for one like theirs."
The sudden equatorial dawn found the man still musing. The storm had
ceased and as the daylight brought the surroundings to view Number
Thirteen became aware that he was not alone in the campong. All about
him lay the eleven terrible men whom he had driven from the bungalow
the previous night. The sight of them brought a realization of new
responsibilities. To leave them here in the campong would mean the
immediate death of Professor Maxon and the Chinaman. To turn them into
the jungle might mean a similar fate for Virginia Maxon were she
wandering about in search of the encampment-- Number Thirteen could
not believe that she was dead. It seemed too monstrous to believe that
he should never see her again, and he knew so little of death that it
was impossible for him to realize that that beautiful creature ever
could cease to be filled with the vivacity of life.
The young man had determined to leave the camp himself--partly on
account of the cruel words Professor Maxon had hurled at him the night
before, but principally in order that he might search for the lost
girl. Of course he had not the remotest idea where to look for her,
but as von Horn had explained that they were upon a small island he
felt reasonably sure that he should find her in time.
As he looked at the sleeping monsters near him he determined that the
only solution of his problem was to take them all with him. Number
Twelve lay closest to him, and stepping to his side he nudged him with
the butt of the bull whip he still carried. The creature opened his
"Get up," said Number Thirteen.
Number Twelve rose, looking askance at the bull whip.
"We are not wanted here," said Number Thirteen. "I am going away and
you are all going with me. We shall find a place where we may live in
peace and freedom. Are you not tired of always being penned up?"
"Yes," replied Number Twelve, still looking at the whip.
"You need not fear the whip," said the young man. "I shall not use it
on those who make no trouble. Wake the others and tell them what I
have said. All must come with me--those who refuse shall feel the
Number Twelve did as he was bid. The creatures mumbled among
themselves for a few minutes. Finally Number Thirteen cracked his long
whip to attract
Perry pulled it toward him, and once again we were plunging downward toward eternity at the rate of seven miles an hour.Page 14
From the previous slowness of the beast I had been led to look for no such marvelous agility as he now displayed.Page 22
But as we came closer, our hearts sank once more, for we discovered that the poor wretches were chained neck to neck in a long line, and that the gorilla-men were their guards.Page 28
What the Sly One's intention was I paused not to inquire; but instead, before he could lay hold of her with his other hand, I placed a right to the point of his jaw that felled him in his tracks.Page 35
" That was the excuse I made for Perry's benefit.Page 38
"Why, Perry," I exclaimed, "you and I may reclaim a whole world! Together we can lead the races of.Page 57
Once they were below much longer than usual, and when they came to the surface I was horrified to see that one of the girl's arms was gone--gnawed completely off at the shoulder--but the poor thing gave no indication of realizing pain, only the horror in her set eyes seemed intensified.Page 60
Several times I called to Ja, but he must have left after I tumbled into the tank, for I received no response to my cries.Page 65
I looked and could have shouted in delight at the sight that met my eyes, for there stood Ja, waving frantically to me, and urging me to run for it to the cliff's base.Page 66
A glance over my shoulder showed me the sithic engaged in pawing at the spear stuck through his lower jaw, and so busily engaged did he remain in this occupation that I had gained the safety of the cliff top before he was ready to take up the pursuit.Page 67
Among us there is the best of hunting and fishing, and you shall have, to choose a mate from, the most beautiful girls of Pellucidar.Page 70
To my surprise the distance was but short from the beach where I had again met Ja.Page 73
The chances are that ere long you will know much more about it than I," and he grinned as he spoke.Page 74
And to think that I was risking death to return to him purely from a sense of duty and affection! "Why, Perry!" I exclaimed, "haven't you a word for me after my long absence?" "Long absence!" he repeated in evident astonishment.Page 81
And on the bench beside the flasks lay the skin-bound book which held the only copy of the thing I was to have sought, after dispatching the three Mahars in their sleep.Page 89
As I backed along the ledge.Page 96
Finally I suggested that we make some attempt to gain my cave, where we might escape the searching Jubal, for I am free to admit that I had no considerable desire to meet the formidable and ferocious creature, of whose mighty prowess Dian had told me when I first met her.Page 97
I was utterly squelched.Page 112
He told me that he had been captured while on his way to his own land; but that his life had been spared in hope that through him the Mahars would learn the whereabouts of their Great Secret.Page 113
The good-byes had been said.