to attempt the return
voyage. He would have to pilot his own craft, however, as these frail
vessels are not intended to convey but a single person.
Quickly completing the repairs we rose together into the still,
cloudless Martian sky, and at great speed and without further mishap
returned to Zodanga.
As we neared the city we discovered a mighty concourse of civilians and
troops assembled upon the plain before the city. The sky was black
with naval vessels and private and public pleasure craft, flying long
streamers of gay-colored silks, and banners and flags of odd and
My companion signaled that I slow down, and running his machine close
beside mine suggested that we approach and watch the ceremony, which,
he said, was for the purpose of conferring honors on individual
officers and men for bravery and other distinguished service. He then
unfurled a little ensign which denoted that his craft bore a member of
the royal family of Zodanga, and together we made our way through the
maze of low-lying air vessels until we hung directly over the jeddak of
Zodanga and his staff. All were mounted upon the small domestic bull
thoats of the red Martians, and their trappings and ornamentation bore
such a quantity of gorgeously colored feathers that I could not but be
struck with the startling resemblance the concourse bore to a band of
the red Indians of my own Earth.
One of the staff called the attention of Than Kosis to the presence of
my companion above them and the ruler motioned for him to descend. As
they waited for the troops to move into position facing the jeddak the
two talked earnestly together, the jeddak and his staff occasionally
glancing up at me. I could not hear their conversation and presently
it ceased and all dismounted, as the last body of troops had wheeled
into position before their emperor. A member of the staff advanced
toward the troops, and calling the name of a soldier commanded him to
advance. The officer then recited the nature of the heroic act which
had won the approval of the jeddak, and the latter advanced and placed
a metal ornament upon the left arm of the lucky man.
Ten men had been so decorated when the aide called out,
"John Carter, air scout!"
Never in my life had I been so surprised, but the habit of military
discipline is strong within me, and I dropped my little machine lightly
to the ground and advanced on foot as I had seen the others do.
A fat roll of bills and a handful of jewelry he transferred to the pockets of his coat.Page 16
It was likewise remarked that Reginald, the two strange men and the GIRL had been first noticed after the time of arrival of the Oakdale train! What more was needed? Absolutely nothing more.Page 26
The Oskaloosa Kid was staggering ahead of him, scarce able to hold his body erect upon his shaking knees--his gait seemed pitifully slow to the unarmed man carrying the unconscious girl and listening to the chain dragging ever nearer and nearer behind; but at last they reached the doorway and passed through it into the room.Page 48
" "The can'll only hold three at a time," explained Bridge.Page 50
" The youth and the girl remained occupied with their own thoughts, and after a moment's silence the vagabond resumed: "'Me? I was king of anywhere, "'Peggin' away at nothing, hard.Page 54
' How in hek kin I foller this book?" wailed Willie.Page 58
The latter was now well guarded all the way to Payson; while the Millsville road was still open.Page 66
He was obviously terrified; but his terror did not prevent him from absorbing all that he heard, nor from planning how he might utilize the information.Page 67
"By George! though, I'd as soon have hunted a real ghost in the dark as to have run into this fellow.Page 69
I don't know how much to believe, or whether to believe any of it; but we can't afford not to run down every clew.Page 75
The entire feat had been accomplished in 6:34 1/2, setting a new world's record for red-headed farmer boys with one splay foot.Page 76
Nor did he pause until in the reassuring seclusion of a dark side street.Page 78
"Hello!" said the voice at the other end of the line; "I'm Willie Case, an' I've found Miss Abigail Prim.Page 79
Columbus Blackie was in the lead.Page 81
"There's a bear loose here, a regular devil of a bear.Page 83
"Tell the truth," he said.Page 90
"By gum!" he cried, "I reckon we ain't made no mistake here, boys.Page 93
I don't care anything about his clothes, Daddy; Bridge is a gentleman born and raised--anyone could tell it after half an hour with him.Page 97
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