of the palace guard this thing could
not have come to pass. Seek the guilty, and from them force an
explanation of the manner of their going and the direction they
Before Kulan Tith could issue the commands that would initiate the
investigation a handsome young officer stepped forward and addressed
"O Kulan Tith, Mightiest of Jeddaks," he said, "I alone be responsible
for this grievous error. Last night it was I who commanded the
palace guard. I was on duty in other parts of the palace during the
audience of the early morning, and knew nothing of what transpired
then, so that when the Father of Therns summoned me and explained
that it was your wish that his party be hastened from the city
because of the presence here of a deadly enemy who sought the Holy
Hekkador's life I did only what a lifetime of training has taught
me was the proper thing to do--I obeyed him whom I believed to be
the ruler of us all, mightier even than thou, mightiest of jeddaks.
"Let the consequences and the punishment fall on me alone, for I
alone am guilty. Those others of the palace guard who assisted in
the flight did so under my instructions."
Kulan Tith looked first at me and then at Thuvan Dihn, as though
to ask our judgment upon the man, but the error was so evidently
excusable that neither of us had any mind to see the young officer
suffer for a mistake that any might readily have made.
"How left they," asked Thuvan Dihn, "and what direction did they
"They left as they came," replied the officer, "upon their own
flier. For some time after they had departed I watched the vessel's
lights, which vanished finally due north."
"Where north could Matai Shang find an asylum?" asked Thuvan Dihn
of Kulan Tith.
For some moments the Jeddak of Kaol stood with bowed head, apparently
deep in thought. Then a sudden light brightened his countenance.
"I have it!" he cried. "Only yesterday Matai Shang let drop a hint
of his destination, telling me of a race of people unlike ourselves
who dwell far to the north. They, he said, had always been known
to the Holy Therns and were devout and faithful followers of the
ancient cult. Among them would he find a perpetual haven of refuge,
where no 'lying heretics' might seek him out. It is there that
Matai Shang has gone."
"And in all Kaol there be no flier wherein to follow," I cried.
"Nor nearer than
And there sat I, powerless to interpret, and so powerless to help! It was then that the inspiration came to me.Page 11
Instead, what I saw was an old man--a terrified old man! Staggering feebly and hopelessly from what must have been some very terrible fate, if one could judge from the horrified expressions he continually cast behind him toward the wood, he came stumbling on in my direction.Page 29
As the water rose we pulled her in quite close to the bank and clambered aboard.Page 35
Mountains, rivers, and seas may have to be gone around, but never once does his sense of direction fail him--the homing instinct is supreme.Page 37
Once there I did not need much of an imagination to picture what my fate would be.Page 45
They permitted me to sleep at this halt.Page 46
If a Mahar had found it, which was quite improbable, the chances were that the dominant race would never divulge the fact that they had recovered the precious document.Page 49
"It is always the Sly One!" he cried.Page 51
" "The stories are true," replied Ghak, "and here is the emperor of whom you have heard.Page 58
the beach.Page 64
Before the village were assembled a great concourse of warriors.Page 70
The black apes were hairless and built thatched huts in their arboreal retreats; they kept domesticated dogs and ruminants, in which respect they were farther advanced than the human beings of Pellucidar; but they appeared to have only a meager language, and sported long, apelike tails.Page 99
If I could have known that.Page 100
I had seen jaloks hunting in packs, and I recalled now what for the time I had not thought of--the several that ran ahead and turned the quarry back toward the main body.Page 104
We passed several islands on the journey--islands which Juag told me were entirely unknown to his own island folk.Page 108
Where is the land? What are you, and what strange thing is that which flutters from the little tree in the front of your canoe?" He referred to our sail, flapping idly in the wind.Page 111
It was still a long way off, and we couldn't make out whether it was island or mainland; but at least it was land.Page 115
Perry had perfected gunpowder and built cannon! It was marvelous! Dian and Juag, as much surprised as Hooja, turned wondering eyes toward me.Page 121
There being no nights, there was no laying off from work--they labored incessantly stopping only to eat and, on rare occasions, to sleep.Page 129
Twenty-five of the feluccas were of a new.