convinced that Gr-gr-gr and his tribe were also
The great man-brute seated himself upon a flat rock--his throne, I
imagine--just before the entrance to his lair. With elbows on knees
and chin in palms he regarded me intently through his lone sheep-eye
while one of my captors told of my taking.
When all had been related Gr-gr-gr questioned me. I shall not attempt
to quote these people in their own abbreviated tongue--you would have
even greater difficulty in interpreting them than did I. Instead, I
shall put the words into their mouths which will carry to you the ideas
which they intended to convey.
"You are an enemy," was Gr-gr-gr's initial declaration. "You belong to
the tribe of Hooja."
Ah! So they knew Hooja and he was their enemy! Good!
"I am an enemy of Hooja," I replied. "He has stolen my mate and I have
come here to take her away from him and punish Hooja."
"How could you do that alone?"
"I do not know," I answered, "but I should have tried had you not
captured me. What do you intend to do with me?"
"You shall work for us."
"You will not kill me?" I asked.
"We do not kill except in self-defense," he replied; "self-defense and
punishment. Those who would kill us and those who do wrong we kill.
If we knew you were one of Hooja's people we might kill you, for all
Hooja's people are bad people; but you say you are an enemy of Hooja.
You may not speak the truth, but until we learn that you have lied we
shall not kill you. You shall work."
"If you hate Hooja," I suggested, "why not let me, who hate him, too,
go and punish him?"
For some time Gr-gr-gr sat in thought. Then he raised his head and
addressed my guard.
"Take him to his work," he ordered.
His tone was final. As if to emphasize it he turned and entered his
burrow. My guard conducted me farther into the mesa, where we came
presently to a tiny depression or valley, at one end of which gushed a
The view that opened before me was the most surprising that I have ever
seen. In the hollow, which must have covered several hundred acres,
were numerous fields of growing things, and working all about with
crude implements or with no implements at all other than their bare
hands were many of the brute-men engaged in the first agriculture that
I had seen within Pellucidar.
They put me to work cultivating
Before it finally broke into plain view, I became aware that it was not alone, for a few yards in its rear a second thing thrashed through the leafy jungle.Page 14
Were I one of these writer-fellows, I should probably say that her features were Grecian, but being neither a writer nor a poet I can.Page 16
I never have been what one might call a ladies' man, though I like their company immensely, and during my college days and since have made various friends among the sex.Page 17
But if she was outwardly uncouth, her clear eyes and strong white, even teeth, her silvery laugh and her queenly carriage, bespoke an innate fineness which dirt could not quite successfully conceal.Page 23
And then, as the bear surged forward toward me, the hammer fell--futilely, upon an imperfect cartridge.Page 30
I found them fine-looking specimens of manhood, for the most part.Page 36
Hand in hand we crept along, searching for an opening into the outer world, yet realizing that at each step we might be burrowing more deeply into the heart of the great cliff, or circling futilely in the vague wandering that could end only in death.Page 39
Together we staggered upward toward the light, and at the first turn we saw an.Page 40
We had a splendid view from our lofty cliff-top.Page 45
"Yes," replied the warrior, "but no man with good sense blinds his eyes before one whom he does not trust.Page 49
It is indeed a strange condition, for while our greatest enemies hate and fear us, they dare not exterminate us, knowing that they too would become extinct but for us.Page 50
However, to a cos-ata-lo any fate is preferable to that of falling into the clutches of the frightful Wieroo, from whose land none returns.Page 52
Later he was joined by others of his kind.Page 62
I was much interested in their shields, especially after I saw one used in defense against the attack of a saber-tooth tiger.Page 64
We were alone, and the hut was ours until morning.Page 73
In hunting and in battle, they.Page 74
Fully equipped, except for a blanket, I followed Chal-az from his domicile into the dark and deserted alleys of Kro-lu.Page 79
At the same instant I called to Nobs and leaped to my feet.Page 80
Carefully I crept forward toward my unsuspecting quarry, coming undetected to the concealment of a bush not more than twenty feet from him.Page 87
Around me were all my company and the man we had searched a new world to find.