remember the feeling of surprise which swept over me as I realized
that I was not dead.
I was lying among a pile of sleeping silks and furs in the corner of a
small room in which were several green warriors, and bending over me
was an ancient and ugly female.
As I opened my eyes she turned to one of the warriors, saying,
"He will live, O Jed."
"'Tis well," replied the one so addressed, rising and approaching my
couch, "he should render rare sport for the great games."
And now as my eyes fell upon him, I saw that he was no Thark, for his
ornaments and metal were not of that horde. He was a huge fellow,
terribly scarred about the face and chest, and with one broken tusk and
a missing ear. Strapped on either breast were human skulls and
depending from these a number of dried human hands.
His reference to the great games of which I had heard so much while
among the Tharks convinced me that I had but jumped from purgatory into
After a few more words with the female, during which she assured him
that I was now fully fit to travel, the jed ordered that we mount and
ride after the main column.
I was strapped securely to as wild and unmanageable a thoat as I had
ever seen, and, with a mounted warrior on either side to prevent the
beast from bolting, we rode forth at a furious pace in pursuit of the
column. My wounds gave me but little pain, so wonderfully and rapidly
had the applications and injections of the female exercised their
therapeutic powers, and so deftly had she bound and plastered the
Just before dark we reached the main body of troops shortly after they
had made camp for the night. I was immediately taken before the
leader, who proved to be the jeddak of the hordes of Warhoon.
Like the jed who had brought me, he was frightfully scarred, and also
decorated with the breastplate of human skulls and dried dead hands
which seemed to mark all the greater warriors among the Warhoons, as
well as to indicate their awful ferocity, which greatly transcends even
that of the Tharks.
The jeddak, Bar Comas, who was comparatively young, was the object of
the fierce and jealous hatred of his old lieutenant, Dak Kova, the jed
who had captured me, and I could not but note the almost studied
efforts which the latter made to affront his superior.
He entirely omitted the usual formal salutation as we entered the
I shall not live to see the complete regeneration of the savage hordes of the Eastern Hemisphere--that is a work which will require many generations, perhaps ages, so complete has been their reversion to savagery; but I know that the work has been started, and I am proud of the share in it which my generous countrymen have placed in my hands.Page 3
And so I joined the navy, coming up from the ranks, as we all must, learning our craft as we advance.Page 17
We had landed, and I now stood upon the spot where, according to my map, a large city should rear its spires and chimneys.Page 22
But scarce had we built our fire and prepared the meat for cooking than Snider, whose eyes had been constantly roving about the landscape from the moment that we left the launch, touched me on the arm and pointed to a clump of bushes which grew a couple of hundred yards away.Page 27
It was the figure of an immense grey-black creature, rearing its colossal shoulders twelve or fourteen feet above the ground.Page 35
These must have at least the rudiments of civilized government since they recognized one among them as ruler, with the title, king.Page 41
Presently my attention was attracted by the shadow of something moving in the trench without, and a moment later the figure of a child appeared, creeping upon all fours, as, wide-eyed, and prompted by childish curiosity, a little girl crawled to the entrance of my hut and peered cautiously and fearfully in.Page 45
I tried to imagine the astonishment, incredulity, and horror with which my family and friends would be overwhelmed if, for an instant, space could be annihilated and they could see me at the gates of London.Page 46
I found your strange weapons and followed with them.Page 51
He tells me that the coast cities are packed .Page 54
Naturally, being a naval officer and consequently in the best society of the federation, I have seen much of women.Page 59
He assured us that his name was Thirty-six, and, as he could not count above ten, I am sure that he had no conception of the correct meaning of the word, and that it may have been handed down to him either from the military number of an ancestor who had served in the English ranks during the Great War, or that originally it was the number of some famous regiment with which a forbear fought.Page 75
As I witnessed it, I could not but speculate upon the moral effect upon his troops of a sovereign's presence in the midst of battle.Page 77
Fresh troops hastened from the city, and about noon Menelek rode out surrounded by his staff.Page 78
Colonel Belik summoned me about seven o'clock to dress him for a function at the palace.Page 79
"And who," asked Menelek, "are you, and by what name is your country called?" "I am Victory, Queen of Grabritin," replied the girl so quickly and so unexpectedly that I gasped in astonishment.Page 82
She was striking him in the face with her clenched fist, and now he was choking her.Page 83
As I rose, Victory had risen, too, and started toward me.Page 85
A common soldier dragged a general from his mount, and, leaping to the animal's back, fled down the packed street toward the west.Page 86
That night we were held under a strong guard just outside the eastern wall of the city, and the next morning were started upon a long march toward the east.