of them wandering
through these lower regions. They are the scavengers. Many prisoners
die here in their chains. The banths solve the problem of sanitation,
at least in this respect.
"In the gardens and temples above they are kept in pits. The therns
fear them. It is because of the banths that they seldom venture below
ground except as their duties call them."
An idea occurred to me, suggested by what Thuvia had just said.
"Why not take a number of banths and set them loose before us above
ground?" I asked.
"It would distract attention from us, I am sure," she said.
She commenced calling in a low singsong voice that was half purr. She
continued this as we wound our tedious way through the maze of
subterranean passages and chambers.
Presently soft, padded feet sounded close behind us, and as I turned I
saw a pair of great, green eyes shining in the dark shadows at our
rear. From a diverging tunnel a sinuous, tawny form crept stealthily
Low growls and angry snarls assailed our ears on every side as we
hastened on and one by one the ferocious creatures answered the call of
She spoke a word to each as it joined us. Like well-schooled terriers,
they paced the corridors with us, but I could not help but note the
lathering jowls, nor the hungry expressions with which they eyed Tars
Tarkas and myself.
Soon we were entirely surrounded by some fifty of the brutes. Two
walked close on either side of Thuvia, as guards might walk. The sleek
sides of others now and then touched my own naked limbs. It was a
strange experience; the almost noiseless passage of naked human feet
and padded paws; the golden walls splashed with precious stones; the
dim light cast by the tiny radium bulbs set at considerable distances
along the roof; the huge, maned beasts of prey crowding with low growls
about us; the mighty green warrior towering high above us all; myself
crowned with the priceless diadem of a Holy Thern; and leading the
procession the beautiful girl, Thuvia.
I shall not soon forget it.
Presently we approached a great chamber more brightly lighted than the
corridors. Thuvia halted us. Quietly she stole toward the entrance
and glanced within. Then she motioned us to follow her.
The room was filled with specimens of the strange beings that inhabit
this underworld; a heterogeneous collection of hybrids--the offspring
of the prisoners from the outside world; red and green Martians and the
We were aboard an American ship--which, of course, was not armed.Page 2
When I looked again to horror was added chagrin, for with the emerging of the U-boat I had recognized her as a product of our own shipyard.Page 4
It was a face filled with character and strength and femininity--the face of one who was created to love and to be loved.Page 13
His lieutenant had been killed.Page 14
There was, therefore, nothing to do but put the man in irons.Page 15
If she's not, we'll sink her--eh, captain?" "Yes, lieutenant," I replied, and it was his turn to smile.Page 18
" The man saluted and left me; but for an hour or more I tossed, restless, upon my hard bunk in an agony of jealousy and fear.Page 22
She was the Balmen of Halmstad, Sweden, with a general.Page 30
The sea seemed to be getting heavier, for every wave now washed completely over the lower deck.Page 32
The long and the short of it was that we cruised about aimlessly until the sun came out again.Page 46
" We discussed the future and ventured opinions as to what lay before us; but we could only theorize at best, for none of us knew.Page 53
"But why didn't it die instantly?" I exclaimed.Page 60
It was he--his name he says is Am, or Ahm--who told us that this country is called Caspak.Page 64
I felt her head nod an affirmative against my breast.Page 68
They carried themselves in a more erect position, although their arms were considerably longer than those of the Neanderthal man.Page 72
It was an hour later before the tribe began to stir about.Page 73
Many times now had we heard this reference to becoming Galus.Page 76
And now, that day, all the long hours that I had put into careful study, practice and training brought me in two or three minutes a full return upon my investment.Page 78
The men of this tribe had two names, or rather names of two syllables, and their language contained words of two syllables; whereas in the tribe of Tsa the words were all of a single syllable, with the exception of a very few like Atis and Galus.Page 85
He was heavier than I by many pounds, and so weighted by the burden he carried that I easily overtook him; and at last he turned, snarling, to face me.