cannot guess, unless there were others in the
plot to aid him. Nor can I believe that, since all my people were
loyal to me and would have made short work of Hooja had he suggested
the heartless scheme, even had he had time to acquaint another with it.
It was all done so quickly that I may only believe that it was the
result of sudden impulse, aided by a number of, to Hooja, fortuitous
circumstances occurring at precisely the right moment.
All I know is that it was Hooja who brought Dian to the prospector,
still wrapped from head to toe in the skin of an enormous cave lion
which covered her since the Mahar prisoners had been brought into camp.
He deposited his burden in the seat beside me. I was all ready to get
under way. The good-byes had been said. Perry had grasped my hand in
the last, long farewell. I closed and barred the outer and inner
doors, took my seat again at the driving mechanism, and pulled the
As before on that far-gone night that had witnessed our first trial of
the iron monster, there was a frightful roaring beneath us--the giant
frame trembled and vibrated--there was a rush of sound as the loose
earth passed up through the hollow space between the inner and outer
jackets to be deposited in our wake. Once more the thing was off.
But on the instant of departure I was nearly thrown from my seat by the
sudden lurching of the prospector. At first I did not realize what had
happened, but presently it dawned upon me that just before entering the
crust the towering body had fallen through its supporting scaffolding,
and that instead of entering the ground vertically we were plunging
into it at a different angle. Where it would bring us out upon the
upper crust I could not even conjecture. And then I turned to note the
effect of this strange experience upon Dian. She still sat shrouded in
the great skin.
"Come, come," I cried, laughing, "come out of your shell. No Mahar
eyes can reach you here," and I leaned over and snatched the lion skin
from her. And then I shrank back upon my seat in utter horror.
The thing beneath the skin was not Dian--it was a hideous Mahar.
Instantly I realized the trick that Hooja had played upon me, and the
purpose of it. Rid of me, forever as he doubtless thought, Dian would
be at his
My party consisted of a dozen children.Page 11
"Let us wait and see, David," he replied, "and in the meantime suppose we do a bit of exploring up and down the coast--we may find a native who can enlighten us.Page 15
They were to all appearances strikingly similar in aspect to the Negro of Africa.Page 21
At Andover, and later at Yale, I had pitched on winning ball teams.Page 33
They employed a species of sign language.Page 45
amphitheater had grown fainter and fainter until now all was as silent as the tomb about me.Page 50
In so far as I ever have heard no Mezop lives elsewhere, and no others than Mezops dwell upon islands, but of course it may be different in other far-distant lands.Page 59
You have no conception of the strange contradictions and impossibilities which arise when all methods of measuring time, as we know them upon earth, are non-existent.Page 60
Whatever dangers lay hidden in this island jungle, there could be none so fearsome as those which I had just escaped.Page 64
I thought of Perry--how he would wonder what had become of me.Page 71
Why should I not desire to be in Phutra? Am I not well fed and well treated? Am I not happy? What better lot could man desire?" The Sagoths scratched their heads.Page 74
"Why man, I have but just returned from the arena! You reached here almost as soon as I.Page 75
Do you catch my meaning?" I didn't and said so.Page 79
When I came to the frequented portions of the building, I found a large burden of skins in a corner and these I lifted to my head, carrying them in such a way that ends and corners fell down about my shoulders completely hiding my face.Page 86
In another moment the frowning cliffs ahead should be black with primeval warriors.Page 89
About me lay scattered stones crumbled from the cliff above.Page 94
Again my aim was true, and with a hiss of pain and rage the reptile wheeled once more and soared away.Page 98
"I can engage him until you get a good start.Page 111
Ghak and Dacor were both with us, having come primarily to view the prospector.Page 116
any member of my former party who could lead me to the same spot.