to board her."
As a matter of fact, I knew that he had had in mind the safety of her
crew under javelin-fire--the lofty sides made an admirable shelter.
Inside she reminded me of nothing so much as a floating trench. There
was also some slight analogy to a huge coffin.
Her prow sloped sharply backward from the water-line--quite like a line
of battleship. Perry had designed her more for moral effect upon an
enemy, I think, than for any real harm she might inflict, and so those
parts which were to show were the most imposing.
Below the water-line she was practically non-existent. She should have
had considerable draft; but, as the enemy couldn't have seen it, Perry
decided to do away with it, and so made her flat-bottomed. It was this
that caused my doubts about her.
There was another little idiosyncrasy of design that escaped us both
until she was about ready to launch--there was no method of propulsion.
Her sides were far too high to permit the use of sweeps, and when Perry
suggested that we pole her, I remonstrated on the grounds that it would
be a most undignified and awkward manner of sweeping down upon the foe,
even if we could find or wield poles that would reach to the bottom of
Finally I suggested that we convert her into a sailing vessel. When
once the idea took hold Perry was most enthusiastic about it, and
nothing would do but a four-masted, full-rigged ship.
Again I tried to dissuade him, but he was simply crazy over the
psychological effect which the appearance of this strange and mighty
craft would have upon the natives of Pellucidar. So we rigged her with
thin hides for sails and dried gut for rope.
Neither of us knew much about sailing a full-rigged ship; but that
didn't worry me a great deal, for I was confident that we should never
be called upon to do so, and as the day of launching approached I was
positive of it.
We had built her upon a low bank of the river close to where it emptied
into the sea, and just above high tide. Her keel we had laid upon
several rollers cut from small trees, the ends of the rollers in turn
resting upon parallel tracks of long saplings. Her stern was toward
A few hours before we were ready to launch her she made quite an
imposing picture, for Perry had insisted upon setting every shred of
"canvas." I told him that I didn't
There was no need for words--at least none that I could imagine, unless Perry desired to pray.Page 8
It must have been an hour after Perry had succumbed that I at last came to the realization that I could no longer carry on this unequal struggle against the inevitable.Page 13
It was the great size of the thing alone that saved me.Page 21
Like demons they set upon the ape-things, and before them.Page 28
We were all standing, and as he edged near the girl she turned her back upon him in such a truly earthly feminine manner that I could scarce repress a smile; but it was a short-lived smile for on the instant the Sly One's hand fell upon the girl's bare arm, jerking her roughly toward him.Page 30
Of the twelve prisoners who had been chained ahead of me each alternate one had been freed commencing with Dian.Page 31
Because of her lineage the wrong you did her was greatly magnified in the eyes of all who saw it.Page 47
There was that in.Page 60
How long I should be alone was the next question to assail me as I swam frantically about once more in search of a means to escape.Page 67
No, Pellucidar is quite flat and extends no man knows how far in all directions.Page 70
It was evident that I had spent much time following the windings of a tortuous canon, while just beyond the ridge lay the city of Phutra near to which I must have come several times.Page 72
I was fortunate, I think, to return to Phutra at all.Page 77
questions, through a Sagoth interpreter.Page 80
Of a sudden it turned into an apartment on the right of the corridor, and an instant.Page 81
Soundless, as it had fought, it died, and though weak from pain and loss of blood, it was with an emotion of triumphant pride that I stepped across its convulsively stiffening corpse to snatch up the most potent secret of a world.Page 88
Instead, he turned and retreated toward the main body of gorilla-men.Page 98
And then the great brute launched his massive stone-tipped spear, and I raised my shield to break the force of its terrific velocity.Page 104
At last she spoke.Page 108
"Thoria lies at the outer verge of the Land of Awful Shadow.Page 110
young men out as instructors to every nation of the federation, and the movement had reached colossal proportions before the Mahars discovered it.