entrance to the eighth chamber, while I deliberately
showed myself to the guardian apt as he looked toward our retreat.
Then I sprang to the opposite side of the entrance, flattening my
body close to the wall.
Without a sound the great beast moved rapidly toward the seventh
cave to see what manner of intruder had thus rashly penetrated so
far within the precincts of his habitation.
As he poked his head through the narrow aperture that connects the
two caves a heavy long-sword was awaiting him upon either hand,
and before he had an opportunity to emit even a single growl his
severed head rolled at our feet.
Quickly we glanced into the eighth chamber--not an apt had moved.
Crawling over the carcass of the huge beast that blocked the doorway
Thuvan Dihn and I cautiously entered the forbidding and dangerous
Like snails we wound our silent and careful way among the huge,
recumbent forms. The only sound above our breathing was the sucking
noise of our feet as we lifted them from the ooze of decaying flesh
through which we crept.
Halfway across the chamber and one of the mighty beasts directly
before me moved restlessly at the very instant that my foot was
poised above his head, over which I must step.
Breathlessly I waited, balancing upon one foot, for I did not dare
move a muscle. In my right hand was my keen short-sword, the point
hovering an inch above the thick fur beneath which beat the savage
Finally the apt relaxed, sighing, as with the passing of a bad dream,
and resumed the regular respiration of deep slumber. I planted my
raised foot beyond the fierce head and an instant later had stepped
over the beast.
Thuvan Dihn followed directly after me, and another moment found
us at the further door, undetected.
The Carrion Caves consist of a series of twenty-seven connecting
chambers, and present the appearance of having been eroded by
running water in some far-gone age when a mighty river found its
way to the south through this single breach in the barrier of rock
and ice that hems the country of the pole.
Thuvan Dihn and I traversed the remaining nineteen caverns without
adventure or mishap.
We were afterward to learn that but once a month is it possible to
find all the apts of the Carrion Caves in a single chamber.
At other times they roam singly or in pairs in and out of the
caves, so that it would have been practically impossible for two
men to have passed through the entire twenty-seven chambers without
encountering an apt in
" "Tell him," said I; "and that we want to know how he is--and all that has befallen him since I last saw him.Page 11
as I stood enjoying the lovely scene, as insatiate for Nature's wonders as if I had not looked upon similar landscapes countless times, a sound of shouting broke from the direction of the woods.Page 14
"Dacor, I am sure, wanted to be fair and just, but so great were his grief and anger over the disappearance of his sister that he could not listen to reason, but kept repeating time and again that only your return to Pellucidar could prove the honesty of your intentions.Page 16
Rising nobly among its noble fellows, one stupendous peak reared its giant head thousands of feet above the others.Page 17
He was coming down for breakfast.Page 19
It is one of the peculiarities of life within Pellucidar that man is more often the hunted than the hunter.Page 31
The effect was magical.Page 45
At sight of us they halted; that there would be a fight I could not doubt.Page 46
The one thing within Pellucidar which might free Dian and me was gone, nor was it likely that I should ever learn its whereabouts.Page 54
Following the river downward I soon lost sight of the tiny planet as I entered the mazes of a lofty forest.Page 89
How Juag ever had hit it I could not guess.Page 99
And so it was arranged that he was to do this and await me there for a reasonable time.Page 102
My javelin was no match for his longer weapon, which was used more for stabbing than as a missile.Page 106
"We could do all this upon land," she said.Page 108
" And wait we did.Page 112
And with our sail gone, no wind would help us, though, as if in derision at our plight, a steady breeze was now blowing.Page 122
I had only to show them once how a thing should be done, and they would fall to work by thousands to do it.Page 126
At last the great army started upon its march.Page 130
They knew of our feluccas and our guns, for several of their riding-parties had had a taste of both.Page 134
Some of his students are working on a locomotive now.