it with the beautiful broad
nostrils of his companion. Such a generous nose! Why it spread half
across his face! It certainly must be fine to be so handsome, thought
poor little Tarzan.
But when he saw his own eyes; ah, that was the final blow--a brown
spot, a gray circle and then blank whiteness! Frightful! not even the
snakes had such hideous eyes as he.
So intent was he upon this personal appraisement of his features that
he did not hear the parting of the tall grass behind him as a great
body pushed itself stealthily through the jungle; nor did his
companion, the ape, hear either, for he was drinking and the noise of
his sucking lips and gurgles of satisfaction drowned the quiet approach
of the intruder.
Not thirty paces behind the two she crouched--Sabor, the huge
lioness--lashing her tail. Cautiously she moved a great padded paw
forward, noiselessly placing it before she lifted the next. Thus she
advanced; her belly low, almost touching the surface of the ground--a
great cat preparing to spring upon its prey.
Now she was within ten feet of the two unsuspecting little
playfellows--carefully she drew her hind feet well up beneath her body,
the great muscles rolling under the beautiful skin.
So low she was crouching now that she seemed flattened to the earth
except for the upward bend of the glossy back as it gathered for the
No longer the tail lashed--quiet and straight behind her it lay.
An instant she paused thus, as though turned to stone, and then, with
an awful scream, she sprang.
Sabor, the lioness, was a wise hunter. To one less wise the wild alarm
of her fierce cry as she sprang would have seemed a foolish thing, for
could she not more surely have fallen upon her victims had she but
quietly leaped without that loud shriek?
But Sabor knew well the wondrous quickness of the jungle folk and their
almost unbelievable powers of hearing. To them the sudden scraping of
one blade of grass across another was as effectual a warning as her
loudest cry, and Sabor knew that she could not make that mighty leap
without a little noise.
Her wild scream was not a warning. It was voiced to freeze her poor
victims in a paralysis of terror for the tiny fraction of an instant
which would suffice for her mighty claws to sink into their soft flesh
and hold them beyond hope of escape.
So far as the ape was concerned, Sabor reasoned correctly. The little
fellow crouched trembling just
My interest in this department of my correspondence is ever fresh.Page 2
Instantly the receiving mechanism commenced to work frantically.Page 10
The moment that my eyes rested upon them my heart leaped.Page 19
It was hard work--cold, bitter, cruel work.Page 22
I seemed to be floating in a sea of vapor.Page 44
He could never win new tribes to the empire.Page 50
It was after my second sleep, subsequent to the departure of the warriors, as I recall, that I at last went to Ghak with the admission that I could no longer support the intolerable longing to be personally upon the trail of my lost love.Page 55
But too great was the distance and too deep the shadow of its under side for me to distinguish any movement as of animal life.Page 62
He glanced quickly about in all directions as if searching for the cause of my excitement.Page 75
Gr-gr-gr was coming toward me again.Page 84
After watching for a while until I caught an instant when every head was turned away from me, I darted, rabbitlike, into the cave.Page 85
He saw me, though, when I arose and, sensing that no friend came thus precipitately, turned to meet me even as I charged him.Page 91
I grasped my six-shooter by the barrel and hurled it squarely in his face with all my strength.Page 92
Before me was the boat, from which Juag and Dian were clambering.Page 95
Often we saw huge lidi, or beasts of burden, striding across the dim landscape, browsing upon the grotesque vegetation or drinking from the slow and sullen rivers that run down from the Lidi Plains to empty into the sea in Thuria.Page 104
He had not been able to understand exactly what I hoped to accomplish with it while we were fitting up the boat; but when he saw the clumsy dugout move steadily through the water without paddles, he was as delighted as a child.Page 106
"You Pellucidarians are endowed with a wonderful instinct," I reminded him, "an instinct that points the way straight to your homes, no matter in what strange land you may find yourself.Page 109
Of course, their dugout was much larger than ours, and, consequently, infinitely heavier and more cumbersome; nevertheless, it was coming along at quite a clip, and ours was yet but barely moving.Page 126
The rest of the lidi that we brought with us were used for baggage animals and to transport our women and children, for we had brought them with us, as it was our intention to march from one Mahar city to another until we had subdued every Mahar nation that menaced the safety of any kingdom of the empire.