it was not likely that Barney would be again mistaken for the king.
At the stables Butzow requisitioned three horses, and soon the trio
was galloping through a little-frequented street toward the
northern, hilly environs of Lustadt. They rode in silence until they
came to an old stone building, whose boarded windows and general
appearance of dilapidation proclaimed its long tenantless condition.
Rank weeds, now rustling dry and yellow in the November wind, choked
what once might have been a luxuriant garden. A stone wall, which
had at one time entirely surrounded the grounds, had been almost
completely removed from the front to serve as foundation stone for a
smaller edifice farther down the mountainside.
The horsemen avoided this break in the wall, coming up instead upon
the rear side where their approach was wholly screened from the
building by the wall upon that exposure.
Close in they dismounted, and leaving the animals in charge of the
shopkeeper of Tafelberg, Barney and Butzow hastened toward a small
postern-gate which swung, groaning, upon a single rusted hinge. Each
felt that there was no time for caution or stratagem. Instead all
depended upon the very boldness and rashness of their attack, and so
as they came through into the courtyard the two dashed headlong for
Chance accomplished for them what no amount of careful execution
might have done, and they came within the ruin unnoticed by the four
who occupied the old, darkened library.
Possibly the fact that one of the men had himself just entered and
was excitedly talking to the others may have drowned the noisy
approach of the two. However that may be, it is a fact that Barney
and the cavalry officer came to the very door of the library
There they halted, listening. Coblich was speaking.
"The Regent commands it, Maenck," he was saying. "It is the only
thing that can save our necks. He said that you had better be the
one to do it, since it was your carelessness that permitted the
fellow to escape from Blentz."
Huddled in a far corner of the room was an abject figure trembling
in terror. At the words of Coblich it staggered to its feet. It was
"Have pity--have pity!" he cried. "Do not kill me, and I will go
away where none will ever know that I live. You can tell Peter that
I am dead. Tell him anything, only spare my life. Oh, why did I ever
listen to the cursed fool who tempted me to think of regaining the
crown that has brought me only misery and
--upon the slip of paper! David's initials were these--David Innes.Page 12
Now from past habit I still thought in the stone age, and in my thoughts of the stone age there were no thoughts of firearms.Page 20
I let him pray for a short time undisturbed, and then as I was about to suggest that we had better be pushing along one of the bears in our rear let out a roar that made the earth fairly tremble beneath our feet.Page 29
I can tell you that it was with palpitating hearts that we sat upon the river-bank and watched that tide come slowly in.Page 31
"Go back now to your people," I counseled them, "and tell them that you have seen David I, Emperor of the Federated Kingdoms of Pellucidar, and that single-handed he has overcome you, just as he intends overcoming the Mahars and the Sagoths and any other peoples of Pellucidar who threaten the peace and.Page 41
It was then that a strange thing happened.Page 51
His features, like those of all the primeval men of Pellucidar, were regular and fine.Page 55
Here I saw a chance to give time to Pellucidar, using this mighty clock, revolving perpetually in the heavens, to record the passage of the hours for the earth below.Page 58
Here I found that one of his forelegs was broken--the crash against the cliff-face must have done it.Page 67
I had paddled to the southwestern point, which Goork said he believed to be the least frequented portion of the island, as he had never seen boats put off from there.Page 72
He told me that his tribe had lived upon this hilltop always, and that there were other tribes like them dwelling upon other hilltops.Page 73
The only flesh they eat is that of herbivorous animals and birds.Page 76
"Hurl these down upon the enemy!" I cried to him.Page 86
" I then related my adventure.Page 90
They kept looking from the corpse to me and jabbering among themselves.Page 104
I asked Juag how Hooja expected to reach the mouth of the river which we were in search of if he didn't cross.Page 106
I do not know why; but I have always heard that this is true--that only upon the water may a Pellucidarian be lost.Page 122
We must show them that we are all of that.Page 126
Before we reached the plain of Phutra we were discovered by a company of Sagoths, who at first stood to give battle; but upon seeing the vast numbers of our army they turned and fled toward Phutra.Page 130
It was pitiful, and I told Ja as much.