him there in the hands
of another agent whose name and address were given. That was
all--brief but explicit. Tarzan arranged to leave Bou Saada early the
next morning. Then he started for the garrison to see Captain Gerard,
whom the hotel man had told him had returned with his detachment the
He found the officer in his quarters. He was filled with surprise and
pleasure at seeing Tarzan alive and well.
"When Lieutenant Gernois returned and reported that he had not found
you at the spot that you had chosen to remain while the detachment was
scouting, I was filled with alarm. We searched the mountain for days.
Then came word that you had been killed and eaten by a lion. As proof
your gun was brought to us. Your horse had returned to camp the second
day after your disappearance. We could not doubt. Lieutenant Gernois
was grief-stricken--he took all the blame upon himself. It was he who
insisted on carrying on the search himself. It was he who found the
Arab with your gun. He will be delighted to know that you are safe."
"Doubtless," said Tarzan, with a grim smile.
"He is down in the town now, or I should send for him," continued
Captain Gerard. "I shall tell him as soon as he returns."
Tarzan let the officer think that he had been lost, wandering finally
into the DOUAR of Kadour ben Saden, who had escorted him back to Bou
Saada. As soon as possible he bade the good officer adieu, and
hastened back into the town. At the native inn he had learned through
Kadour ben Saden a piece of interesting information. It told of a
black-bearded white man who went always disguised as an Arab. For a
time he had nursed a broken wrist. More recently he had been away from
Bou Saada, but now he was back, and Tarzan knew his place of
concealment. It was for there he headed.
Through narrow, stinking alleys, black as Erebus, he groped, and then
up a rickety stairway, at the end of which was a closed door and a
tiny, unglazed window. The window was high under the low eaves of the
mud building. Tarzan could just reach the sill. He raised himself
slowly until his eyes topped it. The room within was lighted, and at a
table sat Rokoff and Gernois. Gernois was speaking.
"Rokoff, you are a devil!" he was saying.
We had warned tribes beyond these boundaries that they must not trespass, and we had marched against and severely punished those who had.Page 34
After we had eaten and rested Ja came to see us with a number of his head men.Page 43
Why should we fear the Mahars? "Let them breed! Let their numbers increase by thousands.Page 51
" "The stories are true," replied Ghak, "and here is the emperor of whom you have heard.Page 65
Goork and his people waited in silence.Page 68
there was a range of low but apparently very rocky hills, and here and there all about were visible flat-topped masses of rock--small mountains, in fact--which reminded me of pictures I had seen of landscapes in New Mexico.Page 73
When they hunt the mighty thag, the prehistoric bos of the outer crust, a single male, with his fiber rope, will catch and kill the greatest of the bulls.Page 85
Before I came to Pellucidar I do not recall that I ever had seen a stone knife, and I am sure that I never fought with a knife of any description; but now I do not have to take my hat off to any of them when it comes to wielding that primitive yet wicked weapon.Page 89
It was evident that he realized from my actions that I was attempting to persuade Dian to descend, and that grave danger threatened us from above.Page 94
"One saw the warriors of the Sly One and followed them.Page 96
Before us stretched the horizonless expanses of vast Pellucidar, the Lidi Plains rolling up about us, while hanging high in the heavens to the northwest of us I thought I discerned the many towers which marked the entrances to the distant Mahar city, whose inhabitants preyed upon the Thurians.Page 102
But again Raja was too quick for me.Page 106
If it chanced to be the mainland, well and good; if an island--well, we might live upon an island.Page 110
Not once yet had we sighted land, nor could I understand it, since so many of the seas I had seen before were thickly dotted with islands.Page 120
The tempest that had blown us off the coast of the continent had blown them far to the south also.Page 121
Four of the feluccas were equipped with these instruments, and all of the captains had been instructed in their use.Page 124
I have hopes of turning this race into the greatest agriculturists of Pellucidar.Page 125
We found the river easily, and sailed up it for many miles through as rich and wonderful a plain as I have ever seen.Page 128
Our savage Mezop riflemen, and the shorter, squatter, white-skinned Thurian drivers, shading their eyes with their hands, were gazing seaward beyond the Mahars, whose eyes were fastened upon the same spot.Page 133
Perry and I decided to set a style in architecture that would not curse future generations with the white plague, so we have plenty of ventilation.