Pellucidar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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get out of sight of it?

I didn't know.

For a long time I stood buried in deep thought, when it occurred to me
to try out one of the compasses I had brought and ascertain if it
remained steadily fixed upon an unvarying pole. I reentered the
prospector and fetched a compass without.

Moving a considerable distance from the prospector that the needle
might not be influenced by its great bulk of iron and steel I turned
the delicate instrument about in every direction.

Always and steadily the needle remained rigidly fixed upon a point
straight out to sea, apparently pointing toward a large island some ten
or twenty miles distant. This then should be north.

I drew my note-book from my pocket and made a careful topographical
sketch of the locality within the range of my vision. Due north lay
the island, far out upon the shimmering sea.

The spot I had chosen for my observations was the top of a large, flat
boulder which rose six or eight feet above the turf. This spot I
called Greenwich. The boulder was the "Royal Observatory."

I had made a start! I cannot tell you what a sense of relief was
imparted to me by the simple fact that there was at least one spot
within Pellucidar with a familiar name and a place upon a map.

It was with almost childish joy that I made a little circle in my
note-book and traced the word Greenwich beside it.

Now I felt I might start out upon my search with some assurance of
finding my way back again to the prospector.

I decided that at first I would travel directly south in the hope that
I might in that direction find some familiar landmark. It was as good
a direction as any. This much at least might be said of it.

Among the many other things I had brought from the outer world were a
number of pedometers. I slipped three of these into my pockets with
the idea that I might arrive at a more or less accurate mean from the
registrations of them all.

On my map I would register so many paces south, so many east, so many
west, and so on. When I was ready to return I would then do so by any
route that I might choose.

I also strapped a considerable quantity of ammunition across my
shoulders, pocketed some matches, and hooked an aluminum fry-pan and a
small stew-kettle of the same metal to my belt.

I was ready--ready to go forth

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