Thursday, November 9, 2017

1893 Tarzan Of The Apes

Date:  January 2, 1893 Monday on a full moon.

Event:  Tarzan visits Mbonga's village and the older apes approach their new king about his often absence.
Source:  "Once every moon Tarzan would go swinging rapidly back through the swaying branches to have a day with his books, and to replenish his supply of arrows."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "At last some of the older apes spoke to Tarzan on the subject, and for a month thereafter he remained constantly with the tribe."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes..  The full moon date is supplied from the U.S Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
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Burne Hogarth

Date:  January 23, 1893
Event:  Terkoz and Tarzan battle for the first time and the ape-man defeats his foster brother with the half-Nelson.
Source:  "The entire matter was taken out of Tarzan's hands one day by force of circumstances," ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "There was one of the tribe of Tarzan who questioned his authority, and that was Terkoz, the son of Tublat,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  This event occurs ten days before Tarzan kills Mirando, which is one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is February 3.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  afternoon of January 23, 1893
Event:  On the same day Tarzan defeated Terkoz the ape man gives up his kingship.  
Source:  "That afternoon as the tribe came together, as was their wont before darkness settled on the jungle,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  This event occurs ten days before Tarzan kills Mirando, which is one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is February 3.

Frank Chio

Date:  morning of January 24, 1893
Event:  Tarzan leaves the mangani.
Source:  "The following morning,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Jamie Chase

Date:  late morning January 25, 1893
Event:  Tarzan arrives at his father's cabin by the sea.
Source:  "He traveled very slowly, sleeping in the jungle at night, and reaching his cabin late the following morning."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Joe Kubert
                                                                           
Date:  January 25 thru February 2, 1893
Event:  Tarzan remains at the Greystoke cabin.
Source:  "For several days he moved about but little, only enough to gather what fruit and nuts he required to satisfy the demands of hunger."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.
Chat:  Under normal circumstances Tarzan would have visited Mbonga's village on Wednesday, February 1, 1893 for that was the full moon and the night the natives danced.  Why the ape-man failed to go is a mystery, but he does go the day afterwards on February 2, 1893.

Frank Frazetta

Date:  February 2, 1893
Event:  Tarzan has recovered enough to function normally.
Source:  "In ten days he was quite sound again,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.
Chat:  Take note that while recovering Tarzan makes a second attempt to make a loin cloth out of animal skin but again fails.  "During his convalescence Tarzan tried to fashion a mantle from the skin of Sabor, which had lain all this time in the cabin.  But he found the hide dried as stiff as a board, and as he knew naught of tanning, he was forced to abandon his cherished plan."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  morning of February 2, 1893
Event:  Tarzan kills Mirando and permanently clothes himself for the first time.
Source:  "When he felt quite strong again, after his bloody battle with Terkoz, Tarzan set off one morning towards Mbonga's village,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  These events occur one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is February 3.  "Tarzan dispatched his prisoner  quickly and silently; removed the weapons and ornaments, and - oh, the greatest joy of all - a handsome doeskin breechcloth, which he quickly transferred to his own person."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Joe Kubert

Date:  February 2, 1893 
Event:  Tarzan returns to Mbonga's village and discards Mirando's body.
Source:  This visit occurs on a day that is not on Tarzan's normal schedule because ERB makes this statement.  "Taking the body across his shoulder, he moved more slowly through the trees toward the little palisaded village, for he again needed arrows."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes. Tarzan's normal village visit was on a full moon which was the day before.  These events occur one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is February 3.

Date February 2, 1893
Event:  Tarzan returns to his cabin and sees a ship in the harbor and white men on the beach.
Source:  "Then Tarzan returned, hunting, always hunting to the cabin by the beach."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes. These events occur one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is
February 3.

Andrea Kalfas

Date:  afternoon of February 2, 1893
Event:  Professor Q. Porter and his assistant, Samuel T. Philander are lost.
Source:  It is during their lost wonderings that ERB provides two hints that the Porter party are in Portuguese Angola.  "It was by the merest caprice of fortune that they headed toward the west coast of Africa, instead of toward Zanzibar on the opposite side of the dark continent."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  On the map of Africa, Zanzibar lies opposite the boundary areas of Portuguese Angola.
     "Instead, with all the assurance that deductive reasoning from a wrong premise induces in one, Mr. Samuel T. Philander grasped Professor Archimedes Q. Porter firmly by the arm and hurried the weakly protesting old gentleman off in the direction of Cape Town, fifteen hundred miles to the south."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  By the direction of Cape Town, fifteen hundred miles to the south."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  By air, the shortest distance between two points, 1500 miles from Cape Town would bring us north to the coastal town of Benguela, which is smack in the middle of the coastline of Angola at about 12 degrees South Latitude.  If you think of 1500 miles walking along the beach, then it would have to be measured from or to a point even further south (closer to Cape Town) than Benguela. These events occur one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is February 3.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  just turned night February 2, 1893
Event:  Tarzan rescues Jane and Esmeralda from Sabor, the lioness.
Source:  It is at this point ERB strongly suggest three times the date.  "Little did John Clayton imagine when he fashioned that crude but mighty portal that one day, twenty years later, it would shield a fair American girl, then unborn, from the teeth and talons of a man-eater."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes. From this statement we know that Tarzan is twenty at this occurrence and Jane is less than twenty.
     The following morning when the Porter party bury the bones of John and Alice Clayton the statement is made,  "When the grave had been filled with earth the little party turned back to the cabin, and Esmeralda, still weeping copiously for the two she had never heard of before today, and who had been  dead twenty years, chanced to glance toward the harbor."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.
     That night Jane writes a letter to Hazel Strong and the statement is made, "Within the little building a light was burning, for Clayton had found an unopened tin of oil which had stood intact for twenty years, a part of the supplies left with the Clayton's by Black Michael."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  These events occur one day before the writing of Jane's letter which is February 3.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  February 3 (?), 1893
Event:  Tarzan digs up and reburied Professor Porter's treasure and Jane writes Hazel Strong a letter.
Source:  ERB's penned account plainly imply these events occur the day following Jane and Esmeralda's rescue.  February 3 is the date Jane believes it to be when writing Hazel Strong a letter. It is my belief that ERB's presented date of 1909 is a deliberate attempt by ERB, the author, to modernize the story to protect Tarzan's true identity and sailing date.

Harold Foster

                                                                                                                                                        


Date:  February 4, 1893
Event:  Tarzan reads Jane's letter.
Source:  ERB's penned account plainly imply these events occur the day following Jane's letter writing.
Chat:  Note another hint that ERB provides that John and Alice are marooned in Portuguese Angola. In Jane's letter she writes, "West Coast of Africa, about 10 Degrees South of Latitude.  (So Mr. Clayton says.)

Harold Foster

Date:  morning of February 5, 1893
Event:  Jane finds her missing letter with Tarzan's note.
Source:  "The next morning Jane found her missing letter in the exact spot from which it had disappeared two nights before."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Joe Kubert

Date:  morning of February 6, 1893
Event:  Captain Dufranne's small French warship spots the Arrow.
Source:  On March 6, the day the Frenchmen discovered the Porter Party, "Captain Dufranne, explained that a month before they had sighted the Arrow bearing southwest under considerable canvas, and that when they had signaled her to come about she had but crowded on more sail."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  sunset February 6, 1893
Event:  The small French steam cruiser freed several shots at the Arrow, but she managed to escape.
Source:  "They had kept her hull-up until sunset, firing several shots after her,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  night of February 6, 1893
Event:  The Arrow heads out into the Atlantic in the cover of darkness.
Source:  "It seems that the pursuit by the cruiser had so terrorized the mutineers that they had continued out across the Atlantic."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date February 7, 1893 thru February 26, 1893
Event:  The French steamer searches for the Arrow.
Source:  "They had then continued to cruise up and down the coast for several weeks, and had about forgotten the incident of the recent chase, when, early one morning a few days before, the lookout had described a vessel laboring in through of a heavy sea and evidently entirely out of control." ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  February 14, 1893
Event:  Discovering the meager supply of water and provisions aboard, the Arrow turned back toward the east.
Source:  "they had continued out across the Atlantic for several days after losing her; but on discovering the meager supply of water and provisions aboard, they had turned back toward the east.."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  February 17, 1893
Event:  The Arrow changed from an easterly course to a northerly course.
Source:  "and three days' sailing to the east did not raise land, they bore off to the north, fearing the high north winds that had prevailed had driven them south of the southern extremity of Africa." ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  February 19, 1893
Event:  After two days of northerly travel the Arrow was overtaken by a calm.
Source:  "They kept on a north-northeasterly course for two days, when they were overtaken by a calm,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  February 25, 1893
Event:  The Arrow floated helplessly for nearly a week.
Source:  "they were overtaken by a calm which lasted for nearly a week."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  early morning February 26, 1893
Event:  The French warship captures the Arrow.
Source:  "early one morning a few days before, the lookout described a vessel laboring in the trough of a heavy sea and evidently out of control."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes..

Date:  February 26, 1893
Event:  The mangani dethrone Terkoz.
Source:  "For several days he wandered aimlessly, nursing his spite and looking for some week thing on which to vent his pent anger.  It was in this state of mind that the horrible, man-like beast, swinging from tree to tree, came suddenly upon two women in the jungle."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Harold Foster

Date:  March  2, 1893 Thursday
Event:  Tarzan makes an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows.
Source:  ERB does not write about this event, but as I have shown many many times it is Tarzan's habit to go to Mbonga's village on a full moon to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows.  The full moon date is supplied from the U.S. Navel Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
Date:  early afternoon March 5, 1893
Event:  Terkoz abducts Jane.
Source:  "A month passed,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "It was early afternoon,"  ERB-Tarzan 
Of The Apes.

                               Zdenek Burian                               

Date:  shortly after on the afternoon of March 5, 1893
Event
:  Tarzan kills Terkoz, his foster brother, and rescues Jane.
Source:  "Three miles were covered before Tarzan overtook them."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Joe Jusko

Date:  mid-afternoon March 5, 1893
Event:  Tarzan takes Jane to the amphitheater where the Dum-Dum is held.
Source:  "Though they had come many miles, it was still in the half light which filtered through the maze of encircling foliage."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

J. Allen St. John

Date:  sundown March 5, 1893
Event:  The French warship, with the Arrow in toll, anchored at the beach in front of Tarzan's cabin.
Source:  "They had anchored by night so as not to neglect a particle of the shore line, and it had happened that the preceding night had brought them off the very beach where lay the little camp they sought."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  sunrise March 6, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and Jane eat breakfast.
Source:  "And thus the rising sun found them in the morning."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  early morning March 6, 1893
Event:  The French steamer find the Porter party.
Source:  "Early the following morning the four within the little cabin by the beach were awakened by the booming of a cannon."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Joe Kubert

Date:  March 6, 1893
Event:  Captain Dufranne selected twenty men and two officer's, Lieutenant D'Arnot and Lieutenant Charpentier, to accompany Professor Porter and Clayton in their search for Jane.
Source:  The same day the Porter party was discovered.

Date:  noon March 6, 1893
Event:  While leisurely taking Jane back to the cabin the two stop to drink and eat.
Source:  "Several times they halted for brief rests, which Tarzan did not need, and at noon they stopped for an hour at a little brook, where they quenched their thirst, and ate."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Harold Foster

Date:  noon March 6, 1893
Event:  The expedition of searching sailors stopped for a rest.
Source:  "Noon found them but a few miles inland."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  nearly sunset March 6, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and Jane arrive at the Greystoke's cabin.
Source:  "So it was nearly sunset when they came to the clearing, and Tarzan, dropping to the ground beside a great tree, parted the tall jungle grass and pointed out the little cabin to her."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Thomas Yeates

Date:  dusk March 6, 1893
Event:  While Jane was trying to persuade Tarzan to come and meet her people  the sound of many guns could be heard in the far distance and he raced off to investigate.
Source:  "Mr. Philander was the first to see her.  It was dusk and Mr. Philander was very near sighted."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  dusk March 6, 1893
Event:  The sailors were attacked by Mbonga's warriors and D'Arnot is captured.
Source:  "It was these shots that Tarzan and Jane Porter had heard."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Harold Foster

Date:  dusk March 6, 1893
Event:  Mbonga's advance warriors, with D'Arnot, arrive at the village.
Source:  "It was now dusk, but the watchers at the gate saw the approaching trio and distinguished one as a prisoner ere they reached the portals."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  last light March 6, 1893
Event:  Lieutenant Charpentier ordered his ambushed sailors to make camp.
Source:  "Night was falling rapidly, and their predicament was rendered doubly worse when they could not even find the elephant trail which they had been following."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  night March 6, 1893
Event:  Tarzan raced to Mbonga's village and rescued D'Arnot.
Source:  "Night had fallen and he traveled high along the upper terrace where the gorgeous tropic moon lighted the dizzy pathway through the greatly undulating branches of the tree tops." ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  dawn March 7, 1893
Event:  Lieutenant Charpentier and his sailors return to the beach.
Source:  "As soon as it was light enough to see their surroundings Lieutenant Charpentier sent men in groups of three in several directions to locate the trail, and in ten minutes it was found and the expedition was hurrying back toward the beach."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  late afternoon March 7, 1893
Event:  Lieutenant Charpentier and his men reach the beach.
Source:  "It was late in the afternoon when the exhausted men reached the clearing by the beach, but for two of them the return brought so great a happiness that all their suffering and heartbreaking grief was forgotten on the instant."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  early morning March 8, 1893
Event:  Lieutenant Charpentier and crew, with Clayton, search for D'Arnot.
Source:  "The next morning Clayton left early with the relief expedition in search of Lieutenant D'Arnot."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  shortly after noon March 8, 1893
Event:  The sailors reached the sight of the previous skirmish.
Source:  "They reached the sight of the skirmish of the previous expedition shortly after noon, for they were now traveling a known trail and no time was lost in exploring."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  two o'clock p.m. March 8, 1893
Event:  The sailors reach Mbonga's village.
Source:  "It was but two o'clock when the head of the column halted upon the edge of the clearing."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  two-thirty p.m. March 8, 1893
Event:  The French sailors attack Mbonga's village.
Source:  "For half an hour the men with Lieutenant Charpentier crouched in the dense foliage of the jungle, waiting the signal."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  night March 8, 1893
Event:  The French sailors camp in Mbonga's captured village.
Source:  "At length all hope left them, and they prepared to camp for the night within the village." ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  morning March 9, 1893
Event:  The victorious French attackers set out upon the return march.
Source:  "The next morning they set out upon the return march."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  quite late March 9, 1983
Event:  The French sailors reach the cabin.
Source:  "It was quite late when they reached the cabin by the beach."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 9, 1893
Event:  Jane persuades Captain Dufranne to wait for a full week for Tarzan and D'Arnot.
Source:  Although ERB describes the returning French as arriving "quite late" we know it was not yet dark.  When Jane convinced Captain Dufranne to wait for one more week it is stated, "They had been walking from the beach toward the cabin as they talked, and now they joined a little group sitting on camp stools in the shade of a tree beside the cabin."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.
     During that conversation Jane says, "He left me at the edge of the jungle two days ago..."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.
     "When the expedition returned, following their fruitless endeavor to succor D'Arnot, Captain Dufranne was anxious to steam away as quickly as possible, and all save Jane had acquiesed." ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "And so it was arranged that on the next day Lieutenant Charpentier was to take a detail of ten men, and one of the mutineers of the Arrow as a guide, and unearth the treasure; and that the cruiser would remain for a full week in the little harbor."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  morning March 10, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot awakens for the first time.
Source:  ERB does not provide this date directly, but it can be deducted by the amount of time which is covered from D'Arnot's capture March 6, and the Arrow's sailing date March 17, which is a total of twelve days.  These daily events are plainly provided by ERB.  When D'Arnot regains consciousness until he and Tarzan return to the cabin to discover the Arrow gone is a passage of eight days, which is again plainly outlined by ERB.  Thus we can conclude that D'Arnot lay unconscious for four days.

Date:  March 10,1893
Event:  Clayton and the French sailors attempt to dig up Professor Porter's buried treasure.
Source:  "And so it was arranged that on the next day Lieutenant Charpentier was to take a detail of ten men, and one of the mutineers of the Arrow as a guide, and unearth the treasure."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  toward noon March 10, 1893
Event:  The French sailors return without the treasure.
Source:  "Professor Porter, did not accompany the treasure-seekers on the following day, but when he saw them returning empty-handed toward noon, he hastened forward to meet them - his usual preoccupied indifference entirely vanished, and in its place a nervous and excited manner."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  afternoon March 10, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot wakes for the second time.
Source:  "At length he fell into a quite slumber, nor did he awake again until afternoon."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 11, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot developed a fever.
Source:  "The second day a fever had come and D'Arnot thought that it meant infection and he knew he would die."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  night of March 11, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot lost consciousness.
Source:  "That night he lost consciousness."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 13, 1893
Event:  For three days D'Arnot remains in delirium.
Source:  "For three days he was in delirium, and Tarzan sat beside him and bathed his head and hands and washed his wounds."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 14, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot's fever broke.
Source:  "On the fourth day the fever broke as suddenly as it had come, but it left D'Arnot a shadow of his former self, and very weak."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  March 16, 1893
Event:  Captain Dufranne announced the Arrow would sail early the following day.
Source:  "Six days later Captain Dufranne announced that they would sail early on the morrow."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 16, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot began to walk with Tarzan's aid, and teach him French.
Source:  "Two days after, D'Arnot was tottering about the amphitheater.  Tarzan's strong arm about him to keep him from falling."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  early March 17, 1893
Event:  The Arrow sets sail with the French warship.
Source:  "Six days later Captain Dufranne announced that they would sail early on the morrow."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 17, 1893
Event:  Tarzan began speaking little sentences of French.
Source:  "He was a most eager student, and in two more days had mastered so much French that he could speak little sentences such as;  "That is a tree,."  "this is grass,"  "I am hungry,"  and the like, but D'Arnot found that it was difficult to teach him the French construction upon a foundation of English."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  March 17, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot set out for the cabin.
Source:  "On the third day after the fever broke Tarzan wrote a message asking D'Arnot if he felt strong enough to be carried back to the cabin."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:    mid-afternoon March 17, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot arrive at the cabin to discover everyone gone.
Source:  "Mid-afternoon brought them to the clearing, and as Tarzan dropped to earth from the branches of the last tree his heart leaped and bounded against his ribs in anticipation of seeing Jane so soon again."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  dusk March 17, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot accidently shoots Tarzan.
Source:  "Dusk was falling, and the interior of the cabin was very dark, but the man could see the latch moving from its place."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Joe Kubert

Date:  March 24, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot spend a week at the cabin.
Source:  "For a week they did little but rest, D'Arnot coaching Tarzan in French."  ERB-Tarzan OfThe Apes.

Date March 25, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot leave the cabin in search of whites.
Source:  "So on the following day they started north along the shore."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  April 8, 1893
Event:  Tarzan tells D'Arnot about finding and moving the Porter treasure chest, and about his father's diary.
Source:  "Go back?" exclaimed D'Arnot.  "But my dear fellow, we have been three weeks upon the march."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  It is also important to note the age of the diary itself.  "Then he proceeded to read the diary that had been written over twenty years before."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  April 15, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot walk the coastline in search for whites.  Eventually they happened upon a French mission.
Source:  "For a month they traveled north,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "A week later the two men came suddenly upon a clearing in the forest."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Zdenek Burian

Date:    April 22, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot spend a week resting at the mission.
Source:  "For a week they remained there,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  May 22, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot reach a small river town.
Source:  "Another month brought them to a little group of buildings at the mouth of a wide river,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "Gradually he became accustomed to the strange noises and the odd ways of civilization, so that none might know that two short months before, this handsome Frenchman in immaculate white ducks, who laughed and chatted with the gayest of them, had been swinging naked through primeval forests to pounce upon some unwary victim, which, raw was to fill his savage belly."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date June 22, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot spend a month at the river town waiting for funds.
Source:  "He had also cabled his bankers for funds, and the enforced wait of a month, under which both chafed, was due to their inability to charter a vessel for the return to Tarzan's jungle after the treasure."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  morning June 23, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot rent a boat and return for the Porter treasure.
Source:  "Shortly after the episode of the lion hunt, D'Arnot succeeded in chartering an ancient tub for the coastwise trip to Tarzan's land-locked harbor."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  morning June 24, 1893
Event:  The rented tub dropped anchor at the cabin's harbor.
Source:  "The trip to the beach was uneventful, and the morning after they dropped anchor before the cabin,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  late in the evening June 25, 1893
Event:  Tarzan returns with the treasure.
Source:  "Late the next day he returned, bearing the great chest upon his shoulder."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  sunrise June 26, 1893
Event:  The rented tub returns to the river town.
Source:  "and at sunrise the little vessel worked through the harbor's mouth and took up her northward journey."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  June thru July 17, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot and Tarzan remain in the river town.
Source:  "Three weeks later Tarzan and D'Arnot were passengers on board a French steamer bound for Lyons."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  July 17, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot and Tarzan sail for Lyons, France.
Source:  "Three weeks later Tarzan and D'Arnot were passengers on board a French steamer bound for Lyons, France."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  July 17, 1893
Event:  William Clayton and Mr. Philander go to Wisconsin.
Source:  When Jane arrives at Wisconsin it is stated, "The farmhouse, which stood on a little elevation some hundred yards from the tenant house, had undergone a complete transformation during the three weeks that Clayton and Mr. Philander had been there."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  July 23, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot arrive in Lyons, France.
Source:  Phil Farmer in Tarzan Alive credits the two's voyage taking a total of five days in 1909.  I do not have the means to research the ship's traveling time, so I will depend on Farmer's research.  One thing to keep in mind is that Phil's research is based on 1909 travel time, where this study is based on 1893.  Since my 1872 chronology shows this travel occurring sixteen years earlier I have added an extra day to Phil's to cover any extra length of time due to technology advances.

Date:  July 23 thru July 27, 1893
Event:  Tarzan and D'Arnot spend a few days in Lyons.
Source:  "and after a few days in that city D'Arnot took Tarzan to Paris."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date July 29, 1893 thru August 5, 1893
Event:  D'Arnot and Tarzan in Paris.
Source:  ERB says, "One of the first things D'Arnot accomplished after their arrival was to arrange to visit a high official of the police department."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  At that meeting D'Arnot states, "I had hoped to know at once.  Monsieur Tarzan sails for America tomorrow."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  Note that no mention of time is given between the fingerprinting appointment being made and the actual fingerprinting taking place.  We do know it was not immediate because of statements made in Return Of Tarzan.
     In chapter one ERB writes, "They reminded Tarzan of melodramatic villains he had seen at the theaters in Paris."  ERB-Return Of Tarzan.  In chapter three ERB states, "Tarzan spent the two following weeks renewing his former brief acquaintance with Paris."  ERB-Return Of Tarzan.
     From this information it is quite clear Tarzan spent at least a little time in Paris.  We know for a fact that the jungle lord at least had enough time for more then one theater visit, and had some time to go out on the town sightseeing.  My personal research indicates the Paris visit to last shortly over a week.
     We also know that D'Arnot and Tarzan had the Porter treasure appraised.  "The treasure was most carefully appraised by experts, but lest there should be any question in your mind, D'Arnot himself bought it and is holding it for you, should you prefer the treasure to the credit."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Harold Foster

Date:  August 4, 1893 Friday
Event:  Robert Canler speaks to Professor Porter about marrying Jane.
Source:  "There is young Clayton, you know," suggested Canler.  "He has been hanging around for months."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  Jane at this time also makes a statement which helps establish a time perspective.  "I want you to be sure papa, to indicate all that you can do without until fall."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  In North America fall is between September 23 thru December 22.  Therefore, we know this conversation must occur before or after those dates.

Date:  August 5, 1893
Event:  Tarzan was fingerprinted.
Source:  "One of the first things which D'Arnot accomplished after their arrival was to arrange to visit a high official of the police department."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "You forget that for twenty years the dead body of the child who made those fingerprints lay in the cabin of his father, and that all my life I have seen it lying there." said Tarzan bitterly.  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  August 6, 1893
Event:  Tarzan sails for America.
Source:  "I had hoped to know at once," said D'Arnot.  "Monsieur Tarzan sails for America tomorrow,"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  August 7, 1893
Event:  The Porter's go by train to northern Wisconsin.
Source:  "She is planning on our going up there the first of the week."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  August 14, 1893
Event:  Robert Canler arrives at Wisconsin.
Source:  "a week later, Robert Canler drew up before the farmhouse in his purring six cylinder."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  It is important to note that the first car with a six cylinder, according to, History Of Cars, was a Napier.  They were produced in London and Boston from 1906 thru 1909.
     Therefore, in an 1872 chronology the car as described by ERB in Tarzan Of The Apes would be impossible for Tarzan to own.  It hadn't been invented yet.  As mentioned in my article Apes & Cars Canler's auto was purposely modernized in description by ERB, the author, as to hide the true time period which in turn was to protect the Greystoke's true identity.  It is very possible that Canler could have drove a car in an 1872 chronology, but not as ERB described.  At this time steam and electric cars were the norm, but a gas powered car was produced by The Daimler Motor Company which was founded in Steinway Avenue, Long Island, N.Y. in 1891.

Date:  August 14, 1893
Event:  Tarzan arrives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Source:  Both Phil Farmer and Alan Hanson's research show this sea voyage takes approximately seven days in 1909.  Since the 1872 chronology shows this travel occurring sixteen years earlier I have added an extra day to Phil and Alan's date to cover any extra length of time due to technology advances.
     Once there Tarzan looked up the Porter home where he received devastating news.  The Porter's had recently moved to northern Wisconsin and Canler had followed to marry Jane.  "But in Baltimore - Oh, how I have searched for you - they told me you would possibly be married by now.  That a man named Canler had come up here to wed you."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  August 21, 1893
Event:  Jane agrees to marry Robert Canler.
Source:  "A week had passed; a tense, uneventful, but uncomfortable week for all the inmates of the little Wisconsin farmhouse."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  early morning August 22, 1893
Event:  Robert Canler goes to town to bring back the license and a minister.
Source:  "Early the next morning Canler set out for town."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Date:  about noon August 22, 1893
Event:  Jane goes for a walk and gets trapped by a forest fire.
Source:  "About noon Jane started off for a walk."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Zdenek Burian

Date:  August 22, 1893
Event:  Minutes later Tarzan arrives at the Porter's Wisconsin farmhouse in a French automobile.
Source:  "Suddenly, out of the northeast, a great black car came careening down the road."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  While riding to the train station with Tarzan and Mr. Philander says, "and now you are driving me along a Wisconsin road in a French automobile."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  ERB does not provide the brand of Tarzan's auto, but in 1893 it was most probably a Panhard or a Peugeot.

Date:  evening August 22, 1893
Event:  The Porter party is at the train station on the way back to Baltimore.  Tarzan receives the telegram providing that he is Lord Greystoke.
Source:  "That evening in the little waiting room at the station Tarzan caught Jane alone for a moment."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "She, too was happy, for was she not returning to her beloved Maryland?"  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

1892 Jungle Tales Of Tarzan

Date:  January 14, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tibo is reunited with his mother.
Source:  ERB does not come right out and tell us how long Tibo spent with Tarzan.  In The Witch Doctor Seeks Vengeance it is stated that Bukawi stole Tibo on the second sun after Tarzan allowed the boy to return home.  On the very afternoon of Tibo's abduction Tarzan arrives at the village where he hears Moyama crying loudly.  Earlier this same day, just before Tarzan sets out for the village we are told, "It had been at least a moon since he had last been to Mbonga's village and played a trick". ERB- Return Of Tarzan.  The last recorded trick was the one which led to Tibo's abduction.  From these passages it indicates that Tibo was with Tarzan approximately one month.
     Since we are told it was "at least one moon" we know Tibo's release was also on or around a full moon.  The U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon informs us there was a full moon on January 14, 1892
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Chat:  I found the statement ERB made in chapter five quite puzzling.  "Momaya shivered as from a cold wind of the rainy season."   In Angola the rainy season is from October through May and it is hot.  The dry season which is at the end of June through September, is cool, however, definitely implies that the present weather is warm.  On the coast February and March, the hottest month of the year, are very humid and uncomfortable.

J Allan St John


Date:  January 16, 1892
Event:  Tibo is stolen by Bukawai.
Source:  "The second sun after Tibo's return."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.

Artist Unknown


Date:  January 16, 1872
Event:  Tarzan returns to the village and finds Tibo  stolen once more.
Source:  "It had been at least a moon since he had last been there and played a trick."  ERB-Jungle
Tales Of Tarzan.

Berne Hogarth


Date:  January 16, 1892
Event:  Lord Greystoke was shooting pheasants at Chamston-Hedding.
Source:  These events occur on the same day Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village and discovers Tibo missing for a second time.

Greystoke Castle


Date:  January 17, 1892
Event:  Tarzan rescues Tibo once more and returns him to Mbonga's village.
Source:  "The following day."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.

Artist Unknown


Date March 13, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan made an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows and supplies.
Source:  Although ERB did not include this event in his writings the date is based on the author's own descriptions.  ERB consistently tells us in many many passages throughout Tarzan Of The Apes and Jungle Tales Of Tarzan that Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village on the full moon to watch the natives dance and to replenish his arrows and other needs.U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.   
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Boris Vallejo


Date April 12, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan made an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows and supplies.
Source:  Although ERB did not include this event in his writings the date is based on the author's own descriptions.  ERB consistently tells us in many many passages throughout Tarzan Of The Apes and Jungle Tales Of Tarzan that Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village on the full moon to watch the natives dance and to replenish his arrows and other needs.  U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
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NC Wyeth


Date:  sometime in May, 1892
Event:  Bukawi captures Tarzan and the ape man leaves him to the mercy of his own hyena's.
Source:  "For months the old witch doctor nursed his hate for the jungle god before a chance to get even occurred."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  As mentioned earlier Angola's rainy season occurs between October through May and because of the mentioned rainstorm the events have to occur "months" after January 17, but before the end of May.

Bob Abbott



Date May 11, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan made an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows and supplies.
Source:  Although ERB did not include this event in his writings the date is based on the author's own descriptions.  ERB consistently tells us in many many passages throughout Tarzan Of The Apes and Jungle Tales Of Tarzan that Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village on the full moon to watch the natives dance and to replenish his arrows and other needs.   U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
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Elvio Romero


Date:  sometime in late May or early June, 1892
Event:  A lion kills Mamka, a she ape, and Tarzan steal's her body.
Source:  There is nothing mentioned in which we can date this event to the exact day, but we do know the happenings occur around this point because of the time needed to fulfill the other events.

Neil Adams


Date June 10, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan made an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows and supplies.
Source:  Although ERB did not include this event in his writings the date is based on the author's own descriptions.  ERB consistently tells us in many many passages throughout Tarzan Of The Apes and Jungle Tales Of Tarzan that Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village on a full moon to watch the natives dance and to replenish his arrows and other needs.  U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
Date:  July 3, 1892
Event:  Sheeta, the panther, kills a baby Mangani and sentries are formed.
Source:  "A few weeks later,"  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  The events of July 3 occurs seven days before Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village which occurs on a full moon.

Joe Jusko


Date July 10, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan returns to the village and steals a complete lion skin that belongs to Rabba Kega from Mbonga's hut.
Source:  "Several days later."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  Since Tarzan is at Mbonga's village it is most probably one of his full moon visits.  The U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon informs us of a full moon on July 10, 1892. 
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Huy Truong


Date:  July 11, 1892
Event:  Tarzan attempts to play a trick on the Mangani and is almost killed.
Source:  "The following day,"  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.

Jeffery Jones


Date August 8, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village and steals food and has nightmares.
Source:  There is nothing mentioned, by ERB in which we can date this event, except Tarzan's regular habit to go to the village on a full moon to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows. Checking the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon we discover that a full moon occurs August 8, 1892.  
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Chat:  The following passage may also be used as a dating clue.  "there had been a disease ravaging through the plains for several years that made game very scarce.  Due to this many of the great cats abandoned the grasslands and moved into the jungle.  This overpopulation of cats eventually also made game hard to find there as well."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.

Joe Jusko


Date:  August 9, 1892
Event:  Tarzan kills his second gorilla.
Source:  "Next day,"  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.

Robert Abbott


Date September 6, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan made an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows and supplies.
Source:  Although ERB did not include this event in his writings the date is based on the author's own descriptions.  ERB consistently tells us in many many passages throughout Tarzan Of The Apes and Jungle Tales Of Tarzan that Tarzan goes to Mbonga's village on a full moon to watch the natives dance and to replenish his arrows and other needs.  U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.

Date:  October 2, 1892
Event:  Toog kidnaps Teeka.
Source:  "many weeks had past since the tribe had been attacked by a foe."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  During these events a rain storm is mentioned which means Angola's rainy season, October through May, is setting in.  Because of the full moon on October 6 we know these events occur in the first days of October.
     Also take note of ERB's descriptions of Gazan, "young balu"' "little Gazan"' and "young ape"'  According to Dian Fossey, author of Gorilla's In The Mist, "Only when the new born was nine months old had it developed into  an active and socially inclined baby."  In this last description of Teeka's balu, notice that no event in Jungle Tales Of Tarzan has ever hinted that Gazan has reached the weaning age.  According to Dian Fossey, "Weaning periods become the most traumatic for gorilla infants around the age of two and one half years."
     We also know this event has to occur after September 1, 1892 because two clues in chapter ten states that Tarzan is twenty years old.  "On the floor lay the skeleton of a man - all that remained of the former Lord Greystoke - lay as it had fallen some twenty years before when Kerchak, the great ape, had thrown it,  lifeless, there,"  ERB-Jungle Tales.Of Tarzan.  "He did not know that the dead father of Tarzan of the Apes, reaching back out of the past across a span of twenty years, had saved his son's life,"  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.

Hal Foster


Date:  October 3, 1892
Event:  Tarzan puts Rabba Kega in the lion's cage.
Source:  "One restless day"'  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  Because of the mentioned October rain storm and the October 6 full moon we know these events occur at the very first of October.

Rodrido Ramos


Date:  October 4, 1892
Event:  Tarzan loosens the lion in Mbonga's village.
Source:  "The following day."  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.



Date:  October 5, 1892
Event:  Tarzan came across six of Mbonga's hunters caught in the jungle after dark.
Source:  "one night".  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  The day before rescuing Bulabantu.

Robert Zeuschner


Date:  October 6, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan kills Bulabantu and Taug kills Gunto.
Source:  This occurs one moon before the eclipse.  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  U.S. Navel Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
Date:  November 4, 1892 a full moon and lunar eclipse.
Event:  Tarzan rescues the moon.
Source:  "See! Goro is emerging from the belly of Numa," and, sure enough, the moon was gradually emerging from whatever had devoured her, whether it was Numa, the lion, or the shadow of the earth;"  ERB-Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  The actual lunar eclipse of November 4, 1892.  U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.
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Artist Unknown

     
Jungle Tales Of Tarzan comes to a close.  Tarzan Of The Apes resumes.


Date:  November 5, 1892
Event:  On the way home Tarzan kills Sabor, the lioness.
Source:  "mid-afternoon" ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  This event occurs the following day after the lunar eclipse.

Nestor Redondo


Date:  November 5, 1892
Event:  William Cecil Clayton's father is speaking in the House of Lords.
Source:  "And in London another Lord Greystoke was speaking to his kind in the House of Lords, but none trembled at the sound of his soft voice."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  We know this is William Cecil's father because of the statement ERB makes when Tarzan rescues William Cecil on the beach. "Clayton's only response was a shrug of the shoulders, but as he left them he picked up the spear which had transfixed Snipes, and thus primitively armed, the son of the then Lord Greystoke strode into the dense jungle."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  Again when Tarzan rescues William Cecil from Sheeta, the leopard, it is stated, "He was no coward; but if ever a man felt the icy fingers of fear upon his heart, William Cecil Clayton, eldest son of Lord Greystoke of England, did that day in the fastness of the African jungle." ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

House Of Lords


Date:  Afternoon November 5, 1892 to noon November 6, 1892
Event:  After skinning Sabor Tarzan went to sleep and slept until noon the following day.
Source:  "What with loss of sleep, ardnous exercise, and a full belly, Tarzan of the Apes slept the sun around, awakening about noon the following day.  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Bern Hogarth


Date:  November 6, 1892
Event:  Tarzan kills Kerchak and becomes King.
Source:  The same day Tarzan wakes at noon.  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.

Paul Privitera


Date December 4, 1892 full moon
Event:  Tarzan made an unrecorded visit to Mbonga's village to watch the natives dance and to steal arrows and supplies.
Source:  "During this period Tarzan paid many nocturnal visits to the village, where he often renewed his supply of arrows."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.  "Once every moon Tarzan would go swinging rapidly back through the swaying branches to have a day with his books, and to replenish his supply of arrows."  ERB-Tarzan Of The Apes.   Full moon date provided by U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department's Phases Of The Moon.