cruise, and this time, among others, I have maps of
Europe and her surrounding waters. I was studying them as we came away
from the Coldwater this morning, and luckily I have them with me."
"You are going to try to make Europe, sir?" asked Taylor, the young man
who had last spoken.
"It is the nearest land," I replied. "I have always wanted to explore
the forgotten lands of the Eastern Hemisphere. Here's our chance. To
remain at sea is to perish. None of us ever will see home again. Let
us make the best of it, and enjoy while we do live that which is
forbidden the balance of our race--the adventure and the mystery which
lie beyond thirty."
Taylor and Delcarte seized the spirit of my mood but Snider, I think,
was a trifle sceptical.
"It is treason, sir," I replied, "but there is no law which compels us
to visit punishment upon ourselves. Could we return to Pan-America, I
should be the first to insist that we face it. But we know that's not
possible. Even if this craft would carry us so far, we haven't enough
water or food for more than three days.
"We are doomed, Snider, to die far from home and without ever again
looking upon the face of another fellow countryman than those who sit
here now in this boat. Isn't that punishment sufficient for even the
most exacting judge?"
Even Snider had to admit that it was.
"Very well, then, let us live while we live, and enjoy to the fullest
whatever of adventure or pleasure each new day brings, since any day
may be our last, and we shall be dead for a considerable while."
I could see that Snider was still fearful, but Taylor and Delcarte
responded with a hearty, "Aye, aye, sir!"
They were of different mold. Both were sons of naval officers. They
represented the aristocracy of birth, and they dared to think for
Snider was in the minority, and so we continued toward the east.
Beyond thirty, and separated from my ship, my authority ceased. I held
leadership, if I was to hold it at all, by virtue of personal
qualifications only, but I did not doubt my ability to remain the
director of our destinies in so far as they were amenable to human
agencies. I have always led. While my brain and brawn remain
unimpaired I shall continue always to lead. Following is an art which
Turcks do not easily learn.
It was not until
he cried, "it cannot be possible--quick! What does the distance meter read?" That and the speedometer were both on my side of the cabin, and as I turned to take a reading from the former I could see Perry muttering.Page 4
"What can we do?" I asked, hiding my perturbation beneath the mask of a low and level voice.Page 9
I was horrified at the thought that upon the very threshold of salvation he might be dead.Page 12
I turned to Perry to suggest that it might be wise to seek other surroundings--the idea had evidently occurred to Perry previously, for he was already a hundred paces away, and with each second his prodigious bounds increased the distance.Page 21
Perry was on his knees, praying.Page 27
And Perry! He was absolutely flabbergasted.Page 28
I was not then familiar with the customs or social ethics which prevailed within Pellucidar; but even so I did not need the appealing look which the girl shot to me from her magnificent eyes to influence my subsequent act.Page 40
Benches surrounded this open space upon three sides, and along the fourth were heaped huge bowlders which rose in receding tiers toward the roof.Page 46
It was quite evident however that little less than a miracle could aid me, for what could I accomplish in this strange world, naked and unarmed? It was even doubtful that I could retrace my steps to Phutra should I once pass beyond view of the plain, and even were that possible, what aid could I bring to Perry no matter how far I wandered? The case looked more and more hopeless the longer I viewed it, yet with a stubborn persistency I forged ahead toward the foothills.Page 47
As I walked I could not but compare myself with the first man of that other world, so complete the solitude which surrounded me, so primal and untouched the virgin wonders and beauties of adolescent nature.Page 53
The females never learn them, since from birth to death they never leave the clearing in which the village of their nativity is situated except they be taken to mate by a male from another village, or captured in war by the enemies of their tribe.Page 56
The water rose to the girl's knees, and still she advanced, chained by that clammy eye.Page 61
But, to the best of my knowledge, Perry still lived and it was my duty and wish to be again with him, that we might share the dangers and vicissitudes of the strange world we had discovered.Page 68
And then it occurred to me that here was an opportunity--that I might make a small beginning upon Ja, who was my friend, and thus note the effect of my teaching upon a Pellucidarian.Page 92
Then I hid the Great Secret in a deep niche at the back of my cave, rolled the bowlder before my front door, and with bow, arrows, sword, and shield scrambled down into the peaceful valley.Page 93
The result was that the continuation of my ledge lay twenty feet below me, where it ended as abruptly as did the end upon which I stood.Page 98
When I had come close enough to Jubal to distinguish his features I understood how it was that he had earned the sobriquet of Ugly One.Page 102
Someone may have to kill them all, if I am to return to my people.Page 103
"I hate you!" she cried.Page 111
He went over all the machinery carefully.