his weapons and the
withdrawing of his troop before his advance toward me would have
signified a peaceful mission anywhere on Earth, so why not, then, on
Placing my hand over my heart I bowed low to the Martian and explained
to him that while I did not understand his language, his actions spoke
for the peace and friendship that at the present moment were most dear
to my heart. Of course I might have been a babbling brook for all the
intelligence my speech carried to him, but he understood the action
with which I immediately followed my words.
Stretching my hand toward him, I advanced and took the armlet from his
open palm, clasping it about my arm above the elbow; smiled at him and
stood waiting. His wide mouth spread into an answering smile, and
locking one of his intermediary arms in mine we turned and walked back
toward his mount. At the same time he motioned his followers to
advance. They started toward us on a wild run, but were checked by a
signal from him. Evidently he feared that were I to be really
frightened again I might jump entirely out of the landscape.
He exchanged a few words with his men, motioned to me that I would ride
behind one of them, and then mounted his own animal. The fellow
designated reached down two or three hands and lifted me up behind him
on the glossy back of his mount, where I hung on as best I could by the
belts and straps which held the Martian's weapons and ornaments.
The entire cavalcade then turned and galloped away toward the range of
hills in the distance.
We had gone perhaps ten miles when the ground began to rise very
rapidly. We were, as I was later to learn, nearing the edge of one of
Mars' long-dead seas, in the bottom of which my encounter with the
Martians had taken place.
In a short time we gained the foot of the mountains, and after
traversing a narrow gorge came to an open valley, at the far extremity
of which was a low table land upon which I beheld an enormous city.
Toward this we galloped, entering it by what appeared to be a ruined
roadway leading out from the city, but only to the edge of the table
land, where it ended abruptly in a flight of broad steps.
Upon closer observation I saw as we passed them that the buildings were
deserted, and while not greatly decayed had the appearance
PELLUCIDAR By Edgar Rice Burroughs CONTENTS CHAPTER PROLOGUE I LOST ON PELLUCIDAR II TRAVELING WITH TERROR III SHOOTING THE CHUTES--AND AFTER IV FRIENDSHIP AND TREACHERY V SURPRISES VI A PENDENT WORLD VII FROM PLIGHT TO PLIGHT VIII CAPTIVE IX HOOJA'S CUTTHROATS APPEAR X THE RAID ON THE CAVE-PRISON XI ESCAPE XII KIDNAPED! XIII RACING FOR LIFE XIV GORE AND DREAMS XV CONQUEST AND PEACE PROLOGUE Several years had elapsed since I had found the opportunity to do any big-game hunting; for at last I had my plans almost perfected for a return to my old stamping-grounds in northern Africa, where in other days I had had excellent sport in pursuit of the king of beasts.Page 23
"The Lural Az," I said, pointing toward its blue-green surface.Page 24
I think that it was the pangs of hunger that awoke me.Page 27
Finally I suggested that we convert her into a sailing vessel.Page 42
This is your reward.Page 49
He examined my puttees and my strong tan shoes--a little the worse for wear now.Page 50
"When we had him in our power we were foolish to let him live.Page 61
Man here had not yet reached the point where he might take the time from slaughter and escaping slaughter to make friends with any of the brute creation.Page 65
" I explained that all my belongings had been stolen from me, and.Page 74
The two had returned to the village unscratched, while but a single one of Hooja's half-dozen had escaped to report the outcome of the battle to their leader.Page 79
It served merely as an avenue from their lofty citadel to the valley below.Page 102
Seeing my predicament, he ran toward me to get rid of one antagonist before he had to deal with the other two.Page 104
I had no difficulty in getting Raja aboard the dugout; but Ranee--as we christened her after I had explained to Dian the meaning of Raja and its feminine equivalent--positively refused for a time to follow her mate aboard.Page 108
Where is the land? What are you, and what strange thing is that which flutters from the little tree in the front of your canoe?" He referred to our sail, flapping idly in the wind.Page 109
" So saying he commenced to scull the canoe's nose before the wind, while I made fast the primitive sheets that held our crude sail.Page 112
Before I could cut the sheets the mast had snapped at the thwart in which it was stepped.Page 113
shore in that mad flight from death.Page 117
As each succeeding boat was launched its crew took it out and practiced with it under the tutorage of those who had graduated from the first ship, and so on until a full complement of men had been trained for every boat.Page 124
As we approached smaller objects became distinguishable.Page 129
From there we sailed with sixty-five feluccas for distant Luana, the main island of the group where dwell the hereditary enemies of Anoroc.