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Chapter 15. Conquest And Peace
The fleet sailed directly for Hooja's island, coming to anchor at its north-eastern
extremity before the flat- topped hill that had been Hooja's stronghold. I sent one of the
prisoners ashore to demand an immediate sur- render; but as he told me afterward they
wouldn't be- lieve all that he told them, so they congregated on the cliff-top and shot
futile arrows at us.
In reply I had five of the feluccas cannonade them. When they scampered away at the
sound of the terrific explosions, and at sight of the smoke and the iron balls I landed a
couple of hundred red warriors and led them to the opposite end of the hill into the tunnel
that ran to its summit. Here we met a little resistance; but a volley from the muzzle-
loaders turned back those who disputed our right of way, and presently we gained the
mesa. Here again we met resistance, but at last the remnant of Hooja's horde surrendered.
Juag was with me, and I lost no time in returning to him and his tribe the hilltop that had
been their an- cestral home for ages until they were robbed of it by Hooja. I created a
kingdom of the island, making Juag king there. Before we sailed I went to Gr-gr-gr, chief
of the beast-men, taking Juag with me. There the three of us arranged a code of laws that
would permit the brute- folk and the human beings of the island to live in peace and
harmony. Gr-gr-gr sent his son with me back to Sari, capital of my empire, that he might
learn the ways of the human beings. I have hopes of turning this race into the greatest
agriculturists of Pellucidar.
When I returned to the fleet I found that one of the islanders of Juag's tribe, who had been
absent when we arrived, had just returned from the mainland with the news that a great
army was encamped in the Land of Awful Shadow, and that they were threatening
Thuria. I lost no time in weighing anchors and setting out for the continent, which we
reached after a short and easy voyage.
From the deck of the Amoz I scanned the shore through the glasses that Perry had
brought with him. When we were close enough for the glasses to be of value I saw that
there was indeed a vast concourse of warriors entirely encircling the walled-village of
Goork, chief of the Thurians. As we approached smaller objects became distinguishable.
It was then that I discovered numerous flags and pennants floating above the army of the
I called Perry and passed the glasses to him.
"Ghak of Sari," I said.
Perry looked through the lenses of a moment, and then turned to me with a smile.
"The red, white, and blue of the empire," he said. "It is indeed your majesty's army."