in the Land of
the First Born. It is there that we are bound."
As I looked I commenced to realize why it was that in all the ages only
one had escaped from the Valley Dor. My only wonder was that even the
one had been successful. To cross this frozen, wind-swept waste of
bleak ice alone and on foot would be impossible.
"Only by air boat could the journey be made," I finished aloud.
"It was thus that one did escape the therns in bygone times; but none
has ever escaped the First Born," said Xodar, with a touch of pride in
We had now reached the southernmost extremity of the great ice barrier.
It ended abruptly in a sheer wall thousands of feet high at the base of
which stretched a level valley, broken here and there by low rolling
hills and little clumps of forest, and with tiny rivers formed by the
melting of the ice barrier at its base.
Once we passed far above what seemed to be a deep canyon-like rift
stretching from the ice wall on the north across the valley as far as
the eye could reach. "That is the bed of the River Iss," said Xodar.
"It runs far beneath the ice field, and below the level of the Valley
Otz, but its canyon is open here."
Presently I descried what I took to be a village, and pointing it out
to Xodar asked him what it might be.
"It is a village of lost souls," he answered, laughing. "This strip
between the ice barrier and the mountains is considered neutral ground.
Some turn off from their voluntary pilgrimage down the Iss, and,
scaling the awful walls of its canyon below us, stop in the valley.
Also a slave now and then escapes from the therns and makes his way
"They do not attempt to recapture such, since there is no escape from
this outer valley, and as a matter of fact they fear the patrolling
cruisers of the First Born too much to venture from their own domains.
"The poor creatures of this outer valley are not molested by us since
they have nothing that we desire, nor are they numerically strong
enough to give us an interesting fight--so we too leave them alone.
"There are several villages of them, but they have increased in numbers
but little in many years since they are always warring among
Now we swung a little north of west, leaving the valley of lost souls,
and shortly I discerned over our starboard bow
Underlieutenant von Goss is braver--he came in and stood beside the door shouting at us, also in a very loud voice, and bade us nail one of the Waziri who was wounded to the wall, and then he laughed loudly because the man suffered.Page 18
As before there was no outcry.Page 22
It was the second time he had spoken in three days and perhaps his very silence, ominous in itself, had done more to arouse terror in the breast of the Boche than even the spear point, ever ready as it always was.Page 23
"Have mercy! I did not murder your wife.Page 37
Tarzan, still on his hands and knees just inside the entrance, was taken unaware with the result that he was sprawled forward upon his face and dragged a hundred yards across the rocky ground before Numa was brought to a stand.Page 40
"What are Gomangani?" inquired the colonel.Page 45
Tarzan stood motionless beside a tree.Page 68
And the tribe would remain always in the locality and he would be king again as he had in the past.Page 80
Where is Naratu?" This seemed to sober the black for a moment as though he had temporarily forgotten his better half.Page 81
She threatened him with the wrath of Naratu, and at that he changed his tactics and began to plead, and as he argued with her, promising her safety and eventual freedom, the warrior he had kicked out of the hut made his staggering way to the hut occupied by Naratu.Page 106
How easy it would be for one of those great beasts to enter the boma and slay her.Page 122
" "It is lucky for me," remarked the Englishman, "that it was the ignorant Numabo who discovered and captured me rather than the worldly wise Usanga.Page 141
At last his keen eyes picked up the ship flying at a considerable altitude far in the east.Page 178
They motioned to their captives to drink too, and as Bertha Kircher and Smith-Oldwick, lying prone upon the ground drank from the clear, cool water of the rivulet, they were suddenly startled by the thunderous roar of a lion a short distance ahead of them.Page 189
Soon the great doors commenced slowly to swing creakingly open, and presently, as they separated, the girl saw behind them the motive force which operated the massive doors--to each door a half-dozen naked Negroes.Page 210
"God," thought the man, "what a horrible nightmare I have passed through!" and then he felt a hand stroking his brow and cheek--a cool and gentle hand that smoothed away his troubled recollections.Page 216
The tones of both seemed rational so that he might have been listening to an ordinary conversation in some foreign tongue.Page 235
" "What do you mean?" asked Tarzan.Page 239
"Will they follow us out of the city?" Tarzan asked Otobu.