explained the reasons for their presence.
My guard halted before one of the huts into which I was pushed; then
two of the creatures squatted down before the entrance--to prevent my
escape, doubtless. Though where I should have escaped to I certainly
had not the remotest conception. I had no more than entered the dark
shadows of the interior than there fell upon my ears the tones of a
familiar voice, in prayer.
"Perry!" I cried. "Dear old Perry! Thank the Lord you are safe."
"David! Can it be possible that you escaped?" And the old man stumbled
toward me and threw his arms about me.
He had seen me fall before the dyryth, and then he had been seized by a
number of the ape-creatures and borne through the tree tops to their
village. His captors had been as inquisitive as to his strange
clothing as had mine, with the same result. As we looked at each other
we could not help but laugh.
"With a tail, David," remarked Perry, "you would make a very handsome
"Maybe we can borrow a couple," I rejoined. "They seem to be quite the
thing this season. I wonder what the creatures intend doing with us,
Perry. They don't seem really savage. What do you suppose they can
be? You were about to tell me where we are when that great hairy
frigate bore down upon us--have you really any idea at all?"
"Yes, David," he replied, "I know precisely where we are. We have made
a magnificent discovery, my boy! We have proved that the earth is
hollow. We have passed entirely through its crust to the inner world."
"Perry, you are mad!"
"Not at all, David. For two hundred and fifty miles our prospector
bore us through the crust beneath our outer world. At that point it
reached the center of gravity of the five-hundred-mile-thick crust. Up
to that point we had been descending--direction is, of course, merely
relative. Then at the moment that our seats revolved--the thing that
made you believe that we had turned about and were speeding upward--we
passed the center of gravity and, though we did not alter the direction
of our progress, yet we were in reality moving upward--toward the
surface of the inner world. Does not the strange fauna and flora which
we have seen convince you that you are not in the world of your birth?
And the horizon--could it present the strange aspects which we both
noted unless we
And then came another picture--a sweet-faced woman, still young and beautiful; friends; a home; a son.Page 28
He guessed that Condon had entered their room to rob; but he did not believe that the man had had time to possess himself of the money; however, as it was nowhere else, it must be upon the body of the dead man.Page 37
influenced solely by her own pathetic desire for love.Page 47
Of course they did not understand a word that he addressed to them, and their answer was what any naked creature who had run suddenly out of the jungle upon their women and children might have expected--a shower of spears.Page 80
Geeka was a perfect little savage; but at heart she was unchanged, being the same omnivorous listener as of yore.Page 84
Dropping the body of the girl to the ground the bull turned to battle anew for possession of his expensive prize; but this time he looked for an easy conquest.Page 90
Love raced hot through his young veins.Page 94
The king was a denizen of his own beloved jungle--the white men were aliens.Page 97
Should one of the many further down the street chance to look long in this direction they must surely note the tall, light-colored, moving figure; but Korak depended upon their interest in their own gossip to hold their attention fast where it already lay, and upon the firelight near them to prevent them seeing too plainly at a distance into the darkness at the village end where his work lay.Page 106
"Can you not take her by force?" "It would only add to our troubles," replied the Swede.Page 107
"What the devil are you trying to do?" growled Jenssen.Page 111
The Swede began to rage and curse.Page 143
When the two had left them Meriem turned toward My Dear.Page 152
He cared now only to pass the remainder of his life in solitude, as far from man as possible.Page 155
As Hanson and Baynes rode toward the former's camp the Englishman maintained a morose silence.Page 160
She turned and rode toward the point from which she had come.Page 165
they arrived.Page 183
He had come to have considerable respect for his new master and was not unmoved by his death.Page 205
He glared through the dim light of the interior.Page 210
I'm going to tell you the truth now and let you know just what a beast I have been.