Helium," he said, "but I do not recall your name."
And then I told him my story as I have written it here, omitting only
any reference to my love for Dejah Thoris. He was much excited by the
news of Helium's princess and seemed quite positive that she and Sola
could easily have reached a point of safety from where they left me.
He said that he knew the place well because the defile through which
the Warhoon warriors had passed when they discovered us was the only
one ever used by them when marching to the south.
"Dejah Thoris and Sola entered the hills not five miles from a great
waterway and are now probably quite safe," he assured me.
My fellow prisoner was Kantos Kan, a padwar (lieutenant) in the navy of
Helium. He had been a member of the ill-fated expedition which had
fallen into the hands of the Tharks at the time of Dejah Thoris'
capture, and he briefly related the events which followed the defeat of
Badly injured and only partially manned they had limped slowly toward
Helium, but while passing near the city of Zodanga, the capital of
Helium's hereditary enemies among the red men of Barsoom, they had been
attacked by a great body of war vessels and all but the craft to which
Kantos Kan belonged were either destroyed or captured. His vessel was
chased for days by three of the Zodangan war ships but finally escaped
during the darkness of a moonless night.
Thirty days after the capture of Dejah Thoris, or about the time of our
coming to Thark, his vessel had reached Helium with about ten survivors
of the original crew of seven hundred officers and men. Immediately
seven great fleets, each of one hundred mighty war ships, had been
dispatched to search for Dejah Thoris, and from these vessels two
thousand smaller craft had been kept out continuously in futile search
for the missing princess.
Two green Martian communities had been wiped off the face of Barsoom by
the avenging fleets, but no trace of Dejah Thoris had been found. They
had been searching among the northern hordes, and only within the past
few days had they extended their quest to the south.
Kantos Kan had been detailed to one of the small one-man fliers and had
had the misfortune to be discovered by the Warhoons while exploring
their city. The bravery and daring of the man won my greatest respect
and admiration. Alone he had landed at the city's boundary and on foot
A world of adults! It was impossible.Page 7
It was all that I needed to realize that Bowen had exaggerated nothing in his manuscript.Page 15
And remembering that I read in Bowen's manuscript that Galu seemed to indicate a higher type of man, I answered by pointing to myself and repeating the word.Page 17
Our journey so far had been beset with constant danger, as is every journey in this frightful land.Page 18
As soon as she grasped my meaning, she assented with the Caspakian equivalent of an affirmative nod, and then touching my rifle, motioned me to follow her to the river.Page 25
The effect upon the Bo-lu was electrical.Page 44
I do not care to kill men with whom I have no quarrel.Page 46
"Is she mad that she follows me thus?" In another moment the young woman stopped, panting, before us.Page 49
"Ah, but could we once get a start, I am.Page 52
I felt that I was lost.Page 57
"Will they invade the country of Jor my father?" "The younger Kro-lu favor the plan," replied the warrior, "since they believe they will thus become Galus immediately.Page 60
I wished only to detain him that he may be feasted tonight in the village of Al-tan the Kro-lu.Page 61
"I am glad," he said, "that I do not dwell in your country among such savage peoples.Page 67
Al-tan followed him, and it was evident that both were angry.Page 76
It never occurred to me that Nobs had made the crossing at least once, possibly a greater number of times, and that he might lead me to the pass; and so it was with no idea of assistance that I appealed to him as a man alone with a dumb brute so often does.Page 78
I was surprised that even a man of the Stone Age should be so lacking in military perspicacity.Page 79
The arrow caught the doe full in the side, and in the same moment Nobs was after her.Page 80
On the second day of my experience of the Galu country I came upon a bunch of as magnificent horses as it has ever been my lot to see.Page 83
Rearing and struggling, he fought for his liberty while Nobs, panting and with lolling tongue, came and threw himself down near me.Page 88
Into these holes the iron rods brought as a part of our equipment and for just this purpose were inserted, extending about a foot beyond the face of the rock, across these two rods a plank was laid, and then the next shift, mounting to the new level, bored two more holes five feet above the new platform, and so on.