last man I saw as I rode away," replied Tarzan. "What
"He is dead. He shot himself about eight o'clock this morning."
Two days later Tarzan reached Algiers. There he found that he would
have a two days' wait before he could catch a ship bound for Cape Town.
He occupied his time in writing out a full report of his mission. The
secret papers he had taken from Rokoff he did not inclose, for he did
not dare trust them out of his own possession until he had been
authorized to turn them over to another agent, or himself return to
Paris with them.
As Tarzan boarded his ship after what seemed a most tedious wait to
him, two men watched him from an upper deck. Both were fashionably
dressed and smooth shaven. The taller of the two had sandy hair, but
his eyebrows were very black. Later in the day they chanced to meet
Tarzan on deck, but as one hurriedly called his companion's attention
to something at sea their faces were turned from Tarzan as he passed,
so that he did not notice their features. In fact, he had paid no
attention to them at all.
Following the instructions of his chief, Tarzan had booked his passage
under an assumed name--John Caldwell, London. He did not understand
the necessity of this, and it caused him considerable speculation. He
wondered what role he was to play in Cape Town.
"Well," he thought, "thank Heaven that I am rid of Rokoff. He was
commencing to annoy me. I wonder if I am really becoming so civilized
that presently I shall develop a set of nerves. He would give them to
me if any one could, for he does not fight fair. One never knows
through what new agency he is going to strike. It is as though Numa,
the lion, had induced Tantor, the elephant, and Histah, the snake, to
join him in attempting to kill me. I would then never have known what
minute, or by whom, I was to be attacked next. But the brutes are more
chivalrous than man--they do not stoop to cowardly intrigue."
At dinner that night Tarzan sat next to a young woman whose place was
at the captain's left. The officer introduced them.
Miss Strong! Where had he heard the name before? It was very
familiar. And then the girl's mother gave him the clew, for when she
addressed her daughter she called her
The great nose rested upon the bare earth of the floor.Page 12
It was fully as large as the largest elephant and with great forepaws armed with huge claws.Page 20
As on the occasion of our trip to the village we were seized by a couple of the powerful creatures and whirled away through the tree tops, while about us and in our wake raced a chattering, jabbering, grinning horde of sleek, black ape-things.Page 22
On and on we stumbled beneath that hateful noonday sun.Page 27
It is all right to IMAGINE them as existing in an equally imaginary epoch--but now? poof!" At the next halt Hooja the Sly One managed to find enough slack chain to permit him to worm.Page 31
She will never forgive you.Page 36
" I was for making the attempted escape at once, but both Perry and Ghak counseled waiting for some propitious accident which would insure us some small degree of success.Page 42
"His kind roamed the outer crust with the cave bear and the mammoth ages and ages ago.Page 43
Time and again the colossal bull tossed the enormous tiger high into the air, but each time that the huge cat touched the ground he returned to the encounter with apparently undiminished strength, and seemingly increased ire.Page 52
"We must hide our canoes," explained Ja, "for the Mezops of Luana are always at war with us and would steal them if they found them," he nodded toward an island farther out at sea, and at so great a distance that it seemed but a blur hanging in the distant sky.Page 54
" I wholly concurred in Ja's belief, but it seemed that it might be a difficult matter to exterminate the dominant race of Pellucidar.Page 55
Three times they wheeled about the interior of the oval chamber, to settle finally upon the damp, cold bowlders that fringe the outer edge of the pool.Page 61
I felt that I was a fool ever to have attempted to escape alone, especially in view of the fact that our plans were already well formulated to make a break for freedom together.Page 63
Its immense carcass must have weighed tons, and yet it moved swiftly and silently toward me.Page 67
"How large is Pellucidar?" I asked, wondering what sort of theory these primitive men had concerning the form and substance of their world.Page 78
At last I turned about and extended one foot toward the object.Page 97
It was in this direction that our way led, and we had turned to resume our journey when Dian touched my arm.Page 100
Why all Pellucidar would be at their feet--and I would be their king and Dian their queen.Page 102
After our repast we went down to the river together and bathed our hands and faces, and then after drinking our fill went back to the cave.Page 110
We were both assured that the solution of these problems would advance the cause of civilization within Pellucidar thousands of years at a single stroke.