"You are to appear before the learned ones who will question you
regarding this strange world from which you say you come."
After a moment's silence he turned to me again.
"Do you happen to know," he asked, "what the Mahars do to slaves who
lie to them?"
"No," I replied, "nor does it interest me, as I have no intention of
lying to the Mahars."
"Then be careful that you don't repeat the impossible tale you told
Sol-to-to just now--another world, indeed, where human beings rule!" he
concluded in fine scorn.
"But it is the truth," I insisted. "From where else then did I come?
I am not of Pellucidar. Anyone with half an eye could see that."
"It is your misfortune then," he remarked dryly, "that you may not be
judged by one with but half an eye."
"What will they do with me," I asked, "if they do not have a mind to
"You may be sentenced to the arena, or go to the pits to be used in
research work by the learned ones," he replied.
"And what will they do with me there?" I persisted.
"No one knows except the Mahars and those who go to the pits with them,
but as the latter never return, their knowledge does them but little
good. It is said that the learned ones cut up their subjects while
they are yet alive, thus learning many useful things. However I should
not imagine that it would prove very useful to him who was being cut
up; but of course this is all but conjecture. The chances are that ere
long you will know much more about it than I," and he grinned as he
spoke. The Sagoths have a well-developed sense of humor.
"And suppose it is the arena," I continued; "what then?"
"You saw the two who met the tarag and the thag the time that you
escaped?" he said.
"Your end in the arena would be similar to what was intended for them,"
he explained, "though of course the same kinds of animals might not be
"It is sure death in either event?" I asked.
"What becomes of those who go below with the learned ones I do not
know, nor does any other," he replied; "but those who go to the arena
may come out alive and thus regain their liberty, as did the two whom
"They gained their liberty? And how?"
"It is the custom of the Mahars to liberate those who remain alive
within the arena after the beasts depart or
"Faculty meeting.Page 7
His self-assurance was formed in a similar mold to those of all his other salient characteristics, and these conformed to his physical proportions, for physically, mentally and morally Jimmy Torrance was big; not that he was noticeably taller than other men or his features more than ordinarily attractive, but there was something so well balanced and harmonious in all the proportions of his frame and features as to almost invariably compel a second glance from even a casual observer, especially if the casual observer happened to be in the nonessential creation class.Page 11
"If you ever want a box cracked, look up the Lizard.Page 13
"Are you sure you looked in the right compartment?" asked Jimmy.Page 14
Jimmy was positive now that something was wrong.Page 41
For, as most men of his class, he had a well-defined conception of what constituted a perfect waiter, one of the requisites being utter indifference to any of the affairs of his patrons outside of those things which actually pertained to his duties as a servitor; but in this instance Jimmy realized that he had come very close to revealing the astonishment which he felt on seeing this girl in Feinheimer's and unescorted.Page 46
"What I don't know," he soliloquized, "won't hurt me any.Page 48
At the close of the second round Brophy landed a particularly vicious right, which dropped Jimmy to the canvas.Page 57
I know, because my dad had one at his plant a few years ago.Page 59
"I can't," said Jimmy.Page 67
That's what being a policeman does to a man.Page 72
are making a grave mistake, but that it is casting a reflection on my work.Page 75
" Almost immediately Bince sent for Krovac, and when the latter came and stood before his desk the assistant general manager looked up at him questioningly.Page 78
" If she placed special emphasis on the word "superior" it was so cleverly done that it escaped the notice of her father.Page 82
I'm feeling terribly lonesome.Page 92
Compton seemed glad to see him out again.Page 103
" She could hear the staccato reports from the open exhaust of the motorcycle diminishing rapidly in the distance, indicating the speed of the pursued and the pursuer.Page 107
So I hides there and I saw this man Bince come along and drop an envelope beside Krovac's machine, and after he left I comes out as Krovac picks it up, and I seen him take some money out of it.Page 108
THE VERDICT.Page 110
Take me to your home.