evidences of a civilization and brain-power
transcending in scientific achievement anything that her race had
produced; nor once had she seen a creature of her own kind.
There could have been but a single deduction in the mind of the
Mahar--there were other worlds than Pellucidar, and the gilak was a
Now the creature at my side was creeping slowly toward the near-by sea.
At my hip hung a long-barreled six-shooter--somehow I had been unable
to find the same sensation of security in the newfangled automatics
that had been perfected since my first departure from the outer
world--and in my hand was a heavy express rifle.
I could have shot the Mahar with ease, for I knew intuitively that she
was escaping--but I did not.
I felt that if she could return to her own kind with the story of her
adventures, the position of the human race within Pellucidar would be
advanced immensely at a single stride, for at once man would take his
proper place in the considerations of the reptilia.
At the edge of the sea the creature paused and looked back at me. Then
she slid sinuously into the surf.
For several minutes I saw no more of her as she luxuriated in the cool
Then a hundred yards from shore she rose and there for another short
while she floated upon the surface.
Finally she spread her giant wings, flapped them vigorously a score of
times and rose above the blue sea. A single time she circled far
aloft--and then straight as an arrow she sped away.
I watched her until the distant haze enveloped her and she had
disappeared. I was alone.
My first concern was to discover where within Pellucidar I might
be-and in what direction lay the land of the Sarians where Ghak the
Hairy One ruled.
But how was I to guess in which direction lay Sari?
And if I set out to search--what then?
Could I find my way back to the prospector with its priceless freight
of books, firearms, ammunition, scientific instruments, and still more
books--its great library of reference works upon every conceivable
branch of applied sciences?
And if I could not, of what value was all this vast storehouse of
potential civilization and progress to be to the world of my adoption?
Upon the other hand, if I remained here alone with it, what could I
But where there was no east, no west, no north, no south, no stars, no
moon, and only a stationary midday sun, how was I to find my way back
to this spot should ever I
All night we had hovered above the tossing billows of the moonlight clouds.Page 9
that Lieutenant Jefferson Turck had taken his ship across thirty, every man aboard would know that the first officer had committed a crime that was punishable by both degradation and death.Page 10
" "You mean to say that you will cross thirty without submitting to arrest?" he almost shouted.Page 15
None of us ever will see home again.Page 21
I saw that three rifles would be no match for them, and so I gave the word to put out from shore, hoping that the "tiger," as the ancients called him, could not swim.Page 22
The country was apparently infested by these huge Carnivora, for after three other attempts to land and cook our food we were forced to abandon the idea entirely, as each time we were driven off by hunting tigers.Page 23
They were short and muscular of build, with long hair and beards tangled and matted with filth.Page 25
" "No," I said, seeing that he referred to the petty tribal wars of his little island, "I mean the Great War, the war with Germany.Page 27
As I crept closer to the antelope, sure this time of a good shot at a large buck, I suddenly saw something that caused me to forget all about my prey in wonderment.Page 30
him, and as he struggled to rise, clawing viciously at me, I put a bullet in his spine.Page 34
wrought to have erased not only every sign of civilization from the face of this great land, but even the name of the enemy from the knowledge and language of the people.Page 35
I asked her if we were far from the city of London, but she did not know what I meant.Page 39
You can hope for nothing from such a beast as Buckingham.Page 44
God save thee, king! Then the party rose, and dragging me to the crumbling arch, made me fast to a huge, corroded, copper ring which was dangling from an eyebolt imbedded in the masonry.Page 48
They were littered with dust and broken stone and plaster, but, otherwise, so perfect was their preservation I could hardly believe that two centuries had rolled by since human eyes were last set upon them.Page 49
From room to room we passed until presently we emerged into a mighty chamber, dark and gloomy, for its high and narrow windows were choked and clogged by ivy.Page 60
He said that it was bad enough to have come this far.Page 67
We had shot a deer just before our halt, and, as Taylor and Delcarte were preparing it, I walked down to the water to fill our canteens.Page 73
Then I set out to prove my point.Page 82
Again and again I struck him; but his thick skull might have been armor plate, for all the damage I did it.