Leaping and scrambling over the rocks, they plunged into the mouths of the caves and disappeared.
In the hurry and confusion it had happened that all had not gained their own caves.
It was not until we had passed through seven caves
of different sizes and varying but little in the power and quality of their stenches that we met with any physical opposition.
But the arrows of the invaders were taking a much heavier toll than the nooses of the defenders and I fore-saw that it was but a matter of time before Hooja's forces must conquer unless the brute-men changed their tactics, or the cave
men tired of the battle.
But some time after she reached our cave
she heard voices from the far recesses within, and immediately concluded that we had but found another entrance to the caves
which the Band-lu occupied upon the other face of the cliff.
If every living thing were swept from the country the future explorer would find upon the walls of these caves
ample evidence of the strange fauna--the dinosaurs, iguanodons, and fish lizards--which had lived so recently upon earth.
And verily, we spake and thought long enough together ere Zarathustra came home to his cave
, for me not to be unaware that we ARE different.
That he could see me in the dim light of the cave
I was sure for the early morning sun was falling full upon me through the opening.
It is true that the beast who owned them might be standing upon a ledge within the cave
, or that it might be rearing up upon its hind legs; but I had seen enough of the monsters of Pellucidar to know that I might be facing some new and frightful Titan whose dimensions and ferocity eclipsed those of any I had seen before.
Before day-dawn, Judge Thatcher and the handful of searchers with him were tracked out, in the cave
, by the twine clews they had strung behind them, and informed of the great news.
When the people heard this resolve of his, they came and told him there was a pitiless dragon in human disguise in the Haunted Cave
, a dread creature which no knight had yet been bold enough to face, and begged him to rid the land of its desolating presence.
And afterwards, as they sat at night by the fire in the cave
they spoke together.