into the front room.
It, too, was deserted. She crossed to the door of the tent and looked
out. Then she gave a little gasp of horror. Baynes at her shoulder
looked past her to the sight that had startled her, and he, too,
exclaimed; but his was an oath of anger.
A hundred feet away they saw Korak bound to a stake--the brush piled
about him already alight. The Englishman pushed Meriem to one side and
started to run for the doomed man. What he could do in the face of
scores of hostile blacks and Arabs he did not stop to consider. At the
same instant Tantor broke through the palisade and charged the group.
In the face of the maddened beast the crowd turned and fled, carrying
Baynes backward with them. In a moment it was all over, and the
elephant had disappeared with his prize; but pandemonium reigned
throughout the village. Men, women and children ran helter skelter for
safety. Curs fled, yelping. The horses and camels and donkeys,
terrorized by the trumpeting of the pachyderm, kicked and pulled at
their tethers. A dozen or more broke loose, and it was the galloping
of these past him that brought a sudden idea into Baynes' head. He
turned to search for Meriem only to find her at his elbow.
"The horses!" he cried. "If we can get a couple of them!"
Filled with the idea Meriem led him to the far end of the village.
"Loosen two of them," she said, "and lead them back into the shadows
behind those huts. I know where there are saddles. I will bring them
and the bridles," and before he could stop her she was gone.
Baynes quickly untied two of the restive animals and led them to the
point designated by Meriem. Here he waited impatiently for what seemed
an hour; but was, in reality, but a few minutes. Then he saw the girl
approaching beneath the burden of two saddles. Quickly they placed
these upon the horses. They could see by the light of the torture fire
that still burned that the blacks and Arabs were recovering from their
panic. Men were running about gathering in the loose stock, and two or
three were already leading their captives back to the end of the
village where Meriem and Baynes were busy with the trappings of their
Now the girl flung herself into the saddle.
"Hurry!" she whispered. "We shall have to
Nor less so did the mighty subterranean prospector which had carried me to Pellucidar and back again, and which lay out in the desert about two miles from my camp.Page 7
dreaming beside the giant thing that had brought me safely through the earth's crust, my traveling companion, the hideous Mahar, emerged from the interior of the prospector and stood beside me.Page 9
On my map I would register so many paces south, so many east, so many west, and so on.Page 12
The fellow was almost upon Perry when the feel of the gun in my hand awoke me from the lethargy of terror that had gripped me.Page 22
Across this I hurtled with slowly diminishing velocity, until at last objects about me began to take definite shape.Page 23
"The Lural Az," I said, pointing toward its blue-green surface.Page 44
If we were going to do anything for Pellucidar we must be free to do it together.Page 45
These Sagoths would never permit an opportunity for the capture of slaves for their Mahar masters to escape them.Page 59
My experience in the hard life of the inner world has turned my thews to steel.Page 61
I glanced about in all directions, searching for an explanation.Page 75
Gr-gr-gr turned toward me in surprise.Page 87
When they discovered Dian and me they exchanged a few words, and one of them continued toward Juag while the other turned upon us.Page 104
I should have liked to stop off and explore them, but the business of empire would brook no unnecessary delays.Page 109
"Come back!" he shouted.Page 111
We had a strong gale for a considerable time, and eventually dropped Hooja's fleet so far astern that we could no longer discern them.Page 116
Perry and Dian and I were so full of questions that we fairly burst, but we had to contain ourselves for a while, since the battle with the rest of Hooja's fleet had scarce commenced.Page 119
The old man must have rubbed it in pretty strong, for those fierce warriors nearly came to blows in their.Page 124
When I returned to the fleet I found that one of the islanders of Juag's tribe, who had been absent when we arrived, had just returned from the mainland with the news that a great army was encamped in the Land of Awful Shadow, and that they were threatening Thuria.Page 131
I gave them their freedom, and returned their weapons to them after they had sworn loyalty to me and friendship and peace with Ja, and I made the old fellow, who had had the good sense to surrender, king of Luana, for both the old chief and his only son had died in the battle.Page 134
I am content here.