satisfactory account of himself, nor did I delude myself with the
belief that I could for a moment impose upon the acumen of the
officers of the guard to whom I should be taken the moment I applied
at any one of the gates.
My only hope seemed to lie in entering the city surreptitiously
under cover of the darkness, and once in, trust to my own wits to
hide myself in some crowded quarter where detection would be less
liable to occur.
With this idea in view I circled the great wall, keeping within the
fringe of the forest, which is cut away for a short distance from
the wall all about the city, that no enemy may utilize the trees
as a means of ingress.
Several times I attempted to scale the barrier at different points,
but not even my earthly muscles could overcome that cleverly
constructed rampart. To a height of thirty feet the face of the
wall slanted outward, and then for almost an equal distance it was
perpendicular, above which it slanted in again for some fifteen
feet to the crest.
And smooth! Polished glass could not be more so. Finally I had
to admit that at last I had discovered a Barsoomian fortification
which I could not negotiate.
Discouraged, I withdrew into the forest beside a broad highway which
entered the city from the east, and with Woola beside me lay down
A HERO IN KAOL
It was daylight when I was awakened by the sound of stealthy movement
As I opened my eyes Woola, too, moved and, coming up to his haunches,
stared through the intervening brush toward the road, each hair
upon his neck stiffly erect.
At first I could see nothing, but presently I caught a glimpse of
a bit of smooth and glossy green moving among the scarlet and purple
and yellow of the vegetation.
Motioning Woola to remain quietly where he was, I crept forward to
investigate, and from behind the bole of a great tree I saw a long
line of the hideous green warriors of the dead sea bottoms hiding
in the dense jungle beside the road.
As far as I could see, the silent line of destruction and death
stretched away from the city of Kaol. There could be but one
explanation. The green men were expecting an exodus of a body of
red troops from the nearest city gate, and they were lying there
in ambush to leap upon them.
I owed no fealty to the Jeddak of Kaol, but he was of the same race
You will pardon my candor, but it is necessary that you understand my mental attitude toward this particular story--that you may credit that which follows.Page 4
After several days of futile endeavor to raise Pellucidar, we had begun to despair.Page 11
I hoped that the hunters would prove friendly and be able to direct me toward Sari.Page 21
I felt very sad and lonely as I crawled along the difficult footing.Page 25
He had to smile at that; but in extenuation of his act he assured me that it was quite customary for prime ministers to give their personal attention to the building of imperial navies; "and this," he said, "is the imperial navy of his Serene Highness, David I, Emperor of the Federated Kingdoms of Pellucidar.Page 26
In short, we had demonstrated our rights to empire, and very rapidly were we being recognized and heralded abroad when my departure for the outer world and Hooja's treachery had set us back.Page 27
There was another little idiosyncrasy of design that escaped us both until she was about ready to launch--there was no method of propulsion.Page 30
Of course we couldn't know the intentions of the strangers, but we could pretty well guess them.Page 32
" Slowly they turned the noses of their canoes toward land.Page 46
Someone had been here ahead of me and stolen the great secret.Page 49
I think there must have been tears in my eyes then--I know I felt too full for words.Page 50
Next time--" Ghak did not need to finish his sentence.Page 83
"It is wide and smooth and slow-running almost to the land of Sari," he added.Page 110
At last the wind rose to a fair gale, and we simply raced away from our pursuers as if they were standing still.Page 112
It was a grueling experience.Page 113
I was rather glad that we had not succeeded in landing among them.Page 118
As a matter of fact, he would.Page 124
I lost no time in weighing anchors and setting out for the continent, which we reached after a short and easy voyage.Page 129
Twenty-five of the feluccas were of a new.Page 131
Then we called together upon the flag-ship all our captains, to give the affair greater weight and dignity, and all the principal men of Luana.