total darkness results, since the lack of atmosphere, or,
rather, the very thin atmosphere, fails to diffuse the starlight to any
great extent; on the other hand, if both of the moons are in the
heavens at night the surface of the ground is brightly illuminated.
Both of Mars' moons are vastly nearer her than is our moon to Earth;
the nearer moon being but about five thousand miles distant, while the
further is but little more than fourteen thousand miles away, against
the nearly one-quarter million miles which separate us from our moon.
The nearer moon of Mars makes a complete revolution around the planet
in a little over seven and one-half hours, so that she may be seen
hurtling through the sky like some huge meteor two or three times each
night, revealing all her phases during each transit of the heavens.
The further moon revolves about Mars in something over thirty and
one-quarter hours, and with her sister satellite makes a nocturnal
Martian scene one of splendid and weird grandeur. And it is well that
nature has so graciously and abundantly lighted the Martian night, for
the green men of Mars, being a nomadic race without high intellectual
development, have but crude means for artificial lighting; depending
principally upon torches, a kind of candle, and a peculiar oil lamp
which generates a gas and burns without a wick.
This last device produces an intensely brilliant far-reaching white
light, but as the natural oil which it requires can only be obtained by
mining in one of several widely separated and remote localities it is
seldom used by these creatures whose only thought is for today, and
whose hatred for manual labor has kept them in a semi-barbaric state
for countless ages.
After Sola had replenished my coverings I again slept, nor did I awaken
until daylight. The other occupants of the room, five in number, were
all females, and they were still sleeping, piled high with a motley
array of silks and furs. Across the threshold lay stretched the
sleepless guardian brute, just as I had last seen him on the preceding
day; apparently he had not moved a muscle; his eyes were fairly glued
upon me, and I fell to wondering just what might befall me should I
endeavor to escape.
I have ever been prone to seek adventure and to investigate and
experiment where wiser men would have left well enough alone. It
therefore now occurred to me that the surest way of learning the exact
attitude of this beast toward me would be to attempt to leave the
The details of this gory contest, while interesting, have no particular bearing upon the development of this tale.Page 1
"Faculty meeting.Page 6
Jimmy had many friends in Chicago with whom, upon the occasion of numerous previous visits to the Western metropolis, he had spent many hilarious and expensive hours, but now he had come upon the serious business of life, and there moved within him a strong determination to win financial success without recourse to the influence of rich and powerful acquaintances.Page 13
" Jimmy pocketed his slip and walked from the office.Page 15
"I have never had any experience in the sash, door and blind business," replied Jimmy.Page 17
"Well, of course," replied the gentleman, "it is not essential, but it is preferable.Page 18
"Don't be silly, Harold," she retorted.Page 20
It might have been any one of a dozen little different things, or an accumulation of them all, that had brought back a sudden flood of the old self-confidence and optimism.Page 22
"Ask Mr.Page 30
He was so hungry that it actually hurt, and he was weak from physical fatigue and from disappointment and worry.Page 41
" "There must be something wrong with him," rejoined Elizabeth; "probably utterly inefficient.Page 46
" But he had not been there many days before the piecing together of chance remarks and the gossip of the hangers-on and other sparring partners made it very apparent why Brophy should not be badly man-handled.Page 47
" And so he continued permitting himself to be battered up four or five times a week at the hands of the pussy Mr.Page 54
Jimmy stopped, too.Page 56
I never knew how much I enjoyed talking with you at breakfast until after you had left Feinheimer's.Page 67
"Sure, he will," said the girl.Page 68
"You won't let me see it then?" demanded Jimmy.Page 84
"If old Feinheimer sees me he will have me poisoned," said Jimmy.Page 102
I haven't got all the dope on it, but I've got a hunch that in some way it is connected with this job.Page 108
"Sure," he said at last in a blustering tone of voice.