to take up his position where he could watch the
boat and await Dian, I to crawl cautiously on toward the caves. I had
no difficulty in following the directions given me by Juag, the name by
which Dacor's friend said he was called. There was the leaning tree,
my first point he told me to look for after rounding the boulder where
we had met. After that I crawled to the balanced rock, a huge boulder
resting upon a tiny base no larger than the palm of your hand.
From here I had my first view of the village of caves. A low bluff ran
diagonally across one end of the mesa, and in the face of this bluff
were the mouths of many caves. Zig-zag trails led up to them, and
narrow ledges scooped from the face of the soft rock connected those
upon the same level.
The cave in which Juag had been confined was at the extreme end of the
cliff nearest me. By taking advantage of the bluff itself, I could
approach within a few feet of the aperture without being visible from
any other cave. There were few people about at the time; most of these
were congregated at the foot of the far end of the bluff, where they
were so engrossed in excited conversation that I felt but little fear
of detection. However I exercised the greatest care in approaching the
cliff. After watching for a while until I caught an instant when every
head was turned away from me, I darted, rabbitlike, into the cave.
Like many of the man-made caves of Pellucidar, this one consisted of
three chambers, one behind another, and all unlit except for what
sunlight filtered in through the external opening. The result was
gradually increasing darkness as one passed into each succeeding
In the last of the three I could just distinguish objects, and that was
all. As I was groping around the walls for the hole that should lead
into the cave where Dian was imprisoned, I heard a man's voice quite
close to me.
The speaker had evidently but just entered, for he spoke in a loud
tone, demanding the whereabouts of one whom he had come in search of.
"Where are you, woman?" he cried. "Hooja has sent for you."
And then a woman's voice answered him:
"And what does Hooja want of me?"
The voice was Dian's. I groped in the direction of the sounds, feeling
for the hole.
"He wishes you brought to the
When I looked again to horror was added chagrin, for with the emerging of the U-boat I had recognized her as a product of our own shipyard.Page 5
Those eyes took me in slowly from head to foot; then they wandered slowly around the horizon marked by the rising and falling gunwales of the lifeboat.Page 6
Nobs had come over and nosed his muzzle into her lap, and she stroked his ugly face, and at last she leaned over and put her cheek against his forehead.Page 10
her and took her out on her first run.Page 12
My hand missed the girl's by a fraction of an inch, and I saw her slip into the sea; but scarce had she touched the water when I was in after her.Page 13
"Only losing the skipper," he added, "was the worst.Page 14
I then ordered all hands below except one man who was to act as lookout.Page 22
We moved in quite close to her.Page 26
Bradley was now running from one to another of our men, and though some of the Germans saw and heard him, they seemed too stunned for action.Page 29
When I had left the conning-tower little more than a half-hour since, the sea had been breaking over the port bow, and it seemed to me quite improbable that in so short a time an equally heavy sea could be deluging us from the opposite side of the ship--winds may change quickly, but not a long, heavy sea.Page 45
Olsoni filled us all with a hitherto unfelt admiration for him and all his kind.Page 49
I ordered one of the Germans ashore with a line, and sent two of my own men to guard him, for from what little we had seen of Caprona, or Caspak as we learned later to call the interior, we realized that any instant some new and terrible danger might confront us.Page 53
"What can be after signifyin'?" queried Olson.Page 57
At dinner we tasted our first roast Caprona antelope, and we had a mess of greens that the cook had found growing along the stream.Page 65
The others slept; but I arose and followed by Nobs went down to the stream for a plunge.Page 67
They moved out of our way and kept their eyes upon us until we had passed; then they resumed their feeding.Page 70
Go away or we will kill you.Page 72
them as a barrier before the doorway.Page 78
I was loath to lose so much time; but the fellow was obdurate, and so I accompanied them.Page 79
Later in the evening So-ta confided to me that she was soon to leave the tribe.