I tore at the steering wheel in an effort
to turn the prospector back toward Pellucidar; but, as on that other
occasion, I could not budge the thing a hair.
It is needless to recount the horrors or the monotony of that journey.
It varied but little from the former one which had brought us from the
outer to the inner world. Because of the angle at which we had entered
the ground the trip required nearly a day longer, and brought me out
here upon the sand of the Sahara instead of in the United States as I
For months I have been waiting here for a white man to come. I dared
not leave the prospector for fear I should never be able to find it
again--the shifting sands of the desert would soon cover it, and then
my only hope of returning to my Dian and her Pellucidar would be gone
That I ever shall see her again seems but remotely possible, for how
may I know upon what part of Pellucidar my return journey may
terminate--and how, without a north or south or an east or a west may I
hope ever to find my way across that vast world to the tiny spot where
my lost love lies grieving for me?
That is the story as David Innes told it to me in the goat-skin tent
upon the rim of the great Sahara Desert. The next day he took me out
to see the prospector--it was precisely as he had described it. So
huge was it that it could have been brought to this inaccessible part
of the world by no means of transportation that existed there--it could
only have come in the way that David Innes said it came--up through the
crust of the earth from the inner world of Pellucidar.
I spent a week with him, and then, abandoning my lion hunt, returned
directly to the coast and hurried to London where I purchased a great
quantity of stuff which he wished to take back to Pellucidar with him.
There were books, rifles, revolvers, ammunition, cameras, chemicals,
telephones, telegraph instruments, wire, tools and more books--books
upon every subject under the sun. He said he wanted a library with
which they could reproduce the wonders of the twentieth century in the
Stone Age and if quantity counts for anything I got it for him.
I took the things back to Algeria myself, and accompanied them to the
end of the railroad; but from here I was recalled to America upon
I am positive that a week or two of companionship with him will impress upon her the fine qualities of his nature.Page 7
"I guess you're a regular all right.Page 20
The man followed more slowly.Page 25
A sudden impulse to throw a protecting arm about the boy seized him--an impulse which he could not quite fathom, and one to which he could not respond because of the body of the girl he carried.Page 34
"The little shrimp tried to croak me; but he only creased my ribs.Page 37
Up, up, up it came toward the first floor.Page 41
The beams of the little electric lamp, moving from side to side, revealed a small cellar littered with refuse and festooned with cob-webs.Page 42
A table with one leg missing and a crippled chair constituted the balance of the contents of the cellar and there was no living creature and no chain nor any other visible evidence of the presence which had clanked so lugubriously out of the dark depths during the vanished night.Page 47
"All right," agreed the Case boy.Page 50
"You're not going to leave us, are you?" "Oh, please don't!" pleaded the girl.Page 55
Have you seen any strange or suspicious characters around lately?" "I should say we hed," exclaimed Jeb emphatically.Page 60
Mebby he ain't a bad 'un though!" "Where are they now?" asked Burton.Page 62
girl reappeared dragging a boy with her--a wide-eyed, terrified, country boy who begged and blubbered to no avail.Page 63
"I want you and this young man," said Bridge, his voice now suddenly stern.Page 65
"I have it!" "What have you?" asked Bridge.Page 84
They heard the motor draw up in front of the house; but they did not venture into the reception hall or out upon the porch, though for different reasons.Page 87
Prim, won't you keep me from being sent back to Payson or to jail.Page 93
"There were two other girls with us, both very pretty," replied Abigail, "and he was as courteous and kindly to them as a man could be to a woman.Page 98
94 8 1 Squibbs place," Squibbs' place," 97 4 2 "We aint "We ain't 98 1 8 Squibbs place Squibbs' place 98 3 1 hiself de hisself de 98 5 4 he aint .Page 100
146 1 its sort of it's sort of 146 2 3 nings entertainment ning's entertainment 146 4 5 aint no tellin' ain't no tellin' 146 7 1 "You wont "You won't 151 2 4 wont make won't make 152 1 2 Nettie Penning Hettie Penning.