He
had always been well supplied with
money, so that when necessity demand-
ed he had no difficulty in collecting
several hundred pounds.
Some of this money lie Invested In
various strange purchases, which he
managed to smuggle into the house
undetected when he returned late In
The next morning, after giving his
father time to precede liim and con-
| dude his business with Paulviteh, the
lad hastened to the Russian's room.
His Hideous Face Went White in Ter-
ror—The Ape Was Free!
guessed that he was to be sent away
and that he feared he would attempt
Paulviteh carried another piece of
cord in his baud. There was a noose
in one end of it, which he was con-
tinually playing with. He walked back
and forth, up and down the room. Ills
pockmarked features were working
horribly as he talked silently to him-
self. The boy had never seen him
thus. It made him uneas.v.
At last Paulviteh stopped on the op-
posite side of the room far from the
"Come here," he said to the lad. "1
will show you how to secure the ape
should he show signs of rebellion dur- j
ing the trip."
The lad laughed. "It will not be
necessary," he replied. "Ajax will do
whatever I tell him to do."
The old man stamped his foot an-
grily. "Come here, I tell you," he re-
peated. "If you do not do as I say you
shall not accompany the ape to Dover.
I will take no chances upon bis es-
Still smiling, the lnd crossed the
room and stood before the Russ.
"Turn around, with your back to-
ward me," directed the latter, "so J
can show you how to bind him
The boy did as lie was bid, placing
his hands behind him when Paulviteh
told him to do so. Instantly the old
man slipped the running noose over
one of the lad's wrists, took a couple
of half hitches about his other wrist
and knotted the cord. The moment
that the boy was secured the attitude
of the man changed. He had known
and bitterly hated Tarzan In, Africa
years before, for Tarian had broken
up ills business as a slave dealer. Now,
with an angry oath, be wheeled Tar-
zan's son about, tripped him and hurled
him violently to the floor, leaping upon
bis breast as he fell. From the bed
the ape growled and struggled with
The boy did not cry out—a trait in-
herited from bis savage sire, who dur-
ing years in the jungle following the
death of his foster mother, Kala, the
great ape, had learned that there was
none to come to the succor of the
Paulvitcli's fingers sought the lad's
throat. He grinned down horribly Into
the face of Ills victim.
"Your father ruined me," he mum-
bled. "This will pay him. He will
think that the ape did it. I will tell
him that the ape did it; that I left
liim alone for a few minutes and that
you sneaked in and the ape killed you.
I will throw your body upon the bed
after I have choked the life out of you,
nnd when I bring your father he will
see the ape squatting over It," nnd the
twisted fiend cackl<*1 in gloating laugh-
II is fingers closed upon the boy's
Behind them the growling of the
maddened benst reverberated against
the walls of the little room. The boy
paled, but no other sign of fear or
panic showed upon h's countenance.
He was the son of Tarzan. The Angers
tightened their grip upon his throat. It
was with difficulty that he breathed—
The ape lunged against the stout
cord that held him. Turning, he
wrapped the cord about his bauds, as
a man might have done, nnd surged
heavily backward. The great muscles
stood out beneuth Ills shaggy hide.
There was a rending as of splintered
wood—the cord held, but a portion of
the footboard of the bed came away.
At the sound Paulviteh looked up.
Ills hideous face went white In terror
—the ape was free!
With a single bound the creature
was upon him. The man shrieked.
The brute wrenched him from the body
of the boy. Great fingers sank Into
his flesh. Yellow fangs gasped close
to his throat—be struggled futllely—
and then they closed, and the soul of
Alexis Paulviteh passed into the keep-
ing of the demons who had long been
The boy struggled to Ills feet, as-
sisted by Akut. For two hours, under
his instructions, the ape worked upon
the knots that secured his friend's
wrists. Finally they gave up their se-
cret, nnd the boy was free.
He cut the cord that still dangled
from the ape's body. Then hd opened
one of his bags and drew forth soino
His plans had been well made. He
did not consult the beast, which did all
that lie directed. Together they slunk
from the bouse, but no casual observer
might have noted that one of them
was nn ape.
Jack and Akut disappear and
elude all pursuit. They start out
as partners in a strange country.
(TO UK CONTINUED.)
Decay of Tin.
The most remarkable example oi
allotroplc disintegration of metals
Is perhaps that of tin. Investigation
lias shown that the disease can only
occur In a temperature not exceeding
C4.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Tin decay is,
therefore, most prevalent In cold cli-
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