been a very long time. Finally one of the Sagoths addressed me. He
was acting as interpreter for his masters.
"The Mahars will spare your life," he said, "and release you on one
"And what is that condition?" I asked, though I could guess its terms.
"That you return to them that which you stole from the pits of Phutra
when you killed the four Mahars and escaped," he replied.
I had thought that that would be it. The great secret upon which
depended the continuance of the Mahar race was safely hid where only
Dian and I knew.
I ventured to imagine that they would have given me much more than my
liberty to have it safely in their keeping again; but after that--what?
Would they keep their promises?
I doubted it. With the secret of artificial propagation once more in
their hands their numbers would soon be made so to overrun the world of
Pellucidar that there could be no hope for the eventual supremacy of
the human race, the cause for which I so devoutly hoped, for which I
had consecrated my life, and for which I was not willing to give my
Yes! In that moment as I stood before the heartless tribunal I felt
that my life would be a very little thing to give could it save to the
human race of Pellucidar the chance to come into its own by insuring
the eventual extinction of the hated, powerful Mahars.
"Come!" exclaimed the Sagoths. "The mighty Mahars await your reply."
"You may say to them," I answered, "that I shall not tell them where
the great secret is hid."
When this had been translated to them there was a great beating of
reptilian wings, gaping of sharp-fanged jaws, and hideous hissing. I
thought that they were about to fall upon me on the spot, and so I laid
my hands upon my revolvers; but at length they became more quiet and
presently transmitted some command to my Sagoth guard, the chief of
which laid a heavy hand upon my arm and pushed me roughly before him
from the audience-chamber.
They took me to the pits, where I lay carefully guarded. I was sure
that I was to be taken to the vivisection laboratory, and it required
all my courage to fortify myself against the terrors of so fearful a
death. In Pellucidar, where there is no time, death-agonies may endure
Accordingly, I had to steel myself against an endless doom, which now
stared me in the face!
But at last the
ever had seen.Page 30
Oh, Geeka, how I wish that I were dead!" If Geeka contemplated a remonstrance it was cut short by sounds of altercation beyond the village gates.Page 54
Akut demurred.Page 81
Cautiously she opened her eyes the tiniest bit, and as she did so her heart stood still.Page 86
He was her big brother.Page 87
Meriem was just behind them.Page 100
From head to foot he was red with his own blood, and at last, weakening from the loss of it, he came to the bitter realization that alone he could do no more to succor his Meriem.Page 115
Let me go back into the jungle.Page 141
And then she was not sure that she loved him! That, too, came rather in the nature of a shock to his vanity.Page 148
His other reason was based on his knowledge of an event that had transpired at his camp the previous night--an event which he had not mentioned at the bungalow for fear of drawing undesired attention to his movements and bringing the blacks of the big Bwana into dangerous intercourse with his own boys.Page 149
He whispered a word in one of the great ears and Tantor, the elephant, raised his trunk aloft, swinging it high and low to catch the scent that the word had warned him of.Page 151
He urged Tantor forward.Page 153
Morison, and had again aroused his foreman and was making preparations to set forth in investigation when he had seen the party approaching across the plain.Page 154
Baynes that he go with me.Page 172
He wondered if she ever thought of him--if the happy days that they had spent together never recurred to her mind.Page 182
The Hon.Page 187
No blow came and she looked upward over her shoulder--into the eyes of Abdul Kamak, the young Arab.Page 213
Then he laid his burden gently down.Page 222
" The expression of sorrow in Meriem's eyes expressed only what she sincerely felt; but it was not the sorrow of a woman bereft of her best beloved.