situated the Mahar
city which took such heavy toll of the Thurians.
Thus were the unhappy people now between two fires, with Hooja upon one
side and the Mahars upon the other. I did not wonder that they sent
out an appeal for succor.
Though Ghak and Kolk both attempted to dissuade me, I was determined to
set out at once, nor did I delay longer than to make a copy of my map
to be given to Perry that he might add to his that which I had set down
since we parted. I left a letter for him as well, in which among other
things I advanced the theory that the Sojar Az, or Great Sea, which
Kolk mentioned as stretching eastward from Thuria, might indeed be the
same mighty ocean as that which, swinging around the southern end of a
continent ran northward along the shore opposite Phutra, mingling its
waters with the huge gulf upon which lay Sari, Amoz, and Greenwich.
Against this possibility I urged him to hasten the building of a fleet
of small sailing-vessels, which we might utilize should I find it
impossible to entice Hooja's horde to the mainland.
I told Ghak what I had written, and suggested that as soon as he could
he should make new treaties with the various kingdoms of the empire,
collect an army and march toward Thuria--this of course against the
possibility of my detention through some cause or other.
Kolk gave me a sign to his father--a lidi, or beast of burden, crudely
scratched upon a bit of bone, and beneath the lidi a man and a flower;
all very rudely done perhaps, but none the less effective as I well
knew from my long years among the primitive men of Pellucidar.
The lidi is the tribal beast of the Thurians; the man and the flower in
the combination in which they appeared bore a double significance, as
they constituted not only a message to the effect that the bearer came
in peace, but were also Kolk's signature.
And so, armed with my credentials and my small arsenal, I set out alone
upon my quest for the dearest girl in this world or yours.
Kolk gave me explicit directions, though with my map I do not believe
that I could have gone wrong. As a matter of fact I did not need the
map at all, since the principal landmark of the first half of my
journey, a gigantic mountain-peak, was plainly visible from Sari, though
a good hundred miles away.
At the southern base of this mountain
I stooped and stroked his head.Page 5
I was rubbing one of her hands when she opened her eyes, and I dropped it as though it were a red-hot rivet.Page 6
The old scalawag just closed his eyes and put on one of the softest "sugar-wouldn't-melt-in-my-mouth" expressions you ever saw and stood there taking it and asking for more.Page 8
The girl sat at my feet straining her eyes toward the deck of the oncoming boat.Page 12
That I should be ground to death between the two was lost upon me as I saw the girl standing alone upon the tug's deck, as I saw the stern high in air and the bow rapidly settling for the final dive, as I saw death from which I could not save her clutching at the skirts of the woman I now knew all too well that I loved.Page 16
He looked at me quizzically.Page 20
That afternoon it clouded over; the wind mounted to a gale, and the sea rose until the craft was wallowing and rolling frightfully.Page 25
The girl was just below me.Page 30
I watched them for a moment, and then a sudden chill pervaded my entire being.Page 33
"Only water," moaned one of them.Page 34
"Did you ever hear of Caproni?" he asked.Page 38
All that we have to do is follow it, and sooner or later we shall come upon its source.Page 45
Olson ate until I thought he would burst.Page 61
Indisputable evidence of this is on the face of the cliffs.Page 62
A chill south wind bites at my marrow, while far below me I can see the tropic foliage of Caspak on the one hand and huge icebergs from the near Antarctic upon the other.Page 64
love of these three long months shattered the bonds of timidity and conviction, and I swept her up into my arms and covered her face and lips with kisses.Page 67
They moved out of our way and kept their eyes upon us until we had passed; then they resumed their feeding.Page 75
I went on in the direction I thought was south but which I now imagine must have been about due north, without detecting a single familiar object.Page 77
He asked me who I was, from whence I came and what my intentions were.Page 83
At last I came to the great barrier-cliffs; and after three days of mad effort--of maniacal effort--I scaled them.