that she was dead, yet where she might be in this
savage world, and under what frightful conditions she might be living,
I could not guess.
When Perry was rested we returned to the prospector, where he fitted
himself out fully like a civilized human being--under-clothing, socks,
shoes, khaki jacket and breeches and good, substantial puttees.
When I had come upon him he was clothed in rough sadak sandals, a
gee-string and a tunic fashioned from the shaggy hide of a thag. Now
he wore real clothing again for the first time since the ape-folk had
stripped us of our apparel that long-gone day that had witnessed our
advent within Pellucidar.
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.
Indeed he was quite a different person altogether from the rather shaky
old man who had entered the prospector with me ten or eleven years
before, for the trial trip that had plunged us into such wondrous
adventures and into such a strange and hitherto undreamed-of-world.
Now he was straight and active. His muscles, almost atrophied from
disuse in his former life, had filled out.
He was still an old man of course, but instead of appearing ten years
older than he really was, as he had when we left the outer world, he
now appeared about ten years younger. The wild, free life of
Pellucidar had worked wonders for him.
Well, it must need have done so or killed him, for a man of Perry's
former physical condition could not long have survived the dangers and
rigors of the primitive life of the inner world.
Perry had been greatly interested in my map and in the "royal
observatory" at Greenwich. By use of the pedometers we had retraced
our way to the prospector with ease and accuracy.
Now that we were ready to set out again we decided to follow a
different route on the chance that it might lead us into more familiar
I shall not weary you with a repetition of the countless adventures of
our long search. Encounters with wild beasts of gigantic size were of
almost daily occurrence; but with our deadly express rifles we ran
comparatively little risk when one recalls that previously we had both
traversed this world of frightful dangers inadequately armed with
crude, primitive weapons and all but naked.
We ate and slept many times--so many that we lost count--and so I do
not know how long we roamed, though our map shows the distances and
directions quite accurately.
The larger specimens appeared to be about ten or twelve feet in height when they stood erect, and to be.Page 13
The cliffs towered above me a good five thousand feet.Page 23
"Why you had gone none could guess, for your princess still lived--" "Thank God," I interrupted him.Page 25
It was, perhaps, two hundred feet in length and half as broad, with what appeared to be a doorway in the centre of the wall directly opposite that through which we had entered.Page 28
hound, with several rows of long needle-like fangs; its mouth reaches to a point far back of its tiny ears, while its enormous, protruding eyes of green add the last touch of terror to its awful aspect.Page 56
With a final effort he threw himself further back upon the deck, at the same instant releasing his hold upon the rail to tear frantically with both hands at my fingers in an effort to drag them from his throat.Page 61
thing you have just learned," she continued, "has led to as erroneous deductions as the first you are little richer in knowledge than you were before.Page 82
For minutes it had been boiling at the cowardly treatment they had been according this once powerful comrade because he had fallen from the favour of Issus.Page 97
Hordes of the doughtiest fighting-men of the First Born poured from the audience to check our progress.Page 110
Gently I pressed it open a crack; enough to discover a dozen blacks stretched upon their silks in profound slumber.Page 111
All were quiet.Page 120
men, whose high and chivalrous honour is always ample protection for every woman in his household, yet I had never myself chosen other than men as my body servants.Page 127
At that moment I caught another glimpse from the corner of my eye of the single pair of eyes at my back making a sudden rush upon me.Page 133
For the balance of the day and all the following night we raced across that ochre wilderness with the pursuers at our back ever gaining upon us.Page 144
As we were seated and our guards retired to the foot of the stairway leading to the platform, he arose and called my name.Page 147
I, Zat Arras, Jed of Zodanga, appreciating the royal connections of the prisoner and his past services to Helium and Barsoom, grant a respite of one year, or until the return of Mors Kajak, or Tardos Mors to Helium.Page 169
For so long a time has this gone on that practically every possibility of wireless communication has been exhausted and no nation dares transmit dispatches of importance in this way.Page 170
So sudden was our onslaught that they had no time to prepare for it.Page 177
" So I was to be thwarted in the end, although I had performed the miraculous and come within a few short moments of my divine Princess, yet was.Page 182
My suffering was intense.