custom, she fainted.
Mr. Philander cast a frightened glance behind him.
Horrors! The thing was quite close now. He tried to scramble up the
side of the cabin, and succeeded in catching a fleeting hold upon the
For a moment he hung there, clawing with his feet like a cat on a
clothesline, but presently a piece of the thatch came away, and Mr.
Philander, preceding it, was precipitated upon his back.
At the instant he fell a remarkable item of natural history leaped to
his mind. If one feigns death lions and lionesses are supposed to
ignore one, according to Mr. Philander's faulty memory.
So Mr. Philander lay as he had fallen, frozen into the horrid semblance
of death. As his arms and legs had been extended stiffly upward as he
came to earth upon his back the attitude of death was anything but
Jane had been watching his antics in mild-eyed surprise. Now she
laughed--a little choking gurgle of a laugh; but it was enough. Mr.
Philander rolled over upon his side and peered about. At length he
"Jane!" he cried. "Jane Porter. Bless me!"
He scrambled to his feet and rushed toward her. He could not believe
that it was she, and alive.
"Bless me!" Where did you come from? Where in the world have you
"Mercy, Mr. Philander," interrupted the girl, "I can never remember so
"Well, well," said Mr. Philander. "Bless me! I am so filled with
surprise and exuberant delight at seeing you safe and well again that I
scarcely know what I am saying, really. But come, tell me all that has
happened to you."
The Village of Torture
As the little expedition of sailors toiled through the dense jungle
searching for signs of Jane Porter, the futility of their venture
became more and more apparent, but the grief of the old man and the
hopeless eyes of the young Englishman prevented the kind hearted
D'Arnot from turning back.
He thought that there might be a bare possibility of finding her body,
or the remains of it, for he was positive that she had been devoured by
some beast of prey. He deployed his men into a skirmish line from the
point where Esmeralda had been found, and in this extended formation
they pushed their way, sweating and panting, through the tangled vines
and creepers. It was slow work. Noon found them but a few miles
inland. They halted for a brief rest then, and
This time, however, I imagine that we must have maintained a more nearly perpendicular course, for we accomplished the journey in a few minutes' less time than upon the occasion of my first journey through the five-hundred-mile crust.Page 11
as I stood enjoying the lovely scene, as insatiate for Nature's wonders as if I had not looked upon similar landscapes countless times, a sound of shouting broke from the direction of the woods.Page 25
Finally, I suggested that we experiment with it and see what it would do, so Perry built a fire, after placing the powder at a safe distance, and then touched a glowing ember to a minute particle of the deadly explosive.Page 27
" I told him that I didn't.Page 31
But only for an instant were they paralyzed with wonder.Page 32
It took us a long time to work around the islands and draw in close to Anoroc.Page 34
The delegation had met with a party of Sagoths.Page 35
Amoz lies directly north of Greenwich across the mouth of the same gulf as that upon which Sari is.Page 40
It couldn't have damaged him much; but the report of the shot brought him around, facing me.Page 46
The Mahars listened to the report of the Sagoth chieftain, and so difficult is it to judge their emotions from their almost expressionless countenance, that I was at a loss to know how terrible might be their wrath as they learned that their great secret, upon which rested the fate of.Page 76
If you go you may always return.Page 88
that permitted his adversary no chance to side-step the terrible consequences of retreat in this direction.Page 93
"And, too, it gave me an idea.Page 94
You did much for Gr-gr-gr and Gr-gr-gr's people.Page 106
Quite suddenly a thought occurred to me.Page 108
They are heading for us now.Page 109
There wasn't much wind at the time, and the heavy, lumbering dugout was slow in getting under way.Page 112
We were suffering the pangs of thirst.Page 117
Well, to get back to the battle: The Hoojans kept on coming at us, and as fast as they came we mowed them down.Page 123
First we must place the empire upon a secure footing, and we can do so only by putting the fear of us in the hearts of our enemies; but after that-- "Ah, Perry! That is the day I look forward to! When you and I can build sewing-machines instead of battle-ships, harvesters of crops instead of harvesters of men, plow-shares and telephones, schools and colleges, printing-presses and paper! When our merchant marine shall ply the great Pellucidarian seas, and cargoes of silks and typewriters and books shall forge their ways where only hideous saurians have held sway since time began!" "Amen!" said Perry.