attracted the attention of the searchers and led them off for the
delicious store it previously had marked down for betrayal, and Rabba
Kega's doom was sealed.
When the searchers returned empty handed, Mbonga was wroth; but when he
saw the great store of honey they brought with them his rage subsided.
Already Tubuto, young, agile and evil-minded, with face hideously
painted, was practicing the black art upon a sick infant in the fond
hope of succeeding to the office and perquisites of Rabba Kega.
Tonight the women of the old witch-doctor would moan and howl.
Tomorrow he would be forgotten. Such is life, such is fame, such is
power--in the center of the world's highest civilization, or in the
depths of the black, primeval jungle. Always, everywhere, man is man,
nor has he altered greatly beneath his veneer since he scurried into a
hole between two rocks to escape the tyrannosaurus six million years
The morning following the disappearance of Rabba Kega, the warriors set
out with Mbonga, the chief, to examine the trap they had set for Numa.
Long before they reached the cage, they heard the roaring of a great
lion and guessed that they had made a successful bag, so it was with
shouts of joy that they approached the spot where they should find
Yes! There he was, a great, magnificent specimen--a huge, black-maned
lion. The warriors were frantic with delight. They leaped into the
air and uttered savage cries--hoarse victory cries, and then they came
closer, and the cries died upon their lips, and their eyes went wide so
that the whites showed all around their irises, and their pendulous
lower lips drooped with their drooping jaws. They drew back in terror
at the sight within the cage--the mauled and mutilated corpse of what
had, yesterday, been Rabba Kega, the witch-doctor.
The captured lion had been too angry and frightened to feed upon the
body of his kill; but he had vented upon it much of his rage, until it
was a frightful thing to behold.
From his perch in a near-by tree Tarzan of the Apes, Lord Greystoke,
looked down upon the black warriors and grinned. Once again his
self-pride in his ability as a practical joker asserted itself. It had
lain dormant for some time following the painful mauling he had
received that time he leaped among the apes of Kerchak clothed in the
skin of Numa; but this joke was a decided success.
After a few moments of terror, the blacks came closer to the cage, rage
taking the place
Fully thrice the size of the sun I had known throughout my life, and apparently so near that the sight of it carried the conviction that one might almost reach up and touch it.Page 17
Between the huts, which sometimes formed crooked streets, were dead branches and the trunks of small trees which connected the huts upon one tree to those within adjoining trees; the whole network of huts and pathways forming an almost solid flooring a good fifty feet above the ground.Page 25
from a man?" she answered my question with another.Page 31
I believe Ghak must have read the truth more in my expression than in my words, for presently he laid his hand upon my shoulder.Page 37
" I shuddered.Page 44
horns deep in the tarag's abdomen, pinning him to the floor of the arena.Page 45
I had come to the surface, then, beyond the city, and my chances for escape seemed much enhanced.Page 49
I was entirely within the power of the savage man whose skiff I had stolen.Page 54
"We are within the outer wall," said Ja.Page 57
The moment she mounted it seemed to be the signal for the other Mahars to enter the tank, and then commenced, upon a larger scale, a repetition of the uncanny performance through which the queen had led her victim.Page 58
My hands were resting upon a small piece of granite which formed a part of the wall,.Page 69
I wish now that I had not left the arena for by this time my friends and I might have made good our escape, whereas this delay may mean the wrecking of all our plans, which depended for their consummation upon the continued sleep of the three Mahars who lay in the pit beneath the building in which we were confined.Page 73
" "Then be careful that you don't repeat the impossible tale you told Sol-to-to just now--another world, indeed, where human beings rule!" he concluded in fine scorn.Page 81
It was the very room for the finding of which Perry had given me minute directions.Page 83
As the noise of hurrying feet warned me that we were entering the busy corridors of the main level, my heart came up into my mouth.Page 85
No, he wouldn't leave us, and that was all there was to it, but he suggested that Hooja might hurry on and warn the Sarians of the king's danger.Page 86
Hooja still harbored ill will against me because of the blow I had struck in Dian's protection, and his malevolent spirit was equal to sacrificing us all that he might be revenged upon me.Page 104
cave I could not see her features, and I was rather glad, for I disliked to think of the hate that I should have read there.Page 105
"I didn't know your ways--I doubt if I do now.Page 108
It is the Dead World which makes the great shadow upon this portion of Pellucidar.