This calling back and forth continued for some time, but they were too cautious to come out of their caves and descend to the ground.
I was knocked backward fully a dozen feet before I fetched up against the ground, and I remember, half-stunned, even as the blow was struck, hearing the wild uproar of clucking and shrieking laughter that arose from the caves.
Here in the dim light of their subterranean home the value of their great eyes was apparent, for these inner caves are shrouded in perpetual gloom that is but little less than utter darkness.
He rubbed his cheek against mine in a final caress, and a moment later was speeding through the Carrion Caves toward the outer world.
At my words the others of the first line, who had been interested spectators of my tactics, seized upon great boulders or bits of rock, whichever came first to their hands, and, without, waiting for a command from Gr-gr-gr, deluged the terrified cave men with a perfect avalanche of stone.
Gr-gr-gr was standing beside me when the last of the cave men disappeared in rapid flight down the valley.
Her first act was to beckon me to follow her outside, and there she pointed to the explanation of our rescue from the bear--a huge saber-tooth tiger, its fine coat and its flesh torn to ribbons, lying dead a few paces from our cave, and beside it, equally mangled, and disemboweled, was the carcass of a huge cave-bear.
We found a tiny cave in the rock bank, so hidden away that only chance could direct a beast of prey to it, and after we had eaten of the deer-meat and some fruit which Ajor gathered, we crawled into the little hole, and with sticks and stones which I had gathered for the purpose I erected a strong barricade inside the entrance.
It was on the third day after our forming our camp near the Indian caves
that the tragedy occurred.
Thus spake the conscientious one; but Zarathustra, who had just come back into his cave
and had heard and divined the last discourse, threw a handful of roses to the conscientious one, and laughed on account of his "truths.
Suddenly a low but distinct moaning sound issued from the recesses of the cave
behind me, and, as it reached the ears of the Indians, they turned and fled in terror, panic-stricken.
Whatever it was, it was coming slowly toward the entrance of the cave
, and now, deep and forbidding, it uttered a low and ominous growl.
Three days and nights of toil and hunger in the cave
were not to be shaken off at once, as Tom and Becky soon discovered.
As he drew nearer, he discerned the black mouth of the cave
In the wall of rock is a cave
, and in the cave
you will find the bones of a man.