long strips for drying when we
should be out in the sunlight once more.
At last all was done. We were ready to embark. I had no difficulty in
getting Raja aboard the dugout; but Ranee--as we christened her after I
had explained to Dian the meaning of Raja and its feminine
equivalent--positively refused for a time to follow her mate aboard.
In fact, we had to shove off without her. After a moment, however, she
plunged into the water and swam after us.
I let her come alongside, and then Juag and I pulled her in, she
snapping and snarling at us as we did so; but, strange to relate, she
didn't offer to attack us after we had ensconced her safely in the
bottom alongside Raja.
The canoe behaved much better under sail than I had hoped--infinitely
better than the battle-ship Sari had--and we made good progress almost
due west across the gulf, upon the opposite side of which I hoped to
find the mouth of the river of which Juag had told me.
The islander was much interested and impressed by the sail and its
results. He had not been able to understand exactly what I hoped to
accomplish with it while we were fitting up the boat; but when he saw
the clumsy dugout move steadily through the water without paddles, he
was as delighted as a child. We made splendid headway on the trip,
coming into sight of land at last.
Juag had been terror-stricken when he had learned that I intended
crossing the ocean, and when we passed out of sight of land he was in a
blue funk. He said that he had never heard of such a thing before in
his life, and that always he had understood that those who ventured far
from land never returned; for how could they find their way when they
could see no land to steer for?
I tried to explain the compass to him; and though he never really
grasped the scientific explanation of it, yet he did learn to steer by
it quite as well as I. We passed several islands on the
journey--islands which Juag told me were entirely unknown to his own
island folk. Indeed, our eyes may have been the first ever to rest
upon them. I should have liked to stop off and explore them, but the
business of empire would brook no unnecessary delays.
I asked Juag how Hooja expected to reach the mouth of the river which
we were in search of if he didn't cross
" I glanced at the thermometer.Page 11
"Let us wait and see, David," he replied, "and in the meantime suppose we do a bit of exploring up and down the coast--we may find a native who can enlighten us.Page 24
Crystal streams roared through their rocky channels, fed by the perpetual snows which we could see far above us.Page 27
Seal-like creatures there were with long necks stretching ten and more feet above their enormous bodies and whose snake heads were split with gaping mouths bristling with countless fangs.Page 43
All its efforts to rid itself of the tiger seemed futile, until in desperation it threw itself upon the ground, rolling over and over.Page 45
The numerous lofty, granite towers which mark the several entrances to the subterranean city were all in front of me--behind, the plain stretched level and unbroken to the nearby foothills.Page 46
I have no idea, of course, how long it took me to reach the limit of the plain, but at last I entered the foothills, following a pretty little canyon upward toward the mountains.Page 49
Blood from the wounded reptile was now crimsoning the waters about us and soon from the weakening struggles it became evident that I had inflicted a death wound upon it.Page 56
The queen's head slowly disappeared beneath the surface and after it went the eyes of her victim--only a slow ripple widened toward the.Page 59
At the thought cold sweat broke out upon me from every pore, and as I crawled from the water onto one of the tiny islands I was trembling like a leaf--you cannot imagine the awful horror which even the simple thought of the repulsive Mahars of Pellucidar induces in the human mind, and to feel that you are in their power--that they are crawling, slimy, and abhorrent, to drag you.Page 61
For a long time I paddled around the shore, though well out, before I saw the mainland in the distance.Page 67
At the edges, so.Page 74
And to think that I was risking death to return to him purely from a sense of duty and affection! "Why, Perry!" I exclaimed, "haven't you a word for me after my long absence?" "Long absence!" he repeated in evident astonishment.Page 77
" "Do you mean that they do not believe me?" I asked, totally astonished.Page 78
Gradually I worked it toward me until I felt that it was within reach of my hand and a moment later I had turned about and the precious thing was in my grasp.Page 84
Our only hope, he said, lay in reaching his tribe which was quite strong.Page 88
I sighted as carefully and deliberately as though at a straw target.Page 99
Each time my sword found his body--once penetrating to his lung.Page 106
Once they had been armed with swords, and bows and arrows, and trained in their use we were confident that they could overcome any tribe that seemed disinclined to join the great army of federated states with which we were planning to march upon the Mahars.Page 112
Ghak and I were inclined to think that the Sly One had been guiding this expedition to the land of Sari, where he thought that the book might be found in Perry's possession; but we had no proof of this and so we took him in and treated him as one of us, although none liked him.