And a moment later, amidst a cloud of dust, the raiders were galloping madly across the plain, and out from the concealment of the reeds along the river, crept a party of black warriors toward the spot where the golden ingots of Opar lay piled on the ground.
"Go your way, then," he growled, "leaving the pouch in plain sight behind you.
At early dawn they scrutinized the surrounding plain, to discover whether any enemies had been lurking about during the night; not a foot-print, however, was to be discovered in the coarse gravel with which the plain was covered.
It was not until the next day that they discovered a pair of fine bulls on the edge of the plain, among rocks and ravines.
The valley of the Rio Negro, broad as it is, has merely been excavated out of the sandstone plain; for immediately above the bank on which the town stands, a level country commences, which is interrupted only by a few trifling valleys and depressions.
It is situated on a high part of the plain; and hence is a landmark visible at a great distance.
We arrived at this happy place about noon, and the next day at evening left those fanning winds, and woods flourishing with unfading verdure, for the dismal barrenness of the vast uninhabitable plains
, from which Abyssinia is supplied with salt.
My first impulse was to await darkness before attempting to cross the plain
, so deeply implanted are habits of thought; but of a sudden I recollected the perpetual noonday brilliance which envelopes Pellucidar, and with a smile I stepped forth into the day-light.
With a flap of his great, black wings he shot downward, circling toward the plain
Now the great salt plain
stretched before his eyes, and the distant belt of savage mountains, without a sign anywhere of plant or tree, which might indicate the presence of moisture.
Toward the south, the plain
was very flat, without one elevation, without one projection.
Some may gradually become pastoral hordes, like those rude and migratory people, half shepherd, half warrior, who, with their flocks and herds, roam the plains
of upper Asia; but others, it is to be apprehended, will become predatory bands, mounted on the fleet steeds of the prairies, with the open plains
for their marauding grounds, and the mountains for their retreats and lurking-places.