face of Mars, yet within the past four days I had
found both whites and blacks in great multitudes. Could it be possible
that in some far-off corner of the planet there still existed a remnant
of the ancient race of yellow men?
My reveries were broken in upon by a low exclamation from the boy.
"At last, the lighted way," he cried, and looking up I beheld at a long
distance before us a dim radiance.
As we advanced the light increased until presently we emerged into
well-lighted passageways. From then on our progress was rapid until we
came suddenly to the end of a corridor that let directly upon the ledge
surrounding the pool of the submarine.
The craft lay at her moorings with uncovered hatch. Raising his finger
to his lips and then tapping his sword in a significant manner, the
youth crept noiselessly toward the vessel. I was close at his heels.
Silently we dropped to the deserted deck, and on hands and knees
crawled toward the hatchway. A stealthy glance below revealed no guard
in sight, and so with the quickness and the soundlessness of cats we
dropped together into the main cabin of the submarine. Even here was
no sign of life. Quickly we covered and secured the hatch.
Then the boy stepped into the pilot house, touched a button and the
boat sank amid swirling waters toward the bottom of the shaft. Even
then there was no scurrying of feet as we had expected, and while the
boy remained to direct the boat I slid from cabin to cabin in futile
search for some member of the crew. The craft was entirely deserted.
Such good fortune seemed almost unbelievable.
When I returned to the pilot house to report the good news to my
companion he handed me a paper.
"This may explain the absence of the crew," he said.
It was a radio-aerial message to the commander of the submarine:
"The slaves have risen. Come with what men you have and those that you
can gather on the way. Too late to get aid from Omean. They are
massacring all within the amphitheatre. Issus is threatened. Haste.
"Zithad is Dator of the guards of Issus," explained the youth. "We
gave them a bad scare--one that they will not soon forget."
"Let us hope that it is but the beginning of the end of Issus," I said.
"Only our first ancestor knows," he replied.
We reached the submarine pool in Omean without incident. Here
If we succeed in so doing before we reach the higher internal temperature we may even yet survive.Page 9
At the water tank I wetted my handkerchief, slapping it smartly across his forehead and face several times.Page 21
Like demons they set upon the ape-things, and before them the hyaenodon,.Page 25
"Tell me about him, and why you ran away to be chained by the neck and scourged across the face of a world.Page 26
I longed to see this wondrous race of supermen.Page 30
Ghak remained.Page 31
I believe Ghak must have read the truth more in my expression than in my words, for presently he laid his hand upon my shoulder.Page 33
Perry and I were taken, with Ghak, to a large public building, where one of the Sagoths who had formed our guard explained to a Maharan official the circumstances surrounding our capture.Page 35
"If Ghak will accompany us we may be able to do it," I suggested.Page 37
The dominant race of Pellucidar, David, have not yet learned that men converse among themselves, or reason.Page 38
Why, we two would be the means of placing the men of the inner world in their rightful place among created things.Page 66
At the instant that he felt the spear come away from Ja's hand the creature must have opened his huge jaws to catch me, for when I came down, still clinging to the butt end of the weapon, the point yet rested in his mouth and the result was that the sharpened end transfixed his lower jaw.Page 72
"I could be in no more danger here," I said, "than naked and unarmed in the savage jungles or upon the lonely plains of Pellucidar.Page 75
You are positive that months have gone by, while to me it seems equally certain that not more than an hour ago I sat beside you in the amphitheater.Page 82
Do you understand?" He said that he did.Page 90
Ghak was, of course, positive that I had fallen prey to the terrible creature, which, within Pellucidar, is truly the king of beasts.Page 99
My agility saved me for the instant.Page 103
" I looked at her in utter amazement.Page 109
It appeared that the woman was Dacor's mate.Page 114
That I ever shall see her again seems but remotely possible, for how may I know upon what part of Pellucidar my return journey may terminate--and how, without a north or south or an east or a west may I hope ever to find my way across that vast world to the tiny spot where my lost love lies grieving for me? That is the story as David Innes told it to me in the goat-skin tent upon the rim of the great Sahara Desert.