Pellucidar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...PELLUCIDAR


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs





CONTENTS

CHAPTER

PROLOGUE
I ...

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...two and invested them carefully and without
extravagance.

I became interested in your story, At the Earth's...

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...French military instrument was my first guess; but really
there didn't seem much likelihood that this...

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...carefully
returning the box to its hole and covering it over with sand, I called
my servants...

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...was ushered into his presence, to find myself
clasping hands with the sort of chap that...

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...noise of the
receiver stopped instantly.

"Ask who it is, Downes," I directed.

He did so, and while...

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...that of habitual gloom that had
pervaded her, to an almost human expression of contentment and...

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...dreaming beside the giant thing that had brought me safely
through the earth's crust, my traveling...

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...evidences of a civilization and brain-power
transcending in scientific achievement anything that her race had
produced; nor...

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...get out of sight of it?

I didn't know.

For a long time I stood buried in...

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...and explore a world!

Ready to search a land area of 124,110,000 square miles for my...

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...as I stood enjoying the lovely scene, as insatiate for
Nature's wonders as if I had...

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...had entirely forgotten the rifle in my hand and the revolvers at my
belt; one does...

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...go.

The last we saw of them they were disappearing into the tangled
undergrowth of the forest....

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...and with it has gone the
First Empire of Pellucidar."

We both had to smile at the...

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...that she was dead, yet where she might be in this
savage world, and under what...

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... We must have covered a great many
thousand square miles of territory, and yet we...

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...range
might require a year or more. The land we seek must lie upon the
opposite...

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...I should find him farther down the trail, probably
finishing Perry, and so I leaped in...

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...discovered what seemed might prove a feasible pass
we moved our belongings to a new hut...

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...the
belly of some hungry bear.

I must admit that I, too, felt worried, for our progress...

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...I thought of the poor old fellow's peril.

At the top of my lungs I called...

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...of death. Now it flourished
bravely upon the breast of dead hope, and urged me...

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...of my awful tumble.

At the rate I was going it would be but a moment...

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...and that we may have slept an outer earthly year,
or we may have slept but...

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...do it or not.

He set out to make gunpowder once, shortly after our escape from...

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...joke to me that I should be addressed as
majesty and all the rest of it....

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...to board her."

As a matter of fact, I knew that he had had in mind...

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...know much about it, but I was sure
that at launching the hull only should have...

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...as bad as it looks. Give me
a hand with this rope, and we'll drag...

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...We weighed anchor. Slowly we drifted down
the great river toward the sea.

About us swarmed...

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...they would get the worst of it if they didn't leave
us alone, but they only...

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...welfare of his empire."

Slowly they turned the noses of their canoes toward land. It...

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...to attract the attention of the natives.

After some ten shots had been fired at considerable...

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...Ja. As his eyes fell upon me his face lighted with pleasure.
He came quickly...

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...lay upon the same water then the shore-line must bend far back
toward the southwest of...

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...a few
small sailing-boats that could be manned by four or five men.

I was to proceed...

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...where they had slept,
javelined to death without a chance at self-defense.

I was furious. I...

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...have
been a very long time. Finally one of the Sagoths addressed me. He
was...

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...allotted moment arrived--the moment for which I had
been trying to prepare myself, for how long...

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...roar broke from
his titanic lungs--a roar which ended in a long-drawn scream that is
more human...

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...defending her loved one. Before she could reach the beast with
her puny weapon, I...

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...explained. "You
might easily have killed her or abandoned her in a strange world--but
you did...

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...me, however, the
crime of which I had been guilty--the unforgivable crime of stealing
the great secret....

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...human race be to them without
the knowledge, which you alone may wield, to guide them...

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...I hoped to find the little valley I became
more and more confident of success. ...

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...noticed as I felt about the floor in the dim light that there was a
pile...

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...their race, might now
be irretrievably lost.

Presently I could see that she who presided was communicating...

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...to all travel across
the face of savage Pellucidar. The dangers, however, were greatly
reduced through...

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...hands above my head. He examined my puttees and my strong tan
shoes--a little the...

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...lied until he had turned the kingdoms one
against another and destroyed the federation.

"When we had...

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...typical cave man-squat muscular, and hairy, and of a
type I had not seen before. ...

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...had pretended to sympathize with this band and had
then escaped at the first opportunity."

"Who could...

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...situated the Mahar
city which took such heavy toll of the Thurians.

Thus were the unhappy people...

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...a river rose and ran in a
westerly direction, finally turning south and emptying into the...

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...above the mightiest
mountain ranges--that it had given me something of a start to discover
the sun...

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...distance at sea, a great island. This I assumed
to be the stronghold of Hooja,...

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...for some tiny foot-
or hand-hold where I might cling for a moment of rest and...

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...the
beach. Here I found that one of his forelegs was broken--the crash
against the cliff-face...

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...I sleep with that ferocious thing prowling about the narrow
confines of our prison?

Should I close...

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...had not
seen him.

I had not more than freed myself from one of my antagonists before...

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... He did not move. Slowly, I scratched
about his ears and neck and down...

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...me any
uneasiness. He glanced quickly about in all directions as if searching
for the cause...

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...perturbation.
I did not want Raja to attack any of the people upon whose friendship I
so...

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...the warriors who had attacked me.

Presently I distinguished two eyes peering at us from the...

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...outer crust's Jurassic age. I have to
take his word for it--and I guess you...

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...that
the robber must have taken the token too; but they didn't believe me.
As proof that...

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...well-aimed
cast of my javelin brought it down. I was hungry--I had not realized
it before--so...

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...there was a range of low but apparently very
rocky hills, and here and there all...

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...hand. I peered to left and right,
but I saw nothing. Then, all quite...

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...which crowned it.

Immediately from all about, out of burrows and rough, rocky lairs,
poured a perfect...

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...convinced that Gr-gr-gr and his tribe were also
freaks.

The great man-brute seated himself upon a flat...

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...in a patch of melons.

I never was a farmer nor particularly keen for this sort...

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...realize my perfidy. They saw me always
laboring diligently in the melon-patch, and as time...

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...time since my capture that no beast-man
had been within sight of me. I was...

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...my captors who had clambered so nimbly
aloft--even he who was burdened by my weight.

As the...

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... I pointed to the litter of rubble
upon the cliff-top.

"Hurl these down upon the enemy!"...

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...I took part in one of their orgies.

It will live forever in my memory. ...

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...which
flows the length of the island, coming at last to a wood rather denser
than any...

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...that on which dwelt the tribe of Gr-gr-gr.

As I sat gazing at it a figure...

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...hide them from my view; but so keen was the
excitement of the instant that I...

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...toward Hooja's village, nor did I relish
doing so now; but Dian's life might hinge upon...

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... They told me that one called Hooja the Sly One had come
and seized our...

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...she would be able to learn
the whereabouts of her mate. Just now I was...

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...to take up his position where he could watch the
boat and await Dian, I to...

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...Island of Trees," replied the man; "for
he is ready to take you as his mate."

"I...

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...leaped back to gain a second in which to calm the shock of the...

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...with these four.

We had come almost to the cliff-edge where Juag should be awaiting us
when...

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...that permitted his adversary no
chance to side-step the terrible consequences of retreat in this
direction. ...

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...in my arms just for an instant--I felt,
somehow, that it might be for the last...

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...least so I
thought at the moment.

"Quick!" I urged Dian. "You cannot dive; but I...

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...the same instant I fired at one of
them, dropping him in his tracks. The...

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...through
the air, cleaving it like a flying arrow. Just before I struck the
water a...

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...rough and round-about, so that we
consumed one or two more marches in covering the distance...

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...has given me strength to endure many dangers, for it has always
assured me immunity from...

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...urged me not to attempt it,
since we had but a single paddle and no water...

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...sun. The bladder of the thag would make a fine water-bottle,
and its skin, I...

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...beast's shoulder.

Now, the theory upon which this hunting custom is based is one long ago
discovered...

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...me?



CHAPTER XII

KIDNAPED!

I searched about the spot carefully. At last I was rewarded by the
discovery...

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...I did not have much time to spare to Raja while my
mind was filled with...

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...the jaloks would not harm Dian I
might have turned them loose upon the lidi and...

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...turning the lidi back toward me, or at least
Raja was. Just why the female...

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...with its
forefeet.

Dian had seen and recognized me, and was trying to extricate herself
from the grasp...

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...a scratch. The male had simply administered a
severe drubbing to his mate. It...

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...long strips for drying when we
should be out in the sunlight once more.

At last all...

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...the gulf, and the islander
explained that Hooja would undoubtedly follow the coast around. For
some...

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...not visible from our position!

Our plight seemed hopeless to me, but I dared not let...

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...craft had been drifting idly, rising
and falling with the great waves that were now diminishing....

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...to help us--if they
know the way to the mainland."

"Which they will not,' interposed Juag.

"Well," I...

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...look for it now."

So saying he commenced to scull the canoe's nose before the wind,...

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...alive. None of the missiles struck
us, for Hooja's archers were not nearly the marksmen...

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...enough.

We had a strong gale for a considerable time, and eventually dropped
Hooja's fleet so far...

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...calms that the catastrophe occurred. Our sail hung
limp and our momentum decreased when of...

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...shore in that mad flight from death. Even as I
paddled I found opportunity to...

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...as this? Were there
far-distant lands of which none of my people had ever heard, where...

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...great puff
of smoke broke from the bow of the leading felucca, followed almost
simultaneously by a...

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...bronze faces of the Mezops were broad with smiles, and
Perry was fairly beside himself with...

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...vessel seemed rather remarkable, for
though I had warned him against turreted battle-ships, armor, and like
useless...

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...in flight. They thought they could
paddle away from us--it was pitiful! I passed the...

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...have agreed to
anything that would have restrained us from killing the poor devils who
fell into...

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...efforts to be among the
first of those to kneel before me and kiss my hand....

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...and reel, they
had kept a fairly accurate record of their course from the time they
had...

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...thousand
cannon. I had only to show them once how a thing should be done,...

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...past ages they have been
able to make them with their crude, primitive weapons.

"In a period...

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...at sight of
the smoke and the iron balls I landed a couple of hundred red...

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...as close in as we dared, which with our light
feluccas was within easy speaking-distance of...

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...Pellucidar. I
laid out a plan of campaign which met with the enthusiastic
indorsement of the...

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...we halted, and, placing our artillery upon a slight
eminence at either flank, we commenced to...

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...themselves, when the ground about the entrance rose
suddenly into the air, to be followed by...

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...a long
time.

But finally they rose far out beyond the fleet, and when the feluccas
came about...

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...and larger type than those
with which Ja and Perry had sailed on the occasion when...

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...last long at
that, for there chanced to be wiser heads among the Luanians than their
chief...

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...the Lidi Plains north
of Thuria. Here we overcame the Mahar city that had ravaged...

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...There is no
money, nor is any money value placed upon any commodity. Perry and...

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...twenty-four
times a day. In addition to the wireless, we have a small telephone
system in...

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...if
80 24 Sidi ...