bound was at the side of the sleeping man.
Shaking him roughly by the shoulder, he cried:
"My God, Clayton, are you all mad here? Don't you know you are nearly
surrounded by fire? Where is Miss Porter?"
Clayton sprang to his feet. He did not recognize the man, but he
understood the words and was upon the veranda in a bound.
"Scott!" he cried, and then, dashing back into the house, "Jane! Jane!
where are you?"
In an instant Esmeralda, Professor Porter and Mr. Philander had joined
the two men.
"Where is Miss Jane?" cried Clayton, seizing Esmeralda by the shoulders
and shaking her roughly.
"Oh, Gaberelle, Mister Clayton, she done gone for a walk."
"Hasn't she come back yet?" and, without waiting for a reply, Clayton
dashed out into the yard, followed by the others. "Which way did she
go?" cried the black-haired giant of Esmeralda.
"Down that road," cried the frightened woman, pointing toward the south
where a mighty wall of roaring flames shut out the view.
"Put these people in the other car," shouted the stranger to Clayton.
"I saw one as I drove up--and get them out of here by the north road.
"Leave my car here. If I find Miss Porter we shall need it. If I
don't, no one will need it. Do as I say," as Clayton hesitated, and
then they saw the lithe figure bound away cross the clearing toward the
northwest where the forest still stood, untouched by flame.
In each rose the unaccountable feeling that a great responsibility had
been raised from their shoulders; a kind of implicit confidence in the
power of the stranger to save Jane if she could be saved.
"Who was that?" asked Professor Porter.
"I do not know," replied Clayton. "He called me by name and he knew
Jane, for he asked for her. And he called Esmeralda by name."
"There was something most startlingly familiar about him," exclaimed
Mr. Philander, "And yet, bless me, I know I never saw him before."
"Tut, tut!" cried Professor Porter. "Most remarkable! Who could it
have been, and why do I feel that Jane is safe, now that he has set out
in search of her?"
"I can't tell you, Professor," said Clayton soberly, "but I know I have
the same uncanny feeling."
"But come," he cried, "we must get out of here ourselves, or we shall
be shut off," and the party hastened toward Clayton's car.
When Jane turned to retrace her steps homeward, she was alarmed to note
how near the smoke of
It was evident that the massive beast pursuing us was not built for speed, so all that I considered necessary was to gain the trees sufficiently ahead of it to enable me to climb to the safety of some great branch before it came up.Page 19
Unquestionably a counterpart of the Megatherium of the post-Pliocene period of the outer crust, whose fossilized skeleton has been found in South America.Page 22
They strode along proudly erect.Page 28
I was not then familiar with the customs or social ethics which prevailed within Pellucidar; but even so I did not need the appealing look which the girl shot to me from her magnificent eyes to influence my subsequent act.Page 31
Because of her lineage the wrong you did her was greatly magnified in the eyes of all who saw it.Page 44
I thought of Perry, and but for the hope that I might better encompass his release if myself free I should have put the thought of freedom from me at once.Page 48
His hand was reaching upward for the stern when I saw a sleek, sinuous body shoot from the depths below.Page 59
For a moment I was puzzled to account for the thing, until I realized that the reptiles, being deaf, could not have been disturbed by the noise my body made when it hit the water, and that as there is no such thing as time within Pellucidar there was no telling how long I had been beneath the surface.Page 62
Chance carried me to the very beach upon which I had discovered Ja's canoe, and a short time later I was scrambling up the steep bank to retrace my steps from the plain of Phutra.Page 67
"The Mahars say it is round, like the inside of a tola shell," he answered, "but that is ridiculous, since, were it true, we should fall back were we to travel far in any direction, and all the waters of Pellucidar would run to one spot and drown us.Page 74
My first act was to hunt up Perry, whom I found poring as usual over the great tomes that he was supposed to be merely dusting and rearranging upon new shelves.Page 80
Of a sudden it turned into an apartment on the right of the corridor, and an instant later as I.Page 82
I was sure that if he thought it would profit him he would betray us; but I saw no way out of it now, and the fact that I had killed four Mahars instead of only the three I had expected to, made it possible to include the fellow in our scheme of escape.Page 95
"What are you doing here?" I asked, "and what has happened to you since Hooja freed you from the Sagoths?" At first I thought that she was going to ignore me entirely, but finally she thought better of it.Page 100
He was bleeding very profusely now from the wound in his lungs, and presently a terrific blow over the heart sent him reeling heavily to the ground, where he lay very still, and somehow I knew at once that Jubal the Ugly One would never get up again.Page 101
" Up went her head, and the look that she gave me took all the majesty out of me, and left me feeling more like the palace janitor--if palaces have janitors.Page 102
After our repast we went down to the river together and bathed our hands and faces, and then after drinking our fill went back to the cave.Page 103
She might hate me, and revile me, and heap indignity after indignity upon me, as she already had, until I should have hated her; but the pitiful fact remained that I loved her, and I couldn't leave her there alone.Page 112
to engage them with sword and shield.Page 113
He deposited his burden in the seat beside me.