Pellucidar

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 98

me?



CHAPTER XII

KIDNAPED!

I searched about the spot carefully. At last I was rewarded by the
discovery of her javelin, a few yards from the bush that had concealed
us from the charging thag--her javelin and the indications of a
struggle revealed by the trampled vegetation and the overlapping
footprints of a woman and a man. Filled with consternation and dismay,
I followed these latter to where they suddenly disappeared a hundred
yards from where the struggle had occurred. There I saw the huge
imprints of a lidi's feet.

The story of the tragedy was all too plain. A Thurian had either been
following us, or had accidentally espied Dian and taken a fancy to her.
While Juag and I had been engaged with the thag, he had abducted her.
I ran swiftly back to where Juag was working over the kill. As I
approached him I saw that something was wrong in this quarter as well,
for the islander was standing upon the carcass of the thag, his javelin
poised for a throw.

When I had come nearer I saw the cause of his belligerent attitude.
Just beyond him stood two large jaloks, or wolf-dogs, regarding him
intently--a male and a female. Their behavior was rather peculiar, for
they did not seem preparing to charge him. Rather, they were
contemplating him in an attitude of questioning.

Juag heard me coming and turned toward me with a grin. These fellows
love excitement. I could see by his expression that he was enjoying in
anticipation the battle that seemed imminent. But he never hurled his
javelin. A shout of warning from me stopped him, for I had seen the
remnants of a rope dangling from the neck of the male jalok.

Juag again turned toward me, but this time in surprise. I was abreast
him in a moment and, passing him, walked straight toward the two
beasts. As I did so the female crouched with bared fangs. The male,
however, leaped forward to meet me, not in deadly charge, but with
every expression of delight and joy which the poor animal could exhibit.

It was Raja--the jalok whose life I had saved, and whom I then had
tamed! There was no doubt that he was glad to see me. I now think that
his seeming desertion of me had been but due to a desire to search out
his ferocious mate and bring her, too, to live with me.

When Juag saw me fondling the great beast he was filled with
consternation, but

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Son of Tarzan

Page 15
The latter, at John Clayton's request, told where they might be found.
Page 20
As chance would have it, Tarzan's son overheard his father relating to the boy's mother the steps he was taking to return Akut safely to his jungle home, and having overheard he begged them to bring the ape home that he might have him for a play-fellow.
Page 65
The beast's hands clutched for their hold as the animal sprang upon the lad.
Page 79
To Geeka she spoke in Arabic, knowing that Geeka, being but a doll, could not understand the language of Korak and Akut, and that the language of Korak and Akut being that of male apes contained nothing of interest to an Arab doll.
Page 88
A red stream trickled from nose and mouth.
Page 93
Upon the outside several hundred other baboons were tearing and tugging in his aid, and all were roaring and jabbering and barking at the top of their lungs.
Page 110
It was not until the third bullet had found its mark within his body that he lunged forward upon his face.
Page 118
They blinked their eyes, shouldered one another about for more advantageous positions, scratched in the rotting vegetation upon the chance of unearthing a toothsome worm, or sat listlessly eyeing their king and the strange Mangani, who called himself thus but who more closely resembled the hated Tarmangani.
Page 131
You or I, even had we been able to hear the pitiful wail at so great distance, could not have interpreted it; but to Meriem it meant a species of terror that afflicts the ruminant when a carnivore is near and escape impossible.
Page 144
To his host he explained that he was moving his safari slowly toward the north--he said nothing of the party moving westward.
Page 145
Meriem heard now and stopped to look and listen.
Page 160
He played with the grass rope dangling from his gee-string.
Page 161
What were his intentions toward her? Did he really love her? How could one not love her? And she loved him, of that Korak had had ample proof.
Page 167
He drew his revolver and fired in the air.
Page 185
Had it not.
Page 195
Korak made the Englishman comfortable in the tree.
Page 208
"Burn him," he commanded.
Page 210
"It was only for you that I left him," he said, nodding toward the tents they had just left.
Page 214
"Yes, sir," replied Baynes; "very plainly.
Page 217
warning.