but presently I
got the point of my long-sword beneath him and with a mighty thrust
pierced his vitals.
Torn and bleeding from many cruel wounds, I lay panting upon the ground
within the hollow of the tree, while Tars Tarkas defended the opening
from the furious mob without.
For an hour they howled about the tree, but after a few attempts to
reach us they confined their efforts to terrorizing shrieks and
screams, to horrid growling on the part of the great white apes, and
the fearsome and indescribable purring by the plant men.
At length, all but a score, who had apparently been left to prevent our
escape, had left us, and our adventure seemed destined to result in a
siege, the only outcome of which could be our death by starvation; for
even should we be able to slip out after dark, whither in this unknown
and hostile valley could we hope to turn our steps toward possible
As the attacks of our enemies ceased and our eyes became accustomed to
the semi-darkness of the interior of our strange retreat, I took the
opportunity to explore our shelter.
The tree was hollow to an extent of about fifty feet in diameter, and
from its flat, hard floor I judged that it had often been used to
domicile others before our occupancy. As I raised my eyes toward its
roof to note the height I saw far above me a faint glow of light.
There was an opening above. If we could but reach it we might still
hope to make the shelter of the cliff caves. My eyes had now become
quite used to the subdued light of the interior, and as I pursued my
investigation I presently came upon a rough ladder at the far side of
Quickly I mounted it, only to find that it connected at the top with
the lower of a series of horizontal wooden bars that spanned the now
narrow and shaft-like interior of the tree's stem. These bars were set
one above another about three feet apart, and formed a perfect ladder
as far above me as I could see.
Dropping to the floor once more, I detailed my discovery to Tars
Tarkas, who suggested that I explore aloft as far as I could go in
safety while he guarded the entrance against a possible attack.
As I hastened above to explore the strange shaft I found that the
ladder of horizontal bars mounted always as far above me as my eyes
could reach, and as I ascended, the light from
Instantly the receiving mechanism commenced to work frantically.Page 13
He told them that I was of another world and that I had tired of this and of its inhabitants.Page 15
With a bandoleer of cartridges across his shoulder, two six-shooters at his hips, and a rifle in his hand he was a much rejuvenated Perry.Page 24
But this I know.Page 29
She rested safely now upon an even keel; nor did she leak, for she was well calked with fiber and tarry pitch.Page 30
About us swarmed the mighty denizens of the primeval deep--plesiosauri and ichthyosauria with all their horrid, slimy cousins whose names were as the names of aunts and uncles to Perry, but which I have never been able to recall an hour after having heard them.Page 41
Gruffly they commanded us to follow them.Page 43
"But if you remain a prisoner in Phutra, what may we accomplish? "What could the men of Pellucidar do without you to lead them? "They would fight among themselves, and while they fought the Mahars would fall upon them, and even though the Mahar race should die out, of what value would the emancipation of the.Page 45
Finally the parley was concluded and the men continued on their way while the Sagoths returned to where I stood with my guard.Page 49
"Come hither and--" But he got no further, for the shouts that broke from those savage throats would have drowned the voice of heaven itself.Page 50
"That he is allied in some way with the Mahars is evidenced by the familiarity of his relations with the Sagoths who were accompanying me in search of the great secret, for it must have been Hooja whom I saw conversing with them just before we reached the valley.Page 59
I simply fell asleep, willy nilly, as I sat looking out to sea.Page 63
I fastened my fingers in the bristles at his neck and turned my eyes in the direction that his pointed.Page 65
In the foreground I saw the youth who had discovered us, and I could tell from the way he carried himself that he was quite overcome by his own importance.Page 67
well-aimed cast of my javelin brought it down.Page 76
The effect of this was to turn the lidi toward the right, and the longer I watched the procedure the more convinced I became that Raja and his mate were working together with some end in view, for the she-dog merely galloped steadily at the lidi's right about op-posite his rump.Page 104
I should have liked to stop off and explore them, but the business of empire would brook no unnecessary delays.Page 108
Dian lay down at full length in the bottom; I did not want them to see and recognize her if they were in truth Hooja's people.Page 130
They knew of our feluccas and our guns, for several of their riding-parties had had a taste of both.