However, I was able to employ a very trustworthy
man to take charge of the caravan--the same guide, in fact, who had
accompanied me on the previous trip into the Sahara--and after writing
a long letter to Innes in which I gave him my American address, I saw
the expedition head south.
Among the other things which I sent to Innes was over five hundred
miles of double, insulated wire of a very fine gauge. I had it packed
on a special reel at his suggestion, as it was his idea that he could
fasten one end here before he left and by paying it out through the end
of the prospector lay a telegraph line between the outer and inner
worlds. In my letter I told him to be sure to mark the terminus of the
line very plainly with a high cairn, in case I was not able to reach
him before he set out, so that I might easily find and communicate with
him should he be so fortunate as to reach Pellucidar.
I received several letters from him after I returned to America--in
fact he took advantage of every northward-passing caravan to drop me
word of some sort. His last letter was written the day before he
intended to depart. Here it is.
MY DEAR FRIEND:
Tomorrow I shall set out in quest of Pellucidar and Dian. That is if
the Arabs don't get me. They have been very nasty of late. I don't
know the cause, but on two occasions they have threatened my life.
One, more friendly than the rest, told me today that they intended
attacking me tonight. It would be unfortunate should anything of that
sort happen now that I am so nearly ready to depart.
However, maybe I will be as well off, for the nearer the hour
approaches, the slenderer my chances for success appear.
Here is the friendly Arab who is to take this letter north for me, so
good-bye, and God bless you for your kindness to me.
The Arab tells me to hurry, for he sees a cloud of sand to the
south--he thinks it is the party coming to murder me, and he doesn't
want to be found with me. So good-bye again.
A year later found me at the end of the railroad once more, headed for
the spot where I had left Innes. My first disappointment was when I
discovered that my old guide had died within a few weeks of my return,
nor could I find
" "Monsieur Tarzan?" asked the countess, in evident surprise.Page 13
The girl rose falteringly to a sitting posture upon the couch.Page 16
It had been almost wistful as they had spoken of the strangeness of the swift friendships of an ocean crossing, and of the equal ease with which they are broken forever.Page 31
Not even my parents knew of it.Page 37
Tarzan took one of the warm little hands that lay on his breast in his own strong one.Page 50
Tarzan was beginning to hope that, after all, the rumor might have been false, when suddenly Gernois was ordered to Bou Saada in the Petit Sahara far to the south.Page 52
" "He is on the wrong scent then, Abdul," replied Tarzan, "for no one here can have any grievance against me.Page 60
my friend, even to his life," he said very simply, but Tarzan knew that those were no idle words.Page 86
He seized the bits of paper.Page 90
How terror-stricken she would have been that night had she known that the wild jungle beast squatted outside her window, watching her every move.Page 98
Caldwell had always made it a point to wait that he might breakfast with her and her mother.Page 108
There's a hole in her you could drive a bally cow through, sir.Page 131
Tarzan had placed the finest marksmen of the tribe in the surrounding trees, with directions never to reveal themselves while the enemy was faced in their direction.Page 163
He felt quite sure that the sacrifice would go on from the point where it had been interrupted if the high priestess had her way, though he was equally positive that they would find Tarzan of the Apes unbound and with a long dagger in his hand a much less tractable victim than Tarzan disarmed and bound.Page 176
Again he returned, only to move a few feet to the other side.Page 181
Porter which he had once, apelike, buried in this selfsame spot.Page 196
humanity who inhabit the ruins of Opar.Page 199
" As he spoke he stepped past her toward the entrance to the subterranean vaults.Page 202
"They said that there was no question but that it must have been you, and less that you could have survived or been picked up.Page 203
"I knew that he was not speaking the truth," she said.