tell me what you meant by saying that Bridge
couldn't have me. I never knew that Bridge wanted me, and I certainly
have never wanted Bridge. O Billy! Why didn't you do this long ago?
Months ago in New York I wanted you to take me; but you left me to
another man whom I didn't love. I thought you had ceased to care, Billy,
and since we have been together here--since that night in the room back
of the office--you have made me feel that I was nothing to you. Take me,
Billy! Take me anywhere in the world that you go. I love you and I'll
slave for you--anything just to be with you."
"Barbara!" cried Billy Byrne, and then his voice was smothered by the
pressure of warm, red lips against his own.
A half hour later Billy stepped out into the street to make his way to
the railroad station that he might procure transportation for three
to Galveston. Anthony Harding was going with them. He had listened
to Barbara's pleas, and had finally volunteered to back Billy Byrne's
flight from the jurisdiction of the law, or at least to a place where,
under a new name, he could start life over again and live it as the
son-in-law of old Anthony Harding should live.
Among the crowd viewing the havoc wrought by the raiders the previous
night was a large man with a red face. It happened that he turned
suddenly about as Billy Byrne was on the point of passing behind him.
Both men started as recognition lighted their faces and he of the red
face found himself looking down the barrel of a six-shooter.
"Put it up, Byrne," he admonished the other coolly. "I didn't know you
were so good on the draw."
"I'm good on the draw all right, Flannagan," said Billy, "and I ain't
drawin' for amusement neither. I gotta chance to get away and live
straight, and have a little happiness in life, and, Flannagan, the man
who tries to crab my game is goin' to get himself croaked. I'll never go
back to stir alive. See?"
"Yep," said Flannagan, "I see; but I ain't tryin' to crab your game. I
ain't down here after you this trip. Where you been, anyway, that you
don't know the war's over? Why Coke Sheehan confessed a month ago that
it was him that croaked Schneider, and the governor pardoned you about
ten days ago."
"You stringin' me?" asked Billy, a vicious glint in his eyes.
"On the level," Flannagan assured him. "Wait, I gotta clippin' from the
I also strapped a considerable quantity of ammunition across my shoulders, pocketed some matches, and hooked an aluminum fry-pan and a small stew-kettle of the same metal to my belt.Page 10
Nor is this strange, for Pellucidar, in its land area, is immense, while the human race there is very young and consequently far from numerous.Page 15
that she was dead, yet where she might be in this savage world, and under what frightful conditions she might be living, I could not guess.Page 17
We should freeze to death among the snows and glaciers long before we had discovered a pass to the opposite side.Page 25
As such you may not with dignity approach the shores of a foreign power in so crude a vessel as a dugout.Page 36
I was sure that he had seen me before during the period of my incarceration in Phutra and that he was trying to recall my identity.Page 50
At first it was intended that I remain at Sari, that I might be in readiness to hasten forth at the first report of the discovery of Dian; but I found the inaction in the face of my deep solicitude for the welfare of my mate so galling that scarce had the several units departed upon their missions before I, too, chafed to be actively engaged upon the search.Page 51
His weapons consisted of a stone ax and knife and a heavy knobbed bludgeon of wood.Page 61
But his savage rumbling did not cause.Page 65
My hand searched the inside of the bag.Page 72
Now they were afraid; but some day they would go in a body and fall upon Hooja and his people and slay them all.Page 73
Thus they leap over obstacles that would slow up a human being, and upon the level attain a speed that would make a thoroughbred look to his laurels.Page 77
But, as I was later to learn, so formidable are the brute-folk that there are few even of the larger carnivora that will not make way for them when they go abroad.Page 88
The fellow had dived that incredible distance and come up unharmed! I called to him to await us below, assuring him that he need have no fear of my weapon, since it would harm only my enemies.Page 91
I dropped another with my remaining cartridge.Page 94
In Pellucidar, where it is always today, the wait may not be so long, and so it proved for us.Page 108
"If we let them come close enough to discover their identity, and can then sail faster than they can paddle, we can get away from them anyway, so we might as well wait.Page 110
We did not seem to be gaining, though; and neither did they.Page 119
"If we do not open up our batteries on you again and kill you all, you will simply drift about the sea helplessly until you die of thirst and starvation.Page 134
twenty-four times a day.