"Long have I looked for you, Tarzan," said Akut. "Now that I have found you I shall come to your jungle and live there always."
He saw the black Mugambi wielding his deadly knob- stick, and beside them, with bared fangs and bristling whiskers, Sheeta the terrible; and pressing close behind the savage and the savage panther, the hideous apes of Akut. The man sighed.
"It cannot be, Akut," he said; "but if you would return, I shall see that it is done.
Tarzan visited Akut the following day, but though Jack begged to be allowed to accompany him he was refused.
Tarzan explained that he had wished to purchase Akut and return him to his jungle home, and to this the mother assented.
He left him alone with Akut much, and it was not long until he was surprised to learn that the boy could make the great beast understand him--that he had actually learned many of the words of the primitive language of the anthropoids.
As chance would have it, Tarzan's son 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 play-fellow.
"I am Akut," replied the other in the same simple, primal tongue which is so low in the scale of spoken languages that, as Tarzan had surmised, it was identical with that of the tribe in which the first twenty years of his life had been spent.
But Tarzan of the Apes would not be king of the tribe of Akut. All he wishes is to live in peace in this country.
Down they went together, but so well had Tarzan's plan worked out that before ever they touched the ground he had gained the same hold upon Akut that had broken Molak's neck.
Akut thought of the creaking sound he had heard just before Molak's thick neck had snapped, and he shuddered.
The ape-man rose, and Akut came slowly to his feet.