all that took place within the room as readily as though there had been
no curtain intervening.
Scarcely had I gained my post than the tapestry at the opposite end of
the chamber separated and four soldiers of The Guard entered,
surrounding a female figure. As they approached Than Kosis the
soldiers fell to either side and there standing before the jeddak and
not ten feet from me, her beautiful face radiant with smiles, was Dejah
Sab Than, Prince of Zodanga, advanced to meet her, and hand in hand
they approached close to the jeddak. Than Kosis looked up in surprise,
and, rising, saluted her.
"To what strange freak do I owe this visit from the Princess of Helium,
who, two days ago, with rare consideration for my pride, assured me
that she would prefer Tal Hajus, the green Thark, to my son?"
Dejah Thoris only smiled the more and with the roguish dimples playing
at the corners of her mouth she made answer:
"From the beginning of time upon Barsoom it has been the prerogative of
woman to change her mind as she listed and to dissemble in matters
concerning her heart. That you will forgive, Than Kosis, as has your
son. Two days ago I was not sure of his love for me, but now I am, and
I have come to beg of you to forget my rash words and to accept the
assurance of the Princess of Helium that when the time comes she will
wed Sab Than, Prince of Zodanga."
"I am glad that you have so decided," replied Than Kosis. "It is far
from my desire to push war further against the people of Helium, and,
your promise shall be recorded and a proclamation to my people issued
"It were better, Than Kosis," interrupted Dejah Thoris, "that the
proclamation wait the ending of this war. It would look strange indeed
to my people and to yours were the Princess of Helium to give herself
to her country's enemy in the midst of hostilities."
"Cannot the war be ended at once?" spoke Sab Than. "It requires but
the word of Than Kosis to bring peace. Say it, my father, say the word
that will hasten my happiness, and end this unpopular strife."
"We shall see," replied Than Kosis, "how the people of Helium take to
peace. I shall at least offer it to them."
Dejah Thoris, after a few words, turned and left the apartment, still
followed by her guards.
Thus was the edifice of my brief dream of happiness dashed,
Prince Peter says that you are mad.Page 24
The man, who was in the livery of Peter of Blentz, bowed, and with a deferential sign to the girl led the way from the room.Page 27
"Did you not know that she was captured with me!" The old man was visibly affected by the knowledge that his young mistress was a prisoner within the walls of Blentz.Page 47
Two shots answered theirs.Page 48
He extended his arms straight before him, the revolver slipped from his grasp, and then like a dying top he pivoted once drunkenly and collapsed upon the turf.Page 52
It is an institution for the treatment of nervous diseases to which patients are brought from all parts of Europe, and is doubtless Lutha's principal claim upon the attention of the outer world.Page 55
Tomorrow, Kramer tells me, Peter of Blentz is to have himself crowned as king in the cathedral at Lustadt.Page 59
Butzow had commanded one of the troopers to exchange horses with Barney, bringing the jaded animal into the city slowly, and now freshly mounted the American was making.Page 62
of all the glitter of gold and gleam of jewels that surrounded them--a grim, business-like appearance that cast a chill upon Peter of Blentz as his eyes scanned the multitude of faces below him.Page 65
He hated to dash all their new found joy by the announcement that he was not the king.Page 85
"Cut out the 'sire,' old man," shouted Barney Custer of Beatrice.Page 90
The procession was moving steadily up the aisle.Page 121
Momentarily he expected to run upon other soldiers, but though he kept straight on his way for hours he encountered none.Page 128
Then came Prince Ludwig's last words booming loudly through the paneled door, and the man.Page 149
" "You hit one of them!" exclaimed Barney enthusiastically.Page 166
for Tann tonight," he said, "at once.Page 183
"Your highness," he said, "do not grieve for the American.Page 193
"I thought I was done for," answered Barney Custer, "but I rather guess the bullet struck only a glancing blow.Page 194
" "Do you realize that you should be hanged for what you have done?" snarled the king.Page 206
To the American it sounded like the hissing of a snake, and as he would have met a snake he met the venomous attack of the old man.