mercy. Frantically I tore at the steering wheel in an effort
to turn the prospector back toward Pellucidar; but, as on that other
occasion, I could not budge the thing a hair.
It is needless to recount the horrors or the monotony of that journey.
It varied but little from the former one which had brought us from the
outer to the inner world. Because of the angle at which we had entered
the ground the trip required nearly a day longer, and brought me out
here upon the sand of the Sahara instead of in the United States as I
For months I have been waiting here for a white man to come. I dared
not leave the prospector for fear I should never be able to find it
again--the shifting sands of the desert would soon cover it, and then
my only hope of returning to my Dian and her Pellucidar would be gone
That I ever shall see her again seems but remotely possible, for how
may I know upon what part of Pellucidar my return journey may
terminate--and how, without a north or south or an east or a west may I
hope ever to find my way across that vast world to the tiny spot where
my lost love lies grieving for me?
That is the story as David Innes told it to me in the goat-skin tent
upon the rim of the great Sahara Desert. The next day he took me out
to see the prospector--it was precisely as he had described it. So
huge was it that it could have been brought to this inaccessible part
of the world by no means of transportation that existed there--it could
only have come in the way that David Innes said it came--up through the
crust of the earth from the inner world of Pellucidar.
I spent a week with him, and then, abandoned my lion hunt, returned
directly to the coast and hurried to London where I purchased a great
quantity of stuff which he wished to take back to Pellucidar with him.
There were books, rifles, revolvers, ammunition, cameras, chemicals,
telephones, telegraph instruments, wire, tool and more books--books
upon every subject under the sun. He said he wanted a library with
which they could reproduce the wonders of the twentieth century in the
Stone Age and if quantity counts for anything I got it for him.
I took the things back to Algeria myself, and accompanied them to the
end of the railroad; but from here I was recalled to
At the Earth's Core By Edgar Rice Burroughs CONTENTS PROLOG I TOWARD THE ETERNAL FIRES II A STRANGE WORLD III A CHANGE OF MASTERS IV DIAN THE BEAUTIFUL V SLAVES VI THE BEGINNING OF HORROR VII FREEDOM VIII THE MAHAR TEMPLE IX THE FACE OF DEATH X PHUTRA AGAIN XI FOUR DEAD MAHARS XII PURSUIT XIII THE SLY ONE XIV THE GARDEN OF EDEN XV BACK TO EARTH PROLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT I do not expect you to believe this story.Page 4
But to my astonishment I discovered that with death staring him in the face Abner Perry was transformed into a new being.Page 9
Then his scattered wits slowly foregathered, and he sat up sniffing the air with an expression of wonderment upon his face.Page 11
The prospector renders that theory untenable--it, certainly, could never have gone to heaven.Page 13
Seizing Perry by the shoulder I dragged him to his feet, and rushing to a smaller tree--one that he could easily encircle with his arms and legs--I boosted him as far up as I could, and then left him to his fate, for a glance over my shoulder revealed the awful beast almost upon me.Page 18
What do you suppose they can be? You were about to tell me where we are when that great hairy frigate bore down upon us--have you really any idea at all?" "Yes, David," he replied, "I know precisely where we are.Page 27
He said so himself.Page 29
Halts were now more frequent, but I did not wish to speak to Dian until I could see from the expression of her face how she was receiving my apologies.Page 32
The entrance to it was marked by two lofty towers of granite, which guarded a flight of steps leading to the buried city.Page 48
Then I grasped the paddle, and with feverish haste urged the awkward, wobbly thing out upon the surface of the sea.Page 50
To my delight he understood and answered me in the same jargon.Page 56
She turned wide, fear-haunted eyes toward the Mahar queen, slowly she rose to her feet, and then as though dragged by some unseen power she moved as one in a trance straight toward the reptile, her glassy eyes fixed upon those of her captor.Page 68
And then it occurred to me that here was an opportunity--that I might make a small beginning upon Ja, who was my friend, and thus note the effect of my teaching upon a Pellucidarian.Page 70
There are but few who escape them, though some do, and these would rather die than be recaptured.Page 74
And to think that I was risking death to return to him purely from a sense of duty and affection! "Why, Perry!" I exclaimed, "haven't you a word for me after my long absence?" "Long absence!" he repeated in evident astonishment.Page 78
Those at the table had their backs toward me.Page 92
The valley itself was carpeted with a luxuriant grass, while here and there patches of wild flowers made great splashes of vivid color against the prevailing green.Page 100
Dian! A little wave of doubt swept over.Page 104
"But I have told you right along that I love you," I said.Page 106
A little fellow stung me on the ankle,.