don't mean you suspect
one of the servants?"
"Who else could have known?" asked Mrs. Prim. The servants present
looked uncomfortable and cast sheepish eyes of suspicion at one another.
"It's all tommy rot!" ejaculated Mr. Prim; "but I'll call the police,
because I got to report the theft. It's some slick outsider, that's
who it is," and he started down stairs toward the telephone. Before he
reached it the bell rang, and when he had hung up the receiver after the
conversation the theft seemed a trivial matter. In fact he had almost
forgotten it, for the message had been from the local telegraph office
relaying a wire they had just received from Mr. Samuel Benham.
"I say, Pudgy," he cried, as he took the steps two at a time for the
second floor, "here's a wire from Benham saying Gail didn't come on that
train and asking when he's to expect her."
"Impossible!" ejaculated Mrs. Prim. "I certainly saw her aboard the
train myself. Impossible!"
Jonas Prim was a man of action. Within half an hour he had set in motion
such wheels as money and influence may cause to revolve in search of
some clew to the whereabouts of the missing Abigail, and at the same
time had reported the theft of jewels and money from his home; but in
doing this he had learned that other happenings no less remarkable in
their way had taken place in Oakdale that very night.
The following morning all Oakdale was thrilled as its fascinated eyes
devoured the front page of Oakdale's ordinarily dull daily. Never had
Oakdale experienced a plethora of home-grown thrills; but it came as
near to it that morning, doubtless, as it ever had or ever will. Not
since the cashier of The Merchants and Farmers Bank committed suicide
three years past had Oakdale been so wrought up, and now that historic
and classical event paled into insignificance in the glaring brilliancy
of a series of crimes and mysteries of a single night such as not even
the most sanguine of Oakdale's thrill lovers could have hoped for.
There was, first, the mysterious disappearance of Abigail Prim, the
only daughter of Oakdale's wealthiest citizen; there was the equally
mysterious robbery of the Prim home. Either one of these would have been
sufficient to have set Oakdale's multitudinous tongues wagging for days;
but they were not all. Old John Baggs, the city's best known miser, had
suffered a murderous assault in his little cottage upon the outskirts
of town, and was even now lying at the point of death in The Samaritan
Hospital. That robbery
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"Good-bye, David," he said.Page 9
We didn't notice it at the time; but I recall it now.Page 13
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Then at the moment that our seats revolved--the thing that made you believe that we had turned about and were speeding upward--we passed the center of gravity and, though we did not alter the direction of our progress, yet we were in reality moving upward--toward the surface of the inner world.Page 20
As on the occasion of our trip to the village we were seized by a couple of the powerful creatures and whirled away through the tree tops, while about us and in our wake raced a chattering, jabbering, grinning horde of sleek, black ape-things.Page 22
They wore no ornaments; but this I later learned was due to the fact that their captors had stripped them of everything of value.Page 27
They resembled a whale with the head of an alligator.Page 52
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Could I but reach that little bit of polished steel I might yet effect at least a temporary escape.Page 84
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It is the Dead World which makes the great shadow upon this portion of Pellucidar.Page 112
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And then I turned to note the effect of this strange experience upon Dian.Page 116
A year later found me at the end of the railroad once more, headed for the spot where I had left Innes.