A Princess of Mars

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

Page 147

and Zodanga, since their batteries were
useless in the hands of the Tharks who, having no navy, have no skill
in naval gunnery. Their small-arm fire, however, was most effective,
and the final outcome of the engagement was strongly influenced, if not
wholly determined, by their presence.

At first the two forces circled at the same altitude, pouring broadside
after broadside into each other. Presently a great hole was torn in
the hull of one of the immense battle craft from the Zodangan camp;
with a lurch she turned completely over, the little figures of her crew
plunging, turning and twisting toward the ground a thousand feet below;
then with sickening velocity she tore after them, almost completely
burying herself in the soft loam of the ancient sea bottom.

A wild cry of exultation arose from the Heliumite squadron, and with
redoubled ferocity they fell upon the Zodangan fleet. By a pretty
maneuver two of the vessels of Helium gained a position above their
adversaries, from which they poured upon them from their keel bomb
batteries a perfect torrent of exploding bombs.

Then, one by one, the battleships of Helium succeeded in rising above
the Zodangans, and in a short time a number of the beleaguering
battleships were drifting hopeless wrecks toward the high scarlet tower
of greater Helium. Several others attempted to escape, but they were
soon surrounded by thousands of tiny individual fliers, and above each
hung a monster battleship of Helium ready to drop boarding parties upon
their decks.

Within but little more than an hour from the moment the victorious
Zodangan squadron had risen to meet us from the camp of the besiegers
the battle was over, and the remaining vessels of the conquered
Zodangans were headed toward the cities of Helium under prize crews.

There was an extremely pathetic side to the surrender of these mighty
fliers, the result of an age-old custom which demanded that surrender
should be signalized by the voluntary plunging to earth of the
commander of the vanquished vessel. One after another the brave
fellows, holding their colors high above their heads, leaped from the
towering bows of their mighty craft to an awful death.

Not until the commander of the entire fleet took the fearful plunge,
thus indicating the surrender of the remaining vessels, did the
fighting cease, and the useless sacrifice of brave men come to an end.

We now signaled the flagship of Helium's navy to approach, and when she
was within hailing distance I called out that we had the Princess Dejah
Thoris on board, and that we wished to transfer

Last Page Next Page

Text Comparison with The Mucker

Page 53
Leaping from the wheelhouse to the deck he ran backward and forward shrieking at the top of his lungs begging and entreating someone to save him, and offering fabulous rewards to the man who carried him safely to the shore.
Page 61
"Supposin'," continued Ward, "that we let two o' your men an' two o' ourn under Mr.
Page 90
A moment before she had been expecting him, momentarily, to breathe his last--now he was standing before her talking as unconcernedly as though he had not received a scratch--he seemed totally unaware of his wounds.
Page 113
Odds were even now--they fought three against three.
Page 116
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE THROUGH the balance of the day and all during the long night Billy Byrne swung along his lonely way, retracing the familiar steps of the journey that had brought Barbara Harding and himself to the little island in the turbulent river.
Page 119
found themselves surrounded by a pack of howling warriors who cut at them with long swords from every side, blocking their retreat and hemming them in in every direction.
Page 135
"Den dere was de mills.
Page 147
Before Billy came to a road he saw a light down in a little depression at one side of the track.
Page 179
A heat-haze lay upon the arid land that stretched away upon either hand toward gray-brown hills.
Page 186
He should make a good fighter and we have none too many.
Page 200
"I can read and write, you know.
Page 210
The bank president came while the sergeant and the landlord were in Billy's room investigating.
Page 220
Bridge?" Her tone was almost pleading.
Page 234
They gotta get a little sleep first, though, an' I gotta get some supper.
Page 235
"So you're Eddie Shorter of Shawnee, Kansas, are you?" called Billy.
Page 238
Why had it not occurred to him before? This was Bridge's Penelope! The woman he loved was loved by his best friend.
Page 256
Time was what Bridge wanted--to be well on his way to Orobo before Pesita should learn of his escape.
Page 258
Byrne fired again, and this time he had the satisfaction of seeing a brown body rise, struggle a moment, and then roll over once upon the grass before it came to rest.
Page 266
Have you heard anything of Miss Barbara?" Anthony Harding shook his head sadly.
Page 268
It was just before daylight that the anticipated rush occurred.