drove me back. Then came Baynes, angry because he had
lost the girl, and shot me. If you want her, go to The Sheik and ask
him for her--she has passed as his daughter since childhood."
"She is not The Sheik's daughter?" asked Korak.
"She is not," replied Malbihn.
"Who is she then?" asked Korak.
Here Malbihn saw his chance. Possibly he could make use of his
knowledge after all--it might even buy back his life for him. He was
not so credulous as to believe that this savage ape-man would have any
compunctions about slaying him.
"When you find her I will tell you," he said, "if you will promise to
spare my life and divide the reward with me. If you kill me you will
never know, for only The Sheik knows and he will never tell. The girl
herself is ignorant of her origin."
"If you have told me the truth I will spare you," said Korak. "I shall
go now to The Sheik's village and if the girl is not there I shall
return and slay you. As for the other information you have, if the
girl wants it when we have found her we will find a way to purchase it
The look in the Killer's eyes and his emphasis of the word "purchase"
were none too reassuring to Malbihn. Evidently, unless he found means
to escape, this devil would have both his secret and his life before he
was done with him. He wished he would be gone and take his evil-eyed
companion away with him. The swaying bulk towering high above him, and
the ugly little eyes of the elephant watching his every move made
Korak stepped into the Swede's tent to assure himself that Meriem was
not hid there. As he disappeared from view Tantor, his eyes still
fixed upon Malbihn, took a step nearer the man. An elephant's eyesight
is none too good; but the great tusker evidently had harbored
suspicions of this yellow-bearded white man from the first. Now he
advanced his snake-like trunk toward the Swede, who shrank still deeper
into his hammock.
The sensitive member felt and smelled back and forth along the body of
the terrified Malbihn. Tantor uttered a low, rumbling sound. His
little eyes blazed. At last he had recognized the creature who had
killed his mate long years before. Tantor, the elephant, never forgets
and never forgives. Malbihn saw in the demoniacal visage above him the
murderous purpose of
That two lives will be snuffed out is nothing to the world calamity that entombs in the bowels of the earth the discoveries that I have made and proved in the successful construction of the thing that is now carrying us farther and farther toward the eternal central fires.Page 8
"Perry!" I shouted.Page 15
But these were not all that my startled eyes perceived.Page 16
Their teeth were very large and white and even, except for the upper canines which were a trifle longer than the others--protruding just a bit when the mouth was closed.Page 17
Between the huts, which sometimes formed crooked streets, were dead branches and the trunks of small trees which connected the huts upon one tree to those within adjoining trees; the whole network of huts and pathways forming an almost solid flooring a good fifty feet above the ground.Page 20
Here they got down to work, and we were soon convinced that if we were not to die to make a Roman holiday, we were to die for some other purpose.Page 22
They wore no ornaments; but this I later learned was due to the fact that their captors had stripped them of everything of value.Page 31
"But there are no more dark places on the way to Phutra, and once there it is not so easy--the Mahars are very wise.Page 39
At one step we may carry them from the Age of Stone to the twentieth century.Page 47
There was that in.Page 48
A cry of rage rose from the owner of the primitive craft, and an instant later his heavy, stone-tipped spear grazed my shoulder and buried itself in the bow of the boat beyond.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 56
Her fellows upon the island looked on in horror, helpless to avert her doom in which they saw a forecast of their own.Page 62
Uncouth, perhaps, and brutal, too, if judged too harshly by the standards of effete twentieth-century civilization, but withal noble, dignified, chivalrous, and loveable.Page 64
I thought of Perry--how he would wonder what had become of me.Page 77
This, indeed, was vivisection with a vengeance.Page 82
I thought of red, red lips, God-made for kissing.Page 106
I explained the various destructive engines of war which Perry and I could construct after a little experimentation--gunpowder, rifles, cannon, and the like, and Dian would clap her hands, and throw her arms about my neck, and tell me what a wonderful thing I was.Page 107
We now set out once more for the land of the Sarians, and it was with feelings of sincere regret that we bade good-bye to our beautiful Garden of Eden, in the comparative peace and harmony of which we had lived the happiest moments of our lives.Page 110
" And so it was decided that I should return in the prospector, which still lay.