bespoke the unusual.
Flashing the signals which proclaimed it a dispatch bearer for the
jeddak, it circled impatiently awaiting the tardy patrol boat which
must convoy it to the palace docks.
Ten minutes after it touched at the palace a message called me to the
council chamber, which I found filling with the members of that body.
On the raised platform of the throne was Tardos Mors, pacing back and
forth with tense-drawn face. When all were in their seats he turned
"This morning," he said, "word reached the several governments of
Barsoom that the keeper of the atmosphere plant had made no wireless
report for two days, nor had almost ceaseless calls upon him from a
score of capitals elicited a sign of response.
"The ambassadors of the other nations asked us to take the matter in
hand and hasten the assistant keeper to the plant. All day a thousand
cruisers have been searching for him until just now one of them returns
bearing his dead body, which was found in the pits beneath his house
horribly mutilated by some assassin.
"I do not need to tell you what this means to Barsoom. It would take
months to penetrate those mighty walls, in fact the work has already
commenced, and there would be little to fear were the engine of the
pumping plant to run as it should and as they all have for hundreds of
years; but the worst, we fear, has happened. The instruments show
a rapidly decreasing air pressure on all parts of Barsoom--the engine
"My gentlemen," he concluded, "we have at best three days to live."
There was absolute silence for several minutes, and then a young noble
arose, and with his drawn sword held high above his head addressed
"The men of Helium have prided themselves that they have ever shown
Barsoom how a nation of red men should live, now is our opportunity to
show them how they should die. Let us go about our duties as though a
thousand useful years still lay before us."
The chamber rang with applause and as there was nothing better to do
than to allay the fears of the people by our example we went our ways
with smiles upon our faces and sorrow gnawing at our hearts.
When I returned to my palace I found that the rumor already had reached
Dejah Thoris, so I told her all that I had heard.
"We have been very happy, John Carter," she said, "and I thank whatever
fate overtakes us that it permits us to
"He stuck a pin into the monk from behind, and the monk got him--which served him bloomin' well right--an' he got the rest of us, too, for which I can't blame him, since we all jumped him to once.Page 36
Little Meriem could scarce recall any other existence than that of the stern cruelty of The Sheik and Mabunu.Page 47
At sight of the consternation he had wrought the boy halted.Page 55
On either side walked a giant white man, heavy blonde beards almost obliterating their countenances.Page 79
Poor food was this to nourish the mental appetite of a girl just upon the brink of womanhood.Page 84
At the sight before her they went wide.Page 93
He had come upon the scene at almost the same instant as Jenssen and Malbihn, and was watching the activities of the baboons with every mark of interest.Page 95
Here the trees were too far apart to permit Korak to travel through the branches--a trail he much preferred not only because of its freedom from dense underbrush and the wider field of vision it gave him but from pride in his arboreal ability.Page 99
For the ape-man.Page 108
had been in Swedish; but what Jenssen had just said to her in Arabic she understood and from it grasped an excellent idea of what had passed between the two.Page 114
At the sight she drew back in astonishment.Page 134
He reined his mount in the direction of his discovery.Page 141
"Oh, how I love it!" "You would love London more," he said earnestly.Page 149
Englishman for a fool, and spurred rapidly after them.Page 190
And along the caravan trail galloped Abdul Kamak toward the north.Page 191
He felt of it gingerly--it had ceased to bleed.Page 202
He knew his own plan had worked well in the past.Page 204
"God!" he muttered, "what have I done to deserve--" He paused.Page 213
The shot was a signal for a volley, and amid the rattle of musketry Meriem and Baynes leaped their flying mounts through the breach in the palisade and were gone up the well-worn trail toward the north.Page 217
" Meriem paused.