saw them running
toward the gate. And then from around the corner of his tent loomed a
huge bulk, and Tantor, the great tusker, towered above him. Malbihn's
boy, feeling neither affection nor loyalty for his master, broke and
ran at the first glimpse of the beast, and Malbihn was left alone and
The elephant stopped a couple of paces from the wounded man's hammock.
Malbihn cowered, moaning. He was too weak to escape. He could only
lie there with staring eyes gazing in horror into the blood rimmed,
angry little orbs fixed upon him, and await his death.
Then, to his astonishment, a man slid to the ground from the elephant's
back. Almost at once Malbihn recognized the strange figure as that of
the creature who consorted with apes and baboons--the white warrior of
the jungle who had freed the king baboon and led the whole angry horde
of hairy devils upon him and Jenssen. Malbihn cowered still lower.
"Where is the girl?" demanded Korak, in English.
"What girl?" asked Malbihn. "There is no girl here--only the women of
my boys. Is it one of them you want?"
"The white girl," replied Korak. "Do not lie to me--you lured her from
her friends. You have her. Where is she?"
"It was not I," cried Malbihn. "It was an Englishman who hired me to
steal her. He wished to take her to London with him. She was willing
to go. His name is Baynes. Go to him, if you want to know where the
"I have just come from him," said Korak. "He sent me to you. The girl
is not with him. Now stop your lying and tell me the truth. Where is
she?" Korak took a threatening step toward the Swede.
Malbihn shrank from the anger in the other's face.
"I will tell you," he cried. "Do not harm me and I will tell you all
that I know. I had the girl here; but it was Baynes who persuaded her
to leave her friends--he had promised to marry her. He does not know
who she is; but I do, and I know that there is a great reward for
whoever takes her back to her people. It was the only reward I wanted.
But she escaped and crossed the river in one of my canoes. I followed
her, but The Sheik was there, God knows how, and he captured her and
attacked me and
I came upon him quite suddenly, and no less unexpectedly, upon the rim of the great Sahara Desert.Page 8
And at the same time I experienced difficulty in breathing.Page 21
We were placed in the center of the amphitheater--the thousand creatures forming a great ring about us.Page 25
None other so powerful wished me, or they would have slain a mightier beast and thus have won me from Jubal.Page 27
I had forgotten what little geology I had studied at school--about all that remained was an impression of horror that the illustrations of restored prehistoric monsters had made upon me, and a well-defined belief that any man with a pig's shank and a vivid imagination could "restore" most any sort of paleolithic monster he saw fit, and take rank as a first class paleontologist.Page 33
Do I make myself quite clear?" "You do not, Perry," I replied.Page 44
As it was I hastened on toward the right searching for an exit toward which no Sagoths were fleeing, and at last I found it--a low, narrow aperture leading into a dark corridor.Page 53
Ja told her.Page 62
But my troubles came when I entered the canyon beyond the summit, for here I found that several of them centered at the point where I crossed the divide, and which one I had traversed to reach the pass I could not for the life of me remember.Page 69
" "And you come of your free will back to Phutra!" exclaimed one of the guardsmen.Page 76
Of course it is impossible for our outer-earthly minds to grasp such a condition, but our recent experiences seem to demonstrate its existence.Page 80
Its escape meant the utter ruin of our plan, and in all probability my instant death.Page 82
there flash through my mind the thought that countless generations of my own kind yet unborn would have reason to worship me for the thing that I had accomplished for them? I did not.Page 85
I hadn't known that this great, hairy, primeval man had any such nobility of character stowed away inside him.Page 93
Its huge body must have measured forty feet in length, while the batlike wings that supported it in midair had a spread of fully thirty.Page 104
"Dian," I cried, shaking her roughly, "I love you.Page 106
A little fellow stung me on the ankle,.Page 113
As before on that far-gone night that had witnessed our first trial of the iron monster, there was a frightful roaring beneath us--the giant frame trembled and vibrated--there was a rush of sound as the loose earth passed up through the hollow space between the inner and outer jackets to be deposited in our wake.Page 114
Because of the angle at which we had entered the ground the trip required nearly a day longer, and brought me out here upon the sand of the Sahara instead of in the United States as I had hoped.