budged, David, since we started. You know that."
I did know it; but here we were with our drill racing in pure air, and
copious volumes of it pouring into the cabin.
"We couldn't have turned in the ice stratum, Perry, I know as well as
you," I replied; "but the fact remains that we did, for here we are
this minute at the surface of the earth again, and I am going out to
see just where."
"Better wait till morning, David--it must be midnight now."
I glanced at the chronometer.
"Half after twelve. We have been out seventy-two hours, so it must be
midnight. Nevertheless I am going to have a look at the blessed sky
that I had given up all hope of ever seeing again," and so saying I
lifted the bars from the inner door, and swung it open. There was
quite a quantity of loose material in the jacket, and this I had to
remove with a shovel to get at the opposite door in the outer shell.
In a short time I had removed enough of the earth and rock to the floor
of the cabin to expose the door beyond. Perry was directly behind me
as I threw it open. The upper half was above the surface of the
ground. With an expression of surprise I turned and looked at
Perry--it was broad day-light without!
"Something seems to have gone wrong either with our calculations or the
chronometer," I said. Perry shook his head--there was a strange
expression in his eyes.
"Let's have a look beyond that door, David," he cried.
Together we stepped out to stand in silent contemplation of a landscape
at once weird and beautiful. Before us a low and level shore stretched
down to a silent sea. As far as the eye could reach the surface of the
water was dotted with countless tiny isles--some of towering, barren,
granitic rock--others resplendent in gorgeous trappings of tropical
vegetation, myriad starred with the magnificent splendor of vivid
Behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns
intermingled with the commoner types of a primeval tropical forest.
Huge creepers depended in great loops from tree to tree, dense
under-brush overgrew a tangled mass of fallen trunks and branches.
Upon the outer verge we could see the same splendid coloring of
countless blossoms that glorified the islands, but within the dense
shadows all seemed dark and gloomy as the grave.
And upon all the noonday sun poured its torrid rays out of a cloudless
"Where on earth
All they know, all that anyone knows, is that Nikolas Rokoff has escaped.Page 6
A sailor who had approached to listen to the conversation vouchsafed the information that a moment before as he had been about to enter the "pub" he had seen two men leaving it who walked toward the wharf.Page 10
"But bear in mind that you will be shot if you make a single move to attack me or any other aboard the ship.Page 11
Rokoff and his plans you have at last brought yourself and your family to this unfortunate extremity.Page 22
Now Sheeta, the panther, was one whom Tarzan was exceptionally glad to fall in with, for he had it in mind not only to utilize the great cat's strong gut for his bow, but also to fashion a new quiver and loin-cloth from pieces of his hide.Page 23
The barest fraction of a second before his spring another beast of prey above him leaped, its weird and savage cry mingling with his.Page 29
At sight of the panther the great apes took to flight, but after a time Tarzan succeeded in recalling them.Page 30
They were down wind from Tarzan, and so their scent was not carried to him, and as his back was turned half toward them he did not see their cautious advance over the edge of the promontory and down through the rank grass toward the sandy beach where he lay.Page 45
Tarzan knew well the nature of the black man.Page 59
Into the fellow's usually foxy eyes had come an expression of utter stupidity.Page 64
Rokoff was urging the chief to have his spearmen launch their missiles, and the black was upon the instant of issuing the command, when his eyes strayed beyond Tarzan, following the gaze of the ape-man.Page 80
Here progress became at once arduous, slow, and dangerous.Page 82
She started to crawl from her shelter with the intention of running after Anderssen as fast as she could.Page 89
The butt of the gun was not an inch from her hand.Page 97
He would promise anything if she would let him come aboard the dugout, but he did not think that it was necessary to do so.Page 99
With steady, powerful strokes the ape-man forged out into the stream toward the drifting dugout.Page 100
of the Apes, Lord of the Jungle, disappeared from the sight of men beneath the gloomy waters of the dark and forbidding Ugambi.Page 101
But at that he would gladly have had them all back in the land of the living could he thus have been freed from the menace of the frightful creatures who pursued him with awful relentlessness, screaming and growling at him every time they came within sight of him.Page 110
With her two prisoners still beneath the coercing influence of her rifle, she ordered them upon deck with the intention of again imprisoning them in the forecastle; but at length she permitted herself to be influenced by their promises of loyalty and the arguments which they.Page 127
Chapter 19 The Last of the "Kincaid" Shortly after the break of day Tarzan was on deck noting the condition of the weather.