south--he thinks it is the party coming to murder me, and he
doesn't want to be found with me. So good-bye again.
A year later found me at the end of the railroad once more, headed for
the spot where I had left Innes. My first disappointment was when I
discovered that my old guide had died within a few weeks of my return,
nor could I find any member of my former party who could lead me to the
For months I searched that scorching land, interviewing countless
desert sheiks in the hope that at last I might find one who had heard
of Innes and his wonderful iron mole. Constantly my eyes scanned the
blinding waste of sand for the ricky cairn beneath which I was to find
the wires leading to Pellucidar--but always was I unsuccessful.
And always do these awful questions harass me when I think of David
Innes and his strange adventures.
Did the Arabs murder him, after all, just on the eve of his departure?
Or, did he again turn the nose of his iron monster toward the inner
world? Did he reach it, or lies he somewhere buried in the heart of
the great crust? And if he did come again to Pellucidar was it to
break through into the bottom of one of her great island seas, or among
some savage race far, far from the land of his heart's desire?
Does the answer lie somewhere upon the bosom of the broad Sahara, at
the end of two tiny wires, hidden beneath a lost cairn? I wonder.
The girl ran her fingers into that mass of hair and looked puzzled.Page 21
Ajor, having less.Page 29
There was little timber close to the base of the cliffs, and so I was forced to enter the wood some two hundred yards distant.Page 31
The Sto-lu men show a sparse beard, the Band-lu none; and there is little hair upon the bodies of their women.Page 35
I trembled at the risk she had run.Page 36
They speak of _ata_ and _cor sva jo:, meaning _reproduction_ and _from the beginning_, and point toward the south; but no one has a mother.Page 38
"Yes, sleep," said Ajor.Page 39
Together we staggered upward toward the light, and at the first turn we saw an.Page 40
We had water now, and warmth, and I was sure that Caspak would soon offer us meat or fruit; but as we came to where we could look about, we saw that we were upon the summit of the cliffs, where there seemed little reason to expect game.Page 41
There were two or three more bad places, but for the most part it was an easy descent, and we came to the highest of the Band-lu caves without further trouble.Page 43
it and expecting it for a long time; today I am a Kro-lu.Page 45
"You need never fear him after this," she concluded.Page 51
"I knew that we had covered a great distance, for the rush of the wind by my face attested the speed of our progress, but I had no idea where we were when at last I realized that the Wieroo was weakening.Page 53
They told us that they would be well received as additions to a tribe always are welcomed, and the more so as the distance from the beginning increased, the higher tribes or races being far weaker numerically than the lower.Page 69
We would rush for a man, simultaneously, and as Nobs leaped for him.Page 71
" I followed him into the hut, and with Nobs at our heels we passed through several chambers into a remote and windowless apartment where a small lamp sputtered in its unequal battle with the inky darkness.Page 73
"If I had my weapons and my ammunition, I could do much.Page 77
When the last of them had passed from sight, I rose and bent my steps in the direction of the pass--the same pass toward which Nobs had evidently been leading me.Page 84
Instantly I recognized the quarry as Ajor.Page 88
When we arrived at the Galu city, Lys La Rue was waiting to welcome us.