A Random "At The Earth's Core" Cutup

Boxing, football, and baseball, I had been in training since childhood. Desperation it threw itself upon the ground, rolling over and over. A communication. One writer claims that we do not even reason--that our for the first time I beheld their queen. She differed from the others "Quite correct, David. Are you frightened?"

Great beast which attacked us, for example. Unquestionably a we are--" but he got no further. From behind us in the vicinity of the pellucidar. Will you come?"

Precipitating both to the same doom from which the copper-colored one outstripped them was a very pathetic one indeed. I wondered how many doubt if I do now. It seems incredible that you could have reviled me mahar freeze a presumptuous Sagoth with a look. It seemed my only which they could reproduce the wonders of the twentieth century in the advanced far in learning, and the thought that the ugly Mahars had so "You saved my life," he replied; "from that moment it became my duty to I glanced at the thermometer. It registered 110 degrees. While we their relative land areas, so if we compare these two worlds in the table. One already turned away and was examining other victims, "He will doubtless be called before the investigators shortly," said he against the savage and primordial world in which I found myself. I that you offended the Beautiful One, and how?"

Continued my flight. Above the source of the brook I encountered a headforemost, his tail looped about a great limb, and grasping me geologists," was his answer. "One estimates it thirty miles, because hands and glanced around I saw what it was that had distracted the a pass between two abutting peaks. What lay beyond I could not even his shoulder that we were lost.

Fortunately the tank was deep at this point, and I suffered no injury have I been unconscious?"

Terrifying progenitor of the thing that had me cornered now beside the demise. The labyrinthodon was coming more slowly now. He seemed to as I could. I was somewhat longer than usual, for I must confess that my hands were resting upon a small piece of granite which formed a part most pleasing, and a feeling of bodily detachment which I can only the plain which lies beyond the white cliffs which flank the Darel Az you know that without witnesses your act does not bind you to me," and I explained the various destructive engines of war which Perry and I the great, shaggy man had found a place in the hearts of us both, for appeared Ghak became both angry and alarmed, and presently as the sound "Let us wait and see, David," he replied, "and in the meantime suppose watching the lapping of the waves upon its farther shore! How far did swooped down upon the remaining slaves.

"But I have told you right along that I love you," I said. "Love hooja. Some of the prisoners laughed, and I saw the face of Ghak the of the way of the two creatures, but finally I saw them separate and insist that we have been separated but a moment. Is that any way to the thing saw that I already had dispatched two of its companions, and would, I could not quite make it.

Our greatest difficulty with the webbed feet, but even that problem was tears came to Perry's eyes.

Your friends by returning. Never in all my life have I heard of a living their lives in total ignorance of the strange and terrible fate at four hundred and twenty miles I took another reading.

"Good-bye, Perry, and good luck to you," I answered, smiling back at perry?" I asked.

"Here they are not monsters, David," he replied. "Here they are the he had seen me fall before the dyryth, and then he had been seized by a sagoths heard it at all--but the suggestion of latent possibilities belief that any man with a pig's shank and a vivid imagination could the lower floor was an enormous tank of clear water in which numerous them, I extracted their virus, smearing it upon the tips of several I could see from the expression of her face how she was receiving my am safer in the hands of intelligent creatures such as rule Phutra. At especially in view of the fact that our plans were already well tiger--such as hunted the great Bos through the jungles primeval when place in the race of Mahars. It continued to progress under the I advanced, and at a sudden turning, a few yards beyond the canyon's where we came from as where we are going now. For my part I wish that may be the next chosen to give up your life in the interests of the determined to swallow my self-esteem, and again beg her to tell me how he thought for a moment in silence. Then he shook his head sorrowfully. Even pause in his steady advance along the ledge.

Axis coincidently with the earth, and thus is always above the same "They are lidis from the land of the Thorians," she cried. "Thoria I had determined to make the cave my headquarters, and with it as a rapidity. It was now but 140 degrees, although we had penetrated to a barks--much the sound that a pack of wolves raises when in full cry. Shadows of the interior than there fell upon my ears the tones of a shut out the sight of the frightful death which hovered just above her. It.

Which I was sure he could give, and that might have made everything all of Hooja's mission. By now he should have reached the outposts of the I glanced up to find the great orb still motionless in the center of deliberately to an awful death upon the jagged rocks three hundred feet which wends its tiny way among the bowlders of the universe--the speck could render a comparative pygmy the master of this mighty brute, what ape."

Comfortable habitat for any but the smaller mammals or reptiles. Yet rise until at four hundred and ten miles it stood at 153 degrees. Now wanderings across an unknown world. I must have been away for months, a little effort proved sufficient to dislodge enough of these stones to hear, so the drums and fifes and horns of earthly bands are unknown back quite dead.

Feelings of sincere regret that we bade good-bye to our beautiful vicissitudes of the strange world we had discovered. And Ghak, too; Rock dotted this artificial sea, and upon several of them I saw men and in a forced companionship which I, at least, soon rejoiced in. For I men as well. I had no difficulty in tracking you to this point. It is was not so equipped they fell into roars of laughter. Their teeth were out in the exuberance of my happiness. It is true that they were a excuses to pray even when the provocation seemed far-fetched to my hairy One shuddered. "No, you will never escape the Mahars." what are the human beings doing here?" I asked.

Them, I extracted their virus, smearing it upon the tips of several sacrificing us all that he might be revenged upon me.

Between the trees, but later when I saw the motley aggregation of single-handed! I shuddered; but, in fairness to myself, my fear was and the Amozites were both very powerful tribes. Once they had been father's cave to see if my brother had yet returned and he gave the in the way than otherwise, though occasionally one of them would fasten is so; but we fought so desperately and slew so many Sagoths, and those brains--of the inner world. I longed to see this wondrous race of there seemed nothing to do but stand supinely and await my end. I jubal the Ugly One wrested his kingship from him. Because of her deliberately as though at a straw target. The Sagoth had never before bedding I returned to my lair, where after a meal of raw meat, to which "'That time'," he repeated. "Why man, I have but just returned from apparently some fearful beast had ripped away one entire side of his along the crowded avenue we marched, the guards showing unusual cruelty noiseless carpet. Since we had entered the canyon we had had no knowledge in the shape of books--then this world will indeed be at our all the way to the sandy strip along which the restless waters advanced you could guide me to Phutra where I may give myself up to the Mahars "Then be careful that you don't repeat the impossible tale you told that it seemed but a blur hanging in the distant sky. The upward curve of fact, David, I am rapidly coming to the conviction that there is no as before on that far-gone night that had witnessed our first trial of edge of the forest rather than making for the open beach. In a moment from the larger reptiles which make the use of the great seas of another village, or captured in war by the enemies of their tribe. With a loud "Boo!" that sent him stumbling backward.

I am sure they did not even know that the Sagoths had entered with me. Majestically down toward the valley. I had taken a hundred steps in perry, though at a somewhat more decorous pace. It was evident that take all the responsibility for it were we captured, he accorded a scarcely had he spoken than we heard a great fluttering of wings above down upon my head the rooter's raucous and reproachful cries of "Ice where we came from as where we are going now. For my part I wish that then I drank from the clear pool, and after washing my hands and face release if myself free I should have put the thought of freedom from me and murmured something to the effect that one was not rid of trouble so the thag was charging now from one side, and the tarag from the other. Are empty," replied Perry, "or we may continue on with the slight hope stranger here I naturally assumed that a like courtesy would be her from the Mahars as soon as they reached Phutra. Phutra, it seemed, made it possible should awake before I reached them; but we were doomed that purpose--it shall be my life work to teach them His word--to lead dian told me they were tandorazes, or tandors of the sea, and that the tiny planet within a planet--and that it revolves around the earth's but he only shrugged his shoulders and continued a longwinded prayer he pellucidar would run to one spot and drown us. No, Pellucidar is quite crust of the earth from the inner world of Pellucidar.

Since you have told me that ten years have elapsed since I departed all true, but I never saw but three of them asleep, and it was the sizes and shapes, but enough were of handy dimensions for use as finally she thought better of it.

The great crust? And if he did come again to Pellucidar was it to plain through mighty mountains of virgin granite. The tropical verdure of the tunnel, feeling my way along through the gloom for some I wormed my way to the old man's side with never a doubt but that the he had almost reached the lowest branch of the tree from which the "With a tail, David," remarked Perry, "you would make a very handsome affront that a man may put upon a woman. Now she is your slave. No I glanced at the thermometer. It registered 110 degrees. While we there is no gainsaying, but if its size and colors are magnified here there were other humans similarly chained. Upon a long table lay a their beak-like mouths are lined with sharp, white fangs, and the backs eyes can reach you here," and I leaned over and snatched the lion skin lofty cliff. The way to it was such that I knew no extremely nearing the molten interior of the earth. At four hundred miles the and back of the ears. In this respect they were not one whit less vigorous muscles. Nor was my belief mere vanity, for always had my upon the largest bowlder of them all in the exact center of that side produced above--what we lack is knowledge. Let us go back and get that shaft for him; but he did not wait to receive it. Instead, he turned strength may be equal to the task, for else we are lost."

Had tended to sour an already strong and brutal character. However consummation upon the continued sleep of the three Mahars who lay in little else.

Untracked sea, and before me in the center of the narrow way that led and so it was with the utmost confidence that I laid hold of the huge building.

Ride out and see it. Roughly, it is a steel cylinder a hundred feet a small ledge, and with his feet resting, precariously upon tiny bushes he had seen me fall before the dyryth, and then he had been seized by a I glanced at Perry as the thing passed me to inspect him. The old man and Perry! He was absolutely flabbergasted. He said so himself. "I do not know, Perry," I answered; "but thank God, if I am to die it the iron cabin. The reaction left me in a state of collapse, and I instrumental music pleases our ears. Sometimes the band took measured wrong that I had done her."

And murmured something to the effect that one was not rid of trouble so nerves and muscles under better control. I sighted as carefully and david Innes.

Which emanated this fearsome challenge, but the sound had the effect of be better fitted to solve the riddle of my return, for riddle they chance carried me to the very beach upon which I had discovered Ja's warriors. These too saluted Ja, by touching the points of their spears hope, which could only have been born of the belief that if he did not me in the sign language which these two races employ as a means of as they did either their hands or feet.

Skiff--and with a celerity which equaled his, I pushed the thing into former occupants. Then they returned to us, and one who seemed to have slaves, among whom was Hooja the Sly One.

Scrambled up the trunks like a huge cat only to fall back to the ground seemed to notice it at all.

And so I raced on toward the trees intending to pass beneath that which the number of slaves who waited upon the inhabitants of Phutra that thing as time within Pellucidar there was no telling how long I had I received several letters from him after I returned to America--in would speak with you."

Queen in the Stone Age as it does to the woman of today to be a queen official the circumstances surrounding our capture. The method of I was mad all the way through, as I had certainly felt that at least a the cliff, and this I followed out over the sea toward the cliff's end. We had no difficulty in finding my lair, and then I went down into the somber reflections.

Accompanied me on the previous trip into the Sahara--and after writing marvelous--absolutely marvelous just to think about it."

Her from the Mahars as soon as they reached Phutra. Phutra, it seemed, settle finally upon the damp, cold bowlders that fringe the outer edge "There is a slender chance for me then if I be sent to the arena, and out in the exuberance of my happiness. It is true that they were a with a loud "Boo!" that sent him stumbling backward.

Land. Think of it! A land area of 124,110,000 square miles! Our own biology and eugenics. Finally a certain female scientist announced the "We must hide our canoes," explained Ja, "for the Mezops of Luana are arena?"

More I came to miss it; and the more impregnable the barrier of silly traveling toward the lake, but finally, at the bottom of a little gully than to think of her at the mercy of Hooja the Sly One. Ghak, Perry, "Let us continue on, then," I replied. "It should soon be over at this shadow. If we kill an enemy we place his body in the ground that it it began to look as though I had assumed a contract much too large for behind us I stationed a sufficient reserve under one of Ghak's head when they had heard our story and our plans they decided to accompany as I walked, my eyes were bent upon the beach so that it was not until "It is the custom of the Mahars to liberate those who remain alive of our progress, yet we were in reality moving upward--toward the necessity for the pathways. There were a number of the same vicious that they are barely discernible, the one to the extreme left as you the first time we started for Sari I stepped into a nest of poisonous deferentially, but to me they paid not the slightest attention. Among primitive folk, but there was one peculiarity about this Mezop trail hatchet for a throw. It is one of the many methods in which they strode along proudly erect. Occasionally they would exchange words which is strange indeed, and most unpleasant for the poor slaves they noblest of the Bengals of our own world, but as its dimensions were believed what I taught; but now I see that I did not believe it--that upon every subject under the sun. He said he wanted a library with the last, long farewell. I closed and barred the outer and inner prehistoric woman could be so cold and heartless and ungrateful. Then "They will set the thipdars upon us," he said, "and then we shall be as we topped the ridge and saw the granite gate towers dotting the place! She would have been his lawful mate. She would have been queen grotesque or horrible about them as about the other creatures in this as long as I could I remained beneath the surface, swimming rapidly in some media which would reveal no spoor, to take up the broken thread of and the Sagoths came face to face upon that narrow ledge.

On account of Jubal I did not dare enter the villages or let any of my together we stepped out to stand in silent contemplation of a landscape the hideous creatures and exterminate them--Pellucidar would be a I was absolutely miserable, but I hadn't gone too far when I began to mechanical subterranean prospector. As relaxation he studied perry, and now you barely look up from your work when I return and "With a tail, David," remarked Perry, "you would make a very handsome such a truly earthly feminine manner that I could scarce repress a shadows all seemed dark and gloomy as the grave.

Heat was sufficient to give me a foretaste of the hereafter. A few I was loath to do it, and further incur her scorn; but there was no muscle and science in back of that throw. The stone caught the the Arab tells me to hurry, for he sees a cloud of sand to the little thicker than the circumstance warranted--as though to make quite series of ammonia-impregnated strata, where the mercury again fell to again I turned to the thermometer. The mercury was rising with less which had come so near miscarrying.

Upper crust I could not even conjecture. And then I turned to note the entering and leaving the building by means of the apertures in the roof. Which they could reproduce the wonders of the twentieth century in the "You may be sentenced to the arena, or go to the pits to be used in to get on my nerves."

Little orthopi evincing the greatest wariness and galloping to safest dogs they seemed--that rushed growling and snapping in upon it from all a caravan of men and women--human beings like ourselves--and for the then, like the beast of prey that man really is, I sprang upon my diffuses its perpetual noonday light and torrid heat.

Reached the center of gravity of the five-hundred-mile-thick crust. Up easy thing to fasten the hides together where we had split them along the Ugly One, and I ran away and hid among the hills that skirt the "I do not know, Ghak," I replied.

The double purpose of replenishing the melting snows and protecting ja or any other Pellucidarian the sun, the moon, the planets, and the make the whole thing public after the successful issue of our first a single glance at the thing was sufficient to assure me that I was conceive of such things than can we of the outer crust reduce to stumbled beneath that hateful noonday sun. If we fell we were prodded inspected his working model--and then, convinced, I advanced the funds it is needless to recount the horrors or the monotony of that journey. Indications of enthusiasm that I had seen displayed by the dominant phutra? Am I not well fed and well treated? Am I not happy? What hope, and so I tried it. Stopping in my tracks I moved my sword so faces--bared fangs menaced us.

Great world that is covered with human beings, and beasts, and birds, times and slept twice before I reached the sea, but at last I did so, here upon the sand of the Sahara instead of in the United States as I was Jubal's day to learn new methods of warfare. For the first time he huge, shaggy, bull-like creature.

This trip was fortunate enough to knock over an orthopi, the diminutive unless it were intended as a rough and picturesque background for the easily as that.

Happened that several mighty warriors from far distant lands, whom we difficult to explain just why this sentiment should exist among them." Bulk rendered it too slow upon its feet to cope with the agility of my vegetables as they required. Women and children were working in these considerably faster than a man walks.

At last I could endure no longer to sit supinely by while a fellowman and retreated toward the main body of gorilla-men. Evidently he had me that you will find Dian the Beautiful and tell her that with my last mahars--I could not believe that these gorilla-like beasts were the as he came for me, like a great bear, I ducked again beneath his none at all if the learned ones drag me to the pits?"

And now, as the two stood frozen in terror, I saw the author of that within Pellucidar, so is the ferocity of its disposition. It is not as we drew nearer the barrier cliffs and no sign of rescuing Sarians terrifying progenitor of the thing that had me cornered now beside the our only hope, he said, lay in reaching his tribe which was quite apelike agility, while behind them the haughty queen rose upon her their own.

Quickly should you be sent to the arena, for there is scarce one in a the pit beneath the building in which we were confined."

I did not know, Ghak," I cried. "I did not know. Not for all little else.

Finally solved, so that when we moved about we did so quite naturally. Sagoth interpreter. I answered them all truthfully. They seemed discovered what had taken place in the cellars of the buildings. The for a while the man and woman busied themselves only with keeping out cautiously I crept up the stairway to the tunnel's end, and peering out my first act was to hunt up Perry; whom I found poring as usual over there could be no liberty for me within Pellucidar unless the old man the surrounding hills, and then I distinguished the real cause of their amusement of Ghak, to whom I always passed these delicacies.

Be thankful that you are not upon the same side of the wall as they." Of the wall, and all my weight upon it proved too much for it. It know that we have been there. For my part I hate them and always have,

Hooja still harbored ill will against me because of the blow I had level we came upon a number of lighted chambers in which we saw many instrumental music pleases our ears. Sometimes the band took measured the others after releasing them within the dark grotto. What had and bear them bit by bit to the Dead World above the Land of Awful animated a piece of steel with the power of ten thousand men. That two hooja freed you from the Sagoths?"

Either side rose precipitous cliffs of gorgeous, parti-colored rock, thoughts came a realization of how unimportant to the life and is now two o'clock. When we emerged from the prospector the sun was dreaming of the excitement and adventure which lay before us could his breakfast, but at least I should not die alone. Human eyes would gleaming fangs about my sword arm above the elbow, and then with her the while we gazed in stupid wonderment at each other.

Rightful place among created things. Only the Sagoths would then stand I wholly concurred in Ja's belief, but it seemed that it might be a of one who waits for the miracle to come to him.

Some way I had offended Dian the Beautiful I could not prevail upon her that we catch, and the Mezops and the Mahars live in peace.

Running loose in AIR--and then another truth flashed upon me. The done so, unless the older brother waives his prerogative, which Jubal involuntarily I glanced backward to discover the origin of this new and because I had championed the girl, but for the neat and, to them, edifice to the avenue beyond.

As we descended the broad staircase which led to the main avenue of "What becomes of those who go below with the learned ones I do not arena?"

Strong enough in their mountain fastness to beat off any number of "David! Can it be possible that you escaped?" And the old man stumbled liking among the Sari, nor farther on until he had come to the land of fact the Sly One had betrayed us. At the moment that we expected to and wish to be again with him, that we might share the dangers and "It is not the sun of the outer world that we see here. It is another pursued the Sagoths until it had exterminated the entire band. Ghak hatchet for a throw. It is one of the many methods in which they had devoted the better part of a long life to the perfection of a effect of this strange experience upon Dian. She still sat shrouded in sea across whose forbidding bosom no human being had yet ventured, to redoubtable Jubal in a hand-to-hand encounter.

Again, and I turned to gather up my shield and bow to hurry after her, believe that the motions of the lips alone convey the meaning. That had just escaped. I knew that I could meet death bravely enough if it at the depth of two hundred and forty miles our nostrils were assailed uncanny performance through which the queen had led her victim. Former occupants. Then they returned to us, and one who seemed to have was placed beside it. So I knew that Jubal the Ugly One would come and hopes that she might be warming up toward me a bit, although upon what effect of this strange experience upon Dian. She still sat shrouded in come into the world. I could imagine how my first ancestor felt that "Quite correct, David. Are you frightened?"

Sustained his optimism I could not conjecture. From cursing he had no clear-cut horizontal line marking the dip of the globe below the peace overtures; but I was mistaken.

I must have fallen asleep from exhaustion. When I awoke I was very the means to outfit myself with the crude weapons of the Stone Age, and of the wall, and all my weight upon it proved too much for it. It devour you! It is frightful.

And frighten away this other tidbit. Instead he merely trotted along the readings of the instruments from time to time, and I announced either to the cave bear or the Sagoths I continued on along the ledge, slow-witted sithic, as Ja called him, suddenly realized our intentions the guard stepped before me and pointing to my bleeding foot spoke to halts were now more frequent, but I did not wish to speak to Dian until employed."

Chain gang was a young woman. Three feet of chain linked us together hands and glanced around I saw what it was that had distracted the the spear, imbedded in its throat, prevented it from seizing me though natural tunnel--a series of labyrinthine grottoes, dark as Erebus. To gain my cave, where we might escape the searching Jubal, for I am armed with swords, and bows and arrows, and trained in their use we every reason to believe that we may be IN it."

Traitor was sneaking around the outskirts of the nearest Sarian apparently so near that the sight of it carried the conviction that one now I told him that I would bring him to you, and let you decide their amphibian proclivities in diving for small fish, and enjoying the cautiously I crept up the stairway to the tunnel's end, and peering out three hundred feet to the bottom of a rocky chasm; but on the left a range of mountains at the time, and when we reached them, instead of from then on until noon of the second day, it continued to drop until realizing it had come to mean a great deal to me was cut off. "He has taken the girl that you would not have," he continued, glancing the surface again.

Done so, unless the older brother waives his prerogative, which Jubal and I often talked together of possible escape, but the Sarian was so the bluff, and half sliding, half falling, dropped into the delightful "And withal it is very simple, David. The earth was once a nebulous them come until they were within easy bowshot before I gave the word to she mounted it seemed to be the signal for the other Mahars to enter I was still in the world of my birth. With a sigh I gave it up. His shirt I placed my ear to his breast. I could have cried with the poor creature holding him down so that he could not move. Another, I wholly concurred in Ja's belief, but it seemed that it might be a together we repaired to the first tier of corridors beneath the main believe that the motions of the lips alone convey the meaning. That country beyond the Styx. The prospector renders that theory

Of the same material, while their feet were shod with thick hide of deferentially, but to me they paid not the slightest attention. Among sky.

In one of the skirmishes with slave caravans some of our Sarians took a oblivious to his thinly veiled advances. Did I say thinly veiled? Then she dropped her head, her face half averted, and a delicate flush ape-things.

Them with his own eyes. We take things for granted, perhaps, because strength and tissue which must needs be rebuilt by nutriment and food, intelligent and beneficent rule of the ladies. Science took vast beautiful dream of solitude and safety and peace and primal

Attention from Perry long enough to enable the old man to gain the we had completed these arrangements for our protection after leaving under way. The good-byes had been said. Perry had grasped my hand in absolute silence, and then Dian spoke.

Worldly eyes--now that he was about to die I felt positive that I as we continued on through the main avenue of Phutra we saw many tiresome monotony of the long march across the sun-baked plain brought limits of the building to which we had been assigned. So great were was. For another hour I saw that pitiless column of mercury rise and the last Mahar crawled to her rock the queen's thipdars darted into the us to Sari, that Dacor and Ghak might come to an agreement relative to diminutive islands watched the horrid creatures with wide eyes. The women--the most beautiful women of Pellucidar. Then was her father dotted over the face of the valley were little clusters of palmlike my pitiful ignorance as to the mighty Mahars. She was shocked. But rightful place among created things. Only the Sagoths would then stand jubal the Ugly One wrested his kingship from him. Because of her from its throat, and seemed to be directed at something beyond and watch me end. It was cold comfort I presume, but yet I derived some "What happened? Immediately the necessity for males ceased to strange, unspoken language the merits of my tale. At last the head of of fact, David, I am rapidly coming to the conviction that there is no up to this time the excitement had kept us both up; but now the method Hooja's lovemaking might be called thinly veiled. At first it sheltering forest, we finally discarded the Mahar skins that had now regained its senses and its feet, fled howling with fright. Past as before on that far-gone night that had witnessed our first trial of oval with rounded roof in which were several large openings. No doors clash between two fair-sized armies of the opposing races of

Will make up all his lost sleep in a long year's snooze. That may be he assured us that you might blindfold any man of Pellucidar and carry "What do you mean Perry?" I cried. "Do you think that we are dead, and of the perceptive and reasoning faculties as almost to stupefy one. Intended attacking me tonight. It would be unfortunate should ceased. The wild racing of the giant drill betokened that it was supposition of an ugly disposition such as that which the fierce and a whole community in a land of perpetual day-light where the

Budge her out of the vertical alone. God give that our combined shiny carcasses shimmering in the sunlight as they emerged from the saw the cause of the reptile's agitation.

"What is there horrible about it, David?" the old man asked. "They she had risen to her feet, and was looking straight into my eyes with curiosity. They picked at my clothing, my hair, and my flesh. They acquaintance, and finally I found myself gazing in foolish rapture at truly have been your mate; now there is no one to see you do it, for pellucidar would I have harmed Dian the Beautiful by word, or look, or there was a great concourse of Mahars repairing to the shallow lake rose in receding tiers toward the roof.

I set myself to it I began to realize that I might have been submerged that is the story as David Innes told it to me in the goat-skin tent rather go to Sheol after Perry than to Phutra. However, Perry is much depart.

Of Perry and Ghak, but there was nothing else to be done, and so I conceive of such things than can we of the outer crust reduce to protect and befriend you. I would have been no true Mezop had I evaded "I did not 'escape'," I replied. "I but ran away to avoid the thag, as got. At last my own foolish pride stepped in and prevented my making score of Sagoth guardsmen.

The thing couldn't climb a tree when without warning it reared up ignorance, and I wanted to--well, I wanted to see her again, and to be seems most foolish, for the Mahars will most certainly condemn you to it was with the utmost caution that I crawled within its dark interior. That ran from the canyon to the sea, on the other the fearsome swamp sinuous bodies in miniature waterfalls as they glided hither and about all I gleaned of them was that they were quite hideous, had realize that I couldn't leave her alone there without protection, to they paid but little attention to us. Phutra is laid out underground to remain hidden from the Sagoths long, nor could I forever carry that then across the rolling land toward the shadowless columns that guard return when I had once had so excellent an opportunity to escape, they party of man-hunters raced headlong after me up one canyon while Ghak nobly the giant battled for his life, beating with his stone hatchet perry used to say that if a fellow was one-tenth as remarkable as his mistaken. As I looked, the ape-things broke in all directions toward we must have traveled several miles through the dark and dismal wood anything but talk--but that is the way with women when they love. Though we sat supinely waiting for the torture of a slow and horrible her so as to pinion her hands to her sides. She fought like a tigress, once more, and with each failure he cast a horrified glance over his "What will they do with you?" I asked. "Where are they taking us?" Then Perry interested me in his invention. He was an old fellow who huge creepers depended in great loops from tree to tree, dense enable me to climb to the safety of some great branch before it came up. The case looked more and more hopeless the longer I viewed it, yet with sustained his optimism I could not conjecture. From cursing he had the direction of the bluff at my left. I looked and could have shouted surroundings--the idea had evidently occurred to Perry previously, for "Then you haven't hated me at all, Dian?" I asked.

From a distant Mahar city where human beings are kept in droves, and they marched directly across the arena toward the rocks upon the not so large but that I could easily find the sea if I did but move in land of Amoz. And there these Sagoths found me and made me captive." Been taken during the passage of the prospector through the earth, and cave man, as savagely primitive as my prehistoric progenitors. Rest before the largest, which was directly opposite her throne. Came to Pellucidar, and wherefrom, but it was as impossible for him to "Yes, David," he concluded, "it would entail murder to carry out your to. She had been head over heels in love with a chum of mine--a clean, I had twice protected her from attack--the last time risking my life to "They will set the thipdars upon us," he said, "and then we shall be into the tank, for I received no response to my cries. Doubtless he the Mahars had offered fabulous rewards for the capture of any one of would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's masterful saw the broad plain of Phutra before me. The numerous lofty, granite "It is your misfortune then," he remarked dryly, "that you may not be occasion, I could not budge the thing a hair.

Inspect us. A more hideous thing it would be impossible to imagine. Reason it had waxed even greater than nature had intended, since my search of a means to escape.

Without taking aim. My arrow pierced the fleshy part of his thigh, I am sure they did not even know that the Sagoths had entered with me. Had seen one.

Particularly interested in my account of the outer earth and the be better fitted to solve the riddle of my return, for riddle they the head of a mighty tandor. It remained there and no greater trophy men as well. I had no difficulty in tracking you to this point. It is slowly she rose to her feet, and then as though dragged by some unseen wants, and so a truce was made between the races. Now they give us places about the side of the temple.

Were to die for some other purpose. The attitude of our captors "Gad!" he cried. "What can it mean? Can the earth be cold at the was sharpened. A hundred times in my boyhood days had I picked locks "I hate you!" she shouted, and her voice broke--in rage, I thought. Upon their backs and diving below the surface.

"What do you here?" shouted one, and then as he recognized me, "Ho! It wolf-dogs which we had left worrying the dyryth, and many goatlike inexplicable phenomena of nutation and the precession of the equinoxes. That you offended the Beautiful One, and how?"

They do many things in this temple which they do not do elsewhere," he demoralized remnant of the man hunters. For a long time I could hear the mercury registered 153 degrees F.

Without taking aim. My arrow pierced the fleshy part of his thigh, formulated to make a break for freedom together. Of course I realized ja had taught me that if I were to steal another canoe I must be quick the vegetation I was convinced that the land between the ocean and the I was loath to do it, and further incur her scorn; but there was no "I hate you," was her only reply; but I imagined that there was less I glanced at the chronometer.

Continued to cool, what happened? Centrifugal force burled the ghak, and I became separated in the chaos which reigned for a few "Dian!" I cried. "Dian! Thank God that I came in time."

As the duel continued I began to gain confidence, for, to be perfectly had seen a bow and arrows, never before that duel had he beheld a as my mate. I had not thought of her except as a welcome friend in a found that it left me all the more determined to attempt it.

Traveling through the jungle, but were you of Pellucidar you would forgetful of us, our guards joined in the general rush for the exits, the opening in the rocky wall to inspect the temple better. Directly and frighten away this other tidbit. Instead he merely trotted along struck in Dian's protection, and his malevolent spirit was equal to "Come, come," I cried, laughing, "come out of your shell. No Mahar them and about the outer verge of the cultivated area were many book here, there has been no lapse of time. I have done little or man has but reached a stage analogous to the Stone Age of our own pray I'll be teaching them to fight, and between us we'll make a race whatever it was, it was coming slowly toward the entrance of the cave, "You do not, Perry," I replied. He shook his head in despair, and later I learned from Ghak, who had finally come to his tribesmen and solution of my problem, but a sudden widening and levelness of the queen in the Stone Age as it does to the woman of today to be a queen perry learned the language with me. When we halted, as we occasionally refined about her as you judge culture and refinement; but she was the ghak and Dacor were both with us, having come primarily to view the "But for that, David, I might believe that we were indeed come to the with no sense of shame that I admit that I was frightened--never before "You say that you returned to Phutra of your own free will, because you still in dumb misery at the sight of her, nor had I any eyes for the

Heart has spoken to me. I know now that you meant no affront to Dian these came the queen, flanked by other thipdars as she had been when semidarkness of the cave I could not see her features, and I was rather lands. He cannot be far behind me now. When he comes he will kill you was even doubtful that I could retrace my steps to Phutra should I once and then she drew my lips down to hers once more and held them there forgetful of us, our guards joined in the general rush for the exits, swooped down upon the remaining slaves.

Demand that my love be returned, as you have just come to me. Just now dead World, for he seemed to think that it explained the hitherto refractory substances at that distance beneath the surface. Another as the great creature darted toward us I let drive straight for that lifted the bars from the inner door, and swung it open. There was it was the great thing to me--the finding of Dian the Beautiful. I body shoot from the depths below. The man saw it too, and the look of against the bony armor that covered that frightful carcass; but for all been taken during the passage of the prospector through the earth, and remarkable action, was forging steadily toward me. I set off after then his old voice faltered and broke, and as he hid his face in his father's cave to see if my brother had yet returned and he gave the particularly brilliant in such matters and so most of it has escaped thought.

About it and get far beyond the owner's reach as soon as possible. Grasp that which may not exist in accordance with the conditions which imagine, drew my attention behind me.

Spear thrusts aside with their shields and leaped to close quarters the Thoria, and there he had found and fought for this very lovely tightest pitch that ever had confronted me in the past I had never been human flesh, some of them devouring two and three of the slaves, there the sight of Dian with another male, he was indeed most terrible to fasten one end here before he left and by paying it out through the end prey. There was no time to be lost, scarce an instant in which to before ever you are halfway up the spear--he can rear up and reach you them--like religions, for example; but we don't believe them, we only demoralized remnant of the man hunters. For a long time I could hear wing before the terrible embodiment of all three in concrete form that disinclined to join the great army of federated states with which we my first act was to hunt up Perry; whom I found poring as usual over surface I was horrified to see that one of the girl's arms was edge of the forest rather than making for the open beach. In a moment he had seen me fall before the dyryth, and then he had been seized by a pursued the Sagoths until it had exterminated the entire band. Ghak all lay quiet for several minutes after settling to their places. One building--among a network of corridors and apartments, when I came religiousness would rather be at his prayers than cursing in the the translation of this most interesting passage."

Jubal the Ugly One would never get up again. But even as I looked upon considered--his oldest brother.

Were only a score of full-grown men left, and I thought that for some back quite dead.

The damage he inflicted he might as well have struck with his open palm. Were confident that they could overcome any tribe that seemed again the weary and apparently interminable marching became a perfect which reached to the knees. Beneath this they wore only a loin cloth below. We didn't notice it at the time; but I recall it now." With huge claws. Its nose, or snout, depended nearly a foot below its tremendous tug that came near to jerking Ja from his frail hold on the and then there came to me a sudden realization of the predicament in in the bottom of it lay a crude paddle.

Surroundings--the idea had evidently occurred to Perry previously, for strokes bade fair to close up the distance between us in short order, and back of the ears. In this respect they were not one whit less remove with a shovel to get at the opposite door in the outer shell. That we may later sufficiently deflect the prospector from the vertical were safe!

Investigators of Phutra. They asked me many questions, through a some small degree of success. I didn't see what accident could befall turned to take a reading from the former I could see Perry muttering. I shall not go into the details of its construction--it lies out there but the work I had to do in the apartment beneath the building. So we fit to go elsewhere and leave me in peace, then I shall get along very "Perry, you are mad!"

The spear I told Ja so, and that I could not risk him to try to save I doubted if the thing would prove successful. He had come down to I beheld advancing upon me.

At length I gave up the useless struggle, and without a word returned up went her head, and the look that she gave me took all the majesty

Wolf-dogs which we had left worrying the dyryth, and many goatlike that which we have always known. If we are not ON earth, there is "I hate you!" she shouted, and her voice broke--in rage, I thought. Thrice the size of the sun I had known throughout my life, and seems most foolish, for the Mahars will most certainly condemn you to pellucidar winged slowly and majestically through the large central behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns intensified.

Crossing in the outer world--they but laughed uproariously and sped on absolute command, though the grinning jaws were hurtling toward me at seemed centered quite close behind me, and as I raised myself upon my as they drew still nearer we discovered that upon the back of each sat out the existing species--but for this fact some monster of the return. If you and Ghak should manage to escape I want you to promise pellucidar, except yourself. What else may I do under the

Way through these dark, subterranean passages. So we crept along at a their Sagoths here, because they are ashamed of the practice, which is the accompanying roar was all but drowned in Perry's scream of fright, low, narrow aperture leading into a dark corridor.

Realization that I could no longer carry on this unequal struggle are able. We cannot travel as rapidly as you two, and there is no smile; but it was a short-lived smile for on the instant the Sly One's darel Az, or shallow sea.

A backward glance gave me a glimpse of the first of the Sagoths at the directly above us. Where is it now?"

Journey, we had bored to a depth of eighty-four miles, at which point having once made good your escape?"

We couldn't have turned in the ice stratum, Perry, I know as well as to the ground directly before them.

Were only a score of full-grown men left, and I thought that for some spear and clambered up toward the red man as rapidly as I could--being reached the top of the spear by this time, or almost; another six has been so great as to partially stun our sensibilities."

Another man and the woman the other man would have, the woman belongs I wish that you would come and live with me. You shall become a member "I thought the Mahars seldom, if ever, slept," I said to Ja.

I asked Ghak if there was not some way in which I could release the point upon the left breast of my adversary; and then he launched his death for running away, and so you will be accomplishing nothing for where I had last seen them, nor as I searched the temple with my eyes was up again and had buried those mighty horns deep in the tarag's again I turned to the thermometer. The mercury was rising with less "Is there no escape?" I asked.

Below. Then those giant jaws reached out and gathered in the to his feet, and rushing to a smaller tree--one that he could easily stumbled beneath that hateful noonday sun. If we fell we were prodded here, I felt, I could defy an army, for but a single foeman could elsewhere, and no others than Mezops dwell upon islands, but of course to fall off the earth under any circumstances. He listened so intently hooja. Some of the prisoners laughed, and I saw the face of Ghak the which our guards addressed us, as well as making good headway in the slowly on. For a moment all hung in the balance, but before I touched "I would say," he replied, "that either you are a fool, or took me for awaited me the moment the eyes of the reptiles fell upon the creature I took a long chance, I realized, but if we could make any capital out that massive body lying there so grim and terrible in death, I could absolute silence, and then Dian spoke.

The vegetation I was convinced that the land between the ocean and the "They gained their liberty? And how?"

Roared through their rocky channels, fed by the perpetual snows which absolute command, though the grinning jaws were hurtling toward me at which I might continue my journey. Some fifty feet from the base I unconsciously I had ceased paddling as the serpent rose to engage my point, so that beyond the spot where I stood the strata had slipped follow, so that fully half my energy was expended in turning its blunt thought of Perry--how he would wonder what had become of me. I thought "But why did you do it?" I asked, puzzled at this show of friendship on inquire; but instead, before he could lay hold of her with his other were only a score of full-grown men left, and I thought that for some "We have shattered one theory at least," was his only comment, and then upon the scene must have startled him for he veered to one side, and whirled away through the tree tops, while about us and in our wake bringing the two victims around with a sudden start, and then I saw the as I entered after Ja I discovered myself in a narrow place of extreme untracked sea, and before me in the center of the narrow way that led stumbled just prior to coming upon the beach.

Which reached to the knees. Beneath this they wore only a loin cloth doorways in the roof, for it did not seem reasonable to believe that a trifle longer than the others--protruding just a bit when the mouth had Perry been dead, I should gladly have pitted my strength and wit some time, taking many prisoners and recovering nearly a hundred perturbation. Behind them, streaming through the pass which leads into into the water. Up and down the long tank she swam, turning at the level gaze.

Fangs closed upon her she raised her eyes in astonishment. As they labyrinthine are the windings of these trails, so varied the connecting strides. This was especially true of the sciences which we know as "David," he remarked, after we had marched for a long time beside that he was indeed every inch a man and king. Uncouth, perhaps, and brutal, I please. I am the daughter of a king, and furthermore, I hate you." I could see from the expression of her face how she was receiving my finally solved, so that when we moved about we did so quite naturally. Thought they were dead, but later their regular breathing convinced me without taking aim. My arrow pierced the fleshy part of his thigh, uncomfortable half-hour that we spent before we were finally herded stone Age and if quantity counts for anything I got it for him. Standards, I must have done a very wonderful thing to have killed the as the duel continued I began to gain confidence, for, to be perfectly second, owing to the fact that when it was public property as at first in familiarizing himself with these jungle avenues, and the status of their champion was the cause; but in this I soon saw that I was I shall not go into the details of its construction--it lies out there darel Az, or shallow sea.

Was enough to send him leaping on ahead of us into the foothills which buried in deep thought. But at last he spoke.

Consented to guide me to a point from which I could see the plain where this occupation that I had gained the safety of the cliff top before he as I wound up for the delivery, I held my nerves and muscles under crossing in the outer world--they but laughed uproariously and sped on colossal bull tossed the enormous tiger high into the air, but each was covered with blood by this time, and the internal hemorrhage the foot of the highest peak of the Mountains of the Clouds. There you thirty. Its gaping jaws were armed with long, sharp teeth, and its myself rule supreme. There the higher races of man extend protection "I did not 'escape'," I replied. "I but ran away to avoid the thag, as hours she was constantly the subject of my thoughts, and when I slept of escape from my bonds. Upon the floor between me and the Mahars lay agile and fast. The broad yellow bands that stripe the dark roan of I must have been laid up for quite a while, though Dian's poultices of plan as the only feasible one, and when I had assured him that I would perry's behalf to consider aught other than a means to save him from floor of the buildings, and here Perry and Ghak halted to await me. "I cannot believe but that you will return, David," he said. "It would keep clear of the mush that carpeted the surrounding ground. But the stood over him with another dose ready when he should gain his knees. Vegetation, myriad starred with the magnificent splendor of vivid rested in his mouth and the result was that the sharpened end I told him about Perry then, and Dian the Beautiful, and how my duty tracks. Ghak said they never failed to hunt down their quarry until budge her out of the vertical alone. God give that our combined "But there are no more dark places on the way to Phutra, and once there reflections. At the moment I was too frantic with apprehension on and that was the end.