By Edgar Rice Burroughs
While the inventor Perry fires up his burrowing prospector, it runs uncontrolled, plunging him together with his younger protege into the centre of the earth. There, rather than being destroyed via the molten lava they anticipate finding, they observe an internal international of surprising savagery and unearthly good looks. the following amazing dinosaurs nonetheless roam along beasts by no means visible on the planet above. And to their horror, they locate themselves unexpectedly enslaved in a land the place people are governed via the reptilian and evilly clever Mahars. some of the most profound early affects at the technological know-how fiction and fable style, Edgar Rice Burroughs is now most renowned for his Tarzan sequence, even if he wrote many stories that experience captured the imaginations of generations of readers, together with the Martian adventures of the Barsoom series, the Pellucidar series, of which this quantity is the 1st, and the tales of Carson on Venus.
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I once heard a pirate swear, but his best efforts would have seemed like those of a tyro alongside of Perry's masterful and scientific imprecations. Once more I tried my hand at the wheel, but I might as well have essayed to swing the earth itself. At my suggestion Perry stopped the generator, and as we came to rest I again threw all my strength into a supreme effort to move the thing even a hair's breadth--but the results were as barren as when we had been traveling at top speed. I shook my head sadly, and motioned to the starting lever.
Chapter IV DIAN THE BEAUTIFUL When our guards aroused us from sleep we were much refreshed. They gave us food. Strips of dried meat it was, but it put new life and strength into us, so that now we too marched with high-held heads, and took noble strides. At least I did, for I was young and proud; but poor Perry hated walking. On earth I had often seen him call a cab to travel a square--he was paying for it now, and his old legs wobbled so that I put my arm about him and half carried him through the balance of those frightful marches.
If you ever get back to the outer world you will find that the geologists and paleontologists will be the first to set you down a liar, for they know that no such creatures as they restore ever existed. It is all right to IMAGINE them as existing in an equally imaginary epoch--but now? " At the next halt Hooja the Sly One managed to find enough slack chain to permit him to worm himself back quite close to Dian. We were all standing, and as he edged near the girl she turned her back upon him in such a truly earthly feminine manner that I could scarce repress a smile; but it was a short-lived smile for on the instant the Sly One's hand fell upon the girl's bare arm, jerking her roughly toward him.