By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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I did not have much time to spare to Raja while my
mind was filled with the grief of my new loss. I was glad to see the
brute, and I lost no time in taking him to Juag and making him
understand that Juag, too, was to be Raja's friend. With the female
the matter was more difficult, but Raja helped us out by growling
savagely at her whenever she bared her fangs against us.

I told Juag of the disappearance of Dian, and of my suspicions as to
the explanation of the catastrophe. He wanted to start right out after
her, but I suggested that with Raja to help me it might be as well were
he to remain and skin the thag, remove its bladder, and then return to
where we had hidden the canoe on the beach. And so it was arranged
that he was to do this and await me there for a reasonable time. I
pointed to a great lake upon the surface of the pendent world above us,
telling him that if after this lake had appeared four times I had not
returned to go either by water or land to Sari and fetch Ghak with an
army. Then, calling Raja after me, I set out after Dian and her
abductor. First I took the wolf dog to the spot where the man had
fought with Dian. A few paces behind us followed Raja's fierce mate.
I pointed to the ground where the evidences of the struggle were
plainest and where the scent must have been strong to Raja's nostrils.

Then I grasped the remnant of leash that hung about his neck and urged
him forward upon the trail. He seemed to understand. With nose to
ground he set out upon his task. Dragging me after him, he trotted
straight out upon the Lidi Plains, turning his steps in the direction
of the Thurian village. I could have guessed as much!

Behind us trailed the female. After a while she closed upon us, until
she ran quite close to me and at Raja's side. It was not long before
she seemed as easy in my company as did her lord and master.

We must have covered considerable distance at a very rapid pace, for we
had reentered the great shadow, when we saw a huge lidi ahead of us,
moving leisurely across the level plain. Upon its back were two human
figures. If I could have known that

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