the fence. When
I see you getting over I'll climb it here. They can't get away from us."
To the driver he said: "You have a gun. If they make a break go after
'em. You can shoot if they don't stop when you tell 'em to."
The two men walked in opposite directions along the road, and when
Burton saw them turn in and start to climb the fence he vaulted over the
panel directly opposite the car. He had scarcely alighted upon the other
side when his eyes fell upon the disreputable figures of two tramps
stretched out upon their backs and snoring audibly. Burton grinned.
"You two sure can go to sleep in a hurry," he said. One of the men
opened his eyes and sat up. When he saw who it was that stood over him
he grinned sheepishly.
"Can't a guy lie down fer a minute in de bushes widout bein' pinched?"
he asked. The other man now sat up and viewed the newcomer, while from
either side Burton's companions closed in on the three.
"Wot's de noise?" inquired the second tramp, looking from one to another
of the intruders. "We ain't done nothin'."
"Of course not, Charlie," Burton assured him gaily. "Who would ever
suspect that you or The General would do anything; but somebody did
something in Oakdale last night and I want to take you back there and
have a nice, long talk with you. Put your hands up!"
"Put 'em up!" snapped Burton, and when the four grimy fists had been
elevated he signalled to his companions to search the two men.
Nothing more formidable than knives, dope, and a needle were found upon
"Say," drawled Dopey Charlie. "We knows wot we knows; but hones' to gawd
we didn't have nothin' to do wid it. We knows the guy that pulled it
off--we spent las' night wid him an' his pal an' a skoit. He creased
me, here," and Charlie unbuttoned his clothing and exposed to view the
bloody scratch of The Oskaloosa Kid's bullet. "On de level, Burton, we
wern't in on it. Dis guy was at dat Squibbs' place wen we pulls in dere
outen de rain. He has a pocket full o' kale an' sparklers an' tings, and
he goes fer to shoot me up wen I tries to get away."
"Who was he?" asked Burton.
"He called hisself de Oskaloosa Kid," replied Charlie. "A guy called
Bridge was wid him. You know him?"
"I've heard of him; but he's straight," replied Burton. "Who was the
"I dunno," said Charlie; "but she was gassin'
My party consisted of a dozen children.Page 12
Roaring horribly it came toward us at a ponderous, shuffling trot.Page 14
Realizing that I could outdistance the clumsy brute in the open, I dropped from my leafy sanctuary intent only on distracting the thing's attention from Perry long enough to enable the old man to gain the safety of a larger tree.Page 17
III A CHANGE OF MASTERS We must have traveled several miles through the dark and dismal wood when we came suddenly upon a dense village built high among the branches of the trees.Page 26
But the girl! She was magnificent.Page 34
At my suggestion Perry and I fashioned some swords of scraps of iron which we discovered among some rubbish in the cells where we slept, for we were permitted almost unrestrained freedom of action within the limits of the building to which we had been assigned.Page 37
We see here what might well have occurred in our own history had conditions been what they have been here.Page 45
of the amphitheater had grown fainter and fainter until now all was as silent as the tomb about me.Page 58
There was no hypnotism here--just the plain, brutal ferocity of the beast of prey, tearing, rending, and gulping its meat, but at that it was less horrible than the uncanny method of the Mahars.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 69
"See," he said, "without support even this tiny fruit falls until it strikes something that stops it.Page 72
"I could be in no more danger here," I said, "than naked and unarmed in the savage jungles or upon the lonely plains of Pellucidar.Page 78
My heart came to my throat! I could just touch the thing! But suppose that in my effort to drag it toward me I should accidentally shove it still farther away and thus entirely out of reach! Cold sweat broke out upon me from every pore.Page 89
I waited no longer to dispute possession of the ledge with the thing which owned that voice.Page 93
Some fifty feet from the base I came upon a projection which formed a natural path along the face of the cliff, and this I followed out over the sea toward the cliff's end.Page 107
We now set out once more for the land of the Sarians, and it was with feelings of sincere regret that we bade good-bye to our beautiful Garden of Eden, in the comparative peace and harmony of which we had lived the happiest moments of our lives.Page 112
And how he rewarded my generosity you will presently learn.Page 114
However, I was able to employ a very trustworthy man to take charge of the caravan--the same guide, in fact, who had accompanied me on the previous trip into the Sahara--and after writing a long letter to Innes in which I gave him my American address, I saw the expedition head south.Page 116
Did the Arabs murder him, after all, just on the eve of his departure? Or, did he again turn the nose of his iron monster toward the inner world? Did he reach it, or lies he somewhere buried in the heart of the great crust? And if he did come again to Pellucidar was it to break through into the bottom of one of her great island seas, or among some savage race far, far from the land of his heart's desire? Does the answer lie somewhere upon the bosom of the broad Sahara, at the end of two tiny wires, hidden beneath a lost cairn? I wonder.