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chieftain

the head or leader of a tribe or clan
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My exhibition had been witnessed by several hundred lesser Martians, and they immediately broke into demands for a repetition, which the chieftain then ordered me to make; but I was both hungry and thirsty, and determined on the spot that my only method of salvation was to demand the consideration from these creatures which they evidently would not voluntarily accord.
The assembled warriors and chieftains examined me closely, feeling my muscles and the texture of my skin.
"Are all my chieftains cowards and cravens?" he demanded presently in sneering tones.
Though none of these statements agreed with Kaviri's, that the Russian was but three days gone from the chieftain's village and that his following was much smaller than now stated, Tarzan was in no manner surprised at the discrepancies, for he was quite familiar with the savage mind's strange manner of functioning.
They were resolute, however, and launched their boat, while the wary chieftain followed at some short distance in his canoe.
Seizing his shield and drawing his sword, he cried, "Come, let us go to him, let us help our chieftain, although the grim terror of fire be hot."
"We of Thuria had heard of a great chieftain who has bound together many tribes, and my father has sent me to Dacor to learn if there be truth in these stories, and if so to offer the services of Thuria to him whom we have heard called emperor."
To this end twenty warriors were despatched in pairs to ten of the leading kingdoms, with instructions to make every effort to discover the where-abouts of Hooja and Dian, while prosecuting their missions to the chieftains to whom they were sent.
Not so the Crow chieftain. He fasted all that night, nor tasted a drop of water.
The 6ft 10in Glasgow Rocks forward will return to his home city for the game on August 17, at Stirling Sports Village - organised again by Forth Valley Social Enterprise (FVSE) The chieftain is chosen by the Stirling Highland Games committee from a list of the area's famous sons or daughters.
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