the mobilizing of such a force as we presently met
with converging from the south into our trail. There were large bodies
of cavalry and infantry, endless streams of artillery wagons and guns,
and countless horse-drawn covered vehicles laden with camp equipage,
munitions, and provisions.
Here, for the first time, I saw camels, great caravans of them, bearing
all sorts of heavy burdens, and miles upon miles of elephants doing
similar service. It was a scene of wondrous and barbaric splendor, for
the men and beasts from the south were gaily caparisoned in rich
colors, in marked contrast to the gray uniformed forces of the
frontier, with which I had been familiar.
The rumor reached us that Menelek himself was coming, and the pitch of
excitement to which this announcement raised the troops was little
short of miraculous--at least, to one of my race and nationality whose
rulers for centuries had been but ordinary men, holding office at the
will of the people for a few brief years.
As I witnessed it, I could not but speculate upon the moral effect upon
his troops of a sovereign's presence in the midst of battle. All else
being equal in war between the troops of a republic and an empire,
could not this exhilarated mental state, amounting almost to hysteria
on the part of the imperial troops, weigh heavily against the soldiers
of a president? I wonder.
But if the emperor chanced to be absent? What then? Again I wonder.
On the eleventh day we reached our destination--a walled frontier city
of about twenty thousand. We passed some lakes, and crossed some old
canals before entering the gates. Within, beside the frame buildings,
were many built of ancient brick and well-cut stone. These, I was
told, were of material taken from the ruins of the ancient city which,
once, had stood upon the site of the present town.
The name of the town, translated from the Abyssinian, is New Gondar.
It stands, I am convinced, upon the ruins of ancient Berlin, the one
time capital of the old German empire, but except for the old building
material used in the new town there is no sign of the former city.
The day after we arrived, the town was gaily decorated with flags,
streamers, gorgeous rugs, and banners, for the rumor had proved
true--the emperor was coming.
Colonel Belik had accorded me the greatest liberty, permitting me to go
where I pleased, after my few duties had been performed. As a result
of his kindness, I spent much time wandering about New
Slowly it dawned on me that since passing through the ice strata it had been above.Page 10
You know that.Page 14
My plan worked like magic.Page 17
But yet where else? I had not left that earth--of that I was sure.Page 24
It was these, Perry explained, which evidently served the double purpose of replenishing the melting snows and protecting them from the direct rays of the sun.Page 27
And Perry! He was absolutely flabbergasted.Page 30
Not for all Pellucidar would I have harmed Dian the Beautiful by word, or look, or act of mine.Page 38
It is in the city of Phutra, and unless I am greatly in error I judge from your description of the vaults through which you passed today that it lies hidden in the cellar of this building.Page 42
It was a huge tiger--such as hunted the great Bos through the jungles primeval when the world was young.Page 45
He explained it all to me once, but I was never particularly brilliant in such matters and so most of it has escaped me.Page 47
Beyond was a steep declivity to the shore of a placid, inland sea, upon the quiet surface of which lay several beautiful islands.Page 62
Chance carried me to the very beach upon which I had discovered Ja's canoe, and a short time later I was scrambling up the steep bank to retrace my steps from the plain of Phutra.Page 65
" Well, Ja should know his own business, I thought, and so I grasped the spear and clambered up toward the red man as rapidly as I could--being so far removed from my simian ancestors as I am.Page 74
Had you been much later I.Page 86
By now he should have reached the outposts of the Sarians, and we should at least hear the savage cries of the tribesmen as they swarmed to arms in answer to their king's appeal for succor.Page 93
The dragon was circling lower, and seemed about to dart in upon its prey.Page 96
I tried to convince her that I was sincere, but she simply couldn't forget the humiliation that I had put upon her on that other occasion.Page 98
Apparently some fearful beast had ripped away one entire side of his face.Page 99
And I think that Jubal, from utter contempt of me, began to change to a feeling of respect, and then in his primitive mind there evidently loomed the thought that perhaps at last he had met his master, and was facing his end.Page 106
I had told Dian about our plan of emancipating the human race of Pellucidar, and she was fairly wild over it.