and the instinct for protection of the other
sex, which nearly must have equaled the instinct of self-preservation
in primeval man, drew me to the girl's side like an irresistible magnet.
Almost thoughtless of the consequences, I leaped from the end of the
ledge upon which I stood, for the tiny shelf twenty feet below. At the
same instant the dragon darted in toward the girl, but my sudden advent
upon the scene must have startled him for he veered to one side, and
then rose above us once more.
The noise I made as I landed beside her convinced the girl that the end
had come, for she thought I was the dragon; but finally when no cruel
fangs closed upon her she raised her eyes in astonishment. As they
fell upon me the expression that came into them would be difficult to
describe; but her feelings could scarcely have been one whit more
complicated than my own--for the wide eyes that looked into mine were
those of Dian the Beautiful.
"Dian!" I cried. "Dian! Thank God that I came in time."
"You?" she whispered, and then she hid her face again; nor could I tell
whether she were glad or angry that I had come.
Once more the dragon was sweeping toward us, and so rapidly that I had
no time to unsling my bow. All that I could do was to snatch up a
rock, and hurl it at the thing's hideous face. Again my aim was true,
and with a hiss of pain and rage the reptile wheeled once more and
Quickly I fitted an arrow now that I might be ready at the next attack,
and as I did so I looked down at the girl, so that I surprised her in a
surreptitious glance which she was stealing at me; but immediately, she
again covered her face with her hands.
"Look at me, Dian," I pleaded. "Are you not glad to see me?"
She looked straight into my eyes.
"I hate you," she said, and then, as I was about to beg for a fair
hearing she pointed over my shoulder. "The thipdar comes," she said,
and I turned again to meet the reptile.
So this was a thipdar. I might have known it. The cruel bloodhound of
the Mahars. The long-extinct pterodactyl of the outer world. But this
time I met it with a weapon it never had faced before. I had selected
my longest arrow, and with all my strength had bent
I had come down from the north to hunt lion.Page 1
"It cannot be!" he cried after a moment.Page 25
from a man?" she answered my question with another.Page 32
One of them asked him what he was saying--to whom he was talking.Page 34
It so happened that Hooja was confined in the same building with us.Page 45
Cautiously I crept up the stairway to the tunnel's end, and peering out saw the broad plain of Phutra before me.Page 50
"I would not do that," he said, "for you have just saved my life," and with that he released his hold upon it and squatted down in the bottom of the skiff.Page 51
"We are fishermen, though we be great hunters as well, often going to the mainland in search of the game that is scarce upon all but the larger islands.Page 54
For my part I hate them and always have, but the other chieftains of the island think it best that we continue to maintain the amicable relations which exist between the two races; otherwise I should like nothing better than to lead my warriors amongst the hideous creatures and exterminate them--Pellucidar would be a better place to live were there none of them.Page 56
On she moved toward the Mahar, who now slowly retreated as though leading her victim on.Page 69
" He dropped a fruit from his hand to the ground.Page 73
Do you catch my meaning?" I didn't and said so.Page 77
There were other humans similarly chained.Page 78
Those at the table had their backs toward me.Page 82
A moment later they stood beside me, and to my surprise I saw that Hooja the Sly One accompanied them.Page 86
XIII THE SLY ONE The Sagoths were gaining on us rapidly, for once they had sighted us they had greatly increased their speed.Page 90
Later I learned from Ghak, who had finally come to his tribesmen and returned with a party to rescue me, that the ryth, as it is called, pursued the Sagoths until it had exterminated the entire band.Page 93
And at the first glance there broke upon my horrified vision the most frightful thing I had seen even within Pellucidar.Page 97
As we proceeded along the ledge I gave Dian minute directions for finding my cave against the chance of something happening to me.