lay upon the same water then the shore-line must bend far back
toward the southwest of Greenwich--an assumption which, by the way, we
found later to be true. Also, Sari was upon a lofty plateau at the
southern end of a mighty gulf of the Great Ocean.
The location which Ja gave to distant Amoz puzzled us, for it placed it
due north of Greenwich, apparently in mid-ocean. As Ja had never been
so far and knew only of Amoz through hearsay, we thought that he must
be mistaken; but he was not. Amoz lies directly north of Greenwich
across the mouth of the same gulf as that upon which Sari is.
The sense of direction and location of these primitive Pellucidarians
is little short of uncanny, as I have had occasion to remark in the
past. You may take one of them to the uttermost ends of his world, to
places of which he has never even heard, yet without sun or moon or
stars to guide him, without map or compass, he will travel straight for
home in the shortest direction.
Mountains, rivers, and seas may have to be gone around, but never once
does his sense of direction fail him--the homing instinct is supreme.
In the same remarkable way they never forget the location of any place
to which they have ever been, and know that of many of which they have
only heard from others who have visited them.
In short, each Pellucidarian is a walking geography of his own district
and of much of the country contiguous thereto. It always proved of the
greatest aid to Perry and me; nevertheless we were anxious to enlarge
our map, for we at least were not endowed with the homing instinct.
After several long councils it was decided that, in order to expedite
matters, Perry should return to the prospector with a strong party of
Mezops and fetch the freight I had brought from the outer world. Ja
and his warriors were much impressed by our firearms, and were also
anxious to build boats with sails.
As we had arms at the prospector and also books on boat-building we
thought that it might prove an excellent idea to start these naturally
maritime people upon the construction of a well built navy of staunch
sailing-vessels. I was sure that with definite plans to go by Perry
could oversee the construction of an adequate flotilla.
I warned him, however, not to be too ambitious, and to forget about
dreadnoughts and armored cruisers for a while and build instead
"It shall be Mr.Page 45
" "I am glad that I killed him, though," went on the boy, "for he would have killed you, my king, had I not done so.Page 48
At the instant of his fall his companion and the American fired point-blank at one another.Page 73
Neither of those who fought in the service of the king saw the trembling, weak-kneed figure, which had stood behind them, turn and scurry through the gateway, leaving the men who battled for him to their fate.Page 108
Very dimly he could see the dark outline of a window some dozen feet from the pavement, and framed within it the lighter blotch that might have been a human face.Page 109
Now you must come with me and be locked up.Page 114
He entered my room last night and stole the military passes from my coat--we all saw him and pursued him, but he got away in the dark.Page 115
Mechanically he drew a cigarette from his pocket and lighted it.Page 120
But finally he was successful, finding himself in a little clump of bushes on the river's brim.Page 122
They were coming from the village directly toward the orchard.Page 123
Tired nature would be denied no longer.Page 124
Two officers jumped out and ran up the steps.Page 125
Machines were whizzing in and out of the courtyard.Page 145
He was sure that the rider would not enter the wood which, with its low-hanging boughs and thick underbrush, was ill adapted to equestrianism.Page 150
"We will follow along this road for a bit and then turn into the Lustadt highway.Page 151
" "And carry two," supplemented the princess.Page 153
"Shall I?" she asked, turning its muzzle back over the lowered top.Page 171
Afterward you may call upon Count Zellerndorf, whom I understand returned to Lustadt yesterday, and notify him that I will receive him in an hour.Page 196
In a short time Barney was fast asleep.Page 200
The king was wounded in the breast.