CHAPTER V
SURPRISES

BUT AT LAST the allotted moment arrived -- the moment for which I had been trying to prepare myself, for how long I could not even guess. A great Sagoth came and spoke some words of command to those who watched over me. I was jerked roughly to my feet and with little consideration hustled upward toward the higher levels.

Out into the broad avenue they conducted me, where, amid huge throngs of Mahars, Sagoths, and heavily guarded slaves, I was led, or, rather, pushed and shoved roughly, along in the same direction that the mob moved. I had seen such a concourse of people once before in the buried city of Phutra; I guessed, and rightly, that we were bound for the great arena where slaves who are condemned to death meet their end.

Into the vast amphitheater they took me, stationing me at the extreme end of the arena. The queen came, with her slimy, sickening retinue. The seats were filled. The show was about to commence.

Then, from a little doorway in the opposite end of the structure, a girl was led into the arena. She was at a considerable distance from me. I could not see her features.

I wondered what fate awaited this other poor victim and myself, and why they had chosen to have us die together. My own fate, or rather, my thought of it, was submerged in the natural pity I felt for this lone girl, doomed to die horribly beneath the child, cruel eyes of her awful captors. Of what crime could she be guilty that she must expiate it in the dreaded arena?

As I stood thus thinking, another door, this time at one of the long sides of the arena, was thrown open, and into the theater of death slunk a mighty tarag, the huge cave tiger of the Stone Age. At my sides were my revolvers. My captors

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  • By the Author of "Tarzan" 1
  • Title Page 3
  • Prolog 5
  • Chapter I - Lost on Pellucidar 12
  • Chapter II - Traveling with Terror 22
  • Chapter IV - Friendship and Treachery 32
  • Chapter V - Surprises 53
  • Chapter VI - A Pendent World 63
  • Chapter VIII - Captive 73
  • Chapter IX - Hooja's Cutthroats Appear 92
  • Chapter XI - Escape 101
  • Chapter XII - Kidnaped! 110
  • Chapter XIII - Racing for Life 130
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