diameter as the entrance at the foot of the tree, and
opened directly upon a large flat limb, the well worn surface of which
testified to its long continued use as an avenue for some creature to
and from this remarkable shaft.
I did not venture out upon the limb for fear that I might be discovered
and our retreat in this direction cut off; but instead hurried to
retrace my steps to Tars Tarkas.
I soon reached him and presently we were both ascending the long ladder
toward the opening above.
Tars Tarkas went in advance and as I reached the first of the
horizontal bars I drew the ladder up after me and, handing it to him,
he carried it a hundred feet further aloft, where he wedged it safely
between one of the bars and the side of the shaft. In like manner I
dislodged the lower bars as I passed them, so that we soon had the
interior of the tree denuded of all possible means of ascent for a
distance of a hundred feet from the base; thus precluding possible
pursuit and attack from the rear.
As we were to learn later, this precaution saved us from dire
predicament, and was eventually the means of our salvation.
When we reached the opening at the top Tars Tarkas drew to one side
that I might pass out and investigate, as, owing to my lesser weight
and greater agility, I was better fitted for the perilous threading of
this dizzy, hanging pathway.
The limb upon which I found myself ascended at a slight angle toward
the cliff, and as I followed it I found that it terminated a few feet
above a narrow ledge which protruded from the cliff's face at the
entrance to a narrow cave.
As I approached the slightly more slender extremity of the branch it
bent beneath my weight until, as I balanced perilously upon its outer
tip, it swayed gently on a level with the ledge at a distance of a
couple of feet.
Five hundred feet below me lay the vivid scarlet carpet of the valley;
nearly five thousand feet above towered the mighty, gleaming face of
the gorgeous cliffs.
The cave that I faced was not one of those that I had seen from the
ground, and which lay much higher, possibly a thousand feet. But so
far as I might know it was as good for our purpose as another, and so I
returned to the tree for Tars Tarkas.
Together we wormed our way along the waving pathway, but when we
reached the end of
He had seen me fall before the dyryth, and then he had been seized by a number of the ape-creatures and borne through the tree tops to their village.Page 26
Most of his remarks were directed toward Dian the Beautiful.Page 31
Then was her father king of Amoz, and her mother was daughter of the king of Sari--to whose power I, his son, have succeeded.Page 33
" As we continued on through the main avenue of Phutra we saw many thousand of the creatures coming and going upon their daily duties.Page 40
These were the reserved seats, the boxes of the elect.Page 47
There was that in the haste.Page 50
"What do you want of my spear?" he asked.Page 51
He had the aquiline nose found among many of the higher tribes, the prominent cheek bones, and black hair and eyes, but his mouth and lips were better molded.Page 54
of how I had saved his life, and she was thereafter most kind and hospitable toward me, even permitting me to hold and amuse the tiny bundle of humanity whom Ja told me would one day rule the tribe, for Ja, it seemed, was the chief of the community.Page 61
For a long time I paddled around the shore, though well out, before I saw the mainland in the distance.Page 65
Instead he merely trotted along behind me.Page 72
The creature seemed deep in thought.Page 73
"From where else then did I come? I am not of Pellucidar.Page 78
But for the creature walking toward us I might have escaped that moment.Page 82
Do you understand?" He said that he did.Page 87
The Sagoths were now not over two hundred and fifty yards behind us, and I saw that it was hopeless for us to expect to escape other than by a ruse.Page 97
I looked, and there, emerging from the dense wood, came a perfect whale of a man.Page 99
My agility saved me for the instant.Page 107
The plain which lies beyond the white cliffs which flank the Darel Az upon the shore nearest the Mountains of the Clouds is about as near to any direction as any Pellucidarian can come.Page 112
to engage them with sword and shield.