any member of my former party who could lead me to the
For months I searched that scorching land, interviewing countless
desert sheiks in the hope that at last I might find one who had heard
of Innes and his wonderful iron mole. Constantly my eyes scanned the
blinding waste of sand for the rocky cairn beneath which I was to find
the wires leading to Pellucidar--but always was I unsuccessful.
And always do these awful questions harass me when I think of David
Innes and his strange adventures.
Did the Arabs murder him, after all, just on the eve of his departure?
Or, did he again turn the nose of his iron monster toward the inner
world? Did he reach it, or lies he somewhere buried in the heart of
the great crust? And if he did come again to Pellucidar was it to
break through into the bottom of one of her great island seas, or among
some savage race far, far from the land of his heart's desire?
Does the answer lie somewhere upon the bosom of the broad Sahara, at
the end of two tiny wires, hidden beneath a lost cairn? I wonder.
Presently he found it difficult to pick a fight--his messmates.Page 23
That there were excellent grounds for Theriere's belief that he could win Barbara Harding's hand with such a flying start as his daring plan would have assured him may not be questioned, for the man was cultivated, polished and, in a sinister way, good-looking.Page 24
You'd better take us aboard, an' get away from here as quick as you can.Page 28
How long she lay there she did not know, but finally she was aroused by the opening of her cabin door.Page 67
Here were cavelike dwellings burrowed half under ground, the upper walls and thatched roofs rising scarce four feet above the level.Page 87
"Theriere is waiting dere," he said.Page 121
"Don't!" he whispered.Page 125
As it commenced to blaze freely he threw fresh, green boughs upon it until a vertical column of smoke arose high above the island.Page 151
"This is coffee," he announced.Page 159
"Shut up and follow me," Bridge whispered into his ear.Page 161
I ain't any more an' haven't been for a long time; but.Page 166
It was but a little past one o'clock that a touring car rolled south out of Kansas City with Detective Sergeant Flannagan in the front seat with the driver and two burly representatives of Missouri law in the back.Page 176
Here," and he pulled Billy backward toward the doorway in the wall behind them.Page 185
He can be.Page 206
But Bridge did not lie awake to inspect his surroundings.Page 235
" Satisfied that their prisoner was safe for the night the Villistas and Grayson departed, after seeing him safely locked in the back room.Page 239
It was him that made me bring your pony back to you.Page 253
"Oh, Jose come to buy coffee and tobacco," he replied.Page 264
It's a long hike, Barbara, but we gotta make it--we gotta, for if daylight finds us in the Piman country we won't never make it.Page 271
These brave defenders of the liberty of poor, bleeding Mexico will make an excellent firing squad.