found within the village; but, worse yet, they hated to
leave the ivory behind.
Finally the entire expedition took refuge within the thatched
huts--here, at least, they would be free from the arrows. Tarzan, from
the tree above the village, had marked the hut into which the chief
Arabs had gone, and, balancing himself upon an overhanging limb, he
drove his heavy spear with all the force of his giant muscles through
the thatched roof. A howl of pain told him that it had found a mark.
With this parting salute to convince them that there was no safety for
them anywhere within the country, Tarzan returned to the forest,
collected his warriors, and withdrew a mile to the south to rest and
eat. He kept sentries in several trees that commanded a view of the
trail toward the village, but there was no pursuit.
An inspection of his force showed not a single casualty--not even a
minor wound; while rough estimates of the enemies' loss convinced the
blacks that no fewer than twenty had fallen before their arrows. They
were wild with elation, and were for finishing the day in one glorious
rush upon the village, during which they would slaughter the last of
their foemen. They were even picturing the various tortures they would
inflict, and gloating over the suffering of the Manyuema, for whom they
entertained a peculiar hatred, when Tarzan put his foot down flatly
upon the plan.
"You are crazy!" he cried. "I have shown you the only way to fight
these people. Already you have killed twenty of them without the loss
of a single warrior, whereas, yesterday, following your own tactics,
which you would now renew, you lost at least a dozen, and killed not a
single Arab or Manyuema. You will fight just as I tell you to fight,
or I shall leave you and go back to my own country."
They were frightened when he threatened this, and promised to obey him
scrupulously if he would but promise not to desert them.
"Very well," he said. "We shall return to the elephant BOMA for the
night. I have a plan to give the Arabs a little taste of what they may
expect if they remain in our country, but I shall need no help. Come!
If they suffer no more for the balance of the day they will feel
reassured, and the relapse into fear will be even more nerve-racking
than as though we continued to frighten them all afternoon."
So they marched back to their
And so it was with the utmost confidence that I laid hold of the huge iron rim; but though I threw every ounce of my strength into it, my best effort was as unavailing as Perry's had been--the thing would not budge--the grim, insensate, horrible thing that was holding us upon the straight road to death! At length I gave up the useless struggle, and without a word returned to my seat.Page 5
"One estimates it thirty miles, because the internal heat, increasing at the rate of about one degree to each sixty to seventy feet depth, would be sufficient to fuse the most refractory substances at that distance beneath the surface.Page 16
Never have I experienced such a journey before or since--even now I oftentimes awake from a deep sleep haunted by the.Page 22
But as we came closer, our hearts sank once more, for we discovered that the poor wretches were chained neck to neck in a long line, and that the gorilla-men were their guards.Page 23
That march may have occupied nine years and eleven months of the ten years that I spent in the inner world, or it may have been accomplished in the fraction of a second--I cannot tell.Page 28
At last my own foolish pride stepped in and prevented my making any further attempts, and thus a companionship that without my realizing it had come to mean a great deal to me was cut off.Page 35
"Ghak," I said, "we are determined to escape from this bondage.Page 37
"Yes, David," he concluded, "it would entail murder to carry out your plan.Page 40
Along the crowded avenue we marched, the guards showing unusual cruelty toward us, as though we, too, had been implicated in the murder of their fellow.Page 55
Behind these came the queen, flanked by other thipdars as she had been when she entered the amphitheater at Phutra.Page 57
Again and again the queen led the girl into the depths and out again, until the uncanny weirdness of the thing got on my nerves so that I could have leaped into the tank to the child's rescue had I not taken a firm hold of myself.Page 66
realized our intentions and that he was quite likely to lose all his meal instead of having it doubled as he had hoped.Page 67
Will you come?" I told him about Perry then, and Dian the Beautiful, and how my duty was to them first.Page 70
Ja did his best to dissuade me from returning to Phutra, but when he saw that I was determined to do so, he consented to guide me to a point from which I could see the plain where lay the city.Page 72
There the higher races of man extend protection and hospitality to the stranger within their gates, and being a stranger here I naturally assumed that a like courtesy would be accorded me.Page 79
It was the same corridor and the same Mahars that I had intended to have lead so important a role in our escape from Phutra.Page 82
I was sure that if he thought it would profit him he would betray us; but I saw no way out of it now, and the fact that I had killed four Mahars instead of only the three I had expected to, made it possible to include the fellow in our scheme of escape.Page 87
" The Sagoths were gaining on me rapidly.Page 101
Here we ate in silence.Page 102
When I awoke I found Dian sitting in the doorway looking out across the valley.