and that we may have slept an outer earthly year,
or we may have slept but a second.
But this I know. We had stuck the ends of some of the saplings into
the ground in the building of our shelter, first stripping the leaves
and branches from them, and when we awoke we found that many of them
had thrust forth sprouts.
Personally, I think that we slept at least a month; but who may say?
The sun marked midday when we closed our eyes; it was still in the same
position when we opened them; nor had it varied a hair's breadth in the
It is most baffling, this question of elapsed time within Pellucidar.
Anyhow, I was famished when we awoke. I think that it was the pangs of
hunger that awoke me. Ptarmigan and wild boar fell before my revolver
within a dozen moments of my awakening. Perry soon had a roaring fire
blazing by the brink of the little stream.
It was a good and delicious meal we made. Though we did not eat the
entire boar, we made a very large hole in him, while the ptarmigan was
but a mouthful.
Having satisfied our hunger, we determined to set forth at once in
search of Anoroc and my old friend, Ja the Mezop. We each thought that
by following the little stream downward, we should come upon the large
river which Ja had told me emptied into the Lural Az op-posite his
We did so; nor were we disappointed, for at last after a pleasant
journey--and what journey would not be pleasant after the hardships we
had endured among the peaks of the Mountains of the Clouds--we came
upon a broad flood that rushed majestically onward in the direction of
the great sea we had seen from the snowy slopes of the mountains.
For three long marches we followed the left bank of the growing river,
until at last we saw it roll its mighty volume into the vast waters of
the sea. Far out across the rippling ocean we descried three islands.
The one to the left must be Anoroc.
At last we had come close to a solution of our problem--the road to
But how to reach the islands was now the foremost question in our
minds. We must build a canoe.
Perry is a most resourceful man. He has an axiom which carries the
thought-kernel that what man has done, man can do, and it doesn't cut
any figure with Perry whether a fellow knows how to
To be an entirely orthodox father I should raise merry hell about your debts and utter inutility, at the same time disinheriting you, but instead I am going to urge you to come home and run in debt here where the cost of living is not so high as in the East--meanwhile praying that your awakening may come while I am on earth to rejoice.Page 11
"Wait a second," said Jimmy.Page 15
After stating his business to a young lady who sat behind a switchboard, upon the front of which was the word "Information," and waiting while she communicated with an inner office over the telephone, he was directed in the direction of a glass partition at the opposite end of the room--a partition in which there were doors at intervals, and upon each door a name.Page 18
"Don't be silly, Harold," she retorted.Page 25
"You are going shopping, and Elizabeth wants some money.Page 40
" They both laughed.Page 43
In his younger days Murray had been a boiler-maker, and he still retained most of his great strength.Page 44
If the police happened to look in now you might be held as a witness.Page 45
"Feinheimer can you?" asked one of them.Page 46
Brophy was to be pitted against a man whom he had already out-pointed in a former bout.Page 50
"No, I don't suppose you would.Page 54
" And then, with his eyes straight to the front, he stepped aside to let the two pass.Page 63
" Jimmy did not think it necessary to explain that they were not clear to him either.Page 74
"There is," muttered the latter.Page 78
won't do any harm, anyway.Page 98
She has been runnin' around with this bird.Page 108
Bince on March--Do you recall the object of this meeting?" "Mr.Page 110
I do not want to go back to mine yet.