was no room to fight. We
were simply submerged by numbers. Then as swords menaced me a command
from Xodar stayed the hands of his fellows.
"Secure them," he said, "but do not injure them."
Several of the pirates already had released Xodar. He now personally
attended to my disarming and saw that I was properly bound. At least
he thought that the binding was secure. It would have been had I been
a Martian, but I had to smile at the puny strands that confined my
wrists. When the time came I could snap them as they had been cotton
The girl they bound also, and then they fastened us together. In the
meantime they had brought our craft alongside the disabled battleship,
and soon we were transported to the latter's deck.
Fully a thousand black men manned the great engine of destruction. Her
decks were crowded with them as they pressed forward as far as
discipline would permit to get a glimpse of their captives.
The girl's beauty elicited many brutal comments and vulgar jests. It
was evident that these self-thought supermen were far inferior to the
red men of Barsoom in refinement and in chivalry.
My close-cropped black hair and thern complexion were the subjects of
much comment. When Xodar told his fellow nobles of my fighting ability
and strange origin they crowded about me with numerous questions.
The fact that I wore the harness and metal of a thern who had been
killed by a member of my party convinced them that I was an enemy of
their hereditary foes, and placed me on a better footing in their
Without exception the blacks were handsome men, and well built. The
officers were conspicuous through the wondrous magnificence of their
resplendent trappings. Many harnesses were so encrusted with gold,
platinum, silver and precious stones as to entirely hide the leather
The harness of the commanding officer was a solid mass of diamonds.
Against the ebony background of his skin they blazed out with a
peculiarly accentuated effulgence. The whole scene was enchanting.
The handsome men; the barbaric splendour of the accoutrements; the
polished skeel wood of the deck; the gloriously grained sorapus of the
cabins, inlaid with priceless jewels and precious metals in intricate
and beautiful design; the burnished gold of hand rails; the shining
metal of the guns.
Phaidor and I were taken below decks, where, still fast bound, we were
thrown into a small compartment which contained a single port-hole. As
our escort left us they barred the door
Downes interrupted the clicking with his sending-key.Page 7
Too, she had seen me conversing with other men upon the earth's surface.Page 9
Due north lay the island, far out upon the shimmering sea.Page 13
It seemed that Hooja had made it appear that I had intentionally left Dian behind, and that I did not purpose ever returning to Pellucidar.Page 18
" "He was," I admitted; "but where in the world do you suppose he disappeared to?" Then came a possible explanation to my mind.Page 20
We could see nothing a few paces beyond our noses.Page 26
When I voiced them to Perry, he reminded me gently that my people for many generations had been mine-owners, not ship-builders, and consequently I couldn't be expected to know much about the matter.Page 29
I think we can make a go of her yet.Page 34
After we had eaten and rested Ja came to see us with a number of his head men.Page 36
I saw my companions; the brave fellows lay dead.Page 41
When the latter had explained in the strange sign-language that passes for speech between the Mahars and their fighting men the Sagoth turned again to me: "For a long time you had Tu-al-sa in your power," he.Page 61
I must qualify this statement a trifle and say that this was true of those tribes with which I was most familiar.Page 66
I wondered if he had left me to return to his fierce pack.Page 70
They clustered about, jabbering at my guards and attempting to get their hands upon me, whether from curiosity or a desire to do me bodily harm I did not know, since my escort with bared fangs and heavy blows kept them off.Page 88
That was to get Dian started for the bottom without delay.Page 95
We hunted near the coast for a while, but were not rewarded with any particular luck.Page 99
I pointed to a great lake upon the surface of the pendent world above us, telling him that if after this lake had appeared four times I had not returned to go either by water or land to Sari and fetch Ghak with an army.Page 104
He had not been able to understand exactly what I hoped to accomplish with it while we were fitting up the boat; but when he saw the clumsy dugout move steadily through the water without paddles, he was as delighted as a child.Page 109
He was much interested in the sail, and not a little awed, as I could tell by his shouted remarks and questions.Page 131
Presently, an old warrior who commanded one of the dugouts surrendered.