David, since we started. You know that."
I did know it; but here we were with our drill racing in pure air, and
copious volumes of it pouring into the cabin.
"We couldn't have turned in the ice stratum, Perry, I know as well as
you," I replied; "but the fact remains that we did, for here we are
this minute at the surface of the earth again, and I am going out to
see just where."
"Better wait till morning, David--it must be midnight now."
I glanced at the chronometer.
"Half after twelve. We have been out seventy-two hours, so it must be
midnight. Nevertheless I am going to have a look at the blessed sky
that I had given up all hope of ever seeing again," and so saying I
lifted the bars from the inner door, and swung it open. There was
quite a quantity of loose material in the jacket, and this I had to
remove with a shovel to get at the opposite door in the outer shell.
In a short time I had removed enough of the earth and rock to the floor
of the cabin to expose the door beyond. Perry was directly behind me
as I threw it open. The upper half was above the surface of the
ground. With an expression of surprise I turned and looked at
Perry--it was broad daylight without!
"Something seems to have gone wrong either with our calculations or the
chronometer," I said. Perry shook his head--there was a strange
expression in his eyes.
"Let's have a look beyond that door, David," he cried.
Together we stepped out to stand in silent contemplation of a landscape
at once weird and beautiful. Before us a low and level shore stretched
down to a silent sea. As far as the eye could reach the surface of the
water was dotted with countless tiny isles--some of towering, barren,
granitic rock--others resplendent in gorgeous trappings of tropical
vegetation, myriad starred with the magnificent splendor of vivid
Behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns
intermingled with the commoner types of a primeval tropical forest.
Huge creepers depended in great loops from tree to tree, dense
under-brush overgrew a tangled mass of fallen trunks and branches.
Upon the outer verge we could see the same splendid coloring of
countless blossoms that glorified the islands, but within the dense
shadows all seemed dark and gloomy as the grave.
And upon all the noonday sun poured its torrid rays out of a cloudless
"Where on earth can
For a moment the panther stood glaring first at one of his tormentors.Page 36
Thus goaded the bulls came closer, redoubling their hideous clamor; but Sheeta was already sufficiently engaged--he did not even hear them.Page 38
her hairy breast, and put out his hands to take the little one, expecting that Teeka would bare her fangs and spring upon him; but instead she placed the balu in his arms, and coming nearer, licked his frightful wounds.Page 39
But of the meaning of GOD he was yet in doubt.Page 50
It was the wail of a tiny balu.Page 52
At the pool Tarzan drank his fill and lay stretched upon the soft grass beneath the shade of a tree.Page 54
Tarzan smiled as he recalled Sheeta's great rage, his frantic efforts to free himself from the entangling strands, his uncanny screams that were part hate, part anger, part terror.Page 67
Yet she appeared to accede to his injunctions, returning to her hut in silence.Page 88
"Very well," he said, "let him make his medicine and see if he can bring Ibeto's son back.Page 90
No one was paying him the slightest attention.Page 111
One day he hovered above the palisaded village of Mbonga, the chief, the jet cannibal of the jungle primeval.Page 143
Blood streamed down their sides--their faces were crimsoned with it.Page 145
Tarzan looked at them and scratched his head.Page 154
"It is the work of the white devil-god!" No one contradicted Tubuto, for, indeed, who else could it have been but the great, hairless ape they all so feared? And so their hatred of Tarzan increased again with an increased fear of him.Page 161
Tonight he had swung a wide circle--toward the east first and then toward the south, and now he was rounding back again into the north.Page 162
Then came Numa, the lion, and Sabor, his mate.Page 165
If he asked Gunto what made it rain, the big old ape would but gaze at him in dumb astonishment for an instant and then return to his interesting and edifying search for fleas; and when he questioned Mumga, who was very old and should have been very wise, but wasn't, as to the reason for the closing of certain flowers after Kudu had deserted the sky, and the opening of others during the night, he was surprised to discover that Mumga had never noticed these interesting facts, though she could tell to an inch just where the fattest grubworm should be hiding.Page 167
Tarzan it was who had freed him from the blacks at the very time that Taug had thought Tarzan wanted Teeka.Page 172
They knew he was different.Page 173
One night when Taug lay sleepless looking up at the starry heavens he recalled the strange things that Tarzan once had suggested to him--that the bright spots were the eyes of the meat-eaters waiting in the dark of the jungle sky to leap upon Goro, the moon, and devour him.