me, however, the
crime of which I had been guilty--the unforgivable crime of stealing
the great secret. They, therefore, intended holding Dian and me
prisoners until the manuscript was returned to them.
They would, they said, send an escort of Sagoths with me to fetch the
precious document from its hiding-place, keeping Dian at Phutra as a
hostage and releasing us both the moment that the document was safely
restored to their queen.
There was no doubt but that they had the upper hand. However, there
was so much more at stake than the liberty or even the lives of Dian
and myself, that I did not deem it expedient to accept their offer
without giving the matter careful thought.
Without the great secret this maleless race must eventually become
extinct. For ages they had fertilized their eggs by an artificial
process, the secret of which lay hidden in the little cave of a far-off
valley where Dian and I had spent our honeymoon. I was none too sure
that I could find the valley again, nor that I cared to. So long as
the powerful reptilian race of Pellucidar continued to propagate, just
so long would the position of man within the inner world be
jeopardized. There could not be two dominant races.
I said as much to Dian.
"You used to tell me," she replied, "of the wonderful things you could
accomplish with the inventions of your own world. Now you have
returned with all that is necessary to place this great power in the
hands of the men of Pellucidar.
"You told me of great engines of destruction which would cast a
bursting ball of metal among our enemies, killing hundreds of them at
"You told me of mighty fortresses of stone which a thousand men armed
with big and little engines such as these could hold forever against a
"You told me of great canoes which moved across the water without
paddles, and which spat death from holes in their sides.
"All these may now belong to the men of Pellucidar. Why should we fear
"Let them breed! Let their numbers increase by thousands. They will
be helpless before the power of the Emperor of Pellucidar.
"But if you remain a prisoner in Phutra, what may we accomplish?
"What could the men of Pellucidar do without you to lead them?
"They would fight among themselves, and while they fought the Mahars
would fall upon them, and even though the Mahar race should die out, of
what value would the emancipation of the
But presently in the very hatred of the man for Belgians, Werper saw a faint ray of hope for himself.Page 11
The presumption of this strange Numa must be punished! And forthwith Tarzan set out to make life miserable for the big cat.Page 15
He thought about the warning of the old witch-doctor before he fell asleep and he thought of it again after he awoke; but he did not turn back for he was unafraid, though had he known what lay in store for one he loved most in all the world he would have flown through the trees to her side and allowed the gold of Opar to remain forever hidden in its forgotten storehouse.Page 16
Werper, clawing fearfully during the perilous ascent, sweating in terror, almost palsied by fear, but spurred on by avarice, following upward, until at last he stood upon the summit of the rocky hill.Page 24
Tearfully they cast a last look at the shattered tomb of their master, shouldered the heavy burden of gold that would at least furnish comfort, if not happiness, to their bereaved and beloved mistress, and made their mournful way back across the desolate valley of Opar, and downward through the forests beyond toward the distant bungalow.Page 26
"They come for no good purpose in the absence of the Great Bwana.Page 49
When ready for his blankets, the man crossed to the little table and extinguished the light.Page 74
Drawing the noose taut, he tested the solidity of its hold.Page 86
At the same instant a naked, brown giant dropped from the branches of a tree at the right of the clearing.Page 91
Then Tarzan led them back through the jungle to the trail, where the three hid themselves and waited.Page 95
It is all yours if you will promise to see me safely delivered into the protection of the English.Page 102
Where had he seen such before? What were they? Why did these Tarmangani covet them so greatly? To whom did they belong? He recalled the black men who had buried them.Page 103
Recently everything had gone against him.Page 114
She watched the lion narrowly.Page 118
"I am shocked," said Werper, in well-simulated sympathy; "but I am not surprised.Page 122
Then, when the Abyssinians come they will be put upon the wrong trail should they have it in their hearts to.Page 125
Jane Clayton could not know how much of Mohammed Beyd's indictment might be true, or how much false; but at least it had the effect of dampening her hopes and causing her to review with suspicion every past act of the man upon whom she had been looking as her sole protector in the midst of a world of enemies and dangers.Page 147
Werper had managed to sit up.Page 153
In that one act he retrieved himself, and when he is called to face his Maker may it outweigh in the balance, all the sins he has committed.Page 154
for an explanation of the animal's action.