The solar eighth ray would be absorbed by the surface of
Barsoom, but the Barsoomian eighth ray, which tends to propel light
from Mars into space, is constantly streaming out from the planet
constituting a force of repulsion of gravity which when confined is
able to lift enormous weights from the surface of the ground.
It is this ray which has enabled them to so perfect aviation that
battle ships far outweighing anything known upon Earth sail as
gracefully and lightly through the thin air of Barsoom as a toy balloon
in the heavy atmosphere of Earth.
During the early years of the discovery of this ray many strange
accidents occurred before the Martians learned to measure and control
the wonderful power they had found. In one instance, some nine hundred
years before, the first great battle ship to be built with eighth ray
reservoirs was stored with too great a quantity of the rays and she had
sailed up from Helium with five hundred officers and men, never to
Her power of repulsion for the planet was so great that it had carried
her far into space, where she can be seen today, by the aid of powerful
telescopes, hurtling through the heavens ten thousand miles from Mars;
a tiny satellite that will thus encircle Barsoom to the end of time.
The fourth day after my arrival at Zodanga I made my first flight, and
as a result of it I won a promotion which included quarters in the
palace of Than Kosis.
As I rose above the city I circled several times, as I had seen Kantos
Kan do, and then throwing my engine into top speed I raced at terrific
velocity toward the south, following one of the great waterways which
enter Zodanga from that direction.
I had traversed perhaps two hundred miles in a little less than an hour
when I descried far below me a party of three green warriors racing
madly toward a small figure on foot which seemed to be trying to reach
the confines of one of the walled fields.
Dropping my machine rapidly toward them, and circling to the rear of
the warriors, I soon saw that the object of their pursuit was a red
Martian wearing the metal of the scout squadron to which I was
attached. A short distance away lay his tiny flier, surrounded by the
tools with which he had evidently been occupied in repairing some
damage when surprised by the green warriors.
They were now almost upon him; their flying mounts charging down on the
relatively puny figure at terrific
A heavy sea and the excellent seamanship of the master of the Brazilian permitted the Pan-American to escape and report this last of a long series of outrages upon our commerce.Page 6
"The wireless, sir!" he cried.Page 12
But there will be no change in commanding officers, in routine or in discipline, until after we have docked again in New York.Page 13
But, for some reason which I could not then account, I was strangely overcome by a premonition of personal misfortune.Page 15
" Taylor and Delcarte seized the spirit of my mood but Snider, I think, was a trifle sceptical.Page 16
To the end of my days I must remain in exile.Page 18
"Come, men!" I said.Page 23
For some reason I could not trust Snider alone.Page 26
Marriage is unknown among them, and while they have the word, mother, they did not know what I meant by "father.Page 35
But I am forgetting the continuity of my narrative--a continuity which I desire to maintain, though I fear that I shall often be led astray, so numerous and varied are the bypaths of speculation which lead from the present day story of the Grabritins into the mysterious past of their forbears.Page 40
Just a few days ago my mind had been filled with the anticipation of the friendly welcome I should find among the cultured Englishmen of London.Page 47
But presently we came upon a district where shattered walls still raised their crumbling tops in sad silence above the grass-grown sepulchers of their fallen fellows.Page 48
It may have been the palace of your sires, Victory.Page 54
With others, I have laughed at the assertions of the savants that modern man is a cold and passionless creation in comparison with the males of former ages--in a word, that love, as the one grand passion, had ceased to exist.Page 58
His whole attitude proclaimed that he was startled by something beyond him that I could not see.Page 60
I suggested that we cross the Channel and ascertain if we could not discover a more enlightened and civilized people upon the continent.Page 73
There lay another world to conquer.Page 83
"Thank God that you are safe!" And I approached her, a greater gladness in my heart than I had felt since the moment that I knew the Coldwater must be swept beyond thirty.Page 87
War razed the works of man--war and pestilence razed man.Page 88
His eloquent appeal--not for himself, but for me--is historic, as are its results.