of smoke broke from the bow of the leading felucca, followed almost
simultaneously by a terrific explosion, and a solid shot screamed close
over the heads of the men in Hooja's craft, raising a great splash
where it clove the water just beyond them.
Perry had perfected gunpowder and built cannon! It was marvelous!
Dian and Juag, as much surprised as Hooja, turned wondering eyes toward
me. Again the cannon spoke. I suppose that by comparison with the
great guns of modern naval vessels of the outer world it was a
pitifully small and inadequate thing; but here in Pellucidar, where it
was the first of its kind, it was about as awe-inspiring as anything
you might imagine.
With the report an iron cannonball about five inches in diameter struck
Hooja's dugout just above the water-line, tore a great splintering hole
in its side, turned it over, and dumped its occupants into the sea.
The four dugouts that had been abreast of Hooja had turned to intercept
the leading felucca. Even now, in the face of what must have been a
withering catastrophe to them, they kept bravely on toward the strange
and terrible craft.
In them were fully two hundred men, while but fifty lined the gunwale
of the felucca to repel them. The commander of the felucca, who proved
to be Ja, let them come quite close and then turned loose upon them a
volley of shots from small-arms.
The cave men and Sagoths in the dugouts seemed to wither before that
blast of death like dry grass before a prairie fire. Those who were
not hit dropped their bows and javelins and, seizing upon paddles,
attempted to escape. But the felucca pursued them relentlessly, her
crew firing at will.
At last I heard Ja shouting to the survivors in the dugouts--they were
all quite close to us now--offering them their lives if they would
surrender. Perry was standing close behind Ja, and I knew that this
merciful action was prompted, perhaps commanded, by the old man; for no
Pellucidarian would have thought of showing leniency to a defeated foe.
As there was no alternative save death, the survivors surrendered and a
moment later were taken aboard the Amoz, the name that I could now see
printed in large letters upon the felucca's bow, and which no one in
that whole world could read except Perry and I.
When the prisoners were aboard, Ja brought the felucca alongside our
dugout. Many were the willing hands that reached down to lift us to
her decks. The
Instead her face went white, and she clutched her bosom with her two hands.Page 14
"The king!" exclaimed the officer; and then, as he bent lower over the white face: "Leopold!" The girl nodded.Page 15
"We shall have to take the king's body with us, your highness," he said.Page 22
" Maenck stepped back, his hand upon his sword.Page 25
" "Medicine?" ejaculated Barney.Page 52
" "He is still here, then?" questioned the shopkeeper with a sigh that might have indicated either relief or resignation.Page 53
" Barney nodded, and the shopkeeper of Tafelberg withdrew and closed the door behind him.Page 69
" "I shall always be happy with my king," she whispered, and the look that she gave him made Barney Custer curse the fate that had failed to make him a king by birth.Page 90
"Who am I, man?" insisted the king.Page 102
He was sure the Serbian authorities would object less strenuously to his presence.Page 113
"If you will get off of me," at last shouted the American, "I shall be glad to explain--and apologize.Page 115
This man is not he.Page 140
His meal disposed of to the last morsel, and paid for, Barney entered the stolen car and resumed his journey toward Lutha.Page 159
A round, white figure of the conventional design that was burned into the tile bore the telltale smudge.Page 171
The princess was brought to Blentz by Prince Peter.Page 183
She did not understand.Page 184
The girl's betrothal to the king had prevented an avowal of their love while Barney posed in his own identity.Page 189
With him was an officer.Page 197
Then, on tiptoe he started across the room.Page 198
The speaker searched through the pockets of the king's clothes that covered him.