though I knew full well that all who cared to had observed us, but the
ship moved steadily away, growing smaller and smaller to our view until
at last she passed completely out of sight.
What could it mean? I had left Alvarez in command. He was my most
loyal subordinate. It was absolutely beyond the pale of possibility
that Alvarez should desert me. No, there was some other explanation.
Something occurred to place my second officer, Porfirio Johnson, in
command. I was sure of it but why speculate? The futility of
conjecture was only too palpable. The Coldwater had abandoned us in
midocean. Doubtless none of us would survive to know why.
The young man at the wheel of the power boat had turned her nose about
as it became evident that the ship intended passing over us, and now he
still held her in futile pursuit of the Coldwater.
"Bring her about, Snider," I directed, "and hold her due east. We
can't catch the Coldwater, and we can't cross the Atlantic in this.
Our only hope lies in making the nearest land, which, unless I am
mistaken, is the Scilly Islands, off the southwest coast of England.
Ever heard of England, Snider?"
"There's a part of the United States of North America that used to be
known to the ancients as New England," he replied. "Is that where you
"No, Snider," I replied. "The England I refer to was an island off the
continent of Europe. It was the seat of a very powerful kingdom that
flourished over two hundred years ago. A part of the United States of
North America and all of the Federated States of Canada once belonged
to this ancient England."
"Europe," breathed one of the men, his voice tense with excitement.
"My grandfather used to tell me stories of the world beyond thirty. He
had been a great student, and he had read much from forbidden books."
"In which I resemble your grandfather," I said, "for I, too, have read
more even than naval officers are supposed to read, and, as you men
know, we are permitted a greater latitude in the study of geography and
history than men of other professions.
"Among the books and papers of Admiral Porter Turck, who lived two
hundred years ago, and from whom I am descended, many volumes still
exist, and are in my possession, which deal with the history and
geography of ancient Europe. Usually I bring several of these books
with me upon a
The very fact, as Perry took pains to explain, of the blasting of several very exact and learned scientific hypotheses made it apparent that we could not know what lay before us within the bowels of the earth, and so we might continue to hope for the best, at least until we were dead--when hope would no longer be essential to our happiness.Page 12
Roaring horribly it came toward us at a ponderous, shuffling trot.Page 18
" "Perry, you are mad!" "Not at all, David.Page 21
I stooped and picked up a small stone.Page 23
The men wore loin cloths of the hide of some shaggy beast, long ends of which depended before and behind nearly to the ground.Page 30
By doing neither you have put upon her the greatest affront that a man may put upon a woman.Page 31
Dian is the daughter of kings, though her father is no longer king since the sadok tossed him and Jubal the Ugly One wrested his kingship from him.Page 37
It is thus that we reason in relation to the brutes of our own world.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 42
Presently a door in one side of the arena wall was opened to admit a huge, shaggy, bull-like creature.Page 46
I can only compare with that occasionally experienced in dreams.Page 49
I was entirely within the power of the savage man whose skiff I had stolen.Page 67
No, Pellucidar is quite flat and extends no man knows how far in all directions.Page 71
"Where else might I go?" I asked.Page 77
They seemed particularly interested in my account of the outer earth and the strange vehicle which had brought Perry and me to Pellucidar.Page 79
Presently I reduced my speed to a brisk walk, and later realizing the danger of running into some new predicament, were I not careful, I moved still more slowly and cautiously.Page 81
It was the buried chamber in which was hidden the Great Secret of the race of Mahars.Page 86
Again the canyon veered sharply to the left, but to the right another branch ran.Page 88
I felt the swish of the hatchet at it grazed my head, and at the same instant my shaft pierced the Sagoth's savage heart, and with a single groan he lunged almost at my feet--stone dead.Page 114
It is needless to recount the horrors or the monotony of that journey.