the darkness of ignorance
into the light of advancement and civilization. At one step we may
carry them from the Age of Stone to the twentieth century. It's
marvelous--absolutely marvelous just to think about it."
"David," said the old man, "I believe that God sent us here for just
that purpose--it shall be my life work to teach them His word--to lead
them into the light of His mercy while we are training their hearts and
hands in the ways of culture and civilization."
"You are right, Perry," I said, "and while you are teaching them to
pray I'll be teaching them to fight, and between us we'll make a race
of men that will be an honor to us both."
Ghak had entered the apartment some time before we concluded our
conversation, and now he wanted to know what we were so excited about.
Perry thought we had best not tell him too much, and so I only
explained that I had a plan for escape. When I had outlined it to him,
he seemed about as horror-struck as Perry had been; but for a different
reason. The Hairy One only considered the horrible fate that would be
ours were we discovered; but at last I prevailed upon him to accept my
plan as the only feasible one, and when I had assured him that I would
take all the responsibility for it were we captured, he accorded a
THE BEGINNING OF HORROR
WITHIN PELLUCIDAR ONE TIME IS AS GOOD AS ANOTHER. There were no nights
to mask our attempted escape. All must be done in broad daylight--all
but the work I had to do in the apartment beneath the building. So we
determined to put our plan to an immediate test lest the Mahars who
made it possible should awake before I reached them; but we were doomed
to disappointment, for no sooner had we reached the main floor of the
building on our way to the pits beneath, than we encountered hurrying
bands of slaves being hastened under strong Sagoth guard out of the
edifice to the avenue beyond.
Other Sagoths were darting hither and thither in search of other
slaves, and the moment that we appeared we were pounced upon and
hustled into the line of marching humans.
What the purpose or nature of the general exodus we did not know, but
presently through the line of captives ran the rumor that two escaped
slaves had been recaptured--a man and a woman--and that we were
marching to witness their punishment, for the man had
For a long time I eluded them, hiding in caves and wading in rivers to throw them off my trail.Page 22
For some time the ground had been rougher and steeper, until I had been forced to scale a considerable height that had carried me from the glacier entirely.Page 23
At the rate I was going it would be but a moment before I should be quite abreast the thing; nor was it long before I came to a sudden stop in soft snow, upon which the sun was shining, not twenty paces from the object of my most immediate apprehension.Page 25
" I pointed out to Perry that it wasn't much more incongruous for the emperor to cruise in a canoe, than it was for the prime minister to attempt to build one with his own hands.Page 31
"Go back now to your people," I counseled them, "and tell them that you have seen David I, Emperor of the Federated Kingdoms of Pellucidar, and that single-handed he has overcome you, just as he intends overcoming the Mahars and the Sagoths and any other peoples of Pellucidar who threaten the peace and.Page 45
At its mouth the Sagoths halted and I entered alone.Page 48
Like wasps from their nests the hairy warriors poured from their caves.Page 49
As they clustered around, almost fighting for the chance to kiss my hand, I saw again the vision of empire which I had thought faded forever.Page 54
Following the river downward I soon lost sight of the tiny planet as I entered the mazes of a lofty forest.Page 80
hide them from my view; but so keen was the excitement of the instant that I could not refrain from crawling forward to a point whence I could watch the dashing of the small craft to pieces on the jagged rocks that loomed before her, although I risked discovery from above to accomplish my design.Page 83
In the meantime he could make his way to the sea and guard the boat, which I told him lay there at the foot of the cliff.Page 88
that permitted his adversary no chance to side-step the terrible consequences of retreat in this direction.Page 95
The vegetation here was sparse and of a weird, colorless nature, though what did grow was wondrous in shape and form.Page 101
Then they reappeared again, but this time far to the right and circling back in my general direction.Page 103
As Raja came close I caught him by the neck and pulled him up to me.Page 105
For what seemed an eternity the tempest neither increased nor abated.Page 111
And while we were suffering all these disappointments Hooja's fleet appeared in the distance! They evidently had gone far to the left of our course, for they were now almost behind us as we ran parallel to the coast; but we were not much afraid of being overtaken in the wind that was blowing.Page 112
Yet I think that we gave a good account of ourselves in our final effort to escape.Page 117
While the others were building they learned to handle theirs.Page 128
For a time they seemed unable to do aught but gaze at the approaching fleet; but when the Mezops opened on them with their muskets the reptiles swam rapidly in the direction of the feluccas, evidently thinking that these would prove the easier to overcome.