the sea, so that to pass around them as I
desired to do it was necessary to scale them in search of a ledge along
which I might continue my journey. Some fifty feet from the base I
came upon a projection which formed a natural path along the face of
the cliff, and this I followed out over the sea toward the cliff's end.
Here the ledge inclined rapidly upward toward the top of the
cliffs--the stratum which formed it evidently having been forced up at
this steep angle when the mountains behind it were born. As I climbed
carefully up the ascent my attention suddenly was attracted aloft by
the sound of strange hissing, and what resembled the flapping of wings.
And at the first glance there broke upon my horrified vision the most
frightful thing I had seen even within Pellucidar. It was a giant
dragon such as is pictured in the legends and fairy tales of earth
folk. Its huge body must have measured forty feet in length, while the
batlike wings that supported it in midair had a spread of fully thirty.
Its gaping jaws were armed with long, sharp teeth, and its claw
equipped with horrible talons.
The hissing noise which had first attracted my attention was issuing
from its throat, and seemed to be directed at something beyond and
below me which I could not see. The ledge upon which I stood
terminated abruptly a few paces farther on, and as I reached the end I
saw the cause of the reptile's agitation.
Some time in past ages an earthquake had produced a fault at this
point, so that beyond the spot where I stood the strata had slipped
down a matter of twenty feet. The result was that the continuation of
my ledge lay twenty feet below me, where it ended as abruptly as did
the end upon which I stood.
And here, evidently halted in flight by this insurmountable break in
the ledge, stood the object of the creature's attack--a girl cowering
upon the narrow platform, her face buried in her arms, as though to
shut out the sight of the frightful death which hovered just above her.
The dragon was circling lower, and seemed about to dart in upon its
prey. There was no time to be lost, scarce an instant in which to
weigh the possible chances that I had against the awfully armed
creature; but the sight of that frightened girl below me called out to
all that was best in me, and the instinct for
When the turbulent waters had somewhat subsided and the sea had ceased to spew up wreckage, I ventured to swim back in search of something substantial enough to support my weight and that of Nobs as well.Page 4
At least I have had that great happiness in life; nor can Caspak, with all her horrors, expunge that which has been.Page 6
She thought it marvelous that we should have been spared in so providential a manner, and I had a pretty speech upon my tongue's end, but lacked the nerve to deliver it.Page 7
"It is the only way.Page 8
seemed to me at the time that I had lain awake for days, instead of hours.Page 19
The fellow scratched his head a moment and said, "No," and then as though it was an afterthought, he told me that he had seen the girl in the crew's room about midnight talking with the German commander, but as there hadn't seemed to him to be any harm in that, he hadn't said anything about it.Page 20
He would sacrifice anyone, even you; and if you still love him, you might be his ready tool.Page 29
What did the fellow intend? What was going on below? If Benson.Page 32
"I did it because I hate you--I hate all your kind.Page 37
Caprona was impregnable--that was the decision of all; yet we kept on.Page 44
I was mighty glad that our entrance into the interior of Caprona had been inside a submarine rather than in any other form of vessel.Page 45
Meantime Olson cut off the long neck, saying that it would make fine soup.Page 47
In open spaces along the shore we caught occasional glimpses of the distant cliffs, and here they appeared only a trifle less precipitous than those which bound Caprona on the seaward side.Page 54
There was one among the lot, evidently the leader of them, who bore a close resemblance to the so-called Neanderthal man of La Chapelle-aux-Saints.Page 59
The following morning we started building operations in earnest, and things progressed finely.Page 60
We have had to construct a second store house for the great quantity of this that we have gathered.Page 63
We went up the coast some ten or twelve miles in the U-33, tying up to shore near the mouth of a small stream which emptied great volumes of crude oil into the sea--I find it difficult to call this great lake by any other name.Page 66
Olson, Whitely, Wilson, and I stood for a moment looking at one another.Page 74
They tried to get Lys to go in with them and could not understand why she refused.Page 75