craft had been drifting idly, rising
and falling with the great waves that were now diminishing. Sometimes
we were upon the crest--again in the hollow. As Dian ceased speaking
she let her eyes range across the limitless expanse of billowing
waters. We rose to a great height upon the crest of a mighty wave. As
we topped it Dian gave an exclamation and pointed astern.
"Boats!" she cried. "Boats! Many, many boats!"
Juag and I leaped to our feet; but our little craft had now dropped to
the trough, and we could see nothing but walls of water close upon
either hand. We waited for the next wave to lift us, and when it did
we strained our eyes in the direction that Dian had indicated. Sure
enough, scarce half a mile away were several boats, and scattered far
and wide behind us as far as we could see were many others! We could
not make them out in the distance or in the brief glimpse that we
caught of them before we were plunged again into the next wave canon;
but they were boats.
And in them must be human beings like ourselves.
RACING FOR LIFE
At last the sea subsided, and we were able to get a better view of the
armada of small boats in our wake. There must have been two hundred of
them. Juag said that he had never seen so many boats before in all his
life. Where had they come from? Juag was first to hazard a guess.
"Hooja," he said, "was building many boats to carry his warriors to the
great river and up it toward Sari. He was building them with almost
all his warriors and many slaves upon the Island of Trees. No one else
in all the history of Pellucidar has ever built so many boats as they
told me Hooja was building. These must be Hooja's boats."
"And they were blown out to sea by the great storm just as we were,"
"There can be no better explanation of them," I agreed.
"What shall we do?" asked Juag.
"Suppose we make sure that they are really Hooja's people," suggested
Dian. "It may be that they are not, and that if we run away from them
before we learn definitely who they are, we shall be running away from
a chance to live and find the mainland. They may be a people of whom
we have never even heard, and if so we can ask them
" We both had to smile at the use of my royal title, yet I was indeed still "Emperor of Pellucidar," and some day I meant to rebuild what the vile act of the treacherous Hooja had torn down.Page 15
With a bandoleer of cartridges across his shoulder, two six-shooters at his hips, and a rifle in his hand he was a much rejuvenated Perry.Page 24
But this I know.Page 26
Yet my imperial power and dignity had been a very real thing during my brief reign.Page 32
In the leisure afforded we took turns working on our map, and by means of the compass and a little guesswork we set down the shoreline we had left and the three islands with fair accuracy.Page 34
His additions to the map convinced us that Greenwich lay upon the verge of this same sea, and that it might be reached by water more easily than by the arduous crossing of the mountains or the dangerous approach through Phutra, which lay almost directly in line between Anoroc and Greenwich to the northwest.Page 44
She was right.Page 50
It was while we were arguing upon the subject that a stranger, with hands above his head, entered the village.Page 52
" I couldn't persuade him to do more than direct me upon the way.Page 61
Slowly, I scratched about his ears and neck and down beneath the fierce jaws.Page 64
There was no gate.Page 68
I grasped my cudgel more firmly and unslung my javelin, carrying it in my left.Page 70
In other words, it is my belief that the first man was a freak of nature--nor would one have to draw overstrongly upon his credulity to be.Page 80
I drew myself to level ground and stood erect.Page 82
So I hurried hither to learn the truth, and, sure enough, here I found Hooja and his wicked men living in my village, and my father's people but slaves among them.Page 86
Before ever he could scramble up again I was on him and had buried my knife in his heart.Page 91
I could see Juag standing just beneath her with his hands upstretched to assist her.Page 94
First let Hooja embrace the viper's fang.Page 105
There was nothing for us to do but try to keep the canoe right side up and straight before the wind.Page 115
But the felucca pursued them relentlessly, her crew firing at will.