lay well out in the plain
between the city and the distant cliffs he and his black warriors had
scaled the morning previous. To descend its rough and precipitous face
was a task of infinite labor and considerable peril even to the
ape-man; but at last he felt the soft soil of the valley beneath his
feet, and without a backward glance at Opar he turned his face toward
the guardian cliffs, and at a rapid trot set off across the valley.
The sun was just rising as he gained the summit of the flat mountain at
the valley's western boundary. Far beneath him he saw smoke arising
above the tree-tops of the forest at the base of the foothills.
"Man," he murmured. "And there were fifty who went forth to track me
down. Can it be they?"
Swiftly he descended the face of the cliff, and, dropping into a narrow
ravine which led down to the far forest, he hastened onward in the
direction of the smoke. Striking the forest's edge about a quarter of
a mile from the point at which the slender column arose into the still
air, he took to the trees. Cautiously he approached until there
suddenly burst upon his view a rude BOMA, in the center of which,
squatted about their tiny fires, sat his fifty black Waziri. He called
to them in their own tongue:
"Arise, my children, and greet thy king!"
With exclamations of surprise and fear the warriors leaped to their
feet, scarcely knowing whether to flee or not. Then Tarzan dropped
lightly from an overhanging branch into their midst. When they
realized that it was indeed their chief in the flesh, and no
materialized spirit, they went mad with joy.
"We were cowards, oh, Waziri," cried Busuli. "We ran away and left you
to your fate; but when our panic was over we swore to return and save
you, or at least take revenge upon your murderers. We were but now
preparing to scale the heights once more and cross the desolate valley
to the terrible city."
"Have you seen fifty frightful men pass down from the cliffs into this
forest, my children?" asked Tarzan.
"Yes, Waziri," replied Busuli. "They passed us late yesterday, as we
were about to turn back after you. They had no woodcraft. We heard
them coming for a mile before we saw them, and as we had other business
in hand we withdrew into the forest and let them pass. They were
waddling rapidly along upon short
" I glanced at the thermometer.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 29
Their awesome, bestial faces were contorted in the most diabolical expressions, as they accused each other of responsibility for the loss.Page 30
"I have doubted your story that you are from another world," he said at last, "but yet upon no other grounds could your ignorance of the ways of Pellucidar be explained.Page 36
Why, I am sure that some of the Mahars never sleep, while others may, at long intervals, crawl into the dark recesses beneath their dwellings and curl up in protracted slumber.Page 49
With a loud hiss the creature abandoned its prey to turn upon me, but the spear, imbedded in its throat, prevented it from seizing me though it came near to overturning the skiff in its mad efforts to reach me.Page 50
"I would not do that," he said, "for you have just saved my life," and with that he released his hold upon it and squatted down in the bottom of the skiff.Page 53
All about the village, between it and the jungle, lay beautifully cultivated fields in which the Mezops raised such cereals, fruits, and vegetables as they required.Page 55
She raised her ugly head, looking about; then very slowly she crawled to the edge of her throne and.Page 57
The poor creatures on the islands awaiting their fate tried to cover their eyes with their hands to hide the fearful sight, but now I saw that they too were under the hypnotic spell of the reptiles, so that they could only crouch in terror with their eyes fixed upon the terrible thing that was transpiring before them.Page 62
Curiosity prompted me to walk.Page 63
I was dreaming of the excitement and adventure which lay before us could Perry and I but escape the Mahars, when something, a slight noise I imagine, drew my attention behind me.Page 68
But it was worth the effort if the opportunity ever presented itself.Page 69
Those born within the inner world could no more conceive of such things than can we of the outer crust reduce to factors appreciable to our finite minds such terms as space and eternity.Page 79
However it seemed likely that it would carry me once more safely through the crowded passages and chambers of the upper levels, and so I set out with Perry and Ghak--the stench of the illy cured pelts fairly choking me.Page 82
Do you understand?" He said that he did.Page 91
Before me spread a small but beautiful valley, through the center of which a clear and sparkling river wound its way down to an inland sea, the blue waters of which were just visible between the two mountain ranges which embraced this little paradise.Page 98
Maybe I can hold him until you have gotten entirely away," and then, without a backward glance, I advanced to meet the Ugly One.Page 106
After a time we decided to set out for Sari, as I was anxious to see Perry, and to know that all was right with him.Page 108
The beasts moved very slowly--that is their action was slow--but their strides covered such a great distance that in reality they traveled considerably faster than a man walks.