to be prepared. Go at once, please.
And, Captain Jerrold, send some competent man below, please, to
ascertain the exact extent of the damage. In the meantime I might
suggest that you have the boats provisioned."
The calm, low voice of the owner did much to reassure the entire party,
and a moment later all were occupied with the duties he had suggested.
By the time the ladies had returned to the deck the rapid provisioning
of the boats had been about completed, and a moment later the officer
who had gone below had returned to report. But his opinion was
scarcely needed to assure the huddled group of men and women that the
end of the LADY ALICE was at hand.
"Well, sir?" said the captain, as his officer hesitated.
"I dislike to frighten the ladies, sir," he said, "but she can't float
a dozen minutes, in my opinion. There's a hole in her you could drive
a bally cow through, sir."
For five minutes the LADY ALICE had been settling rapidly by the bow.
Already her stern loomed high in the air, and foothold on the deck was
of the most precarious nature. She carried four boats, and these were
all filled and lowered away in safety. As they pulled rapidly from the
stricken little vessel Jane Porter turned to have one last look at her.
Just then there came a loud crash and an ominous rumbling and pounding
from the heart of the ship--her machinery had broken loose, and was
dashing its way toward the bow, tearing out partitions and bulkheads as
it went--the stern rose rapidly high above them; for a moment she
seemed to pause there--a vertical shaft protruding from the bosom of
the ocean, and then swiftly she dove headforemost beneath the waves.
In one of the boats the brave Lord Tennington wiped a tear from his
eye--he had not seen a fortune in money go down forever into the sea,
but a dear, beautiful friend whom he had loved.
At last the long night broke, and a tropical sun smote down upon the
rolling water. Jane Porter had dropped into a fitful slumber--the
fierce light of the sun upon her upturned face awoke her. She looked
about her. In the boat with her were three sailors, Clayton, and
Monsieur Thuran. Then she looked for the other boats, but as far as
the eye could reach there was nothing to break the fearful monotony of
that waste of waters--they were alone in a small boat upon the broad
I became almost frantic as I let my imagination run riot among the possibilities for which this clicking instrument might stand.Page 11
In a short time some hunted animal would break into view, and a moment later a score of half-naked savages would come leaping after with spears or club or great stone-knives.Page 12
They never reached us.Page 15
The wild, free life of Pellucidar had worked wonders for him.Page 25
I had suggested that we construct a dugout, but Perry convinced me that we must build something more in keeping with our positions of supermen in this world of the Stone Age.Page 30
When we were directly between two of them he fairly went into raptures; nor could I blame him.Page 32
Presently Perry stuck his head up through the hatch and hailed me.Page 41
They are huge, powerful reptiles.Page 43
Why should we fear the Mahars? "Let them breed! Let their numbers increase by thousands.Page 46
There was a cavity where I had carefully smoothed the earth over the hiding-place of the document--the manuscript was gone! Frantically I searched the whole interior of the cave several times over, but without other result than a complete confirmation of my worst fears.Page 52
"But we cannot," he urged.Page 54
However, when the river led me to the sea, or rather just before it reached the sea, of a sudden the sky became overcast and the size and luxuriance of the vegetation diminished as by magic--as if an omni-potent hand had drawn a line upon the earth, and said: "Upon this side shall the trees and the shrubs, the grasses and the flowers, riot in profusion of rich colors, gigantic size and bewildering abundance; and upon that side shall they be dwarfed and pale and scant.Page 59
The man upon me held me down awkwardly, leaving me many openings--one of which I was not slow in taking advantage of, so that almost before the fellow knew that I was awake I was upon my feet with my arms over his shoulders and about his waist and had hurled him heavily over my head to the hard rubble of the beach, where he lay quite still.Page 86
Then I stood up--and there was Dian facing me and peering at me through the dense gloom.Page 87
Down he went all in a heap.Page 89
The tribesmen were nearing us.Page 91
For a couple of hundred feet I fell in horizontal position.Page 104
The islander was much interested and impressed by the sail and its results.Page 117
As each succeeding boat was launched its crew took it out and practiced with it under the tutorage of those who had graduated from the first ship, and so on until a full complement of men had been trained for every boat.Page 129
It was mighty hard work getting started, though, for everything had to be translated into Pellucidarian.