to stare at him. "Yew seen it?" he asked in
"Yes," said the Kid in a low voice, and bending close toward the other;
"it had bloody froth on its lips!"
The Case boy shrank back. "An' what did yew hear?" he asked, a glutton
"Something that dragged a chain behind it and came up out of the cellar
and tried to get in our room on the second floor," explained the youth.
"It almost got us, too," he added, "and it did it all night."
"Whew," whistled the Case boy. "Gosh!" Then he scratched his head and
looked admiringly at the youth. "What mought yer name be?" he asked.
"I'm The Oskaloosa Kid," replied the youth, unable to resist the
admiration of the other's fond gaze. "Look here!" and he fished a
handful of jewelry from one of his side pockets; "this is some of the
swag I stole last night when I robbed a house."
Case Jr. opened his mouth and eyes so wide that there was little left
of his face. "But that's nothing," bragged The Kid. "I shot a man, too."
"Last night?" whispered the boy.
"Yep," replied the bad man, tersely.
"Gosh!" said the young Mr. Case, but there was that in his facial
expression which brought to The Oskaloosa Kid a sudden regret that he
had thus rashly confided in a stranger.
"Say," said The Kid, after a moment's strained silence. "Don't tell
anyone, will you? If you'll promise I'll give you a dollar," and he
hunted through his roll of bills for one of that lowly denomination.
"All right," agreed the Case boy. "I won't say a word--where's the
The youth drew a bill from his roll and handed it to the other. "If you
tell," he whispered, and he bent close toward the other's ear and spoke
in a menacing tone; "If you tell, I'll kill you!"
"Gosh!" said Willie Case.
At this moment Case pere and mere emerged from the kitchen loaded with
provender. "Here's enough an' more'n enough, I reckon," said Jeb Case.
"We got eggs, butter, bread, bacon, milk, an' a mite o' garden sass."
"But we ain't goin' to charge you nothin' fer the garden sass,"
interjected Mrs. Case.
"That's awfully nice of you," replied The Kid. "How much do I owe you
for the rest of it?"
"Oh," said Jeb Case, rubbing his chin, eyeing the big roll of bills and
wondering just the limit he might raise to, "I reckon 'bout four dollars
an' six bits."
The Oskaloosa Kid peeled a five dollar bill from his roll and proffered
it to the farmer.
I reasoned, however, that we should make about five hundred yards an hour.Page 7
I answered; "but what difference will it make when our air supply is exhausted whether the temperature is 153 degrees or 153,000? We'll be just as dead, and no one will know the difference, anyhow.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 18
"With a tail, David," remarked Perry, "you would make a very handsome ape.Page 25
" "What will they do with you?" I asked.Page 31
I know now that you meant no affront to Dian the Beautiful.Page 39
VI THE BEGINNING OF HORROR WITHIN PELLUCIDAR ONE TIME IS AS GOOD AS ANOTHER.Page 44
Before him slaves and gorilla-men fought in mad stampede to escape the menace of the creature's death agonies, for such only could that frightful charge have been.Page 48
In a frenzy of despair, I bent to the grandfather of all paddles in a hopeless effort to escape, and still the copper giant behind me gained and gained.Page 52
the pretty, level beach Ja leaped out and I followed him.Page 57
The slaves were motionless in terror.Page 59
You have no conception of the strange contradictions and impossibilities which arise when all methods of measuring time, as we know them upon earth, are non-existent.Page 68
"Ja," I said, "what would you say were I to tell you that in so far as the Mahars' theory of the shape of Pellucidar is concerned it is correct?" "I would say," he replied, "that either you are a fool, or took me for one.Page 69
" He dropped a fruit from his hand to the ground.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 80
Where I left Ghak and Perry there were no other creatures in sight, and so I withdrew one sword from the package, and leaving the balance of the weapons with Perry, started on alone toward the lower levels.Page 81
And as I grasped it did I think of what it meant to the human race of Pellucidar--did.Page 91
Here I found a rather large chamber, lighted by a narrow cleft in the rock above which let the sunlight filter in in sufficient quantities partially to dispel the utter darkness which I had expected.Page 95
It was evident that she had seen the thipdar die.Page 116
And always do these awful questions harass me when I think of David Innes and his strange adventures.