head, stunning him. All day he had lain there
unconscious. It had been the tugging of the ghoul at his ring that
had roused him to life at last.
Behind him, as he scurried around the end of the factory building,
he heard the scattering fire of half a dozen rifles, followed by a
scream--the fleeing hyena had been hit. Barney crouched in the
shadow of a pile of junk. He heard the voices of soldiers as they
gathered about the wounded man, questioning him, and a moment later
the imperious tones of an officer issuing instructions to his men to
search the yard. That he must be discovered seemed a certainty to
the American. He crouched further back in the shadows close to the
wall, stepping with the utmost caution.
Presently to his chagrin his foot touched the metal cover of a
manhole; there was a resultant rattling that smote upon Barney's
ears and nerves with all the hideous clatter of a boiler shop. He
halted, petrified, for an instant. He was no coward, but after being
so near death, life had never looked more inviting, and he knew that
to be discovered meant certain extinction this time.
The soldiers were circling the building. Already he could hear them
nearing his position. In another moment they would round the corner
of the building and be upon him. For an instant he contemplated a
bold rush for the fence. In fact, he had gathered himself for the
leaping start and the quick sprint across the open under the noses
of the soldiers who still remained beside the dying ghoul, when his
mind suddenly reverted to the manhole beneath his feet. Here lay a
hiding place, at least until the soldiers had departed.
Barney stooped and raised the heavy lid, sliding it to one side.
How deep was the black chasm beneath he could not even guess.
Doubtless it led into a coal bunker, or it might open over a pit of
great depth. There was no way to discover other than to plumb the
abyss with his body. Above was death--below, a chance of safety.
The soldiers were quite close when Barney lowered himself through
the manhole. Clinging with his fingers to the upper edge his feet
still swung in space. How far beneath was the bottom? He heard the
scraping of the heavy shoes of the searchers close above him, and
then he closed his eyes, released the grasp of his fingers, and
A RACE TO LUTHA
Barney's fall was not more than four or five feet. He found himself
upon a slippery floor of
It was the bear.Page 31
they would get the worst of it if they didn't leave us alone, but they only shouted in derision and paddled swiftly toward us.Page 35
After several long councils it was decided that, in order to expedite matters, Perry should return to the prospector with a strong party of Mezops and fetch the freight I had brought from the outer world.Page 36
I saw my companions; the brave fellows lay dead.Page 38
"That you return to them that which you stole from the pits of Phutra when you killed the four Mahars and escaped," he replied.Page 44
We traveled directly toward Sari.Page 54
Two hundred and forty miles of wild mountain and primeval jungle, of untracked plain, of nameless rivers, of deadly swamps and savage forests lay ahead of me, yet never had I been more eager for an adventure than now, for never had more depended upon haste and success.Page 55
Was it inhabited? If so, by what manner and form of creature? Were its people as relatively diminutive as their little world, or were they as disproportionately huge as the lesser attraction of gravity upon the surface of their globe would permit of their being? As I watched it, I saw that it was revolving upon an axis that lay parallel to the surface of Pellucidar, so that during each revolution its entire surface was once exposed to the world below and once bathed in the heat of the great sun above.Page 56
As the crow flies it is about twenty miles from the mouth of the river to Thuria, but before I had covered half of it I was fagged.Page 57
for some tiny foot- or hand-hold where I might cling for a moment of rest and recuperation.Page 61
It is my opinion that this is one of the earliest steps from savagery to civilization.Page 66
As I entered the jungle where the dugout lay a hare darted from beneath the boat's side, and a.Page 70
Immediately from all about, out of burrows and rough, rocky lairs, poured a perfect torrent of beasts similar to my captors.Page 85
I could just see Dian in the darkness, but I knew that she could not see my features or recognize me; and I enjoyed in anticipation, even while I was fighting for her life and mine, her dear joy when she should discover that it was I who was her deliverer.Page 94
I am not ready to die yet.Page 106
He had always known, from the legends of his people, the dangers of the open sea beyond the sight of land.Page 122
I am surprised myself; it seems always to me as I compare it with the day that I first set foot upon it from the deck of the Sari that only a miracle could have worked the change that has taken place.Page 123
"I thought that you would be pleased with what I had done.Page 130
It was pitiful, and I told Ja as much.Page 131
Thus we proceeded, swinging in a great half-circle north and west and south again until we had come back to the edge of.