We must have covered a great many
thousand square miles of territory, and yet we had seen nothing in the
way of a familiar landmark, when from the heights of a mountain-range
we were crossing I descried far in the distance great masses of
Now clouds are practically unknown in the skies of Pellucidar. The
moment that my eyes rested upon them my heart leaped. I seized Perry's
arm and, pointing toward the horizonless distance, shouted:
"The Mountains of the Clouds!"
"They lie close to Phutra, and the country of our worst enemies, the
Mahars," Perry remonstrated.
"I know it," I replied, "but they give us a starting-point from which
to prosecute our search intelligently. They are at least a familiar
"They tell us that we are upon the right trail and not wandering far in
the wrong direction.
"Furthermore, close to the Mountains of the Clouds dwells a good
friend, Ja the Mezop. You did not know him, but you know all that he
did for me and all that he will gladly do to aid me.
"At least he can direct us upon the right direction toward Sari."
"The Mountains of the Clouds constitute a mighty range," replied Perry.
"They must cover an enormous territory. How are you to find your
friend in all the great country that is visible from their rugged
"Easily," I answered him, "for Ja gave me minute directions. I recall
almost his exact words:
"'You need merely come to the foot of the highest peak of the Mountains
of the Clouds. There you will find a river that flows into the Lural
"'Directly opposite the mouth of the river you will see three large
islands far out--so far that they are barely discernible. The one to
the extreme left as you face them from the mouth of the river is
Anoroc, where I rule the tribe of Anoroc.'"
And so we hastened onward toward the great cloud-mass that was to be
our guide for several weary marches. At last we came close to the
towering crags, Alp-like in their grandeur.
Rising nobly among its noble fellows, one stupendous peak reared its
giant head thousands of feet above the others. It was he whom we
sought; but at its foot no river wound down toward any sea.
"It must rise from the opposite side," suggested Perry, casting a
rueful glance at the forbidding heights that barred our further
progress. "We cannot endure the arctic cold of those high flung
passes, and to traverse the endless miles about this interminable
The horse was just abreast the bumper.Page 28
" The old man explained then the plan of escape.Page 37
Directly before him the narrow trail he had been following for the past few miles wound sharply about the shoulder of a protruding cliff.Page 38
The American, suspecting nothing, voiced his thanks, and set out after him who had gone before.Page 51
I know from sad experience the hardships and burdens that the thing entails.Page 61
was happier without a crown.Page 80
"Now you may tell us your own views of the matter.Page 82
What say you, Coblich?" The other stared at Peter of Blentz for several seconds while the atrocity of his chief's plan filtered through his brain.Page 94
Bowing low before her he spoke so that the king might hear, yet as though his words were for her ears alone.Page 107
That he was trapped there seemed little doubt.Page 110
At one end of the hall a stairway led to the floor below, while at the opposite end another flight disappeared into the darkness above.Page 138
Turning once more to her flight the girl rode rapidly across the fields toward the wood.Page 139
In the enjoyment of the food he almost forgot the dangers he had passed through, or that other dangers might be lying in wait for him at his elbow.Page 143
It had been working perfectly before and since.Page 155
But the machine was a mile away and could not possibly reach the intersection of the two roads before they had turned to the left toward Lustadt.Page 159
Barney examined it more carefully.Page 176
"Leopold has declared war on Austria!" "The king calls for volunteers!" "Long live the king!" The battle of Lustadt has passed into history.Page 186
There was the chance that the American, flushed with success and power, might elect to hold the crown he had seized.Page 212
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