rate. You never intimated that the speed of this thing would be so
high, Perry. Didn't you know it?"
"No," he answered. "I could not figure the speed exactly, for I had no
instrument for measuring the mighty power of my generator. I reasoned,
however, that we should make about five hundred yards an hour."
"And we are making seven miles an hour," I concluded for him, as I sat
with my eyes upon the distance meter. "How thick is the Earth's crust,
Perry?" I asked.
"There are almost as many conjectures as to that as there are
geologists," was his answer. "One estimates it thirty miles, because
the internal heat, increasing at the rate of about one degree to each
sixty to seventy feet depth, would be sufficient to fuse the most
refractory substances at that distance beneath the surface. Another
finds that the phenomena of precession and nutation require that the
earth, if not entirely solid, must at least have a shell not less than
eight hundred to a thousand miles in thickness. So there you are. You
may take your choice."
"And if it should prove solid?" I asked.
"It will be all the same to us in the end, David," replied Perry. "At
the best our fuel will suffice to carry us but three or four days,
while our atmosphere cannot last to exceed three. Neither, then, is
sufficient to bear us in the safety through eight thousand miles of
rock to the antipodes."
"If the crust is of sufficient thickness we shall come to a final stop
between six and seven hundred miles beneath the earth's surface; but
during the last hundred and fifty miles of our journey we shall be
corpses. Am I correct?" I asked.
"Quite correct, David. Are you frightened?"
"I do not know. It all has come so suddenly that I scarce believe that
either of us realizes the real terrors of our position. I feel that I
should be reduced to panic; but yet I am not. I imagine that the shock
has been so great as to partially stun our sensibilities."
Again I turned to the thermometer. The mercury was rising with less
rapidity. It was now but 140 degrees, although we had penetrated to a
depth of nearly four miles. I told Perry, and he smiled.
"We have shattered one theory at least," was his only comment, and then
he returned to his self-assumed occupation of fluently cursing the
steering wheel. I once heard a
Tarzan, if he gave the matter much thought at all, probably reasoned that his growing attachment for the young female could be easily accounted for by the fact that of the former playmates she and he alone retained any desire to frolic as of old.Page 5
Sheeta appeared to be in no hurry.Page 14
Steel fingers circled his throat, choking the cry which sprang to the lips of the terrified man.Page 16
Little monkeys, chattering and scolding, swung through the swaying limbs above the black warriors.Page 29
"Tarzan of the Apes will not harm Teeka's balu," he said.Page 40
Thus it was an imposing word which Tarzan made of GOD.Page 50
They had called it Gazan because its soft, baby hair had been unusually red, and GAZAN in the language of the great apes, means red skin.Page 75
"Go," he said, "back to the village of Mbonga, and Tarzan will follow to see that no harm befalls you.Page 114
And when the bulls paused, Manu reached down and seized a tawny ear.Page 121
He could not believe what he had seen and yet, having seen even these incredible things, he could not disbelieve the evidence of his own perceptions.Page 123
Yes, this was the very bird that had carried him off the day before, for to Tarzan the dream had been so great a reality that he still thought another day and a night had passed since he had lain down in the tree to sleep.Page 126
With a mighty effort the ape-man wrenched himself loose, and as he slid to the ground, the dream gorilla turned ferociously upon him, seized him once more and buried great fangs in a sleek, brown shoulder.Page 129
She did not realize how far she and Gazan had become separated from the balance of the tribe, nor were her defensive senses upon the alert as they should have been.Page 133
It contained a quantity of cylindrical bits of metal, cone-shaped at one end and flat at the other, with a projecting rim.Page 140
There were stretches along the surface paths where the ape had gone for considerable distances entirely erect upon his hind feet--walking as a man walks; but the same might have been true of any of the great anthropoids of the same species, for, unlike the chimpanzee and the gorilla, they walk without the aid of their hands quite as readily as with.Page 150
The ape-man saw and recognized it.Page 152
The ape-man went first to the spot where he had cached the body of the kid.Page 157
He saw the other warriors grasp their hunting spears and leap to their feet to join in the graceful, stealthy "stalking dance.Page 162
There were other creatures, too, in the shadows beyond the firelight.Page 175
he had a clear and unobstructed view of the heavens.