forced to drop his firearm and clutch the rail with
My grasp upon his throat effectually prevented any outcry, and so we
struggled in grim silence; he to tear away from my hold, I to drag him
over to his death.
His face was taking on a livid hue, his eyes were bulging from their
sockets. It was evident to him that he soon must die unless he tore
loose from the steel fingers that were choking the life from him. With
a final effort he threw himself further back upon the deck, at the same
instant releasing his hold upon the rail to tear frantically with both
hands at my fingers in an effort to drag them from his throat.
That little second was all that I awaited. With one mighty downward
surge I swept him clear of the deck. His falling body came near to
tearing me from the frail hold that my single free hand had upon the
anchor chain and plunging me with him to the waters of the sea below.
I did not relinquish my grasp upon him, however, for I knew that a
single shriek from those lips as he hurtled to his death in the silent
waters of the sea would bring his comrades from above to avenge him.
Instead I held grimly to him, choking, ever choking, while his frantic
struggles dragged me lower and lower toward the end of the chain.
Gradually his contortions became spasmodic, lessening by degrees until
they ceased entirely. Then I released my hold upon him and in an
instant he was swallowed by the black shadows far below.
Again I climbed to the ship's rail. This time I succeeded in raising
my eyes to the level of the deck, where I could take a careful survey
of the conditions immediately confronting me.
The nearer moon had passed below the horizon, but the clear effulgence
of the further satellite bathed the deck of the cruiser, bringing into
sharp relief the bodies of six or eight black men sprawled about in
Huddled close to the base of a rapid fire gun was a young white girl,
securely bound. Her eyes were widespread in an expression of horrified
anticipation and fixed directly upon me as I came in sight above the
edge of the deck.
Unutterable relief instantly filled them as if they fell upon the mystic
jewel which sparkled in the centre of my stolen headpiece. She did not
speak. Instead her eyes warned me to beware the sleeping figures that
You would not have needed the final ocular proof that I had--the weird rhamphorhynchus-like creature which he had brought back with him from the inner world.Page 2
Roughly, it is a steel cylinder a hundred feet long, and jointed so that it may turn and twist through solid rock if need be.Page 3
But when I spoke I hid the fear which haunted me.Page 8
I saw Perry crumple in his seat.Page 9
Lord, man, but you had a close squeak!" "You say we're back at the surface, David? How can that be? How long have I been unconscious?" "Not long.Page 12
Had I still retained the suspicion that we were on earth the sight that met my eyes would quite entirely have banished it.Page 15
They were to all appearances strikingly similar in aspect to the Negro of Africa.Page 21
Evidently it had been a target for stones before.Page 27
We take things for granted, perhaps, because we are told them over and over again, and have no way of disproving them--like religions, for example; but we don't believe them, we only think we do.Page 30
The vision of that sweet and innocent face floated before me amidst the soft mists of imagination, and where I had on the.Page 31
" I asked Ghak if there was not some way in which I could release the girl from the bondage and ignominy I had unwittingly placed upon her.Page 40
The occasion was to serve as an object-lesson to all other slaves of the danger and futility of attempted escape, and the fatal consequences of taking the life of a superior being, and so I imagine that Sagoths felt amply justified in making the entire proceeding as uncomfortable and painful to us as possible.Page 51
Once, when Pellucidar was young, the Sagoths were wont to capture us for slaves as they do the other men of Pellucidar, it is handed down from father to son among us that this is so; but we fought so desperately and slew so many Sagoths, and those of us that were captured killed so many Mahars in their own cities that at last they learned that it were better to leave us alone, and later came the time that the Mahars became too indolent even to catch their own fish, except for amusement, and then they needed us to supply their wants, and so a truce was made between the races.Page 60
Several times I called to Ja, but he must have left after I tumbled into the tank, for I received no response to my cries.Page 64
And with these thoughts came a realization of how unimportant to the life and happiness of the world is the existence of any one of us.Page 65
To clamber up that slim shaft without dragging Ja down and precipitating both to the same doom from which the copper-colored one was attempting to save me seemed utterly impossible, and as I came near the spear I told Ja so, and that I could not risk him to try to save myself.Page 71
There was, however, one great thing to be accomplished first--at least it was the great thing to me--the finding of Dian the Beautiful.Page 72
Presently he communicated some message to the Sagoth.Page 75
" "Perry, you ARE mad," I exclaimed.Page 87
Running has never been my particular athletic forte, and now when my very life depended upon fleetness of foot I cannot say that I ran any better than on the occasions when my pitiful base running had called down upon my head the rooter's raucous and reproachful cries of "Ice Wagon," and "Call a cab.